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Let's Talk About Let's Play

Yahtzee examines the genre of Let's Play videos.

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I literally just finished watching a guy called jenomorph play thru amnesia the dark descent (because i'm too much of a pussy to play it myself).

It's hi-larious to watch people play horror games, if only because of the sense of detachment you have since you're not the one being immersed in the experience.

Oh. yeah. Great article btw. Hope to see you do an LP thing soon.

Ooo. Shame that one of the 50 Cent guys retired, so no more stuff from them.

... you do realize you're about to unleash a horde of fanboys like locusts upon the forum, right?

... okay, now I'm really glad the $10 gate is there.

EDIT: Also, a recommendation: Freelance Astronauts playing New Super Mario Bros Wii. Actually makes the game seem worthwhile.

I love LP's- just as Yahtzee says there a perfect tool for getting to experience a game that you either cant afford, dont have access to or just dont want to play.
But Ive never heard about the SA part of the equation, having to content myself with the highly variable quality of the youtube forms- but Im definately gonna check them out now cheers.

And I agree, it would be nice to see yahtzee's take on LP's.

I have a Half Life 2 LP on youtube that I haven't updated in 3 or 4 months, mostly because trying to edit together a break in game play was an extremely tedious task. Though, now that I'm on spring break from college, I have the time to work on it.
I'll think I'll do that now.

Honestly, I really want to do this someday, AND for a game people may actually care about.

I'd find it tough to do one alone, though, and I am the type with QC standards, so I'd want a proper TV recording... thingy.

Hm... Fascinating. I did not expect you to like LP's as much as you do. Also, thanks for mentioning that site. I used to watch the occasional LP on Youtube, but I will try that site.

P.S. Yay for the Deadly Premonition shout-out! More people should play that game...

Togs:
I love LP's- just as Yahtzee says there a perfect tool for getting to experience a game that you either cant afford, dont have access to or just dont want to play.
But Ive never heard about the SA part of the equation, having to content myself with the highly variable quality of the youtube forms- but Im definately gonna check them out now cheers.

And I agree, it would be nice to see yahtzee's take on LP's.

What?
Well, you might want this to be brought to your attention as well. Not quite as good as SA and hasn't been around as long, but we don't just let any moron get status either. You can actually look at the feedback thread and see some rather painful exchanges between the feedback crew or other members and new people who think they're much better than they actually are.

I joined there myself, they helped me improve quite a lot.

As for SA, I heartily recommend Slowbeef & friend's Let's Play of the Metroid Prime series (and Diabeetus on Metroid Fusion in the same thread), as well as Diabeetus' Let's Play of Battletoads.

Also, if you are not aware of their existence, look up 'retsupurae' on YouTube.

There are plenty of LPs on "Youtube" as well if anyone is interested.

That said, I have little sympathy for Yahtzee on the matter of not having enough time to play games. To be honest he's a professional, and apparently making enough money off of his internet fame to open a bar (since I seem to remember him mentioning his very humble beginnings). It comes down to the amount of time he chooses to spend on his profession... and simply put, anything becomes a boring chore when you do it professionally. Any hardcore gamer out there who suddenly had their gaming and commentary held to a professional level would rapidly feel the same way about it. Saying "well, I only play a few hours a day because I want to have a life" is kind of silly when you consider that most people have their lives seriously effected by having to work a job. Playing games 10-12 hours a day for a week straight is pretty much the equivilent of what most people would do at their job considering travel time, and be left with very little to do otherwise.

The point here being that while his comments about LP videos are interesting, to be honest I also find his reasons for endorsement kind of disturbing, my basic attitude is that he needs to get back to work, even if that work is playing games so he can entertain us. If it's a chore for him to do... well, welcome to employment.

