It turns out that YouTube megastar Jenna Marbles is an Elder Scrolls Online junkie

    
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Jenna playing ESO

Sometimes, our favourite things collide in weird and wonderful ways, and today is one of those days. At the time of writing, YouTube sensation Jenna Marbles‘ latest video, featuring her house in The Elder Scrolls Online, is #18 on the platform’s Gaming trending list and bringing the game to her 20M followers. While Jenna, whose real name is Jenna Mourey, and her partner Julien Solomita share a hugely popular Twitch account, she doesn’t often make game-specific content for her YouTube channel and is far better known for her comedy content despite being an avid gamer.

Mourey has spoken in several videos about her love of ESO, most notably in her comedy I’m Addicted to Elder Scrolls video in 2015, but this is the first serious ESO video she’s recorded for her YouTube audience; she gives viewers a guided tour of her very impressive Elsweyr crib, showcasing the housing mechanics of ESO as she fixes her table settings and shows off her crafting stations.

Mourey’s enthusiasm is infectious as her character eats homemade dishes, entertains a guest to her in-game home, and swims under a gorgeous waterfall. We particularly enjoyed her wardrobe tour, showcasing some of the wonderful costumes you can collect in the game. She chatted about her non-combat pets, the range of housing available in the game and the gold value of some of her most precious housing items – and she’s got some pretty rare stuff! And no, it wasn’t gifted to her by Bethsoft; in fact, hilariously, Bethsoft is in her comments trying to send her swag.

Now known for wholesome dog content and goofy “beautuber” videos, Mourey started her YouTube channel started in 2010 with content that then featured comical rants or her adorable chihuahua Marbles; her popularity has exploded from there. We wanna hear more about her experience with ESO, particularly surrounding PvE and lore since she says she personally finds those things most appealing!

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cambruin

I never understood why people prefer to watch someone else live their life…

Sorry, I’m in my 30s, so I’m out of touch, I know, but I honestly don’t understand. I’m not judging, I play a silly 13 year old MMO game who’s developer I absolutely despise. We’re all weird like that. But still, trying to understand…

My children do the same. They were given a Nintendo switch, yet they now prefer to watch youtubers play Mario rather than playing it themselves. Why? What is the appeal? The high-pitch voices, the flashy over-the-top visuals with the overly virbant colours, … I don’t get it.
I understand there’s things in life I’ll never comprehend, but I want to learn and my children are too young to be able to explain.

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Matthäus Wey

Maybe some people watch these videos because of the person playing the game rather than just watching the gameplay.

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ihatevnecks

Ever read a book about someone else? Watch a tv show about someone else? Fiction or non fiction? How many of those have been about people with fairly regular, uneventful lives? We make seasons-long dramas about people who.. work in an ER. Or go to high school.

There’s really no difference here; being interested in the lives and happenings of others, whether real or fictional, is a pretty old habit. Now it’s just done with the addition of a person playing a game people are interested in.

Different people react to different situations, differently. Some enjoy seeing that. Others just enjoy the specific personality a streamer might have, regardless of the game they’re playing. Unlike the television shows or books, it’s unscripted.

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Robert Mann

I figure that I can have far more fun either doing or hanging out with people, rather than just watching somebody. That just watching somebody thing IS strangely popular with people though… and to each their own.

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Bruno Brito

Do you watch sports? It’s the same.

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Crowe

Nope, don’t watch sports. I’d rather play the sports. (and yes, I do in fact totally suck at the sports I play!)

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semugh

so the question is, why do people watch a pretty, nerdy girl playing video games.
Lemme think for a moment…
Sry, no idea.

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XK

Never heard of her, but that’s true of most youtube personalities.

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Michael18

Same.

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Sorenthaz

Especially since the algorithm makes it really easy to just sort of never see a majority of “Youtubers” outside of whatever categories you focus on and whatever talk show host/random stuff Youtube pushes up in recommendations.

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Utakata

*Pigtails quietly asks “Jenna who?”…

…then suddenly realizes this may not be a popular question, then ducks quickly for some needed cover*

>.<

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cileate1

You are a grown-ass adult roleplaying as an anime character in a gaming news website. The last thing you want to do is try to look cool by proudly proclaiming your ignorance about a YouTuber.

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Utakata

…I’m not sure what anime character that would be though. And the last rare manga I saw with a Gnome in it, the artist rendered her with a beard. So just no! >.<

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Bryan Correll

For forgot to add a /whoosh to your reply.

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Utakata

That was more a /roll with the ad hominem though. o.O

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K8 D

I was super excited to see this in my notifications on youtube! I play eso on pc but haven’t done any trials or too many vet dungeons yet, and my own houses are pretty bare. It was nice seeing what houses can look like! If anyone hasn’t seen her youtube channel, i 100% recommend it. Don’t sort by popular, sort by new.

