What is the Appeal of watching other people play video games?
i can understand if they watch nxtlvl gaming but to watch some over exaggerated character like makiplier or pewdiepie being shit at a game and screaming in front of the camera?
is this generation riddled with so much ADD that people need to watch other people play games for them?
and this goes beyond streaming vidya, like people recording themselves eating
I don't watch the girl gaymers
but I watch people who have <20 viewers or so, and I even stream, with about 2-3 people watching me
it's pretty nice, you just get to have a conversation with someone who's usually a pretty cool dude
that is, if you avoid the big channels, those are usually just shitfests
I personally don't usually like it when somebody talks over the footage. I'll watch somebody play something like Zelda just because the atmosphere and music and stuff are good, and I'll watch people play VN's because they're basically choose-you-own-adventure books and I wouldn't be that involved gameplay-wise to begin with, and I'll watch people play any game that's funny enough or that has scenes in it I really like, but I have a few pet peeves:
>as said before, talking/screaming over the gameplay
>when somebody fucking sucks and posts a playthrough of them getting hit a million times and chugging potions
There are a few that I do like.
One is a group of six friends that every week race to see who can finish a game first. It's really enjoyable to watch them talk shit to each other.
The other is a couple that are great to watch on certain games like the Ace Attorney series. It's great to listen to in the background as I'm doing other things because they give all the characters ridiculous voices.
Don't know what people see in the ones you mentioned though.
The only one I consistantly watch is Vinesauce, which has less of a focus on commentating and more of a focus on the games - and whenever comments do come, it's usually entertaining in some fashion.
I can't really stand personalities too much, though friend mechanics between two people are usually fine, until they separate (early game grumps) or become a bit too "jobby" (Yogscast).
Devs make games for the player and directors make movies for the viewer
I'm not saying you can't enjoy watching people play vidya, but I think it's common sense that a dev is trying to appeal to the one actually playing the game
The appeal sometimes goes beyond the video game itself, like with Markiplier and other shows. People watch the videos more for the personality and ends up being a semi podcast, as well as a showcase of the player's skill with different video games. It's the same reason that justifies watching people talk about league sports.
So why let's plays? If there's not a personality factor involved, it's to see the game showcased in a certain light, either an optimal playthrough or more of a humorous one. There's a lot of games out there and not enough time or money to thoroughly enjoy them. In the end, people like what they like. Just because you don't understand it doesn't mean anyone's wrong.
it's like hanging out with someone . it's nice seeing people react to games you like. if you live alone or have no friends and play a lot of videogames, you can watch streamers or let's play channels to fill the void of not having a person in the room while you got through a cool part of a game.
There is no appeal. The people who watch others play games are either morons or massive casuals.
I have no idea how marketable it came and its infuriating that people can do it as a "job".
What is the appeal of watching other people play sport?
I can understand if they watch Sky Sports but to watch some over exaggerated character like Ronaldo or Suarez being shit at sportsmanship and screaming infront of the camera?
Is this generation riddles with so much ADD that people need to watch other people play sport for them?
and this goes beyond streaming sports, like people recording themselves playing vidya
Let's Play channels are incredibly boring to me, as well. No one person's "delivery" or "style" is really worth watching 7 hours of footage.
Only vidya guy I watch is dunkey, because he's actually funny and keeps his content in short order. The only streams I watch are pro MOBA players so I can learn from their strategy.
It's a friend simulator tbqh.
I like watching speedrunners. It can be pretty hype when they're going for world records. I usually shitpost on 4chan, read news articles, and watch twitch all at the same time.
>is this generation riddled with so much ADD that people need to watch other people play games for them?
i'm riddled with ADD and i can't sit through watching other people play games for me
unless it's nxtlvl gaming
1) Personality (Fanboyish behavior)
Some people solely watch other people due actually liking the person playing the games.
I think this one explains itself.
Believe it or not, but some people actually deliver good commentary on the game while playing them.
Usually its a combination of these three.
I used to watch game-playthroughs without commentary of games that I would probably never be able to play(due to exclusivity). Watched the game/movie The Last of Us like that and other games like the Quantic Dreams once, some Metal Gear Games, the Telltale-games. I watched them like I watch my anime, skipping ahead when I'm board or it's filler (some mediocre gameplay).
