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Fun Games to Play with YouTube When You Are Bored

It's happening again. You are sitting in front of the computer with no idea what to do to entertain yourself. The boredom is starting to creep through your brain.

You kinda want to watch YouTube videos, but you can't ever seem to find enough interesting videos to keep you occupied.

Just clicking around on YouTube until you find something interesting isn't very productive. Add structure to your surfing with these YouTube games guaranteed to cure that brain-rotting boredom that comes from clicking without a purpose.

Below are some games to guide your video searching such as Ironman YouTube, Viral Tube, and Follow the Suggestions. And did you know there are actual interactive games to play on YouTube as well?

Whether solo or with a group of friends, young and old alike can now goof off watching YouTube without being aimless. Think of how much more effective you will be at wasting time.

What are you waiting for? Scroll on down and get cracking on the video hilarity.

Do you have what it takes to win the game?

Flex your YouTube muscles.

Flex your YouTube muscles.

Ironman YouTube

One mind-numbingly boring night my husband and his friends invented a game they call Ironman YouTube. The game saved them from their boredom that night and many nights since then. You too can have the cure for boredom by following these easy steps.

It is like a game of last man standing using YouTube. The rules are pretty simple and you can create your own variation.

The Original Version

Each person says a random word or phrase and types it into the YouTube search. Then you play the first video in the search results. You must watch the video all the way to the end.

When the video is finished the next person types in a phrase and plays the first video in the results.

Keep doing this until everyone has had a turn to pick a phrase. Then start back over with the first person.

How does a person win the game, you ask? Here's where the last man standing comes into the game - you never know what kind of a video you are going to get with your random phrase.

Sometimes you find gems that are funny or amazing. Sometimes the videos are weird.

For example, I picked the words "spaghetti socks" and the video below was the first result. It is a video of a cat trying to eat spaghetti noodles.

First result for the search "spaghetti socks."

It is a cute cat that tries to pick up the noddles with its paws and flings the noodles. It is only 30 seconds, so it is a rare gem that is actually fun to watch.

But sometimes you find videos on YouTube so excruciatingly bad you just can't stand to watch them for fear that your brain will shrivel up and hemorrhage. That's where the Iron Man part comes in. There was a video a bit further down the list that was 7 minutes of a guy sticking his feet in spaghetti and playing with it. Watching the first minute of the spaghetti feet video isn't too bad. It's gross and strange. But watching it for 6 more minutes is rough.

Sadly, there is a large population of this type of video on YouTube. Just think of all the people who are recording their random thoughts for 40 minutes or the cat chasing a piece of lint for 6 hours or the people who think they are great dancers. Picture the auditions for American Idol that were too horrific to put on television. That is the kind of things that are uploaded onto YouTube in the highest quantity.

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When someone can't stand the pain of watching the video anymore, he can fold and turn away from the pain to spare his eyes. Anyone who turns his attention away from the video is disqualified.

Keep watching until all but one person has cried "Uncle." The last person left watching is declared the Ironman or Ironwoman.

(This is the die hard version. Look below for another way to play.)

YouTube Lols

You never know what you will find on YouTube.

You never know what you will find on YouTube.

Additional Rules and Things to Remember

  • You can put a time limit on the videos you watch. 10 minutes is a good cut off. Skip longer ones.
  • You can also skip music videos and slideshows.
  • Remember - YouTube is very dynamic. The results change daily and fluctuate because of new videos being uploaded or things becoming more or less popular. The phrase you typed in yesterday may not give the same results today.

Variation on the Game

Instead of playing last man standing, you can go one round of everyone picking a phrase. Then vote for the person who discovered the best, worst, funniest, or strangest video. Each vote counts as a point. The person with the most points is the winner for the round.

Play multiple rounds and keep score. The person with the highest number of points at the end is the crowned champion of Ironman YouTube.

This can keep the game from going on way too long and to give the game more excitement than everyone just trying to pick bad videos.

YouTube Poll

Fight boredom with toys!

