Here’s Sir TapTap playing Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective on YouTube, a full playthrough. This is a stunningly stylish mystery game by the creator of Ace Attorney! You’re a ghost who has to solve the mystery around their own death, and it’s one of my favorite mysteries ever with a gallon of twists!
Here’s Sir TapTap playing AI Dungeon on YouTube, previously known as AI Dungeon 2, this incredible program is an Artificial Intelligence story writer that has absolutely hilarious results. Even when it’s bad it’s great.
Here’s Sir TapTap playing The Strange Man Series on YouTube! This is Wolf RPG Editor RPG horror series comprising of 4 interconnected stories: The Crooked Man, The Sand Man, The Boogie Man, and The Hanged Man.
Here’s Sir TapTap playing Hard Time by MDickie on YouTube including John Madden going to jail, the birth of Frank Tidepod, mobile gaming LEGEND, and the symbolic torture of my ex-ISP.
Can a game made in a month be good? Yes, but not this one. But the badness is the point, MDickie’s games are lusciously awful. I slipped in a video of The You Testament, because despite being a Jesus Simulator, it is basically a Hard Time clone. Yes. Just…watch it and you’ll see.
The general conclusion of the piece is that Let’s Plays did extreme harm to the game, and there’s a rather emotional backlash towards them.
I’m not entirely happy to write this piece, as I really do wish games like That Dragon, Cancer were commercially viable (or at least, a viable way to live and keep making games), I constantly show Alt Games and all sorts of experimental, noncommercial or generally out-there games on my channel, twitter and website. I love games like this, I want them to thrive.
However. There’s a great deal of problems with this piece that I can’t let go unaddressed. The conclusion that Let’s Plays are harmful, even for a specific type of game, is exactly the conclusion a lot of powerful players in the gaming industry love to latch onto and predictably this story has been making the rounds to show how awful, greedy, and draining these so called “Let’s Plays” are.
So let’s run through the various problems with the points made in this piece.