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Original TMNT Cartoon Fan
01-20-2017, 02:58 PM
Does anyone like watching videogames when someone other plays? I used to do that a lot in mid-1991 when getting into videogames, and later buying a NES in late-August that year.

With Youtube, these possibilities are even stronger.

Cure
01-20-2017, 03:08 PM
Not into it. I'd rather play them.

Original TMNT Cartoon Fan
01-20-2017, 03:11 PM
Not into it. I'd rather play them.

I recall when videogame magazine screenshots were the only way for me of getting a look at any new videogame when it was about to release?

CyberCubed
01-20-2017, 03:15 PM
Hell no.

The only time I watch something from a videogame is if I'm trying to look up something like a hard boss to beat, or where to find something in a game, or stuff like that. Occasionally I'll watch things where people do something special like really well done no-damage runs against a boss or speed-runs, but that's very rare.

People who watch videogames and make youtubers rich make me sick to my stomach.

Original TMNT Cartoon Fan
01-20-2017, 03:17 PM
I sometimes watch NES and SNES videogames for nostalgic reasons.

Wesley
01-20-2017, 03:32 PM
I started doing that recently with a few games I've played. I think it's interesting to see how someone else plays a particular game. If you're stuck in a game, watching someone else play it can be really helpful.

sdp
01-20-2017, 03:36 PM
nah a trailer is more than fine. Hell a game review that is 8+ minutes is too much. I don't really understand the whole twitch phenomena but hey if people like that then more power to them. I find it ironic how gaming magazines, executives, gaming press and even the online gaming community made fun of G4 because "no one wants to watch someone else play video games!". G4 came too early to the game and everyone else was clearly wrong.

Original TMNT Cartoon Fan
01-20-2017, 03:50 PM
I started doing that recently with a few games I've played. I think it's interesting to see how someone else plays a particular game. If you're stuck in a game, watching someone else play it can be really helpful.

I always died in the Wind Tunnel at level 3 when playing Battletoads for NES, so I checked out later on the Youtube how the game continued and ended.

Prowler
01-20-2017, 03:51 PM
I used to watch my brother play games all the time back when I was a kid and live the adventure through him as I pestered him to translate what the Star Fox 64 and Ocarina of Time characters said. Fun times.

But no, I don't watch people play games unless it's a Street Fighter match or an Angry Video Game Nerd video.

Original TMNT Cartoon Fan
01-20-2017, 03:52 PM
Sometimes I also checked out videogames I never bought as a child.

Powder
01-20-2017, 06:47 PM
I love Cinemassacre but I don't understand this phenomena at all, otherwise. I'd much rather play than watch.

snake
01-20-2017, 06:51 PM
I love Cinemassacre but I don't understand this phenomena at all, otherwise. I'd much rather play than watch.

It helps that Cinemassacre is informative and generally entertaining, and I'm not just talking about the AVGN videos. They also cut out the boring stuff and keep the videos short or at most 2 or 3 parts.

ToTheNines
01-20-2017, 06:53 PM
It's like... getting controller-cucked.

PApagreg
01-20-2017, 06:54 PM
Yeah I do have a couple channels that fit that criteria, super best friends and TFS plays I really like the chemistry these people have with each other and they mostly play games I'm either not interested in or don't want to spend money on.

T-U-R-T-L-E POWA!
01-20-2017, 07:38 PM
One of my buddies used to get every new game at launch and then watch another one of our buddies beat them and he was fine with doing that. For me, I have to experience the game myself. It's fine if people want to do that as long as they don't then go around acting like they beat the game themselves. LOL!

Spike Spiegel
01-20-2017, 07:55 PM
Watching LPs of games you love is kind of like sharing the experience.

For instance, I watched a blind playthrough of Alien Isolation and enjoyed seeing the streamer's reaction to jumpscares they never anticipated.

PApagreg
01-20-2017, 08:28 PM
Hell no.

People who watch videogames and make youtubers rich make me sick to my stomach.

Next time I'm watching an LP I'll make sure to turn off the adblock so the content creators can get money and while I'm doing that I'll be thinking of you Cubed

Coola Yagami
01-20-2017, 09:55 PM
I'm mostly into fighting games but I am curious about other games for the story and characters, even though I don't play those kinds of games. I watch my friends play through the Uncharted and Lara Croft games so I can see all of what happens. And I mean, people playing the game while I sit next to them and watch the cutscenes and whatnot.

