lets play
July 25, 2013 11:53 PM   Subscribe

I like to watch video game let's plays. I have yet to find a let's player who doesn't make me feel gross with the sexism and racism and all that. Who should I watch for non-yuck commentary?

I'm not picky about the game itself; I like everything from Pokemon to Dark Souls, though I've watched pitifully few indie game LPs.
posted by goosechasing to Media & Arts (25 answers total) 28 users marked this as a favorite
This Deadly Premonition Let's Play is a work of art.
posted by empath at 12:18 AM on July 26, 2013 [5 favorites]

Idle Thumbs
posted by Charlemagne In Sweatpants at 12:26 AM on July 26, 2013

Spoiler Warning!
posted by Lady Li at 12:29 AM on July 26, 2013

So, my partner suggests Day9TV and Miles923 as possible YouTube Let's Plays.
posted by geek anachronism at 1:22 AM on July 26, 2013

ditto idle thumbs they are great
posted by juv3nal at 2:44 AM on July 26, 2013

I like "The Rad Brad" a lot. He's a bit redneck-y and can sometimes say something I find disagreeable, but he strikes me as a sweet fellow at heart. He tells his viewers he loves them all, in almost every episode, and seems to mean it!
posted by Ursula Hitler at 2:47 AM on July 26, 2013

Kikoskia is pretty entertaining, especially his LP of ET.
posted by plinth at 5:05 AM on July 26, 2013 [1 favorite]

Scott Manley is known for his Kerbal Space Program videos, but it looks like he's been doing videos for a bunch of space-related games (X3, Strike Suit Zero, etc.).

Have you checked out Yogscast for Minecraft videos? I haven't watched any of them in a while, but I don't recall them being offensive in any way, just a little coarse.
posted by backseatpilot at 5:06 AM on July 26, 2013

Idle Thumbs, Giant Bomb and Chip and Ironicus are all great for Let's Plays.

If you haven't seen LP Archive, it has a lot of great stuff mixed in with a lot of mediocre stuff, but not much that's terrible or offensive. If you search around for the more popular LPs there, they usually range from pretty good to fantastic.

I also follow three members of a group called ShackTac: Dslyecxi, Beagle and CHKilroy. They mostly focus on the military simulator Arma 2, but their videos are great if you're into that; also, they occasionally do other games.
posted by Drexen at 5:46 AM on July 26, 2013

Later Yogscast is more on the the up than earlier - you can see where they started bringing women onto the team who probably smacked the boys upside the head in regards to sexism. Since a lot of their videos are just stream of consciousness ramblings, it's not unheard of to have a juvenile comment slip out, but they have got much better about flat out calling each other out on dumb shit. Simon can be the worst offender but that's part of his schtick. Sips and Sjin are the real choice videos.
posted by robocop is bleeding at 5:47 AM on July 26, 2013 [1 favorite]

Me! It's basically just XCOM right now. I have one more vid of just me playing to convert and upload, then I'm trying to convince my boyfriend to try the game while we both talk about it. Couples XCOM =D
posted by kavasa at 5:59 AM on July 26, 2013

If you haven't seen LP Archive, it has a lot of great stuff mixed in with a lot of mediocre stuff, but not much that's terrible or offensive.

I dunno, man, i've seen some pretty sick stuff there.
posted by empath at 6:14 AM on July 26, 2013

HassanAlHajry on youtube does a LOT of Let's Play series, often within days of the game's release. They're all silent - he offers no commentary, I wasn't sure if that's what you were after. He's quite a skilled player and doesn't mess around or waste time, and gets pretty much 100% completion on each level letting you see everything.
posted by xdvesper at 6:27 AM on July 26, 2013 [1 favorite]

I haven't watched any of these myself, but I've listened to just about every podcast they've put out. I find them to be hilarious and non-offensive and I imagine their Let's Plays would be very similar: Rooster Teeth!
posted by ghostiger at 6:32 AM on July 26, 2013

