Why Do We Play Games?

  • Published: 24 March 2013
  • Watch "Could you boomerang a football?": bit.ly/14eVBgj
    Special cameo from my buddy at azclip.net/user/STRskillSchool
    MUSIC BY: azclip.net/user/JakeChudnow
    @tweetsauce !!
    Association football: www.thefa.com/about-football-association/history
    SOCCERNOMICS book: www.amazon.co.uk/Soccernomics-England-Australia-Turkey-And-Iraq-Are/dp/1568587015
    How to define a "game": en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Game#Chris_Crawford
    WordARound game: www.thinkfun.com/shop/product/wordaround,123,9.htm
    Origin of the word "nerd": www.eldacur.com/~brons/NerdCorner/nerd.html
    etymology of "jock": www.etymonline.com/index.php?search=jock&searchmode=none
    How to be named the world's greatest athlete: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sportsperson#.22World.27s_Greatest_Athlete.22
    NYT Magazine artcile about play: www.nytimes.com/2008/02/17/magazine/17play.html?pagewanted=all
    Maslow's Hierarchy: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maslow's_hierarchy_of_needs
    Games and needs (good article): www.gamasutra.com/view/feature/2289/the_psychology_behind_games.php
    BIRG / CORF: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Basking_in_reflected_glory
    SECONDSKIN documentary (soooo good): www.secondskinfilm.com
    Excellent Numberphile videos about football statistics:

Comments • 22 137

  • Mahi Samant
    Mahi Samant  19 saat əvvəl

    My life is a game. No wonder I get played every time.

    • GazingGoat
      GazingGoat  21 saat əvvəl

      Wait so golf isn't a game? It's a competition?

      • Captain Obvious
        Captain Obvious  Gün əvvəl

        Because we like to waste time.

        • Foxboy Gaming
          Foxboy Gaming  2 gün əvvəl

          Ok nerd. (Dont worry im a nerd too 😂😂😂)

          • Eli Egbert
            Eli Egbert  3 gün əvvəl

            Why is it that all of this persons videos comment sections is full of 12 year olds?

            • Eli Egbert
              Eli Egbert  3 gün əvvəl

              0:52 Thats a darn good map

              • Random 113
                Random 113  3 gün əvvəl

                what about middle distance running? you can interact with other nut its still a competition

                • Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ
                  Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ  4 gün əvvəl

                  Humans need to compete with each other.. they need to win sometimes in Colosseum fights with bleeding sometimes in the games without bleeding. especially if there is someting like *Premium* shits in game *field*

                  • NightSword
                    NightSword  4 gün əvvəl

                    Check out my youtube channel. Search NightSword Epic Kill Montage Fortnite

                    • ryan beaino
                      ryan beaino  4 gün əvvəl

                      *The British Are Coming*

                      • 1870 Preußen
                        1870 Preußen  6 gün əvvəl

                        Media: ....

                        • Diabetis Man
                          Diabetis Man  6 gün əvvəl

                          Suicide is when you quit to main menu

                          • Fluid Headshot
                            Fluid Headshot  7 gün əvvəl


                            • The DooD
                              The DooD  8 gün əvvəl

                              English channel in your map makes my brain hurt.

                              • Mad FireFightr
                                Mad FireFightr  9 gün əvvəl

                                Soccer is used in ireland

                                • Ushio Okazaki
                                  Ushio Okazaki  10 gün əvvəl

                                  Hey vsauce person waiting for a new vsauce here watching these playlists for a whole year in a row

                                  • UnPseudoTotalementNormal
                                    UnPseudoTotalementNormal  13 gün əvvəl

                                    Because i am violent

                                    • Cratchette the Gameboy
                                      Cratchette the Gameboy  14 gün əvvəl

                                      That Rubik’s cube has too many yellow squares and it’s fucking with me

                                      • Jason S
                                        Jason S  14 gün əvvəl

                                        5:31 Everytime this music starts, my expectations for an interesting or amazing twist go high...

                                        • nikola poyukov
                                          nikola poyukov  14 gün əvvəl

                                          Its imposible to have both lack of prejucide and acceptable of facts. If you accept the facts, you accept that some people are born to be good at some things while others arent. Just like men are brave and strong, while women are weak and cowardly. Thats prejudice but its also a fact

                                          • First name Last name
                                            First name Last name  14 gün əvvəl

                                            Vsauce: life is a game Game: it needs to be fun Me: life is not a game

                                            • Benjamin Ortolani
                                              Benjamin Ortolani  15 gün əvvəl

                                              3:37 I think the interesting thing to think about is, do we draw the line of “sport” where game is, or where conflict is? If sports were games instead of just any conflict with other people, then that would remove things like track and cheerleading from being considered sports and would instead be known as competitions.

