Back in 2010 I tried making my own Let’s Play of Super Mario Galaxy 2, because it’s a game I loved and wanted to share with others. Thing is, I was only 11 years old at that time. I am not a native english speaker and those things combined meant that when I browsed YouTube for Let’s Plays in my language, I was luckily to have found 2 others who were doing the same thing.
Standards were unimaginably low. My recording method was to aim my laptop webcam towards my TV and record footage that way. The result was barely recognizable footage with no audio. This, somehow, still got me a couple of viewers because nobody else in my language was doing it. Things got somewhat better after I asked my dad to let me use his camera to record the Let’s Plays I would do after that. I stopped a couple of years later, because at this point my videos were no longer even remotely passable and if I’m not mistaken I got some pretty “negative feedback” which, at that age, I couldn’t handle very well.
The thing is, I had a lot of fun making those videos. Even if they were made pretty lazily. They made me forget about anything bad that might have happened to me during that day. Fast forward like 5 years and I feel like making another attempt at an “actual” Let’s Play. Now, I have seen and read a lot of tutorials to get quality footage from games and I own a pretty decent microphone if I do say so myself. So I believe I’ve got all the required hardware and software to record and edit video’s that are up to standard.
But hardware can only get you so much. Commentary is still something I’ve got to work on. Although I’m uncertain what it is that makes someone invested in a Let’s Play and that makes them stick to watching new updates. Back when I did it you only really had to repeat in words the actions that were happening on screen. Is there anything you believe to be highly important to the enjoyment of watching a Let’s Play? Or does it all come down to personal preference?