One Way To Make Some YouTube Videos Way Creepier

One Way To Make Some YouTube Videos Way Creepier

The code that puts a first-person-shooter avatar and reticule on top of random uploaded videos doesn't appear to be publicly available. That's probably a good thing because it makes everything much more stomach-churning.

YouTube Shooter is the work of intermedia artist Kent Sheely, who's also swapped the old-school Nintendo Zapper for actual guns in a bunch of iconic movie scenes. The 2013 art project is practically ancient in terms of internet time but I just ran across it today and haven't been able to stop looking at it. The fact that the overlay obscures the button that closes ad pop-ups is an unintended consequence that makes the work even more darkly humorous and self-conscious.

Seeing how it turns the most blasé video sequences into too-long sequences of dread -- who's gonna get shot? when? now? now?! -- it's understandable why Sheely hasn't unleashed the code that makes this overlay possible on the world.

There's a morbid curiosity about what various YouTube videos would look like in YouTube Shooter mode but it'd also make recordings of birthday/wedding/bbqs into major bummers.


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    first-person-shooter avatar and reticule on top of random uploaded videos

    There was a first person shooter avatar and a woman's handbag placed on top of random uploaded videos?

    I think you meant 'reticle'.

      Literally the same thing: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reticle

        http://www.lifehacker.com.au/2014/08/whats-the-difference-between-a-reticle-and-a-reticule/

    That first one was filmed in Melbourne, just down the road from where I am now. Even creepier :)

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