YouTube Video Circles

Fighting cats leads to a cat fighting with a squirrel and then to a cat fail and then to cat magic and another cat magic and then back to the beginning.  Phew.

Fighting cats leads to a cat fighting with a squirrel and then to a cat fail and then to cat magic and another cat magic and then back to the beginning. Phew.

Follow the Suggestions

One awesome feature of YouTube is the suggestions queue on the right side of the video. A simple YouTube surfing game to play is to follow the top suggestion.

Just watch a video to begin, then click on the top suggested video. You may want to skip the ones that are promoted videos (usually highlighted in yellow). They typically aren't as good as the others. You should skip playlists as well.

Once the second video has played, click the next top suggested video. And so on until you make a full circle and come back to the original video or a video you have already seen.

For example I typed "jinx cat" into the search. I got the video "Cat vs Kitten (Ernie vs Jinx)." The top suggestion was "Cat vs Squirrel!," which led to "Cat Fall Fail!" Following the suggestion on that video I got "Vanishing Cat Magic Trick." Eerily, the top video was another "Vanishing Cat Magic Trick" completely different from the first. And then the magic was over because that video suggested I watch "Cat vs Kitten (Ernie vs Jinx)," the original video. Check out the picture at the side for a visual.

Some circles will be small. You may only have to watch a few videos to get to the original. Some circles can go on for hours with a different top video every time. (Cheat code: You don't have to watch the whole video in order to click on the suggestions. If the video is a dud, click yourself on outta there).

If you are YouTubing with friends or random people who happen to be gathered around your computer, compete to see who can create the longest chain of top suggested videos without any repeats.

The suggested videos can be very different from what your beginning video was, sometimes in hilarious ways. The person who ends up with the most random suggestions should also get game points if you want to keep score.

Follow this game suggestion and you'll be clicking your way to a fun time.

No virtual tissues needed.

No virtual tissues needed.

Viral Tube

Sometimes you just want to waste some time watching videos while leaving your brain in neutral. Making surfing into a game can be just too much effort, but you can't seem to find any interesting videos.

No problem. The solution is to jump on the bandwagon and let the in crowd tell you what to watch.

This is the Viral Videos Game. You can watch the videos with the most views and the videos that are trending now by checking out the charts. These are the videos that are spreading all over the internet (hence the name viral).

Just go through the list watching the ones that look appealing or start picking random numbers. Watch videos 23, 56, and 98 on the list. If more than one person is watching, take turns picking random numbers.

You can even pick certain categories of popular videos to watch. Take turns picking categories if you aren't the only vegetable around.

You can make your viewing interesting without too much effort by catching what everyone else is spreading across the web.

Viral Video Quiz

For each question, choose the best answer. The answer key is below.

  1. What should you do to prevent intruders?
    • Sleep under the bed.
    • Hide your kids, hide your wife.
    • Cover the windows with duct tape.
  2. What should you do when you see a double rainbow?
    • Start crying.
    • Eat Skittles.
    • Get out your banjo.
  3. If you have a problem, who should you get to play it off?
    • LOL Cats
    • Honey Badger
    • Keyboard Cat
  4. If you click a link and the song "Never Gonna Give You Up" starts playing, what has happened to you?
    • You were punked.
    • You were Rick Rolled.
    • You were Chuck Norrised.
  5. What does Charlie do?
    • Spill his spaghetti.
    • Pull the dog's tail.
    • Bite fingers.

Answer Key

  1. Hide your kids, hide your wife.
  2. Start crying.
  3. Keyboard Cat
  4. You were Rick Rolled.
  5. Bite fingers.

Interpreting Your Score

If you got between 0 and 1 correct answer: Do you know what YouTube is?

If you got 5 correct answers: Meme expert! You must surf all day.

Actual YouTube Games

Did you know that there actual interactive games to play on YouTube? Yup, it's true.

Most of the games are videos that have links embedded into them. When you click a link to make a choice in the game, it sends you to another video that shows the results of what you chose.

There are interactive adventures that are the live version of choose your own adventure books. You can even find magic tricks and card tricks, spelling bees, trivia games, and interactive maps.

