I've recently been growing an interest in this addicting side of gaming that consists of watching others play. In the past my idea of Lets Plays was that it's just boring people who record their gameplay and expect others to sit there doing nothing and watching them run and gun or something along those lines, but after watching a couple of speedruns of games such as Super Mario 64 and Dark Souls, I found that watching another person play a game, how they approach different situations and how they like to do things, is quite intriguing.
I haven't watched many of them, only about a dozen, most of which bored me off rather quickly, including a silent Max Payne series, a series where an obnoxious dudebro plays Dead Rising 2, and one where some loud kid attempts to play Dead Space 2 and scream into the microphone.
However, I have found a couple that totally hit the spot, where I'd just lay in bed at night or in the morning with my headphones on, watching the gameplay and enjoying the fitting commentary. It's become what I enjoy doing when I wanna be in a gaming atmosphere but am not in the mood to shoot anyone or swing my sword at anything.
The first one is Robbaz' Let's Play of Nightmare House 2, a Half-Life 2 horror mod.
The second is rb_man's Let's Play of GTA 4.
I remember him telling me about his new and very first youtube Let's Play on the Ventrilo voice server we used to use, where he was going to play GTA 4, a game he had owned for a while but never really got into, other than for shooting and driving over pedestrians. Naturally I approved of his plans since GTA 4 is one of my all time favorite games, but for some reason I wasn't really in the mood to watch someone play through a game I've beaten 3 times.
Anyway, a month or two ago I started craving some moar GTA 4 in my life, that tends to happen every 6-12 months with GTA 4 and Crysis for me, but since I had way too many games waiting to be played and beaten, I thought hey, let's try rb_man's "old" Let's Play that I never got around to see.
The next thing I know, I'm eating up these episodes. Like I said, the guy is very funny and random, driving cars and shooting dudes and watching Brucie work out and listening to the perverted radio is totally up his jokes' alley, and it's just extremely entertaining to watch him play through this game that I know so well, watch him explore it and learn that there's much more to it than massacring virtual pedestrians.
I really recommend these two delightful Let's Plays, but I'm also looking forward to finding new ones to watch.
Please post up to 2 series only, not more, and don't forget to tell me why they're worth it.
Also, a side question for further disucssion: Is it creepy to sit back or lie in bed with headphones on and watch/listen to another dude go through a game, laugh at their jokes and be impressed/angered by their performance? Something about it is very.. comforting and entertaining, it usually includes a lot of zoning out, is it me or does that somehow make sense?