A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Jordan Maron -- better known as "CaptainSparklez" -- is one of YouTube's most popular gaming personalities, with millions of subscribers tuning in to watch his Minecraft parodies, reaction videos, and video game "Let's Plays" (aka "LPs," which are videos where viewers can watch a player demonstrate different features of a video game by actually playing it and providing commentary). It's important to note that the violence level may vary based on what game CaptainSparklez is playing at the time; some games may be more graphic than others. There's also a fair bit of consumerism, as Maron has his own line of CaptainSparklez-branded merchandise available, and the LPs themselves serve as mini-commercials for the games they're covering.
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What's the story?
Jordan Maron is a YouTuber, musician, and game developer also known as CAPTAINSPARKLEZ, whose eponymous channel boasts a stunning 10 million subscribers. Though his channel started out with Call of Duty gameplay videos, CaptainSparklez's popularity really kicked into high gear with the addition of Minecraft content, and the channel soon became popular for its mod playthroughs, challenge maps, parody videos, and more. He occasionally teams up with other YouTubers like Rosanna Pansino for collaborative videos where they taste-test gross snack foods or bake cakes with geeky-cool themes.
Is it any good?
Experienced Minecraft fans will find a lot to love here, as Maron offers a pleasant and engaging running commentary on a variety of creative games and mods. He doesn't take himself too seriously, and despite his mega-star status in the YouTube gaming scene, often finds himself in the underdog role when filming multiplayer game playthroughs with other YouTubers -- which may endear him to viewers who can relate. While the way CaptainSparklez mixes up his content from Let's Play videos to food challenges to reaction videos keeps things fresh, this can also make it harder to monitor potentially offensive content.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about what the appeal is in watching someone else play a video game. Do you think the games lose any of their appeal without the element of surprise? Or do you prefer to play a game after you've been coached with tips and tricks from a YouTube channel like CaptainSparklez?
CaptainSparklez is known for his playful Minecraft song parodies and animations. Has his work influenced your own builds in Minecraft? How so?
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