When you’ve hung out on YouTube (which, in case you’re a school scholar, you undoubtedly have), you’re in all probability accustomed to Dude Good. Actually, you could be one in all their 47 million subscribers. In the previous couple of years, their trick shot movies have dominated YouTube, making them one of the crucial subscribed-to channels. They’ve obtained a good quantity of talent and charisma, and now, because of years of progress and recognition, almost limitless assets.
Now, YouTube is in no brief provide of trick shot movies. Actually, talking from expertise, any 12-year-old with a digital camera cellphone and a basketball hoop could make one. However deep inside the many years of recorded video that may be discovered on YouTube lies a hidden gem of a channel that capitalizes on the premise of “trick shot movies.” What may develop into an overdone foundation for a channel is given a recent new spin (pun meant).
The channel I’m referring to is Pongfinity.
When you suppose the title Pongfinity is a bit goofy, simply wait: it will get higher.
The members of Pongfinity—Miikka, Emil and Otto from someplace in Finland—spend their days recording themselves doing something and every thing you’ll be able to with a ping pong ball, paddle and table. This consists of however isn’t restricted to: utilizing musical devices as paddles, utilizing fruit as paddles, utilizing train tools to play, taking part in on a lake, taking part in a sport utilizing 4 tables, taking part in Jenga with a ping pong ball, and the record goes on.
This straightforward but surprisingly fascinating idea is additional strengthened by one mere reality: the members of Pongfinity are good. Like actually good.
Miikka, Emil, and Otto (that are all essentially the most Scandinavian names I’ve ever heard) can declare a title that not even the members of Dude Good can. Pongfinity consists athletes. Now I do know I’m utilizing the time period “athlete” loosely; they’re skilled ping pong gamers in spite of everything. However their talent stage alone qualifies them as athletes, not to mention their dedication to the game.
As I attempt to specific how superb they’re at table tennis, I notice that nothing I say can do them justice. You simply have to observe them. Actually, go watch one in all their movies proper now, after you end studying this, after all.
There’s one thing so absorbing about the way in which they play. It’s intoxicating to observe consultants carry out inside their space of experience, and Pongfinity actually consists of consultants. They handle to do issues with a ping pong ball that I didn’t even know had been doable.
Sometimes, they’ll have a traditional match between one another. No devices, no fruits, simply paddles, a ball and a table, and once they do, they flip this sport (sport?) that at its naked minimal consists of hitting a ball backwards and forwards right into a gripping, nail-biting competitors for dominance.
And but, all through the match, they’re nonetheless buddies. Due to the down-to-earth nature of the sport, the platform and (in all probability most significantly) the gamers, Pongfinity’s movies by no means appear out of attain. I discussed earlier than that Miikka, Emil and Otto are from Finland, they usually communicate with heavy accents and are generally onerous to grasp. Fairly frankly, they’re just a little awkward more often than not.
Miikka is brief and quirky, Emil is tall and gangly, and Otto seems to be like he’s extra attuned to wielding a battle axe somewhat than a ping pong paddle. It’s these qualities that make this staff so accessible. They’re skilled stage athletes who haven’t been raised up on a pedestal of recognition. On the very most, they’re low profile semi-celebrities that spend their time in a ping pong-table-filled gymnasium as a substitute of a Beverly Hills mansion.
They aren’t overly charismatic and magnetic. They aren’t flaunting a chiseled physique or a wad of hundred-dollar payments on social media. They by no means spend too lengthy daring you to “smash that like button” or subscribe, and it’s precisely this purpose that makes their channel so endearing.
Even the likes of Dude Good, a haven of wholesomeness on this planet of YouTube, has grown to such an extent that they’ve misplaced a few of their “yard trick shot” enchantment.
Pongfinity’s efforts on YouTube appear much less about constructing a media empire (like so many YouTubers have tried) and extra about sharing with the world one thing that they love doing. They’ve most definitely spent tons of of hours practising to compete at a global stage and out of these tons of of hours in all probability spent one or two goofing off. It’s not an unheard-of leap to interrupt out the digital camera and begin filming.
In a world of web celebrities presenting essentially the most extravagant way of life conceivable, Pongfinity merely doesn’t. They’re too busy taking part in ping pong with a banana.
It’s this type of content material that I like to see and want there was extra of as a result of it’s this type of content material that evokes different folks. I do know at first it looks as if a stretch to say that one thing so simple as banana ping pong evokes folks, but it surely’s precisely as a result of it’s so easy that it does. It’s not lofty or profound and doesn’t actually warrant that a lot reward. It’s simply enjoyable.
I believe any inventive effort must be at some stage enjoyable, each for the creator and for the viewers. Pongfinity has discovered one thing that’s uniquely enjoyable, they usually’ve shared it in a refreshingly enjoyable means.
It’s this laid-back fashion that’s so interesting. It’s what instantly attracts me right into a platform like YouTube. Perhaps I’m trying by rose-colored glasses once I say this, however YouTube didn’t begin as a technique to chase fame. It didn’t begin as a mini-Hollywood like lots of the most well-known YouTubers use it as at this time. It began as a technique to share, a technique to join. It wasn’t a technique to elevate your self, however a technique to relate with different folks.
In Pongfinity’s movies, there’s an environment of simplicity and authenticity that I believe most individuals would agree is missing from at this time’s world. On the finish of the day, it’s simply three buddies with a complete lot of ping pong balls and a want to make one thing enjoyable.