                                              • Rainwatereyes • 99 years Ago

                                                2:00 I totally thought it was going to underline ass

                                                • Will you see my Profile
                                                  Will you see my Profile  17 gün əvvəl

                                                  Who knows the club stadium? Its Gillingham

                                                  • William Keith
                                                    William Keith  18 gün əvvəl

                                                    TLDR you need to play to reenergize your brain and to feel happier so you can work again

                                                    • Garfieldorang but on youtube
                                                      Garfieldorang but on youtube  18 gün əvvəl


                                                      • Mister Yuss
                                                        Mister Yuss  18 gün əvvəl

                                                        The bleachers at the beginning spell something I’ll never have 🙁

                                                        • Super Clutch
                                                          Super Clutch  18 gün əvvəl

                                                          "Well now its fun and interactive and we got ourselves a" Me: a game? "plaything. If you can play with an object and its fun but no goal or objective with it, its a toy. If however, there is an objective, then we got ourselves" Me: a gAmE?? "challenge. If the challenge involves no other people or other agents you got yourself a puzzle. If, however, there are other people we got ourselves a" Me: a gAmE?? "conflict. In a conflict, like a foot race, you arent allowed to interfere with other participants. This is a competition. IF, HOWEVER, YOU are allowed to interact with and interfere with the other players, and they can do the same to you? Well, then you got yourself a" Me: a NOT game????? "game." Me: *_screams and yells in russian_*

                                                          • Abhang Chitale
                                                            Abhang Chitale  19 gün əvvəl

                                                            What was there behind the board at 1:27 👻

                                                            • leofera
                                                              leofera  20 gün əvvəl

                                                              The socc

                                                              • ellipticleek603
                                                                ellipticleek603  20 gün əvvəl

                                                                *EPIC GAMER*

                                                                • syrian turkmen
                                                                  syrian turkmen  21 gün əvvəl

                                                                  Know that this world's life is only play and amusement and gaiety and boasting among yourselves, and a vying in the multiplication of wealth and children, like the rain, whose causing the vegetation to grow, pleases the husbandmen, then it withers away so that you will see it become yellow, then it becomes dried up and broken down; and in the hereafter is a severe chastisement and (also) forgiveness from Allah and (His) pleasure; and this world's life is naught but means of deception. Hasten to forgiveness from your Lord and to a garden the extensiveness of which is as the extensiveness of the heaven and the earth; it is prepared for those who believe in Allah and His messengers; that is the grace of Allah: He gives it to whom He pleases, and Allah is the Lord of mighty grace No evil befalls on the earth nor in your own souls, but it is in a book before We bring it into existence; surely that is easy to Allah So that you may not grieve for what has escaped you, nor be exultant at what He has given you; and Allah does not love any arrogant boaster:

                                                                  • 69 69
                                                                    69 69  24 gün əvvəl

                                                                    When i don't timestamp the meme "I'm about to do what's called a pro gamer move."

                                                                    • baraa halak
                                                                      baraa halak  24 gün əvvəl

                                                                      -Michael : Animals can play games too -*"shows a football match"*

                                                                      • xSemiex :p
                                                                        xSemiex :p  25 gün əvvəl

                                                                        0:02 *what type of games*

                                                                        • SPlacid
                                                                          SPlacid  25 gün əvvəl

                                                                          ask my girl

                                                                          • FridgePizza
                                                                            FridgePizza  25 gün əvvəl

                                                                            0:12 typical from Vsauce to say that😂

                                                                            • Coolstory L
                                                                              Coolstory L  26 gün əvvəl

                                                                              When he said see whats hiding in association i said oooooh ass and he said soc😂😂

                                                                              • Nanibot
                                                                                Nanibot  26 gün əvvəl

                                                                                0:52 nice geography map?

                                                                                • *An interesting name*
                                                                                  *An interesting name*  26 gün əvvəl

                                                                                  LIFE god (editers choice). (get) contains in app purchases

                                                                                  • Dr. Officer
                                                                                    Dr. Officer  27 gün əvvəl

                                                                                    I was fulfilled watching. Now have to find more.

                                                                                    • Spammy Hammy
                                                                                      Spammy Hammy  27 gün əvvəl

                                                                                      Holy shii mind blown

                                                                                      • _Squid
                                                                                        _Squid  28 gün əvvəl

                                                                                        0:45 because you play it with your feet...

                                                                                        • Engi Man
                                                                                          Engi Man  29 gün əvvəl

                                                                                          Life is a minigame collection

                                                                                          • Zxaoks
                                                                                            Zxaoks  Ay əvvəl

                                                                                            1:06 Europe looks like a scorpion

                                                                                            • APEX LEGEND
                                                                                              APEX LEGEND  Ay əvvəl

                                                                                              The singel game of player cant log out is fucking life

                                                                                              • Aiden Kane
                                                                                                Aiden Kane  Ay əvvəl

                                                                                                I watched through this entire video waiting for the "I'm gonna do what's called a pro gamer move" that so many memes use.

                                                                                                • Aiden Kane
                                                                                                  Aiden Kane  Ay əvvəl

                                                                                                  3:03 Wait, so singleplayer games are challenges? What about playing Minecraft in single player?

                                                                                                  • Rebecca Jones
                                                                                                    Rebecca Jones  29 gün əvvəl

                                                                                                    At 3:05

                                                                                                    • Rebecca Jones
                                                                                                      Rebecca Jones  29 gün əvvəl

                                                                                                      He said no other people or agents

                                                                                                      • Aiden Kane
                                                                                                        Aiden Kane  Ay əvvəl

                                                                                                        1:19 That's right, they have big balls.

