So maybe you’ve heard the news. Nintendo doesn’t seem to want people to make Let’s Play videos of their games anymore. If you do, Nintendo would like the ad revenue from its copyrighted content.
You may think this is fair. The core content, after all, is Nintendo’s. I, personally, do not think this is fair. I love me some Let’s Plays. And for numerous reasons: they’re a great way to do long-form critique of a game; they’re a great teaching tool; they’re often entertaining in their own right; and, gosh darnit, a lot of times they inspire me to buy the game.
I almost left a much longer comment on this fantastic Gamasutra piece talking about the history and pedigree of the Let’s Play. But then I realized that there was no better way to say screw-the-man than making this a full post, and sharing some of my favorite LPs with you right here. So join me below the jump for the happy links. Or check out, just for starters, the LP Archive and browse to see if your favorite game is there too.
Some of my picks:
- Research Indicates – Jurassic Park Trespasser
- A long-form documentary, produced and narrated at a professional level, about the ill-advised but fascinating PC Jurassic Park game: Trespasser. The prologue is particularly interesting, but also watch the last video for the hidden ending.
- Quovak – Chrono Trigger
- Lots of people have played Chrono Trigger, but I’m a big fan of Quovak’s informative playthrough where he plays the entire game without leveling Crono up. Along the way he provides some of the most solid look into a game’s story, theme, and mechanics that I’ve ever seen, anywhere. And it’s also funny.
- pokecapn (et al) – Sonic the Hedgehog (2006)
- I watched all of this. And yes, I bought the game. And yes, the game is as bad as the videos make it look. Game Grumps did this game too, and the results are equally entertaining! It is so good to know that even a very bad game can bring great joy to some. In this case, the joy is watching how much people hate the game.
- Chewbot – Animal Crossing
- This one is pretty well-known, but I did enjoy it. This is Animal Crossing… done as a psychological horror game. It does not take this concept the route that you might expect.
- various authors – Dwarf Fortress – Boatmurdered
- The one, the only, the infamous Boatmurdered. Good for if you really can’t wrap your head around Dwarf Fortress, but would like to know what the fuss is all about. Does take a little while to pick up.
- Haifisch – Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective
- This. Game. Three chapters into this LP I closed all my tabs and bought the game. Now if anyone asks if they should buy this game I point them to this LP. I have sold at least five copies of this game. Which just goes to show again that a well-done LP is free advertising, but, that’s just one small word of mouth case.
- Spoony Experiment – Phantasmagoria 2: A Puzzle of Flesh
- This isn’t in the LP Archive, but it’s probably my favorite LP on the Spoony Experiment. I never played this game when it was out, and so… here is this… thing. … seriously, what the heck did I just watch?
Anyway, as you can see I’m much in favor of the Let’s Play tradition. And if you really want to LP a game I worked on, that’s okay by me. (Wait, somebody did? …Whoa, flattered.)
Have you got a favorite Let’s Play? Leave that link in the comments!
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