Day9 Daily Episode 100

Not much going on at the moment so I thought I would post this little gem. I have been watching Day9 for some time now. There is one specific episode that I strongly recommend watching. It’s episode 100. It’s an episode where Day9 didn’t review any matches. Instead, he decided to talk in general about how he grew up playing StarCraft and the lessons he picked up along the way.

It’s a fascinating and gut-wrenchingly honest story. I love especially the beginning where he recounts the first StarCraft games he played as a kid. He tried every trick in the book just to get more wins on his account. He rushed, disconnected, created multiple accounts. I think everybody, who grew up with such games has similar stories to tell.

But Day9 goes even further than that. He is not afraid of exposing his neediness and sharing very intimate emotions with a quite large audience. He doesn’t manage to pull everything together into a coherent argument even though he tries. But that makes the whole thing even more powerful. It’s life. It doesn’t have a point. You just put you blood and tears into a very stupid thing and just cling to every glimmer of joy that may or may not pop out.

I also like how this kind of story is something that you can only hear on the Internet. It’s so niche and rough around the edges. It’s presented in such a simple, direct way. Just the talking head. Technically, it’s bad TV and sub-par storytelling. But it’s as real as it gets. Which is why it hit me right in the stomach.

I respect Day9 as an excellent player and an excellent commenter. But doing such a video takes so much more. Thank you, Day9.

Krystian Majewski

Krystian Majewski was born in Warsaw and studied design at Köln International School of Design. Before, he was working on a mid-size console project for NEON Studios in Frankfurt. He helped establish a Master course in Game Design and Research at the Cologne Game Lab. Today he teaches Game Design at various institutions and develops independent games.

One response to “Day9 Daily Episode 100”

  1. Dave

    I’ve been watching the daily ever since I got an invite into the SC2 beta. Each show, and every tournament cast is just filled with enthusiasm and passion, and it goes right through the screen and gives you a bit of that same feeling. It amazes me that every joke and off-hand comment to his co-caster is always followed up by some small piece of insight, none of it filler or boiler-plate banter.

    He is truly the Starcraft ambassador, and rightly deserves to be so.


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