If there are two things I love, they are soccer and video games. The following image was what I encountered yesterday on my (news?) feed?/dashboard?, as I finally logged into my Facebook account.
(source: Kaká’s instagram)
I was quite frankly overjoyed. Pictured here are Real Madrid players (from left to right), Mesut Özil, Kaká, and Sami Khedira. They are all holding Nintendo 3DS XL’s and are happily playing Mario Kart. The same image is posted on other social media sites (either from the players themselves/fan accounts/other websites) like Twitter, Instagram, and others. I am a fan of Real Madrid, but have been admittedly slacking on watching games due to studying for mid terms, which is very unfortunate existence in itself. Seeing this image really brightened my day. I felt indescribable happiness seeing two of my most favorite things combined.
Soccer players playing video-games isn’t a new thing. The FIFA series of video games are very popular amongst gamers, mostly young men. (FIFA video games also allow music artists to reach gamers because their songs are featured in the games as soundtracks.) As a conclusion, professional soccer players (men, ages 19-early 30’s), playing video games is not very surprising at all.
This relates to technology in two ways. First, I would probably not have seen this image if I did not log into Facebook. Ordinarily, this would not be a problem for most. However, I do not tend to use my Facebook account that often, if not sporadically. I guess Facebook is useful for my personal use besides staying in touch with my high school friends. Secondly, these three famous players are promoting the Nintendo 3DS XL and Mario Kart to their followers on their social media accounts.
I find it really fascinating that people can receive news about their favorite stars from across the world. (Technically, these three are on an airplane.) It truly is amazing what we can communicate to each other, what we can share. Especially since soccer is such a popular sport, most images of famous soccer players (or footballers, as they’re known for the Europeans) are cross-posted on basically all social media sites.