According to Wikipedia, a Let’s Play is “a video, or less commonly a series of screenshots, documenting a playthrough of a video game, always including commentary by the gamer. A Let’s Play differs from a walkthrough or strategy guide by focusing on an individual’s subjective experience with the game, often with humorous, irreverent, or critical commentary from the gamer, rather than being an objective source of information on how to progress through the game.” “From the onset of computer video entertainment, video game players with access to screenshot capture software, video capture devices, and screen recording software have recorded themselves playing through games, often as part of walkthroughsspeedruns or other entertainment form. One such form these took was the addition of running commentary, typically humorous in nature, along with the screenshots or videos; video-based playthroughs would typically be presented without significant editing to maintain the raw response the players had to the game. Though others, such as The Yogscast, had used the same approach at the time, the forums at the website Something Awful are credited with coming up with the term “Let’s Play” in 2007 to describe such play throughs.” The Yogscast is a network of YouTube broadcasters who produce gaming-related video content, focused around their main YouTube channel, “YOGSCAST Lewis & Simon“. The channel initially gained popularity with its videos about the MMO World of Warcraft though videos about the Minecraft brought it to widespread attention. After receiving help from many sources, some of these now friends wanted help from Brindley and his partner Simon Lane to create YouTube channels of their own. After this point, many more content creators/YouTube channels joined the Yogscast, hence them being known as “The Yogscast Family”. In June 2012, The Yogscast’s primary channel, YOGSCAST Lewis & Simon, became the first channel in the United Kingdom to reach one billion views. By the end of 2014, The Yogscast had:

  • 18 members of staff, working ‘behind the scenes’ (not necessarily content creators)
  • 19 officially noted networked channels (not all being advertised with The Yogscast’s in-house advertising style)
  • A total of 20,867,994 subscribers on YouTube within the noted network
  • A total of 5,186,510,091 video views on YouTube within the noted network

So… Let’s Play: WHAT_architecture. Lisa returns to The Spotted Dog.



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