The way I have seen it, and I could be wrong here.
SALP was seen as the high standard, with huge rules in place, you pay the membership to play, and you get first timers a bit of fear on totally fucking up, not to mention rules regarding 3-months, and an almost animosity if somebody were to LP an already LP’d game. (No, it is I who does the Super Mario Galaxy games), that members couldn’t really be themselves, and flesh out what they feel a playthough of a video game entails. That sometimes you get debates like “Is Reaction Cam allowed?” “Are Skits Allowed in this?” and in turn, this doesn’t express enough creativity in what should be a fun interactive experience between viewer and user and discussion about the video game, if the OP allows.
Reddit is more seen the same way I see podcasting - I want to make one, but I don’t know how. Hey check out my gameplay of this game. The playthoughs of games has grown to be popular, look at YouTube, look at Twitch, that almost everybody wants to be the next PewDiePie or GameGrumps and just play the video games for viewership and popularity, and probably get the “Trending Gamer of the Year” at next year’s Game Awards.
The problem with Option 2 is that while it gives people creative control over their videos, the videos almost do a bare minimum job of reaching out to audiences and coming up with something that offers up their unique talents. Are they speedrunning the game? Are they funny? Or are they just gonna regurgitate memes they picked up from 4chan? While SALP was about the game, Reddit was about the creator/user themselves.
What I see with this message board, is somewhat of a hybrid of both, the talented people from SALP, who have put in effort in their videos are now offering up help to the ones looking to get involved into this, out of love of the game, not because it’ll raise their subscription count.
I think it should have a bit of structure (Trigger Warnings/NSFW Content is perfect) because it creates a bit of a parameter for creators, but just enough wiggle-room to shape their own content in stride. Taking suggestions from the audience for characters or having fun with the sandbox in a multiplayer.
I am guilty of doing reaction cam when I stream video games, because I feel my streams are a “gaming show” where I show off games, with the need to be on-cam as a host of sorts. I might not say anything funny/creative/intelligent, but I want people to know I am there in case it’s quiet for a few periods of time.
If I did a LP (I haven’t decided what my first one would be, as I mostly stream), I would probably record in batches, taking breaks to get suggestions from the audience, and record commentary in post. Making sure I edited down how many times I died in a level (and saving those mistakes for an “end of the run bonus video”) so I look like I am competent.
I hate to speak for anybody other than myself, but the general feeling around here is “let the games do the talking more than you do”. Video Games are an entertainment medium, and while it’s not a bad thing, some people really just want to put the focus on themselves on other videos. (It’ll be the ones with the users themselves front and center in the YT Thumbnail)
So here’s what I see in the LP’Zone:
1. Easier interactions with creators and audience
Because shouting at them in the YouTube comments is not gonna help. This is aided by good moderation here, to throw out the hooligans looking to start some trouble/drama to try and benefit themselves. Creators benefit because they could see something they might’ve missed, or come up with a strategy in the next level. What works/What doesn’t work (in a friendly way) And audiences benefit beause they can talk their favorite creators and let them know they are doing a good job. The “Heart” on comments, similar to reddit, rewards good comments/posts.
2. Assistance and Reassurance
I don’t mean this in a “boost in viewership” assistance, but rather assisting in getting a casual gaming audience to assist you in your discussion of the game. Assisting people with what games to try out, and what their next LP videos could be based on previous videos, if they wanted suggestions. Reassurance is to help out those that are feeling like they are struggling with these videos. It’s weird to think, but there are people on the opposite end of these videos. The group here aren’t the kind to go “Your LP sucks, you should feel bad and go away”, they are more of the kind to let the user know of hiccups in capture/audio levels. Reassuring the users, they are welcomed to play video games, and have fun. Inclusive isn’t just some buzzword – it does have merit. Make the people feeling nervous/anxious uploading their video at ease, even if they’ve been doing it for years, some people get the sad slump and feel hopeless, even if they have more subscribers/followers than you. Root for everybody to succeed.
3. It’s unique audience of creative talents
Some people here are just fantastic editors, others are great at one-liners and quips,others can photoshop like there is no tomorrow. We need to Stop, Collaborate, and Listen. There could be people looking for people to join them on a video, or needing assistance in editing/mixing/streaming or coming up with catchy thumbnails for their threads/videos, and everybody is bringing something to the table here.
It’s not just goony goon goons here, if this forum thrives (which is all based on the users), it’s going to be because of the natural kind of goofing with games that show up here to attract users new and old. Everybody here loves video games and comedy and stupid YouTube videos, and it’s about time we came together and created something beautiful.
If you wanted the popularity, just look up the latest challenge videos and replicate them. Get ready for the “spray deodorant challenge” coming soon, unless it already exists, in which case I’ll be sobbing. Because at the end of the day, the numbers really don’t matter, it’s on being satisfied with the content you put out, and the content you take in.
Teamwork makes the dream work.