Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Better than TV

The Let's Play phenomenon of recording yourself playing games with commentary seems largely terrible.  The major reason it seems largely terrible is because the bulk of the people who watch Let's Plays apparently want to see someone become very emotional in reaction to the game - either being scared by the horror game or getting mad as they screw up over and over again in the platformer.  Of course because this is what the people want this is what they get, and if you search youtube for "Let's Play Game X" you are likely to find a very annoying person playing Game X and pretending to get angry.

But the thing to understand - following that spectacular endorsement - is that Let's Plays are just like absolutely everything else every produced by humanity.  For every good thing there are a thousand downright awful things, half of which are more popular than the good stuff.  Music is a worthwhile endeavour and a good artform even if most of what floats to the surface is offal.

So let me direct you to the greatest of the great when it comes to playing video games and talking at the same time.  You may already know of supergreatfriend, but if you don't, it's time to go find out.

It isn't just supergreatfriend's affable manner, interesting commentary and mellifluous voice that make him great.  He also chooses the best of the best in terms of games.  That is not to say he plays the best games, but rather that he does Let's Plays of the best games to watch.  In many cases they are games that you would never want to play yourself, even if you could, which you likely can't.

It's tough to oversell this stuff.  I can understand that for people who just aren't interested in video games this might seem really weird, but I honestly think there is something there for everyone.  If you are not a video game player at all, I would strongly recommend checking out his Let's Play of MODE, which is incomplete but nonetheless won't leave you hanging.  If you liked Twin Peaks you owe it to yourself to check out his Let's Play of Deadly Premonition.  And if you actually like video games or Let's Plays then you might as well jump in the deep end and watch Ill Bleed.

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