Week 9 – Let’s Play Videos

Zac T McCall

As we notice more and more examples of convergent media, the popularity of being a ‘produser’ continues to grow. One instance that fits this mold is the up rise of the ‘Lets Play’ videos.

A quick Google search will show Urban Dictionary defining the phenomenon as “one or more people, usually from message boards, that record themselves playing video games through screenshots or captured video (Mostly the latter). This can be any game, from Doom to Zelda: Ocarina of Time. Usually Let’s Play videos consist of jokes (Good, bad, and/or corny), frustration, and bewilderment by the ones playing”. And although this description implies that there is commentary over the video, there are many instances where this is not the case.

Personally, I have never been a massive consumer of Let’s Play videos nor have I ever made one and participated in gaming community websites like Twitch

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