One Youtuber reveals how gaming enhances non-gaming skills

The rise of gamers and gaming worldwide is a force to be reckoned with, and sitting down with Fakhrul Hakim bin Rosli helped us reinforce that notion.

Also known as Avian (or Potata and Akito to some), this Civil Engineering student in USM Nibong Tebal, Malaysia, still manages to find time to be both a gamer, as well as an aspiring Youtuber, uploading in various channels such as Yunite (a shared channel with his friend Lee), and the Facebook page Durian Crew, a collaborative team for Youtubers.


“I started gaming at a very young age,” he says, citing his brother as his influence and motivation. “I remember the first game I played was EA’s Command & Conquer Red Alert 2 in 2003. Then I jumped into the high-speed first person shooter (FPS) Unreal Tournament. Up until now, I’ve not really stuck to one genre of gaming as I play for new experiences.”

Avian admits that he previously did not dream of making gameplay videos on Youtube – he was merely interested in editing videos. In high school, he met Joe767 and created a team called SS Inc, which did non-gameplay videos. It wasn’t until his Malaysian University English Test when his English teacher suggested he record himself in front of a camera to learn from his mistakes. That got him thinking – “how about I make a video commentating about games like Pewdiepie, a famous Youtuber I always watched?” Avian laughed. “And that’s how I made my first gameplay video, which I uploaded to my team Youtube channel, Yunite.”


Curious to find out more, we asked Avian a little bit more about how gaming can help enhance non-gaming skills.

“Video games have been shown to be useful for enhancing skills such as the ability to make critical decisions and improve one’s concentration,” he says, in reply. “I found that playing competitive FPS like the classic Unreal Tournament and CounterStrike needs a high amount of concentration and quick reflexes. Yes, when I first started to play the game, I sucked at it and would immediately die. But the more I played, the more I improved.”

When he first started playing, he was probably playing it like this, we imagine. (Just kidding!)

In fact, according to him, almost every game genre has its own unique challenges that would enhance certain skillsets. “Games like Sims and Sim City would enhance your management skills, and games like Portal 2 would enhance your problem solving skills. It’s also worth noting that research from New York University (source: 2013 article) shows that students who played a game competitively solved 45% more Math problems than those who didn’t, and all students who played the game improved their Math skills no matter whether they played competitively or collaboratively.”

He further cited a world renowned designer of alternate-reality games, Jane McGonigal , who also concluded that gaming requires the player to learn a wider and more challenging range of skills and abilities. (View her TED talk here:

Avian expresses his disappointment, however, at how many gamers who want to try to become Youtubers or eSports players get discouraged by their family and friends. “I’m lucky that my friends and family support me in making Youtube videos,” he says. “I’m also lucky enough to be able to join Durian Crew, an awesome community created by Youtubers for Youtubers.”

“The major problem is that the mentality has been set amongst people in general that gaming is all bad. There are many communities and groups who seek to correct this – among this is Fundeavour, a gaming website that helps people become a proper and healthy gamer (among others). Not to mention providing tips and tricks for new Youtubers to start their own Youtube channel.” He pauses. “I myself, with the Durian Crew, fight to correct this impression. People need to realize that games can be useful and even be pursued as a dream. If Pewdiepie can do it, why can’t other people?”

Avian reacts to PPAP –

Even so, Avian figures that Youtube remains more of his hobby and passion. “For now, Youtube is not something I would consider as a potential career, but there is a possibility that it could happen in the future. Like a great man once said – “Yesterday is history, tomorrow a mystery, today is a gift of God, which is why we call it the present.” As of now, I’m going to become an Engineer who does Youtube for fun – like Saitama (Note: As in One Punch Man!), but for Youtube,” he smiles.

As parting advice, Avian adds: “My advice to those who are discouraged by their family and friends to take gaming to the next step is to show them we can be responsible. As gamers, we have been looked down at by society negatively and that’s going to change.

“Do not abandon your family just because they discouraged you as, this makes society’s misinterpretation of us worse. Show them that as a gamer, we can be responsible too and not abandon our task and responsibility.”

“The next step is to show them that you are passionate toward gaming. They may be relentless at first but if you doing things correctly, and are determined to follow the path you seek, they may even change their mind towards you and gamers in general.”

Don’t give up, guys!

Avian can be found at the following social media links:

Fundeavour –

Facebook –

Youtube –


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