Student uses YouTube to review games

Student uses YouTube to review games

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J.D. Arredondo uses his video editing skills for his YouTube channel, 20XX-Power, where he reviews older video games.

He always wore game t-shirts, and whenever somebody asked him his opinion on games, he answered quickly, enthusiastically and louder than usual.
He was also passionate enough to send a letter to Nintendo asking for them to bring a game, Xenoblade, to North America.
J.D. Arredondo, the creator of 20XXPower, a YouTube channel, said he enjoyed reviewing older games because they are his passion.
During an interview at the campus Starbuck’s, he got himself a tall chai tea and sat down on a stool by the entrance.
“I’ve been doing video editing since fifth grade. I started with Windows Video Maker, doing still image, editing, then I went to video editing, then I started doing things like making custom trailers,” said Arredondo.
His first video project was making a trailer for the Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, by meshing together the three trailers Nintendo had released to the public into one giant trailer.
“It turned out okay, I guess, it’s not great by any standards, but considering I was 12, not even, I’d say it turned out pretty good,” Arredondo said.
“I showed [my videos] to a few of my really close friends, I showed a couple of my later videos online, I showed them to my family, and everyone seemed to enjoy them, so I knew I had something going,” Arredondo said.
Everyone that knew him could see that he was serious about video editing as a career, so he was given many opportunities to hone his skills, such as making videos for his church. The response was always positive, he said.
“I had absolutely no reservations about doing it. I’m not afraid of criticism. I’m not afraid of showing myself on the Internet. I’m not afraid of people putting a face to my opinions. On the contrary, I think that it’s something that is quite free,” Arredondo said. “You get your stuff off your chest; you’re able to share your experience with other gamers.”
One of the biggest obstacles for any aspiring person doing video reviews is to get his name out in the online community, something that Arredondo said has been a struggle.
He paused for a moment when acknowledging this issue. But he continued talking, not discouraged, not depressed…still possessing the eager, excited tone in his voice that was there before.
“For me, this is a hobby. This is a passion project. This isn’t about, you know, making it a job or making some money off of it. It’s something I do because I enjoy it,” Arredondo said.
A couple of girls sitting off to the side started laughing, maybe at him, maybe not. In either case, he kept talking, not noticing them. When the interview was done, he hadn’t even touched his drink.
On the way out of the building, he acknowledged how his hobby, gaming, was very expensive.
And he didn’t regret it.
“Not a dollar,” he said.

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