What Do You Look For In Let's Plays/Players

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Pretty much what the thread title says. Who are your favourites? And what do you lie about their style? Is it humour? Attention to detail?

Spill it!

I like this guy:

I love the Auzzie Gamer, he's the only LP'er I watch. I used to like guys like Game Grumps, but gradually got bored. If I wanted a 10 minute discussion that has nothing to do with the game, I'll listen to a podcast. TheAuzzieGamer puts a ton of work into his videos. He's always explaining what he's doing and why, while still staying funny. He's one of the best youtubers around, and deserves more vies.

They have to be entertaining of course. Cry is literally the best LP-er ever, the production value of his videos is just SO high! He edits, adds music, has a unique opening and endingfor each episode and various other things without ruining any gameplay. The end of Corpse Party he played what I assume to be the original Japanese dub over the last cutscene which added so freaking much to it.

He also have one of the best voices ever and he NEVER goes off on a tangent during an LP like several others do. I don't mind when people do that unless it goes on forever or happens every two seconds. Yeah looking at you Game Grumps. Spend practially the entire first two episodes of their Demon's Souls LP singing badly. Pro.

He plays mostly horror games and a LOT of RPGmaker games, all the good ones at least. *cough*Ib*cough*

I've come to really like those RPGmaker Visual Novel'y top down, pixelly, use item on door type games a lot. I have to assume it's because they focus on cool tricks they can do with the gameplay (hilarious deaths in The Witch's House) overall story and good uses of dialogue. Rather than woo flashy visuals! His classic playthrough of Ao Oni trained him in the art of juking angry demons XD

Just... Gary, man! GARY!

I'm STILL mad over Mad Father's ending by the way.

Just... entertaining. And not bad.
Auzziegamer is generally pretty good, nice to see he's updating again. Jefmajor's started doing his Dwarf Fortress stuff again so that's getting entertaining.
Having good audio and video is essential too. Chipcheezum is pretty consistently great with everything he does and dual audio videos so if you want to watch the cutscenes you can but if you don't care about Kojima's 17 hours of conspiracy rating you can have some funny banter over it instead.
Northernlion is good because he's generally a pretty serene guy so when he does get surprised and freaks out it's genuinely funny rather than the standard for the video.
Also been enjoying Grimithr a lot recently. He has moments of being calm and knowing what he's doing but can change quite quickly into "4000 YEAR OLD NECROMANCER GRIMITH REQUIRES THE SOULS OF CHILDREN".

Go check 'em out, they're all pretty great.

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I like watching Lps from people who are funny, but not being obviously fake. People who seem to be naturally funny, not reading a script. Also i like LPs of games i haven't played because trying to watch a LP of a game i have played drives me insane when they miss stuff or screw up.

Fav LP right now would have to be Game Grumps playing Sonic '06. Even though 90% of the humor is them laughing at the game, it feels natural. And i can't get mad at them for missing stuff cause i've never played it. But sometimes they get way off topic and can get a lil boring. Luckily for me those episodes seem few and far between.

I like blind Let's Plays, or at least a Let's Play where the guy isn't just showing off how quickly he can finish the game. I also like it when they incorporate their Game Overs and have a sense of humor. I wanna empathize with the guy as much as possible, so I don't become an irate backseat gamer.

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Just... entertaining. And not bad.
Auzziegamer is generally pretty good, nice to see he's updating again. Jefmajor's started doing his Dwarf Fortress stuff again so that's getting entertaining.
Having good audio and video is essential too. Chipcheezum is pretty consistently great with everything he does and dual audio videos so if you want to watch the cutscenes you can but if you don't care about Kojima's 17 hours of conspiracy rating you can have some funny banter over it instead.
Northernlion is good because he's generally a pretty serene guy so when he does get surprised and freaks out it's genuinely funny rather than the standard for the video.
Also been enjoying Grimithr a lot recently. He has moments of being calm and knowing what he's doing but can change quite quickly into "4000 YEAR OLD NECROMANCER GRIMITH REQUIRES THE SOULS OF CHILDREN".

Go check 'em out, they're all pretty great.

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Some good examples there, and thanks everybody for your suggestions. And of course I had ulterior motives....