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starbuck1771

Elswyr is a great expansion. I got my favorite house there I think it is called the hall of champions or something like that by completing part of the quest line . plus it’s got three expansions you can earn via quests and achievements. As for Jenna funny young lady.

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TomTurtle

My first exposure to Jenna was her video about how to trick people into thinking you’re good looking. I enjoyed it, but didn’t follow her until years later, but I have since have enjoyed her weekly Youtube content.

She’s a real sweetheart and oddball in the best of ways.

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starbuck1771

My first exposure to her was via the Fine Brothers react channels. It was either FBE or React as those were the only ones they had at the time. Now they’re up to five or six channels on YouTube alone.

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Toy Clown

I found the link on ESO Reddit this morning and and I’m always interested in housing, but ended up skimming through it because she literally is bouncing all over the place, not giving enough time to see what items are, just doing rapid arrow overs, which I found frustrating. I’ve never watched her before and the wall of complaints in that video were a turn-off for me. Maybe not knowing her popularity, I wasn’t getting it, but didn’t leave a good impression with me for a streamer type.

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Random MMO fan

Never knew who those people were, and before you use exaggerations such as “hugely popular Twitch account”, please define what “hugely” means to you. To me it means numbers like these (see attached screenshot). What about your definition?

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Tobasco da Gama

Does 20 million subscribers on YouTube count?

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Sorenthaz

Those two don’t maintain such ridiculous numbers on a regular basis, they’re just getting a massive burst of viewership because everyone wants to join in on CSGOW- er, I mean Valorant.

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Bryan Correll

Telling me someone’s popular on Twitch is similar to saying they’re “big in Japan.” It may be true, but it’s still no reason for me to have heard of them.

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ihatevnecks

A person can be referred to as “huge in the r&b community” and I probably won’t have heard of them either.

On the other hand, I don’t feel the need to go into an article about them to tell everyone as much, either.

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Bree Royce

I pulled the pic because it was huuuuuge and covering the whole comment section. They showed 171.1k and 185.8k viewers on a pair of Valorant streams, presumably part of Riot’s launch key giveaway promotion. Jenna’s video is sitting with 740k views and climbing atm and she has 20M subs, so I’m not sure the comparison really hangs together.

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Random MMO fan

Hello Bree, you may pull the screenshot but the fact remains, there are DOZENS of streamers on Twitch who get thousands of active viewers for each stream, much more than the Twitch channel named “Jennajulien” which according to TwitchTracker site has 1672 average active viewers for each stream. Here is the link to this Twitch channel’s statistics:
https://twitchtracker.com/jennajulien

And I am not talking about Valorant streamers. I am talking about Twitch streamers like this:
https://ibb.co/ZHgB8S8
Please kindly notice the type of game this streamer is playing and the number of active viewers. And there are dozens more, from Dota2 to World of Warcraft (please kindly look at how much active viewers AsmonGold has right now) to games like CoD:MW.

So once again, I understand when someone might promote a personal favorite streamer by providing a link to that person’s stream, however this should be done in an honest way, without exaggerations like a “hugely popular Twitch account”.

Nothing personal, I just like when things being reported in a neutral and balanced way.

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Bree Royce

It’s fine, we all see what you’re up to.

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Bruno Brito

I mean, why the hell would she toss her lot with one of the worst communities ever, the gaming community?

It’s a recipe for disaster. Best of luck to her in all her endeavors. May she never find herself knee-deep in this dumpster fire i find myself in.

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Mordyjuice

ESO’s community is terrible, how so I haven’t seen too much toxic banter in General Chat, and my Trade Guild is pretty chill with a lot of middle aged to senior citizen adults?

The only games I’ve really come across toxic people are WoW (obviously), Rift, and GW2 (only when you bring up anything critical because everyone is a territorial over protective White Knight that worships at the alter of Snow Crows).

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Ben Griggs

I think he meant gaming communities in a general sense, but I agree as communities go, ESO’s is pretty good in my experience.

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Bruno Brito

I meant gaming communities in general, yes. Specifically some are better or worse. TF2 and LoL comes to mind. I wouldn’t want to be a content maker for those if my life depended on it.

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Bruno Brito

I find ESO community pretty average, with the caveat they’re extremely defensive about the game. ESO has some questionable design issues with their “shoving your face full of loot”, animation cancel and terrible performance/Zenimax ineptitude for balancing. But the game is pretty open ended, so their community is also pretty diverse.

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Tobasco da Gama

Jenna Marbles’ wholesome dog content is some of the best stuff on YouTube, for sure.

ESO needs to add a Kermit NPC or something now.

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P3lli

She recording at 10fps? Because HOLY SHIT my eyes hurt like hell. Can’t stand more than 30 seconds…