Why do people actually watch Let's Play videos?

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#1  Edited By allworkandlowpay

They seem to have invaded the internet, filled the youtubes, hell even some of my friends have started producing them ... and I just don't understand why.

I get Quick Looks, you watch a bit of a game in action to get a feel of what it's actually like. Makes sense.

I might even be able to understand watching a Let's Play if people doing it are generally funny or insightful, but I've yet to see a let's play video series that is. Almost everybody (if not, everybody) that makes these videos seem like drooling morons. The least offensive of them seem to occasionally mutter one or two nasally sentences in a ten minute video, but the worst of them seem to get off on their own voice, blabbing the most unfunny quips possible every second they can get.

What am I missing here? Somebody enlighten me.

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#2  Edited By EuanDewar

This was the only LP I've ever enjoyed because he hates every aspect of what he is doing and is very synced up with my own type of humor.

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#3  Edited By Meowshi

Because I find the people making them to be funny and/or insightful, as opposed to drooling morons?

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#5  Edited By BrainSpecialist

Exactly the same reason people watch Quick Plays, or Last Saves. They either want to see what a game is like being played, or they think the person playing is funny.

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#6  Edited By allworkandlowpay

@Meowshi: I've gone through a cursory examination of all the top rated ones on youtube. They all seem like driveling, nasally morons.

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#7  Edited By SethPhotopoulos
@Meowshi said:

Because I find the people making them to be funny and/or insightful, as opposed to drooling morons?

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#8  Edited By allworkandlowpay

@BrainSpecialist said:

Exactly the same reason people watch Quick Plays, or Last Saves. They either want to see what a game is like being played, or they think the person playing is funny.

I must just not be seeing the right ones, because I have not seen a single one where the person doesn't just sound like some idiot making one word quips or dumb sentences in stupid voices.

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#9  Edited By louiedog

Hell if I know. I don't have the endurance to watch someone run through an entire game. I'd rather play it myself.

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#10  Edited By PeasantAbuse

I've also never found one where I think the person is funny. Although I do enjoy the videos Hamster makes from time to time.

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#11  Edited By rubberluffy
@allworkandlowpay said:
Almost everybody (if not, everybody) that makes these videos seem like drooling morons. The least offensive of them seem to occasionally mutter one or two nasally sentences in a ten minute video, but the worst of them seem to get off on their own voice, blabbing the most unfunny quips possible every second they can get.

What am I missing here? Somebody enlighten me.

Sounds like you've only seen Youtube LPs, so there is the problem.  Go look up Research Indicate's Trespasser or stuff by Chip Cheezum and General Ironicus (especially 50 Cent: Blood on the Sand and MGS LPs.)  I'd link them but I've done it so many times on this site in so many threads that I'm gonna be lazy for once.
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#12  Edited By Marz

I don't have the money to buy every game ever released.  So i usually watch a lets play to see how the game's story plays out.   I'm guilty of doing this for Deadspace 1 and 2.

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#13  Edited By Video_Game_King
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You seem to be limiting yourself to a very specific type of Let's Play. There are subtitle LPs, screenshot LPs, text LPs, group LPs, LPs where people switch between videos or whatever, and all other types. Done right, it can deliver decent entertainment value, insight into the game, game tips, or a bunch of other stuff.
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#14  Edited By allworkandlowpay

@louiedog said:

Hell if I know. I don't have the endurance to watch someone run through an entire game. I'd rather play it myself.

That's probably it for me as well. I just don't see the appeal. (I also don't really see the appeal for the Endurance Run on GB either though. I watched a few, and they were funny, because the GB crew actually are pretty humorous, but I can't watch it all.)

I do have to say though, I forget who it was, but one persons Let's Play of Europa Universalis III did help me both learn the games mechanics, and decide to purchase it for myself. But I only watched four of his 182 videos of the game.

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#15  Edited By ds8k

@allworkandlowpay said:

@Meowshi: I've gone through a cursory examination of all the top rated ones on youtube. They all seem like driveling, nasally morons.

That's because you're watching YouTube LPs.