Type in interactive videos or interactive games in the YouTube search to start watching (and playing).

My favorites are Chad, Matt and Rob interactive adventures and Bboy Joker, which you can try out below. It is an interactive breakdance competition between Batman and Joker. If you click to interact with the video, it will take you to other segments of the game.

Interactive Batman Dance Game

Zombie Adventure

This is another fun interactive adventure video. It's about zombies and pizza. Choose wisely and don't lose the toppings.

Interactive Zombie Movie Adventure

Snake Game

The snake appears on the video. Try to catch the blinking dot.

The snake appears on the video. Try to catch the blinking dot.

Snake Game on YouTube

Guess what? There is also a hidden snake game Easter Egg on YouTube. You can play it while watching videos or with the video paused.

The game can be accessed on videos done with the new YouTube player. While watching a video, click on the video itself. Then hold down the left arrow key for a few seconds. Immediately hit either the up or down arrow key to keep the snake from dying.

The snake moves pretty quickly and it is hard to see over some of the videos. Try it while watching a video that is dark. Type in "snake game on YouTube" and you will get video results that are just black screens so that playing the game is easier.

You can pause and unpause the video with the space bar while you are playing the snake game. Move the snake so that it eats the blinking dots. He will grow as you do.

Now you can entertain yourself while videos are loading. No more fun lag while waiting on buffering. Score!

Make Your Own Videos

Not satisfied with YouTube as a spectator sport? Get into the game yourself then by making your own videos. Watching videos is not as much fun as creating them.

Come up with a corny song or a skit. Invent a new dance move. Show the weirdest things in your house. Make a short film. Create your own viral video.

All you need is a video camera. Many smartphones will let you upload video you take straight to YouTube.

Your turn to be master of the game. Action!

What do you have to say? Are you game?

Candace Bacon (author) from Far, far away on October 14, 2012:

naeemebrahimjee - The Ironman game can be lots of fun, especially with a big group. Thanks!

naeemebrahimjee from London on August 15, 2012:

I absolutely love the Ironman game. I guess i know how my evening is going to pan out.......

Candace Bacon (author) from Far, far away on April 01, 2012:

Horatio Plot - Yep. It sounds like you would get along very well. You could switch your game over to YouTube and see what happens! Thanks!

Horatio Plot from Bedfordshire, England. on April 01, 2012:

I love this Hub. For years I've amused myself by opening my "Great Rock Discography" which lists over 1,000 artists and groups and picking two names at random. I then put the name of the first act (say, Guns N’ Roses) into the search box, picking the first video on the list and trying to get to the second act (say, Public Enemy) by means of the suggestions. Guns N’ Roses to Public Enemy is possible because I did it yesterday in 27 moves via such artists as Queen, Red Hot Chilli Peppers and 2pac among others. Unfortunately the rise and rise of Vevo has stopped making this much fun anymore.

But now I have a new game! “Ironman YouTube”. Sounds like I should join your hubby and his mates for a beer or two. I’m obviously anal enough!

Voted up and sharing.

Candace Bacon (author) from Far, far away on February 15, 2012:

Worldofwow1992 - The Batman dance video is great. I'll pass the message on to my husband. He'll be pleased added a bit of fun to someone's life. Thank you!

tlmcgaa70 - Thanks! YouTube is amazing. You can find just about anything on there. Adding your own videos is also great.

jaybird22 - Thank you! Entertainment is one thing modern people never lack. See you around the hubs!

Shanna11 - YouTube is an endless supply of fun. Thanks!

theclevercat - Thank you very much!

ytsenoh - Thank you! It is very much appreciated.

Cathy from Louisiana, Idaho, Kauai, Nebraska, South Dakota, Missouri on February 13, 2012:

Cocopreme, this was so creative and funny and overall imaginative, that's why I'm giving it thumbs up. Good for you, too, for hub of the day. It was well earned. Thanks much.

Rachel Vega from Massachusetts on February 13, 2012:

Very fun Hub! Congrats on the HOTD! Voting up and funny.