                                                                                                        • i2lazy
                                                                                                          i2lazy  Ay əvvəl

                                                                                                          10:58 - 11:17 perfectly explaining mobile games

                                                                                                          • M K
                                                                                                            M K  Ay əvvəl

                                                                                                            Wow, I am kinda all way up the pyramid - with small exceptions - but ... One gotta be thankful I guess

                                                                                                            • Pritu Sharma
                                                                                                              Pritu Sharma  Ay əvvəl

                                                                                                              So if life is a game, why can’t I get the VR headset off?

                                                                                                              • Toolace FN
                                                                                                                Toolace FN  Ay əvvəl

                                                                                                                1:08 hmmmm adding an “-er”? CMONBRUH

                                                                                                                • TJ Avagliano
                                                                                                                  TJ Avagliano  Ay əvvəl

                                                                                                                  We play games because like you said before Michael... people would rather experience pain than boredom.

                                                                                                                  • Mr Sturdyhair
                                                                                                                    Mr Sturdyhair  Ay əvvəl

                                                                                                                    Everyone: Nerd Me, an intellectual: Knurd

                                                                                                                    • Kar3c -
                                                                                                                      Kar3c -  Ay əvvəl

                                                                                                                      Used the school hack but went to prison for murder I didint know it was in the rules

                                                                                                                      • Plug
                                                                                                                        Plug  Ay əvvəl


                                                                                                                        • Red
                                                                                                                          Red  Ay əvvəl

                                                                                                                          How is life a game when games are supposed to be fun

                                                                                                                          • Lucas
                                                                                                                            Lucas  Ay əvvəl

                                                                                                                            We play games to take our minds off the painful and downputting realization that we live sad lives full of nothing but emptiness and unsatisfied voids. To skip ahead of time and be a little closer to our deaths with each second.

                                                                                                                            • Ethan Whitman
                                                                                                                              Ethan Whitman  Ay əvvəl


                                                                                                                              • Mecha Spider
                                                                                                                                Mecha Spider  Ay əvvəl

                                                                                                                                4:33 "And who are you if you don't get drunk?" My brain: *_Drunkn't_*

                                                                                                                                • Better Tomorrow
                                                                                                                                  Better Tomorrow  Ay əvvəl

                                                                                                                                  Imma bout to 5:03

                                                                                                                                  • Sy Castells
                                                                                                                                    Sy Castells  Ay əvvəl

                                                                                                                                    That was the most motivational thing I've seen in weeks.

                                                                                                                                    • Pusheenosarous 328
                                                                                                                                      Pusheenosarous 328  Ay əvvəl

                                                                                                                                      Can I mod my life?

                                                                                                                                      • Captain Clout
                                                                                                                                        Captain Clout  Ay əvvəl


                                                                                                                                        • {Fhonix}
                                                                                                                                          {Fhonix}  Ay əvvəl

                                                                                                                                          what about minecraft offline?

                                                                                                                                          • Jordan
                                                                                                                                            Jordan  Ay əvvəl

                                                                                                                                            Life isn’t a game, one of the conditions was that it has to be fun

                                                                                                                                            • Embry The Popplio
                                                                                                                                              Embry The Popplio  Ay əvvəl

                                                                                                                                              i need the timestamp for when he says pro gamer move

                                                                                                                                              • Caleb TheSchmuck
                                                                                                                                                Caleb TheSchmuck  Ay əvvəl

                                                                                                                                                I firmly believe that wenplay dangerous sports ( even if un needed) because we still have primal needs. We need to let out our aggression and out motive to win and survive. But it isnt legal to go on a killing spree so we just make games where we have to beat physical challenges to overcome a pointless battle.

                                                                                                                                                • aperso
                                                                                                                                                  aperso  Ay əvvəl

                                                                                                                                                  Reason because it’s fun and we like it

                                                                                                                                                  • SIMmy the Card
                                                                                                                                                    SIMmy the Card  Ay əvvəl

                                                                                                                                                    "we have been playing games with balls and our feet" 1:19

                                                                                                                                                    • Andrew
                                                                                                                                                      Andrew  Ay əvvəl

                                                                                                                                                      ,,We have been playing games with our balls since the ancient times.''

                                                                                                                                                      • Levinho Levinho
                                                                                                                                                        Levinho Levinho  Ay əvvəl

                                                                                                                                                        WHY CHELTENHAM TOWN

                                                                                                                                                        • RV games
                                                                                                                                                          RV games  Ay əvvəl

                                                                                                                                                          Can you respawn?

                                                                                                                                                          • 2 rainbow Kittens
                                                                                                                                                            2 rainbow Kittens  Ay əvvəl

                                                                                                                                                            0:50 Hem hem, Australia as well

                                                                                                                                                            • DoHUJIkO
                                                                                                                                                              DoHUJIkO  Ay əvvəl

                                                                                                                                                              I like how when he says “animals also play” there is a football competition :)