Trust me, before I became a total wreck (disabled) I worked as casino security, which was a giant dog and pony show where I got to hold up a uniform and get blamed for things that went wrong that I couldn't do anything about (professional scapegoat... and understanding that is part of the job). I dealt with drunks, thefts, reports, and tons of things, not to mention gazing at monitors watching nothing happen for many, many hours on end, or worse yet walking around rows of slot machines being a deterrant... or even more fun, spending hours in doorways to the gaming floor checking IDs to prevent minors from getting on the floor. Not to mention the stress my problems that eventually rendered me disabled caused, being the guy who gets griped at for pacing and talking to themself (without realizing it) isn't the most fun thing in the world. The point is that while there were worse jobs, I have little respect for people who complain about how they job is boring, or just a general chore. If your the guy who sponges down the peep booths at an X-rated shop or something... okay then you have a right to complain. If you play video games for a living, own (or partially own) your own business, then you really don't have much room to complain and talk about your need to cut corners (so to speak).

I'm not sucj a fan of Let's Plays, but it is something I'd like to try my hand at someday. Usually I'll watch a LP either because it's a nostalgic game I really liked and want to reminisce about, or because it's being done by Noah Antwiler aka The Spoony One.

As you can probably surmise by that, I'm watching it for the funny or the nostalgia, but equally I think it can be quite refreshing to see someone who has a different take than you playing a game, and putting it in a new light for you as well.

Captcha: A badass sci-fi marine name: Utherstor Space (seriously!)

I only recently watched my first LP and it was on YouTube. I was looking for advice on how to suck less in Mount and Blade when I ran across this. Unfortunately there wasn't really much advice, but the guy running it was pretty funny, so I continued to watch his videos. Link

Also, I watched some of Shamus Young's LPs which are very different in that it features four people who are often not even talking about the game, but also entertaining.

On the LP Archive, I personally enjoyed Sonic 2006's LP by Pokecapn. I felt so bad for all of them in the LP for putting up with how bad it was, but seeing how bad that game plays was both hilarious and rather informative.

Welcome to SA: We'll kick you in the balls until you stop making shitty shit.

I'm surprised you didn't plug Flashback again.

You forgot to mention that you made an LP too Yahtzee.
Right here

MGlBlaze:

Well, you might want this to be brought to your attention as well. Not quite as good as SA and hasn't been around as long, but we don't just let any moron get status either. You can actually look at the feedback thread and see some rather painful exchanges between the feedback crew or other members and new people who think they're much better than they actually are.

I joined there myself, they helped me improve quite a lot.

As for SA, I heartily recommend Slowbeef & friend's Let's Play of the Metroid Prime series (and Diabeetus on Metroid Fusion in the same thread), as well as Diabeetus' Let's Play of Battletoads.

Also, if you are not aware of their existence, look up 'retsupurae' on YouTube.

wow, i think thats more commonly known as hitting the jackpot

cheers mate

The only Let's Plays I've ever watched were Spoony's SWAT 4 Let's Plays. They were hilarious.

another source for some good LP's is gameanyone.com

specifically daveTheUsher for classic RPG's

ProtonJonSA is one of the best LPers on Youtube. He did one on Superman 64 and even managed to get an interview with a developer at Titus Games. It's actually a good insight into why Superman 64 was as bad as it was.

I was attempting to do my own LP series when my computer decided to die and take all my work with it. I was more interested in the game than talking about myself anyway...

I really want to make a successful LP.

I love the YoGPoD... they're hilarious.

I'd like to do my own LPs but I'm just lazy and don't have a decent microphone...

mobsterlobster:
The only Let's Plays I've ever watched were Spoony's SWAT 4 Let's Plays. They were hilarious.

Yes, they were. Also, while his FFX wasn't exactly an LP, it was still very entertaining. And his recap of the Ultima series also really makes me want to play those games. Richard Garriott may be a nut these days, but I still hold respect for the guy having made such a long spanning world and series.

Questiont to everyone who makes or watches or has heard about LPs... (Yes, everyone reading this)

Do you prefer a commentary made while playing the game or added in afterwards???