Let's Plays I barely watch unless I need help getting past a certain area, beating a boss, or just wondering what some game from the 90's I was curious about but never got to buy actually looked like.

I don't count the Nerd videos, the actual AVGN episodes, as LPs. They're game reviews. Completely different thing.

Bry
01-20-2017, 10:08 PM
There's nothing wrong with it. I mean, games are designed as interactive media, and playing them firsthand is how they're designed to tell their stories, so that's my ideal... But not everyone has the freedom to play games necessarily, or "good" at it, or even want to for whatever reason, and they might want to experience the worlds and characters and stories without actually playing. There's a place for that.

I remember back in high school, a bunch of friends and I would hang out in my folks' basement as a few of us switched off playing the original Silent Hill. And we had a great time -- it was like watching a horror movie, except one of us was in charge of how it proceeded. Sometimes it's nice to turn what's designed to be a solitary experience and turn it into a group experience. I know that Silent Hill was elevated for me because of the reactions and the input of friends as we played. And by default you don't really get that experience with most games these days unless you create it yourself.

Also: not everyone has the time or money or energy to keep up with all the games coming out, so being able to watch them in a potentially shorter amount of time lets them keep up with their interests despite their own personal life constraints. There are a ton of games released all the time, and I can't imagine how anyone could manage to keep up with it all unless they're lucky enough to not have a "traditional" job and life responsibilities.

It's like... getting controller-cucked.

i'm dying :lol:

DestronMirage22
01-20-2017, 11:32 PM
I think it's really dumb. I'd much rather play a game than watch some other person attempt to play. The only reason I'd do otherwise is to see some brief gameplay, etc.

AT-Man
01-21-2017, 02:58 AM
Hell yes! I love me some Dark Souls first timers. I also like interacting with streamers.

Original TMNT Cartoon Fan
01-21-2017, 03:30 AM
There's nothing wrong with it. I mean, games are designed as interactive media, and playing them firsthand is how they're designed to tell their stories, so that's my ideal... But not everyone has the freedom to play games necessarily, or "good" at it, or even want to for whatever reason, and they might want to experience the worlds and characters and stories without actually playing. There's a place for that.

I remember back in high school, a bunch of friends and I would hang out in my folks' basement as a few of us switched off playing the original Silent Hill. And we had a great time -- it was like watching a horror movie, except one of us was in charge of how it proceeded. Sometimes it's nice to turn what's designed to be a solitary experience and turn it into a group experience. I know that Silent Hill was elevated for me because of the reactions and the input of friends as we played. And by default you don't really get that experience with most games these days unless you create it yourself.

Also: not everyone has the time or money or energy to keep up with all the games coming out, so being able to watch them in a potentially shorter amount of time lets them keep up with their interests despite their own personal life constraints. There are a ton of games released all the time, and I can't imagine how anyone could manage to keep up with it all unless they're lucky enough to not have a "traditional" job and life responsibilities.



i'm dying :lol:

Maybe it can be seen like sports, some people play soccer and ice hockey or participate in alpine skiing and cross-country skiing or whatever. Other watch it over TV or listen to it over radio.

And if you really like watching videogames like films, it's cheaper. :)

Turo602
01-21-2017, 07:03 AM
When I was younger, I'd watch my brother play games because I was too young to play them and/or didn't have the games and system myself. I mostly played handheld games and whatever was co-op. I didn't mind it too much and I did get into Resident Evil and Zelda that way but I still did wish that I was able to play it instead. Also, I'm glad that people have already brought up James and Mike Monday's from Cinemasscre because I find that they're the only ones who I enjoy watching play games. They play a diverse range of video games every week, the majority are old games I could and probably would never get my hands on so I'm at least watching something fresh and something that I couldn't just otherwise play myself either. They're also edited to watchable lengths and honestly, I'm not so much watching for the game itself but also for their commentary. Their conversations and reactions are very genuine and not forced like some of the more popular Youtubers who overreact, curse, and constantly keep flapping their goddamn mouth trying hard to be funny while making dumb faces. Otherwise, I have no interest in watching others play video games. There are much better things to watch in my opinion.

Original TMNT Cartoon Fan
01-21-2017, 07:09 AM
I would also watch some videogame TV-programmes.

Spike Spiegel
01-21-2017, 07:28 AM
I remember back in high school, a bunch of friends and I would hang out in my folks' basement as a few of us switched off playing the original Silent Hill. And we had a great time -- it was like watching a horror movie, except one of us was in charge of how it proceeded. Sometimes it's nice to turn what's designed to be a solitary experience and turn it into a group experience. I know that Silent Hill was elevated for me because of the reactions and the input of friends as we played. And by default you don't really get that experience with most games these days unless you create it yourself.

