Let’s Plays are his great passion: Always the camera handy Let’s Player Dner gets his fans for quite a while now. With over 900,000 subscribers and over 130 million video views Dner was able to turn his hobby into a job. Currently his YouTube channel offers Let’s Plays of Minecraft, GTA Online and much more.
Hi Dner! Thank you for the interview! Please tell us a bit about your person: What do you do exactly?
Hey, I am Felix. As Dner I produce gaming videos and other nonsense on this video platform “YouTube” in this “internet” for almost three years now. Some people seem to even like watching it, sometimes I don’t even know why myself. 😀
For how long are you into gaming now?
In my childhood I played games once in a while, but I was never a real hardcore gamer, I guess. The LAN parties in my village I always liked to attend though.
What is your previous career?
Since I started my channel three years ago it kept growing. Now it has over 900,000 subscribers, which is sort of terrifying… ^^
What was your first video game?
Lego Racer 2, awesome game! 😀
Where do you get the ideas for your videos from?
I get my ideas from my everyday life. Out of all impressions I gather all day suddenly a thought comes to my mind, which I write down diligently. I believe, this is how it is best…^^
How much time a week do you spend with shooting your videos?
The shooting of the videos doesn’t take up more than a few hours a day. Everything else that is part of the job as a YouTuber takes 60 hours a week easily.
Is it still a hobby or would you already call it a profession?
Since I make a living with this it definitely became my profession in the meantime. I feel very lucky, that I was able to turn my hobby into a profession, and am grateful every day for this opportunity.
What characteristics should a good „Let’s Play“ have?
Since there is no uniform definition a Let’s Play can be entertaining in various ways, because everyone has different ideas of what he or she wants to watch. I personally like when you can feel the joy of the Let’s Player and he gets the viewer excited. 🙂
What kind of hardware do you use?
I play mainly at my computer which has i7 3770k, 16GB RAM and Nvidia GTX 780ti.
What is important to you when it comes to video games and what annoys you?
A well-staged story and diverse gameplay, ideally with a lot of freedom for my own ideas, attract me. Repetitive sequences and in general predictability bore me.
Do you have any idols in the gaming scene? If so, who?
Not really. But there are a few YouTuber, who have inspired me and still do so, such as SeaNanners. https://www.youtube.com/user/SeaNanners/featured
Have you visited gamescom before? If so, how many times?
I have already been to gamescom in 2012 and 2013.
Will you attend this year’s gamescom? Where can visitors meet you?
Definitely! Where exactly I am going to hang out I cannot say yet.
What are you looking forward to most?
To meet many of my viewers. 🙂
Where can we find you on the internet?