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#16  Edited By WinterSnowblind

@allworkandlowpay said:

@BrainSpecialist said:

Exactly the same reason people watch Quick Plays, or Last Saves. They either want to see what a game is like being played, or they think the person playing is funny.

I must just not be seeing the right ones, because I have not seen a single one where the person doesn't just sound like some idiot making one word quips or dumb sentences in stupid voices.

This one is really excellent. It's done very professionally and features a game that's pretty much unkown by most.

But yeah, for the most part I agree. It almost makes me wish Youtube had some kind of quality control, the majority of LP's are absolutely abysmal.

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#17  Edited By DonutFever

Giant Bomb ERs are the only ones I've ever enjoyed.

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#18  Edited By louiedog
@DonutFever said:
Giant Bomb ERs are the only ones I've ever enjoyed.
Same. I have a lot of interests (video games, reading, TV, spending time out in the neighborhood, etc) and I can't do as much of those things as I'd like. Watching someone else play games is far too low on my list to actually get it done. If I decide to sit down for video game time I'm going to play something.
 
The Giant Bomb ERs, and most of their video content, are treated like TV for me. I dropped cable awhile back and watch TV series and movies on Netflix and Hulu. Giant Bomb content gets included with that as what I watch for entertainment. If I sat down and looked hard I might find someone who does Lets Plays who is able to break into that category for me as well, but since I'm not looking for time to fill, I haven't bothered.
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#19  Edited By Winternet

Since everyone that I care about, regarding videogames critic/journalism/shenanigans, works at WM, I don't know any of the other shit that's out there.

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#20  Edited By AndrewB

I've been known to watch Let's Plays for games I like but ones I know I'd never be able to finish on my own. Agree that 99% of them need not exist because not everyone is an entertainer.

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#21  Edited By allworkandlowpay

@WinterSnowblind said:

@allworkandlowpay said:

@BrainSpecialist said:

Exactly the same reason people watch Quick Plays, or Last Saves. They either want to see what a game is like being played, or they think the person playing is funny.

I must just not be seeing the right ones, because I have not seen a single one where the person doesn't just sound like some idiot making one word quips or dumb sentences in stupid voices.

This one is really excellent. It's done very professionally and features a game that's pretty much unkown by most.

But yeah, for the most part I agree. It almost makes me wish Youtube had some kind of quality control, the majority of LP's are absolutely abysmal.

I suppose I could see this being interesting to someone involved in game design, and it certainly seemed informative. Unfortunately it was also dreadfully boring. the only reason why I watched the entire thing was because I've never heard of this Jurassic Park game before.

Thanks for the link though.

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#22  Edited By Dunchad

Different people like different things.

There are plenty of games I don't plan on playing, but I'm curious about - so I'll watch someone else play them. For example, I hate scary games (I can't even play Quake 2 for prolonged periods) - but I wanted to know what Amnesia was all about, so I watched Jesse Cox play it through. I'd never touch Deadly Preminition on my own - but thanks to GB, I have experienced the story without having to suffer through the agonizing gunfights.

Right now I'm watching Deus Ex, Crysis 2 and Dead Island playthroughs because I'm interested in them, but not enough to spend money and play them myself.

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#23  Edited By Mystyr_E

a guy on youtube called Ithilion the Brave did a Demon's Souls walkthrough. Not only pleasant to hear but gave a shitload of helpful tips

another called SupaGogoMan did one of the Resident Evil remake and this one was just plain hilarious. His "esophagus" problem part in particular

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#24  Edited By Firepaw

There are some games I want to see but not play myself (often because they are, well, bad)

Others it is because of great and/or funny insightful and entertaining commentary.

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#26  Edited By Sign

Going to throw another vote in for Chip Cheezum and General Ironicus. I have watched all the LPs on their site and enjoyed them all. I like watching LPs for different reasons. Sometimes it is because I love the game and I like seeing other people's approach to it or to hear their insight and thoughts about the game. Other times it is because I have no interest in playing the game and I would like to see the story etc. Lastly, in the case of Chip and Ironicus I just generally like the personalities and much like videos on this site I will watch a video about something I don't particularly have an interest in just because I enjoy the discussion and chatter of the people being recorded.

