YouTube user dedicates channel to animations of game characters drowning0 Comments
Video games are evocative. Even simple actions in games can speak toward the interests or fears of the person playing them. Perhaps that's why Mikhail Emmerich, who goes by the username Dextorin on YouTube, began documenting video game animations of characters drowning.
Admittedly, it seems an odd choice for things to collect. But then again, despite all sharing identical themes, Emmerich's collection of close to 80 different drowning animations is fascinating in its own right. Every development studio, every character, and every game has a different approach to drowning, and those sorts of differences are very likely something even seasoned gamers wouldn't have immediately noticed until now.
There are likely many who would wonder how this sort of archive began. Fortunately, GameSpot got together with Emmerich and asked a few key questions, not the least of which was a question of how this collection came to be.
"To be honest, I had no intention of having it turn into what it did," Emmerich said. "What started with a buddy and I screwing around with a capture card, suddenly turned into a channel where I was getting requests.
"And let's be honest, these are the kinds of scenes we all dread when playing games, so it shouldn't come as much of a surprise!"
Emmerich stated that he gets requests for drowning animations two or three times a week, which is one of the reasons why his original collection of a few videos is now closing in on triple digits. And, for the time being at least, it seems he's going to keep documenting digital drowning until he reaches a rather inevitable stopping point.
"I guess you can say the 'end goal' would indeed be to archive every single drowning animation in every single game," Emmerich said. "A lofty goal, and perhaps somewhat silly, but that would be the aim."
It would be hard to nail down exactly what it is that makes a video game such a personal experience. It's very likely that living life vicariously is the main idea, but drowning and dying doesn't exactly seem to fit that mold. If that is indeed the case, Emmerich's collection is quite an unusual sort. Fortunately, unusual collections are often the most interesting.
Documenting Drowning in Video Games Is This Person's Quest, GameSpot