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What's it about?
YOUTUBERS LIFE is an app and a PC game that simulates life as a gamer with a YouTube channel. First, customize your avatar's look, then configure your in-game computer setup and make your first "video." To do so, choose a game from the shelf in your avatar's bedroom, choose a few reactions and commentary options for your avatar while playing the game, and then publish your video and earn views and subscribers. As gameplay progresses, you earn in-app currency that you can use to buy upgraded equipment (such as a new microphone) or new video games to play in your videos. In addition to managing your growing YouTube empire, your avatar must sleep, study, and eat. The game's main objective is to balance managing your avatar's online persona while also maintaining an offline life.
Is it any good?
With appealing 3D graphics and fun activities, this sim is amusing, but its gameplay can feel too complicated and buggy to keep kids engaged. It's hard to understand how to do well because the in-app instructions tell you how to do certain tasks, but there's not much clarity about how to do all those actions strategically so you can level up. Plus, playing this game also might make you a little cynical about what it takes to be a YouTube star. It's really less about being a skilled gamer or content creator and much more about courting trends and accumulating stuff. It's cool to consider how much goes into creating a high-quality YouTube video, and it's interesting to think about the mechanics of making a successful channel. Still, in a world where PewDiePie's Tuber Simulator can be downloaded for free, it's unlikely that this comparatively buggy and hard-to-use app would hold long-term appeal for teens and tweens.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about safely using YouTube and read our Parent's Ultimate Guide to YouTube. Is Youtubers Life fun for kids who just like to watch YouTube videos?
Talk about what it would really be like to attempt a career as a YouTuber. How would you make decisions about what kinds of videos to make and share?
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