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Let’s Play!

Thursday, June 14th, 2012

Back around 2006 or so, some of the folks over at the Something Awful forums apparently decided to start playing through some video games and providing commentary via screenshots and captions. Which is a great way to vicariously experience a game while you’re browsing the Internet at work.

Then, sometime in 2007, the Video Let’s Plays started to appear. This was essentially the same thing, but instead of pictures and captions, we get full video and running commentary. Kind of like one of those old hint videos in the 80s/90s, but going through the entire game. (Without the commentary, it’s what’s called a Longplay)

There are lots of kinds of Let’s Play videos, but I think I can break them down into four categories:

  1. People who play through games just to get angry and yell/cry.
  2. People who play through games without a specific goal, just to play until game over (they may or may not complete the game)
  3. People who have a vlog, but with a video game playing instead of showing their face
  4. People who play through the game to completion, showing off gotchas, tips, and tricks, while providing interesting commentary

The barriers to making a Let’s Play video these days are absurdly low. All you really need is a game to play, a video capture device, a microphone, maybe some video editing software, and an Internet connection. Since I had all of those things handy (and there are about 7 million Let’s Play videos on Youtube already), I figured I’d dip my toe into the world of Let’s Play as an excuse to play through some of the games just kind of sitting around here, but I didn’t want to do any of the first three, since they’re pretty boring to watch. So, I figured I’d give #4 a try, which you can see below.

So, if you ever wanted to know what I actually sound like, or if I actually have any video game chops, now’s your chance to find out!

Red vs. Blue series ending

Tuesday, June 26th, 2007

Wired is reporting that the long-running machinima program Red vs. Blue is going to be ending tomorrow with its 100th episode.

“Machinima isn’t just about in-jokes for people who’ve played the games. The games are an inexpensive, accessible way to film the action. Red vs. Blue embraced the limitations of the medium, using the expressionless, masked Halo soldiers as a vehicle for off-kilter comedy, told in a tight five-minute format. It’s funny even if you’ve never heard of the game.”

I’m going to have to refute that last bit, I never really cared much for Red vs. Blue. I just never found it that funny. This probably means that my sense of humor is broken, so don’t bother telling me that it is. I apparently don’t know better. This is good news, though, as it means I won’t have to hear about the or write about it any more.

Link! (Wired)