An Afternoon Wasted

I was going to write about gaming Headphones, so that if you ever planned on buying one, or you desired to learn further about them, you are able to use this piece of writing. I’ve departed from that vaguely (OK lots), and here is why.


When I write articles or reviews (in the event you Google me you will find that I have written a good deal), I usually use what we writers call a ‘framing device’, specifically, a pleasant beginning/end to the piece that gently eases you into it, frequently via a joke or anecdote. This makes it easier for me to write down (I’m not the most technically savvy man on Earth) and easier for you to read. I would like you to buy the products, but that doesn’t mean we could’t have a laugh or two, does it?


I had just a little think about how to frame a piece of writing about Earphones, and came up with a pretty good idea. The fantastic thing about writing for the internet is that anything you write about is usually instantly accessed, so I decided that I would frame my Headphones article around ‘The Angry German Kid’ viral video, as an example of the kind of people that should not buy Headsets. When you have not seen the ‘Angry German Kid’ video, it depicts a youthful German boy attempting to learn the game ‘Unreal Tournament’ and screaming wildly when it doesn’t work. Creating funny subtitles to accompany the boy’s increasingly deranged ranting has become a pastime beloved by the same people who do those ‘Hitler reacts’ videos (actually, there’s even a crossover of the two).


In order to find out more about this video, I searched the usual places, but found nothing other than dodgy translations (and, despite being part German myself, I can not speak a word) and propaganda claiming the boy was sectioned in a psychiatric institute. Eventually, after an extended and exhaustive investigate, I discovered the truth regarding the Angry German Kid, and a lot more than I needed for a short article about Earphones at that.


Because it turns out, AGK’s real name is Leopold and he’s the culprit for numerous comedy ‘characters’, including ‘Der Echte Gangster’ (a parody of white hopeful 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 television show, who spread his AGK video (itself intended to send up the (then current) debate in Germany concerning whether violent games ought to be banned or not. Sadly, the child has resisted making more videos since AGK went viral and he was mercilessly bullied at school. As it seems, you’ll be able to quite gladly buy any Headsets you would like, without turning into an irate German. And I wasted a whole afternoon finding that out for you. If you wish to see a genuine freakout, go to Youtube and search ‘Greatest Freakout Ever’ and no, I don’t have time to find out the fairy-tale behind it for you.