On Twitch, I only watch live-gamebroadcasts for Doto 2 and CS and that's that. I sometimes tune in to a pro-gamer playing dota when they stream. Most of all, when I watch streamers, I watch those that focus on the technical side of the game, where I can see things to up my own game. Streamers like wagamama or Slasher. I absolulty hate any form of stupidtalk commentary of the like of PDP or Markiplier. Personally I think they just corner the market of small kids to teens who are to poor to have a good gameing PC or just want to be part of the "nerd/geek-culture" without actually being part of it.
I for example work with a girl who can tell you the gist of most major game release plotlines, but doesn't even own a PC at home. She just watches LPs on her Ipad.
I have nothing but respect for the producers though. It's a skill you have to be good at to see an oportunity and jump on it. Even all the girl-streamers who right now fight a furious fight with all the russian qts entering the market. They've seen a market (thirsty betas who play games) and jumped into it. That's business-savyness that not a lot of girls share with them.
The best of the best even play the respective pro-players to garner attention and viewers. Just take a look at AdmiralBullDongs-streams. He gets regularly pimped out by some girlstreamers who he'll probably never even see in RL.
If you're a girl-streamer who made it, more power to you. If you're looking to start to stream now without a 10/10 face and networkingskills, you'll have it easier to make money as a novellist.
I enjoy Dunkey as well, he's the only one who manages to straddle the line between "normalfag bullshit" and "omg so random xD" perfectly.
Most of the gaming channels I watch are just normal people who play and make funny comments about it, though. I'm a War Thunder faggot and really enjoy Bo Time Gaming for that reason.
Also, AzzyTheMLGPro and ChaaBoyHD are great, two fucking retards with thick Scottish accents that are absolutely hilarious to watch. Sadly they mostly play CSGO these days, I don't mind CS but I miss their Battlefield shenanigans.
I guess this was sarcasm, but if not:
There allready has been a craze about that. Google, Mystery Science Theater 3000.
It was in a time where YT didn'T exist though, so they ultimatly hadn't the succes of a PDP.
But seeing how Red Letter Media is trying the same and commentary-tracks are actually gaining more and more attention in the movie-enthusiast scene, it will probably be big soon again.
I have to add a 4th point after reading >>25668374.
If you are committed to a game and want to improve it is generally a good idea to watch competent players play from their perspective, so you can pick something to improve upon.
This isn't limited to games only, you could theoretically watch people do math in front of you, which is basically what youtube videos do to teach it.
it's like the appeal of watching a sports game. It also, feels like you're hanging out with someone. If the LP is funny or entertaining it'll keep my attention. tl;dr yes it's our ADD or ADHD
yeah, Robbaz is pretty hilarious.
Bo is still my favorite though, not only is his whole group funny, but they actually interact with viewers, and they give a shit about the history and stories behind the stuff they're playing instead of just treating them as random shit in a game.
think of the times when you were a kid and half a dousin kids were hunching over one guy defeating the elite four for the first time, or when you only had 1-2 controllers for your ps2/nintendo/xbox and had to take turns, or when you took turns playing that one r-rated videogame your older brother had laying around.
its basically either watching someone being very good at a game, watching someone who is geniuinely funny/entertaining, or as other have said, in smaller channels with 500> or less viewers you can actually interact with the streamer or maybe other people in the stream.
just for chill n shit.
some people enjoy it, others do not.
for instance, I'm a filthy dota 2 player and I enjoy watching tournaments and professional players stream their games because I admire their skills. alot of people will consider me a faggot for this, and others will know what I'm talking about, except they watch other games like LoL or CSGO
I don't understand any type of spectator activity.
Sports matches: I'd rather fucking play x-y-or-z sport than watch.
Video games: See above.
At least movies have a story, with porn I am jacking off... but to sit there, mouth agape, watching other people do stuff ridiculous.
I admit to watch people play through adventure games,especially real old ones that You would have to struggle to get working on a modern computer. It has 90% if the entertainment value, since you are just wandering around listening to the dialogue and reading the text,and it involves none of the work of trudging around and solving their inevitable stupid puzzles yourself,since the player knows all the solutions and secrets. And since it's YouTube I need not be at a computer to enjoy the game,I can watch on my phone with anyplace with WiFi.
I like to have it on in the background while I play the same game it's like I have friends...
Although twitch interface sucks and sometimes the video corrupts my browser or lags when i put it up on a 2nd monitor