By: Zeila Edrial

Happy National Video Games Day! In honor of the day, it’s appropriate to highlight one of my favorite YouTube channels, markiplierGAME. Markiplier (Mark Fischbach) is a Let’s Play personality whose channel has been around since May 2012 and has garnered over 14 million subscribers.

“Let’s Plays” have grown in popularity, and they involve people broadcasting their gameplays and commentary as they play. Another YouTube personality and friend of Markiplier, PewDiePie, is also popular in the Let’s Play community.

Markiplier’s channel also contains skits, but he is most known for his gameplay videos, which commonly showcase indie horror games. The charm of Markiplier’s videos is his reactions: screaming, cursing, and crying whenever he is startled by jump scares or is being chased by an enemy. It’s entertainment for people who love seeing others getting scared. His silly and childish humor during commentaries incites laughter. He releases some videos in parts when he plays long games.

One of many priceless Markiplier reactions during Five Nights at Freddy's 4 playthrough
One of the many priceless Markiplier reactions during Five Nights at Freddy’s 4 gameplay

Although his playthrough of Silent Hill’s P.T. demo was what introduced me to his channel, Markplier is the self-proclaimed King of the Five Nights at Freddy‘s franchise. Every time a new installment of the series is released, Markiplier is quick to play them and upload episodes to his channel. Despite how easily he gets scared, he always completes each game.

Other horror games that Markiplier has broadcasted on his channel are Sophie’s Curse, Boogeyman, The Evil Within and Alien: Isolation. His other non-horror playthroughs include Octodad: Dadliest Catch, Goat Simulator, Failman and Yandere Simulator.

If you ever want a good laugh or want to watch someone else play a horror game instead of putting yourself in that kind of stress, check out Markiplier’s YouTube channel. Below is the video that got me to subscribe to his channel: his Let’s Play of P.T.

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