I don’t do LPs either, both for lack of equipment and the fact that I have very little time what with all the other things I’m doing, but I still think the story of how I ended up here is sort of vaguely interesting, so here it is:
I guess it all really started out with AVGN back in like 2007 (holy shit, has that really been 10 years?). I somehow stumbled over an AVGN video and found it pretty funny (2007 was a much simpler time…), so I watched some more of his stuff. I even did a german translation of the theme song and put it up on youtube. It’s probably still there, I dunno, I haven’t used that account in years. Anyway, through AVGN also got to know stuff like the Nostalgia Critic, Linkara, and the Spoony Experiment, the whole early Channel Awesome people. Now, for all the shit Nostalgia Critic rightfully gets these days, back then that sort of thing was rather novel to me, so I stuck with it for quite a while, certainly longer than it was funny to me.
Some time in 2008, I joined the Spoony Experiment forum as a way to participate in this sort of phenomenon beyond posting in comments sections. Say about Spoony whatever you like, I’ve always felt rather comfortable in that forum, I made friends there, which is why I stayed long after shit hit the fan in numerous ways. In fact it’s absolutely safe to say that a lot of the people who are still on that forum are not there because of Spoony, but because of the forum, and it’s pretty much always been like that. Of course these days Spoony barely produces any content, so there’s more or less no influx of new people, while a lot of the older regulars have either left or barely post anymore. There’s days now where barely anything gets posted at all. It feels like the forum is slowly fading away. It’s kind of sad.
Also around 2008, after I’d joined TSE, someone one the forum linked to a retsupurae, which I watched, and at first I really didn’t understand what was going on, because I hadn’t heard of LPs at all. It took me a while to understand why these guys were yelling about someone yelling about a video game. From there, I stumbled over some of the retsupuraes Chip and Ironicus did, and that led me to their LPs. Same with Slowbeef, and then I discovered Voidburger a bit later.
I was really surprised at how much fun I was having watching other people play games. I think it’s got something to do with the fact that I’m not really a completionist at all, and I rarely tend to go though games multiple times (with a few exceptions), so seeing someone play a game really well, or play a game that I would not play myself, does have a lot of a appeal to me.
Back to the story, we jump to the present: Since TSE was sort of fading, I was looking around for other communities I could join and actually talk to people. I was interested in LPs, but hesitant to join SA for a number of reasons, not the least of which being that I don’t have a credit card and thus wouldn’t have been able to pay the $10 fee. So one day I saw on Voidburgers twitter that this forum would be opened, and that seemed like a nice thing, so I joined. It’s been pretty interesting so far. Certainly more lively than TSE is these days.