I think there's a crutial difference. While playing, the player is usually much more focused on gameplay so there's much less talking, but you can get some key insight that may be overlooked aftwards, about a particular frustration or whatever. But with the commentay added afterwards, obviously you get a lot more chatter. But does that detract from the gameplay? Does it add to the fun of watching? Is it necessary?

(My Two Worlds 2 LP can be found on my YouTube channel http://www.youtube.com/user/TheWolfram23?feature=mhum)
(I comment as I play but I'm thinking of trying to switch it up a bit)

Let's plays on youtube are a very mixed bunch. Some games are suited to LPs (without heavy editing), especially open-ended games like the sims or DC universe online. The metal gear solid series and heavy rain style, heavy on the cinematic games are good to watch online, but there isn't much call for commentary.

The best LPs on the internet are usually humourous rinsings on a game or else 'reaction' videos where someone undertakes a horror game blind. Helloween4545 is probably the best example of both and plays a variety of not necessarily well-known horror titles: http://www.youtube.com/user/Helloween4545#p/p

EDIT: I also enjoyed Regal and Hot Tub's Gears of War 2 LP, because it really made fun of Gear of War's ultra-machoness. My favourite part is when:

The worst LP I've come across chose a game that had been done a dozen times and one which had very repetitive gameplay and no story. He had a grainy mic (like me with my pathetic attempt to lp the Hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy text adventure) talked over all the cutscenes, didn't comment live but in post-production and just moaned about how rubbish he was, the game was and his equipment was. Admittedly, he was right on the last three counts.

If you can't afford a game, don't have the right console or are unsure/not persuaded enough to buy a game, they're pretty useful.

Viewing an LP is ostensibly for one of four reasons:

1. those undecided about paying money for a new release (handier than a demo too, imo),

2. you missed out on an old title and couldn't be ar**d to get the old equipment to run it and don't want to emulate,

3. tactics and

4. the personality; be they informed guru or bumbling idiot.

Heh. I have the Lets Play Archive to thank for bringing some closure.
Dirge of Cerberus (which I rag on like an OCD asshole) was probably one of those games that I wished I had never even looked at; let alone played.

It was the first serious wakeup call I heeded that Squaresoft was indeed gone forever; and what a rude awakening. The game fails on every conceivable level rising to bland mediocrity at its crux.
It's boring, the controls suck, the gameplay is slightly more deep than a God of War title, the graphics wibble wobble between utterly bland and that distinctive "We blew our entire budget on this, so you'd better fucking watch it"-excellent CGI that Squeenix is known for.
And of course, the story plays like something that came straight out of Fanfiction Hell (I am not exaggerating for comedic effect here either; the story really is that bad).

In short, it was an obvious cheap corporate cash-in meant to milk the numerous gullible fans of FF7; I only RENTED the fucking game and I still feel like it raped part of my childhood.

And so, I was abused, and left disappointed, angry, nay FURIOUS, until the Lets Play for Dirge of Cerberus came along...and it's pretty damn angry.
I love it. Every simpering stupid moment, every terrible gameplay gimmick, broken mechanic and fucking ludicrous character exposed. There is little to nothing redeeming about the game; Squeenix buttfucked FF7 and this LP is a bit of payback.

TLDR;
If you want to laugh your ass off at a truly terrible game, and see what a Lets Play can become, do check out the Dirge of Cerberus LP on the Something Awful LP Archive (Yahtzee already pimped the link to the archive; it's just a simple Ctrl+F search away after that).

Yahtzee was right to recommend the daikatana let's play, it's awesome, I've watched it before.

I'm also surprised he didn't mention his own let's play, perhaps he is embarrassed.

Love BoatMurdered and something i have gotten into recently is Chuggconroy and The Runaway Guys. I love the idea of Let's plays in general, i just seems like such an obvious thing to do. I'm sure i'm not the only person who commentates over the games they play, even without an audience.