SuperJeenius is pretty good. The worst he ever says is "derpy."
posted by PhoBWanKenobi at 6:57 AM on July 26, 2013 [1 favorite]

I would have to recommend:

Corona180 , Lukenuetzmann and New James +

These guys make great videos. They're pretty funny too.
posted by morning_television at 7:13 AM on July 26, 2013

Seconding HassanAlHajry's wonderful silent run-throughs. He's a good player and you get a good feel for the game. I used to watch TheRadBrad, which is sort of the experience of sitting next to a friend and shooting the breeze while watching the game, which worked well for Tomb Raider but was sort of distracting for deeper stories like Bioshock Infinite and The Last of Us.
posted by mochapickle at 8:24 AM on July 26, 2013

While I've watched and enjoyed a lot of the Rooster Teeth LPs, some of the younger commenters are problematic depending on your calibration. Michael in particular spends a lot of the newer LPs almost exclusively calling everyone and everything "bitch"- which gets very tiresome very fast. If that isn't an immediate issue, Rooster Teeth's Minecraft LPs can be really funny and creative.
posted by cheap paper at 9:43 AM on July 26, 2013

Christopher Odd is a pretty well-meaning guy who has a comprehensive playthrough style. He's pretty open-minded and will talk with his subscribers but there are times when he doesn't know better. For example, for a couple of small moments in Metro: Last Light he makes some very mild but still male gaze driven comments during the brothel scenes. He didn't linger for too long and part of it was his obvious discomfort at having thousands of people watch him play; at one point he says 'Ooookay kids, probably not a good section for you to watch right now' and laughs awkwardly. I watch him because he reminds me of the infectiously earnest, left-leaning video game/comic book/Star Trek/Warhammer 3000k nerd who lived next to me freshman year.

And yeah, I'll second CHKilroy. He's posted a couple of weird videos on his Twitter that come off as being a little too 'look at these freaks' but he keeps the nastier side of his Goon background out of his playthroughs.
posted by dubusadus at 10:28 AM on July 26, 2013

Do you have examples of people you hate? That could give us some clues to what you're going for.
posted by demiurge at 10:28 AM on July 26, 2013

empath: "If you haven't seen LP Archive, it has a lot of great stuff mixed in with a lot of mediocre stuff, but not much that's terrible or offensive.

I dunno, man, i've seen some pretty sick stuff there.

Actually yeah, that could well be the case now that I think about it -- I don't go there often.
posted by Drexen at 12:51 PM on July 26, 2013

I didn't watch the entire series so I can't claim it is entirely absent of sexism/racism, but I found several of the videos from Let's Play King's Quest VI to be quite hilarious.
There are 2 people playing the game together and their nerdy, chatty, sarcastic commentary can be quite entertaining if you ever played the series as a child as there is a lot to make fun of in classic pc games.
posted by tenaciousmoon at 1:10 PM on July 26, 2013

Oh the Hey Ash folks seemed pretty ok the few times I've looked at something on their stream.
posted by juv3nal at 8:14 PM on July 26, 2013

kavasa: "Couples XCOM =D"

Oh HECK yeah. Back when we had a PS2, my honey and I used to play XCOM as a purely team-based effort. I was the quartermaster back at base, handing out weapons and ammo and assigning research, and he was the commander in the field, handling the alien missions (except for when I'd say "Uh, you might want to watch for aliens on top of that roof"—*PEW* *PEW* *PEW* *bah-BOOM*—"Excuse me, but how many of our troopers died on that one?!").

Since the iPad version came out, we're each running our own games.

I'm WAY ahead of him.

Just sayin'.

posted by Lexica at 9:08 PM on July 26, 2013

Dodger! Generally the worst she says is "poop" and "derpy." (Since the channel is mainly videogame news, go to the playlists page, she has playlists for Lucius, Testament of Sherlock Holmes, Borderlands 2, They Bleed Pixels, Dead Space, FTL, and Blood Bowl).
posted by flibbertigibbet at 8:21 AM on July 27, 2013

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