I need to confess something to you all: I enjoy popping my pimples. I know it’s not good to do that. I’ve read all the warnings about what could go wrong if you pop your own pimples. But when I look in the mirror and I see this big, honking pimple staring back at me, mocking me, even daring me to pop it, what else am I supposed to do?
So that confession is going to lead to this confession: Sometimes when I am on YouTube, I will sneak over to Dr. Pimple Popper’s (otherwise known as Dr. Sandra Lee) channel and watch her pop a few pimples. Don’t ask me to explain why I watch those videos, because I can’t. I simple get some strange satisfaction watching her pop and extract her client’s pimples.
I’m not alone in having this odd fascination. After all, Dr. Lee’s channel is about to cross the 4 million subscriber mark. And according to Social Blade, people have watched Dr. Lee’s videos over 2 billion times. Her channel has become such a sensation, she now has a reality TV series on TLC.
That said, I have no similar urge to watch, or even personally pop, the pimples found on Dr. Sandra Lee’s new game, Pimple Pete.
According to The Kansas City Star, Pimple Pete is a game where you try to pull out the pimples on Pete’s face. Be careful, however, because if you pull it out wrong, you’ll cause the mega zit on Pete’s nose to pop, which will result in you getting squirted.
Somehow the popping sound in the video isn’t as satisfying as the popping sound when one of your own whiteheads gives up its load. Plus, I have no compulsion of any kind to pop anyone else’s pimples. Gross.
I can’t imagine a parent looking at this game online and saying to themselves, “You know, I’ve always wanted to pop pimples with my kids. I should buy this.” Then again, I can’t imagine a parent saying to themselves, “You know, I’ve always wanted to pop pimples with my kids. I should develop a game around it.” And I really can’t imagine that, twenty seconds into the pitch meeting for this product, the toy company executive didn’t stand up and say, “No.” Then again, that’s probably why I’m not a toy company executive.
I don’t see this game being an extremely popular game. Younger kids (it’s rated for ages 5 and up) will be unable to set this up or play it on their own. Older kids who can set it up and play it on their own probably won’t want to. Of course, some YouTuber some where will make a video playing it. That will prompt every other YouTuber out there to buy it and make a video playing it as well. And maybe, just maybe, a kid watching one of those videos will decide to become the next Dr. Pimple Popper.
After all, YouTube wouldn’t be the same without someone making pimple popping videos for us to watch.