Shanna from Utah on February 13, 2012:

Lol, this is awesome! I need to plan a Youtube video night with my roommates soon using this.

jaybird22 from New York on February 13, 2012:

Great Hub! Congratulations on making it to the top 14! I had no idea that one could do so much with youtube. It truly is amazing what the human race is capable of doing when bored. Voted up and am becoming a follower.

tlmcgaa70 from south dakota, usa on February 13, 2012:

i watch a great many YT videos, mostly since i discoivered you can actually watch movies (tho sometimes in segments) and even tv shows. i can find some of my favorite songs and awesome music i never knew about. and i can never turn cat/kitten videoes down. i have uploaded a fair number of my own videos as well. great hub and congrats...voted up and shared.

Worldofwow1992 from Michigan on February 13, 2012:

I was stuck on that interactive dance video for too long. Truly awesome. I'm definitely going to start trying that ironman youtube game. Awesome creation. Props to your husband and his friends. Thanks!

Candace Bacon (author) from Far, far away on February 13, 2012:

krystal - Did what?

MP50 - Thanks! Sounds like you know how to keep yourself occupied.

dmop - There are tons of fun games and videos for kids on YouTube.

NatalieSack - YouTube can be addictive, but there are so many great videos out there. It is a fountain of information and entertainment.

Swetankraj - Thanks so much! I was amazed when I discovered the snake game as well.

TheHeavyReview - Thanks! There is so much to do with YouTube. The snake game is my favorite.

TheHeavyReview on February 13, 2012:

Wow, what an interesting hub! I didn't know there was so much you could do with Youtube! I'm gonna have to try the snake game later. Very well written, too.

Swetank Raj from India on February 13, 2012:

The hub is so funny and weird. I even don't now the snake game in YouTube player. Thanks for sharing the ideas with great hub. THAT'S JuST AWESooooooME!!

NatalieSack from Pittsburgh, PA on February 13, 2012:

Had no idea about any of this. Thanks for a reason to stay on YouTube even longer!

dmop from Cambridge City, IN on February 13, 2012:

I agree with WannaB Writer, I have 7 kids so being bored is not an option, but if I ever do I may check this out.

MP50 on February 13, 2012:

Interesting Hub Thanks for sharing, games are a lot of fun and I never get bored.

krystal on November 22, 2011:

weird i wonder why they did it...

Candace Bacon (author) from Far, far away on November 17, 2011:

uniquearticlesbuz - Games are definitely fun. Thank you.

uniquearticlesbuz from USA on November 16, 2011:

Thanks. I love to play video games......

Candace Bacon (author) from Far, far away on November 16, 2011:

jacqui2011 - Thank you! Playing games with YouTube is a fun way to pass the time with friends.

jacqui2011 from Norfolk, UK on November 16, 2011:

Loved it. Great ideas here, especially ironman. Next time my friends are round, I might give this a go. Thanks for sharing.

Candace Bacon (author) from Far, far away on November 11, 2011:

Thanks Simone! You can definitely find some very interesting videos playing a game of ironman. Good luck.

Simone Haruko Smith from San Francisco on November 11, 2011:

This is so brilliant. I especially love the idea of YouTube ironman. I want to try a round with my friends! I don't think I'd make it very far...

Candace Bacon (author) from Far, far away on October 17, 2011:

Chris - I bet you know all viral videos then.

Chris Rene Fan on October 17, 2011:

I watch 5-10 videos a day I think I might need some help.

tobuscus on September 29, 2011:

dude everyone knows about the snake game!

Candace Bacon (author) from Far, far away on July 27, 2011:

Thank you akirchner and WannaB! I am thrilled to make it into this week's picks.

Barbara Radisavljevic from Templeton, CA on July 26, 2011:

I'm afraid I never have time to be bored, but if I did, I'd have no excuse to stay bored after reading this. Congrats on making the top 14.

Audrey Kirchner from Washington on July 26, 2011:

Wow - who knew all this stuff? Obviously you did! Great subject and congrats on making it into the Fab 14....good luck!

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