Category: Let’s Plays

“Why is Let’s Plays So Huge?” – Warren

In “Why is Let’s Play So Huge?” Jamin Warren explains why Let’s Play have become so popular. First, Warren outlines some of the stats on just how big Let’s Plays are. PewDiePie, the most popular Let’s Player has not only more subscribers than any other Let’s Player but more than anyone else at all on Youtube (over 12 million subscribers…

“Are Let’s Play Videos Illegal?” – Warren

In “Are Let’s Play Videos Illegal?” host Jamin Warren questions the legality issue many Let’s Players are concerned about. Warren states that while no one has contended their legality yet, this is because they have, up until recently, more or less flown under the radar of the legal system. Additionally, most Let’s Plays don’t offer a serious threat to game…

“Videorec as Gameplay: Recording Playthroughs and Video Game Engagement” – Menotti

In “Videorec as Gameplay: Recording Playthroughs and Video Game Engagement,” Gabriel Menotti analyzes Let’s Plays as sites of superplay in which users both compete and collaborate and as such should be considered an essential component of game culture and development. He argues, “the recordings might constitute a legitimate way of engaging with the game, as well as an intrinsic part of…

Videogames Revived the Social Media Star – Spence

At the LHBN conference held March 5-8, Mike Spence delivered a presentation on Let’s Plays and the Actor-Network-Theory (ANT) methodolgy entitled “Videogames Revived the Social Media Star.” In his presentation, Spence argues that “using successful social media personalities on video sharing websites introduces a high level of performativity into video games design, leading to videogame developers responding with interactive experiences capable…

Subverting Toxic Let’s Play Culture – Albrecht

Several days ago, Matt Albrecht delivered a presentation at Indiecade entitled “Subverting Toxic Let’s Play Culture: Inclusivity, safe spaces, and FourPlay show. Although I was not present for the presentation, Albrecht made the PDF slides from the presentation available. In the slides, Albrecht outlines the ways in which Let’s Play operate an non-inclusive spaces for many non-cis white male players.…

“Let’s Play Finnegans Wake” – Ferguson

In “Let’s Play Finnegans Wake,” Andrew Ferguson suggests that the inherent playfulness of James Joyce’s literary work Finnegans Wake lends itself to interactivity and to play. He states, “It is less a book to be read than it is to be played.” He goes on to show that reader interactions with the text are not dissimilar to those of Let’s…