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Well at the end of the day, Giant Bomb are the original and best at these kind of gameplay videos. It helps as they have an extensive history with games, plus the wit and humor to pull it off.

After that, pretty much everyone else is going to seem like second best, but they do it because Giant Bomb does it. They just can't do it as well.

Well, that's my take on it from my own experiences.

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#29  Edited By matti00

@EuanDewar: "Got away with murder! Well, I didn't really get away with it. I've got a license to murder... License to Murder doesn't sound as cool as License to Kill."

Okay you got me, dude made me laugh. I think there's something to be said for a Let's Play video where the guy is exasperated and enraged at every aspect of the game. Maybe get Yahtzee from Zero Punctuation on the case.

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#30  Edited By zaglis

Legendary

Not a single episode is boring or unfunny from Toby

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#31  Edited By iam3green

they want to watch people play video games. they watch it to find out what the game is about and stuff.

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#32  Edited By Chummy8

Never heard of them.

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#33  Edited By Karl_Boss

Good question.....I find the majority of people who make LP's have incredibly annoying voices making them unwatchable.

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#34  Edited By Butler

I am poor and I live vicariously through them.

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#35  Edited By LiquidSwords

This is a thing?

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#36  Edited By Wiseblood

One of the greatest LPs of all time:

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#38  Edited By Shadow

Because there's no endurance run

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#39  Edited By benpicko

Watch some of Total Biscuits videos.

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#40  Edited By benpicko
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Legendary

Not a single episode is boring or unfunny from Toby

Also this.
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#41  Edited By rjayb89  Online

I'm a big fan of AccountNightmare and her Devil May Cry playthroughs. She usually plays on the hardest difficulty level (Dante Must Die), except for Devil May Cry 3, and is extremely well-informed of the games' mechanics, lore, and is pretty much just real fun to watch. Also, she doesn't talk over cutscenes and is also very Australian. Two things I enjoy.

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#42  Edited By Zelyre

I'd agree. Until last week; I ended up watching 25 episodes of TotalBiscuit's Let's Play Terraria in a few days before getting into Terraria myself.

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#43  Edited By Three0neFive

Agreed with OP. They're hacks who do nothing but cater to the lowest common denominator with shitty, year-old internet memes and "lol so randum" faux-ADHD spazfests.
 
Fuck everything, I'm done.
 
@Dick_Mohawk said:

Well at the end of the day, Giant Bomb are the original and best at these kind of gameplay videos. It helps as they have an extensive history with games, plus the wit and humor to pull it off.

After that, pretty much everyone else is going to seem like second best, but they do it because Giant Bomb does it. They just can't do it as well.

Well, that's my take on it from my own experiences.

Sorry, you're retarded. Let's Plays have been around far, far longer than Giant Bomb.
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#44  Edited By zzzleepy

Only stuff I've seen outside of GiantBomb is for games I will probably never get to play, mainly because I don't own a PS3! So I checked out Heavy Rain and some other games, never got to the end though.

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#45  Edited By thebunnyhunter

I like watching for the funny comentary and to see how others play games.

I like psychadellicsnake, davidx64, BlueXephos' channels on youtube.

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#46  Edited By Zippedbinders

Sir Ron Lionheart.

Only LP out there worth it.

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#47  Edited By TobbRobb
@Zippedbinders: The only thing better than that are the videos dedicated to making fun of him.
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#48  Edited By Divina_Rex

The only one i have watched are Fallout 1 & 2 ones. I learned a lot and I think it is funny, some parts.

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#49  Edited By shinigami420

Dopefish is fucking incredible

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#50  Edited By Aeterna

You people really seem to only have found the bad lp's. There are plenty of older (and thus way more sensible) lp's out there.

As for why you watch them; I started watching some Resident Evil videos/lp's (back when that was pretty unique) because I really didn't like those games and wondered what people saw in them.

Then I really enjoyed the guy's commentary and watched his other videos. That's when I simply just found it fun to listen to some people. But I'm personally really selective, there's only a couple of people I can even stand listening to, much like the OP.