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My two favorites are David64yt and Chuggaconnroy. I look for let's plays of games I haven't had much or no experience with and these two fit the bill.

And they're both so genuine about what they're doing. They seem like they really care about editing and pacing and a focus on the actual game instead of being the funny man. SuperBeardBros would also fall under this category.

I don't really like blind LP's because most of the time the player's inexperience gets in the way of actually experiencing the game because Mr. LPer doesn't know what the fuck he's doing at the moment (and is probably keeping too much or all of the failed attempts in). David64yt has a tiny problem with this and NintendoCaprisun (who I also really like) has a big problem with this occasionally. I tried to watch TGS Dodger play Lucius but geeze, I will never watch another LP by her again.

Oh, and also Yahtzee and Gabe.

First and foremost, the lets player/players must be entertaining. It doesn't matter if you know a game inside and out, if your content in not engaging, I'm not going to watch it. Secondly I'd say the lets player must have competent knowledge of a game. While I do like to see genuine reactions we get from "blind" LP's, I don't particularly care for the inevitable moment when said person gets lost.

I have begun to enjoy let's plays involving two people. Especially when their personalities can play off of one another, as is the case with gamegrumps and the Two Best Friends. It's nice not having just a single guy constantly speaking into a mike to an imaginary audience. The human interaction between the two players can help keep my interest even when the game itself is boring.

A respect for and knowledge of the game being played. I watch let's plays to experience games I haven't had the chance to play or just generally wouldn't play. Being funny or witty or whatever is a bonus definitely, but if they're going to talk over the story or even worse outright spoil it I have no reason to watch. The same goes for mechanics, I want to see how the game works on a mechanical level and that doesn't happen if the person playing is clueless about the game.

Entertainment, which is why I love game grumps, they leave me in tears sometimes.

Watch their goof troop or Sonic 06 playthrough and you will see why.

Game grumps if I want some laughs, and some edcumacation on the side.

Auzzie if I want to see how good a game is.

Pewdiepie if there are no forks to stick in my ears/eyes/buttocks.

Edit: So in other words, being very entertaining or having some sort of knowledge of the game and sharing the knowledge in a good way.

I usually just want to see if a game I'm potentially interested in actually interests me without having to buy, download a demo or pirate to test it before buying(Can I even say this is a last resort option here without getting warned?) and whenever I actually want it the first guy I check out is TotalBiscuit, I think he's genuinely funny as well but the focus is usually on the game's quality and flaws.

I like some humorous videos of games, but they're not really let's plays. A regional one I watch is pretty funny but it's not going to make any sense if you don't speak Portuguese and will likely not get you even a smirk with captions http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5I24CCO5qro

captcha - winter snow, bastard stop making fun of my 40+ celsius summer will ya?

Just quality commentary really, along with a game I enjoy. I don't watch any famous LPer's though, probably the most popular I watch is Veriax and Gopher. Basically, guys who have a knack for being interesting while playing and add role-playing elements into their games. Shit like that.

Honest time...

I've always thought that Let's Plays were incredibly silly and seemed like a waste of time to me (Note: That does not mean you can't enjoy them but I personally have never had any interest at all).

However, that opinion might slowly be changing now that I decided to try my own "Let's Play". Now this is going to be biased since...well...I'm going off of my Let's Play since, as stated, I've never watched any. I feel that a Let's Play that can incorporate the audience somehow would be the way to go (so like a role-playing thing but the "Let's Play" guy is the one making up all the stories). Problem is that I'm not sure how well this would actually work outside a very select few games (my game is XCOM so you can imagine how that would work).

Humor. I love to laugh and watch letsplayers that do that. Jesse Cox is my favorite, followed by Robazz, then by Crendor.

I love Alchestbreach he has really good off the cuff humor and even though I don't own Fallout New Vegas for the PC I enjoy watching him play New Vegas Mods.

Other than Alchestbreach I like Game Grumps but they aren't really LPers seeing as how they rarely even talk about the game they're playing.

I look for humour / entertainment.

I must be an odd one out too, because I mostly look for screenshot/text based ones as opposed to videos. I got into LPs while trying to kill time at my old job so videos didn't really work in that environment, and it's kind of stuck ever since.

