Jerome Robert Aceti, known by his online handle JeromeASF, is a pioneer in video-gameplay web broadcasting. JeromeASF got his start at around 14 when he first started recording and posting videos of him and his friends playing first-person shooter games like Halo and Call of Duty on Youtube. He posted those videos with the group accounts HacksourceVideos and AwesomeSauceFilms, but the groups eventually divided into individual accounts when they realized the potential to build their own fanbases. Jerome grew renowned for his Minecraft videos, and he has garnered millions of subscribers. Jerome’s popularity has even led to an affiliation with Machinima, WarnerMedia’s multiplatform online entertainment network.
JeromeASF combines his passion for filmmaking and video games to deliver free content for young gamers. While he would love to branch out to skits, vlogging, and other forms of content, he feels the range of possibilities provided by Minecraft are nearly limitless, and the game itself motivates much of his creative process. The game is so inextricably a part of Jerome’s brand, he was chosen to host Fusion’s “Talking Minecraft,” which was screened on television following the premiere of the Minecraft documentary “The Story of Mojang.”
Deepak questions Jerome concerning the socio-cultural implications of gaming. In regards to ADD and violent tendencies, Jerome shoots down claims of the negative impact of gaming. He states that gaming serves as an outlet and tool for these problems rather than a catalyst, and explains how he finds that educational gaming can help kids focus in the classroom, and how action-packed adventures on the screen can offer a release that keeps kids away from enacting anything harmful in real life. When Deepak goes on to ask how video games effect the social literacy of gamers, Jerome shares how the online gaming communities he joined as a teenager taught him how to communicate more clearly and confidently in the real world. JeromeASF does not know exactly how video games are going to effect the evolution of mankind, but through his experience, shared both on Youtube, and in the game-worlds themselves, he has come to believe that gaming benefits the world in the ways it teaches the individual how to interact with the people around them.
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