An Afternoon Wasted

I was going to put in writing about gaming Headphones, making sure that if you planned on purchasing one, you wanted to learn further about them, you can use this piece of writing. I have departed from that vaguely (OK a lot), and here is why.


When I write content pieces (in the event you Google me you’ll find that I’ve written a great deal), I usually use what we writers call a ‘framing device’, which is, a nice beginning/end for the piece that gently eases you into it, regularly via a joke or anecdote. This makes it easier for me to write down (I am not the most technically savvy bloke on Earth) and easier that you can read. I need you to buy the products, but that doesn’t mean we can’t have a laugh or 2 , does it?


I had a small think about how to frame a piece about Earphones, and came up using a pretty pleasant idea. The fantastic thing about writing for the net is that no matter which you write about can be instantly accessed, so I decided that I’d frame my Headphones article around ‘The Angry German Kid’ viral video, as an example of the type of folks that should not buy Earphones. If you haven’t seen the ‘Angry German Kid’ video, it depicts a youthful German boy attempting to play the game ‘Unreal Tournament’ and screaming wildly when it does not work. Creating humorous subtitles to accompany the boy’s increasingly deranged ranting has become a pastime beloved by identical individuals who do those ‘Hitler reacts’ videos (in fact, there’s even a crossover of both).


So that you can learn more about this video, I searched the standard places, but found nothing save for dodgy translations (and, regardless of being part German myself, I can’t speak a word) and propaganda claiming the boy was sectioned in a psychiatric institution. Ultimately, after a long and exhaustive search, I discovered the truth about the Angry German Kid, and much more than I needed for a quick article about Headsets at that.


As it turns out, AGK’s real name is Leopold and he is the culprit for numerous comedy ‘characters’, including ‘Der Echte Gangster’ (a parody of white would-be gangsters) ‘Metaler’ (a parody of ‘cookie monster’ heavy metal singers) and ‘Das Comeback’ where he plays an oafish, but well-meaning, moron. It seems that, the boy was deceived by a German TV show, who spread his AGK video (itself intended to send up the (then current) debate in Germany concerning whether violent video games need to be banned or not. Sadly, the kid has resisted making more videos since AGK went viral and he was mercilessly bullied at school. As it turns out, it is possible to quite gladly buy any Headphones you wish, without turning into an irate German. And I wasted a whole afternoon finding that out for you. If you need to see an actual freakout, go to Youtube and type ‘Greatest Freakout Ever’ and no, I do not have time to uncover the fairy-tale behind it for you.