Aside from the work-friendly format though, I also really enjoy the freedom and latitude it gives the author to, say, put words in character's mouths for the lulz in a way that just wouldn't work in a video format. Nakar's work on the Ultima series, for example, is gold and it was a big influence on my own amateur efforts... *cough*

AD-Stu:
I look for humour / entertainment.

I must be an odd one out too, because I mostly look for screenshot/text based ones as opposed to videos. I got into LPs while trying to kill time at my old job so videos didn't really work in that environment, and it's kind of stuck ever since.

Oh man, this Princess Maker 2 is a fantastic text LP, probably one of the best Let's Plays in any format out there.
Completely forgot about it, thanks for jogging my memory.

Generally I use LPs to learn about the game. So I want someone who is good at the game and is intimate with the mechanics and communicates that both in play and speech.

This is a great LP of Dodonpachi Resurrection 1.5 (360), as it shows you all the tricks to make getting a 1 Credit Clear much easier. Great for giving noobs insight in how to play bullet hell shmups for survival. Sadly most of his LPs are in French but some like this and Akai Katana Shin are in English.

Humor is always important in a good LP but I also like some analysis of the game and maybe a few facts about it.

I've only watched a few, but as long as the players are gut-bustingly funny and their take on the game is interesting, I'll watch it. I loved the LP of pokecapn and KungfuJesus in Sonic'06 and I enjoyed reading the adventures of Jedi Jesus.

I want to find one of DMC3 now but YouTube isn't forthcoming in funny ones...

People that are knowledgeable, funny and genuine.
Most of the time, you'd be lucky to get just one of those in a LP'er.

I often avoid people like PewDiePie, Nova and the ilk like the plague.
It just devolves into a bunch of fake screaming and trying to be as fake as possible.
Often stops being "funny" and gets to be annoying.

GameGrumps sometimes walks a fine-line, but I'll watch them over the above any day. They make funny banter, actually know some stuff about the games they play and have a legitimately good time. I don't think they act that much while playing, actually. Sounds like two nutjobs playing vidya games.

And as to blind runs...maybe.
I'd rather watch someone who has a general idea, because watching someone wind down time just walking around accomplishing nothing ain't no fun. Especially when you know what to do. I'm not a nitpicker for skill, though.

Group LPs or duos mostly. It adds a bit of chemistry to an otherwise dull and predictable formula, more so if the game supports native cooperative play.

Preferences towards both informative and entertaining. More inclined towards a Something Awful background.

A decent sound talking voice, that doesn't sound like they are speaking through a low quality microphone, and just got done running a marathon, and are just speaking for the first time in their life. Keep the monotone to a minimum, witty dialogue is nice when done well, and having something at least remotely interesting, preferably related to the game is much appreciated. Clarity is also very important, and no background noises. I don't want to hear your dog barking in the background or you little brother getting his first sexual experience and moaning and you yelling at him to shut up.

I like groups, humor, and most importantly of all, competent editing. Also, the game interesting me helps. Most of my favorite Let's Plays possess all of the above, specifically Slowbeef's Metroid Prime LP's, though I'd argue he could have cut out more than he did.

Knowledge of the game
A non-grating voice
Humor

Mainly just can't have an annoying voice, or else I can't stand to watch no matter how interesting it might be.

The way I see it the content of a let's play has to always be about the game and not the players. Reason I don't like game grumps but like the runaway guys is a good example of the difference despite both not always focused on getting 100% but still demonstrate knowledge or make some sort of competition of the game.

Another good way is as mentioned the Aussie gamer, I don't watch him but people like chugga, or JoshJepson that are focused on that 100% can also make the let's play better than most.

Simply put, aside from having a good voice(which is really luck of the draw) that is easy to listen to and proper production values you can't just play the game and expect instant success. The only exception I know is SSOHPKC who for the most part just plays the game to completion and relying on his own reaction. While novel at first it wears on because now that playing games is his career instead of working at Target it isn't as interesting because now he is pretty much just playing every game that was just released.

But the hard truth is making a GOOD let's play series is actually quite hard to do because aside from having skill you often have to either do most of the let's play format in ONE take or at least practice said content until you can execute that part of the game flawlessly. I haven't even gotten to the intro, music, catch phrase and such.

right now Im watching ImmortalHD [buy his shirts and enjoy the cool refreshing taste of Zero Calorie Pepsi Max], Sly, TheAnvilStew with Lohrk and Stumbleina, Cry, Two Best Friends, and Criken.

but I used to watch almost all of The Creatures, but after a months of being away I cant sit and catch up on their LP's.