Also: not everyone has the time or money or energy to keep up with all the games coming out, so being able to watch them in a potentially shorter amount of time lets them keep up with their interests despite their own personal life constraints. There are a ton of games released all the time, and I can't imagine how anyone could manage to keep up with it all unless they're lucky enough to not have a "traditional" job and life responsibilities.



Watching someone else play Silent Hill 2 is what got me into survival horror games.

The Deadman
01-21-2017, 08:30 AM
I watch people play video games all the time on Twitch.

T-U-R-T-L-E POWA!
01-21-2017, 09:15 AM
Watching someone else play Silent Hill 2 is what got me into survival horror games.

There are moments in my gaming history that I will never forget. Among the top is the first time I ever saw Pyramid Head.

blindturtle02
01-21-2017, 04:39 PM
It's the only way I can enjoy most RPGs since I'm totally blind. I guess other blindies would call it listening, but I don't know. I guess I watch in my own way. My absolute favs have to be the Batman Arkham and Telltale games. I enjoy quite a few of them though. Thank God for Youtube. The Resident Evil games also come to mind. Those have been favs since the late 90s.

TigerClaw
01-21-2017, 04:53 PM
I love watching some do speedruns of games that I normally would suck at.

chrisdude
01-22-2017, 08:48 AM
I've sat and watched people play older games. Like the James and Mike on the Cinemassacre channel. It's fun to hear people's comments on things. As far as modern games, I've never really given it a shot. I've got a buddy who's wife watches him play through things like Uncharted. I could see how a game like that could be enjoyable. But hey, I've got Last of Us rotting on my PS4, because I don't dig the gameplay at all. Maybe that's one I should watch.

ssjup81
01-22-2017, 10:28 AM
Depends on the game. As far as "modern" games go, I've watched playthroughs of the FNAF series given my curiosity of them...and my comp sucks for games these days. This one is pushing six years old. Wish I could afford a new one.

Anyway, seems outside of Game Attack (I mainly watch for them, not the games) and Cinnemasscre's James & Mike plays, I usually don't watch them. I decided to watch the latest James and Mike play because it was Sonic 2, my fav of the Genesis Sonic titles as a kid. Like I said, it depends on the game.

Anyway, I prefer reviews, like Game Sack, for example where they pick a theme and review games based around that theme. I like the fact that they have a large library of games to choose from and showcase games that aren't constantly highlighted elsewhere, whether it's from Japan or Europe or the US...lot's of variety and many systems. Like for the PlayStation ep, I think they were like, "Yeah, Final Fantasy VII, good game, yadda yadda...next." Most people would go on and on about it, but it's so mainstream, I don't recall them spending a lot of time on it.

Icebot
01-23-2017, 08:15 AM
I love watching people play video games, especially the Let's Plays on YouTube. I'm thinking about playing Zelda 2 for NES and Zelda: A Link to the Past but I'm not really sure what to do and I think I might play them while watching Let's plays so they can guide me through them.

Wildcat
01-23-2017, 09:53 PM
I only watch for help getting past something or if I get stuck.

Speedruns and Perfect Ranks are fun to watch because I can't do those and don't really care.

AVGN videos are more for laughs. I like the Monday videos to see what they think of the games but sometimes it's a game I found interesting but never played.

Original TMNT Cartoon Fan
01-28-2017, 08:48 AM
I watch a Youtube-series with a guy who grew up with NES playing NES-games with his son.

turtle1237
01-29-2017, 06:50 PM
I loved a good funny play though from time to time.

Original TMNT Cartoon Fan
01-30-2017, 09:13 AM
But I think it's funnier if the persons playing also talk while playing.

Dork of 1987
01-30-2017, 10:32 AM
Are we talking about someone silently playing a video game, someone joking around while playing video games, or someone giving you verbal walkthroughs and commentary while playing a video game?

The last I cannot stand and refuse to watch because I find way too many of these guys that fill up dead air by pointing out the obvious. The first I prefer when I need help with a tough boss or finding a secret, preferring that over a lot of hard to understand written walkthroughs. The middle I watch here and then when the mood strikes me, being a fan of guys like jim sterling, game grumps, jacksepticeye, and markiplier.

Original TMNT Cartoon Fan
01-30-2017, 01:00 PM
I used to watch someone playing Sim City for SNES some years ago.