It's not really a pure "Let's Play". But, Freeman's Mind by Ross Scott is hilarious.

Freeman's Mind

I've watched quite a few Let's Play's from a Youtube user that goes by the name Jefmajor. He tends to play the lesser known and graphically advanced games (though not always).

One of my favorites is this one: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-5qDNcvqFSU (The first LP I ever saw and introduced me to the world of LP's. In fact, it was thanks to an escapist user who posted a link of that very video in this thread (http://www.escapistmagazine.com/forums/read/18.244156-What-was-the-last-thing-you-laughed-at-on-the-internet?page=2) I got to see it in the first place.

I love LP's, they've introduced me to a lot of games I never knew existed.

One of these days I'm going to convince my wife to do a Let's Play of one of her swear-filled runs at Twilight Princess. Man, she can swear a blue streak down the middle of the Nile when she's battling through the burning carriage.

More seriously, I like LPs that are heavy into masocore - the aforementioned ProtonJon's suffering in Kaizo Mario World is beautiful, and it was spending two days at work watching an LP of I Wanna Be the Guy that got me into LP in general. There's something cathartic about watching other people have game-induced breakdowns, and knowing that you've been there yourself, too.

Speaking of Something Awful, any LP by the duo of Slowbeef and Diabeetus comes highly recommended.

Especially Dead To Rights.

Oh, and, woo, Proteus and Suspicious. I spend too much time on the Internet.

Yes, Let's Plays are fun. However, in my eyes, it's more fun to see an LP of a game you're familiar with to see the reaction of the player to the best moments of the game rather than experiencing a game first-hand via LP.

Unless it's Daikatana, because... yeah.

Just like Yahtzee, I keep Lets Plays rolling while I work/do anything else.

Actually the habit started with the D&D Podcasts by the Penny Arcade fellows. They're around four hours or so each, so I can start one up and have background noise for a while. Since then I've gotten into Lets Plays. Only time I won't have one on is when I'm playing a game! (And in some cases, like RTS games...even then!)

Wolfram01:
Questiont to everyone who makes or watches or has heard about LPs... (Yes, everyone reading this)

Do you prefer a commentary made while playing the game or added in afterwards???

I think there's a crutial difference. While playing, the player is usually much more focused on gameplay so there's much less talking, but you can get some key insight that may be overlooked aftwards, about a particular frustration or whatever. But with the commentay added afterwards, obviously you get a lot more chatter. But does that detract from the gameplay? Does it add to the fun of watching? Is it necessary?

(My Two Worlds 2 LP can be found on my YouTube channel http://www.youtube.com/user/TheWolfram23?feature=mhum)
(I comment as I play but I'm thinking of trying to switch it up a bit)

I prefer a lot while playing the game, even if the commentator can make mistake. Also, it's a lot better when it's a group than a single person.

I really like TotalBiscuit's WTF is ... serie.

Its recommended not to be eating or drinking while watching TB and the Yogscast playing Magicka. The game is hilarious by itself, and then you add TB and the yogscast to it.

I also really like Spoiler Warning. Their way of doing it with 1 is playing, 3 others are talking (over each other) is really fun.

I forgot to include this recent LP of Tetris by a retired Lp-er( http://www.youtube.com/user/xthemusic2#p/c/E115BE5544416FE7/0/DvB3EkEJB-Y )with 8 parts of 30 seconds which parodies his old Lping style...(the payoff is in the last part)

I'll admit, I'm a LP addict as well, to the point where I've probably finished watching more LP's than I have actual games. (though I still play)

The Deadly Premonition LP by supergreatfriend is excellent and I heartily recommend it to everyone, along with TyrantSabre'sStuntman LP, Didja Redo's Riviera and Gazillionaire LP's, Nidoking's Toonstuck and Rayman LP's, and of course, the legendary pokecapn Sonic 2006 LP.

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