Oh, and Deceased Crab, I cant believe I almost forgot about him.

BLIND. I ONLY watch blind playthroughs, because the only reason I watch LPs is to see people react to a game's story.

#1 Is it relevant to my interests? I only watch if it is something that I have/want/will play.

#2 How knowledgeable is this person? Only people that seem like they know what they are doing/don't ham it up suffice.

#3 Do they facecam? if they do, are they a girl? I dislike facecam with a burning passion. The only time I like it is if A: its relevant to the game or B: they are easy on the eyes.

#4 Do they vary their content or is it just same-old same-old every video? I love variety. I love randomness. I do NOT love gags that are in EVERY VIDEO.

The only two lets players I watch constantly are "the one and only Jesse Cox of OMFGcata and apostle of the great space butterfly (copyright JesseCox2013)" with whom I actually share a first name with and NerdCubed because he is actually intelligent.

Yahtzee does some hilarious let's plays of early 90's adventure games on his youtube channel with his friend Gabriel. They manage to talk about the game, facts about the publishers etc and actually talk about interesting topics, unlike many other lets players :P

apart from that I mainly watch Tobuscus' lets plays just because he is one of the only youtubers that is inherently funny imo

sooo yeah: humour, consistency and something else which I can't describe :P

There are only two types that I ever want to watch, honestly, those for entertainment and those for instruction. Entertainment for LP for me means an MST3K (is that still a remembered thing? I feel a little old suddenly) style observational comedy commentary over play course. Ability to follow the CS (if any) is a bonus, jokes are welcome but I do like to have an idea of what is actually going on in the game's story to keep pace with the jokes, which I prefer to be thematically in harmony with the game's flavor or genre. Ideally. Instructional - I want just that. Tell me what you're doing that's effective so I can go do it because I'm stuck enough to have gone to the Internet for the answer. Straight forward, no nonsense and for heaven's sake no spoilers, please! How many times I have heard "once you get past this <major character> is going to die, but we'll skip that to show you how to unlock X puzzle or treasure in this video" or something similarly asininely uncalled for that made me regret seeking an answer at all.

General Twinkletoes:
I love the Auzzie Gamer, he's the only LP'er I watch. I used to like guys like Game Grumps, but gradually got bored. If I wanted a 10 minute discussion that has nothing to do with the game, I'll listen to a podcast. TheAuzzieGamer puts a ton of work into his videos. He's always explaining what he's doing and why, while still staying funny. He's one of the best youtubers around, and deserves more vies.

To be fair, Game Grumps has never tried to be a let's play channel (Jon has even said more than once in his own vids and on Grumps that he doesn't like let's plays at all). It's more like a talk show (or sometimes a sitcom, lol) where a game plays in the background and the two hosts occasionally react to it. It's more about Jon and Arin than about whatever game they happen to be playing at the time.

As for my own preferences... it really depends on a lot of factors. I generally prefer more, serious, I guess let's players. People who take some pride in their content and don't just do one take and slap it up on youtube. I also prefer people who act like themselves. Far too many let's players try to put on an act, to be overly silly, or overly scared, or try to be more funny than they actually are, and it just ruins the vid for me. A let's player needs to play to his/her strengths. If you're naturally funny, roll with that and be funny in a natural, non-forced way. If you're more mellow and detail-oriented, be that. Do some research and pepper your LP with interesting facts and observations.

Also, no face-cams, please. I have no idea why so many of them do that. No offense, but if I'm looking for a let's play, I don't want to constantly see you in the corner of my screen, staring back at me absently. It detracts from the game, which is really what a let's play is all about.

Another bit of advice from someone who's seen too many bad let's plays. Learn to edit, even just a little. Yes, sometimes you do need to show off your deaths, but don't spend 5 minutes dying on the same part, or have half your video be you getting back to the point where you died last time. You don't have to be a super l33t gaming god or anything, but when you spend more time trying to get back to square one than you do making progress, then you're just wasting your viewers' time.

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