Created By: TharthanDecember 27, 2012 Last Edited By: TharthanDecember 29, 2012
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LostTheCommentary

When a Let's Player chooses to end a project due to loss of commentary/video issues.

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If a television programme is being regularly broadcast, there is always a chance something might go wrong. For example, the first season of Doctor Who was great, but then William Hartnell ended up having some health issues; the regenerating doctor idea was thus formed.

In radio dramas that go some years without being broadcast, this can end up occurring as well. For example, while when the tertiary phase of The Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy began the majority of the original cast was still alive, the narrator was not. So they used the excuse that they "upgraded the system" and cycled between the voices of the old and new narrators for a while.

This also has occurred many a time in a Lets Play. How this is handled differs between the Let's Player. Some may decide to record post-commentary and others may rerecord that portion of the game. But another solution has seemingly begun to take favour in more recent years: put up the incomplete footage, and bring the tires of the Let's Play to a screeching halt.

This kind of response to a situation where one has misplaced the commentary tends to obtain mixed responses. Some may have a "No skin off my back" reaction, and others a "Do something, you fool" reaction. No matter the response, this is a leading cause of halted Let's Plays.

EXAMPLES

  • Mr Canadian Donut's long-running LP of the Phoenix Wright series came to a screeching halt when he goofed and messed with a new recording program. He uploaded the incomplete footage and then ended the LP.

  • jay012345678912's unexpected return to The Sims 3 was cut short when he goofed prior to recording a long hour-and-a-half segment. He uploaded the footage (sans commentary) and then ended the LP.

  • Tamashii Hiroka's LP of POKMON Platinum came to a screeching halt do to technical difficulties. Only two parts ended up being uploaded.

  • Tharthan's LP of Mario Tennis had technical issues from the start, but episodes 1-5 were uploaded anyway. Episode 6 was recorded, but (as of yet) has not been uploaded.
Community Feedback Replies: 22
  • December 27, 2012
    Someoneman
    I fixed the excessive use of acronyms and broken wicks. In the future, remember that if the page you want to link to has two words or more in its title, simply write it in Camel Case without anything special, and if it only has one word, use curly braces ({{Like this}}).
  • December 27, 2012
    Tharthan
    Thanks. However, William Hartnell was not the creator of Doctor Who. He was the first-- and supposed to have been the only-- doctor.
  • December 27, 2012
    O
    Considering your wide non-Let's Play examples, you might want to expand this beyond Let's Plays. Which would also invoke a name change.
  • December 27, 2012
    Tharthan
    Even if I did expand it beyond L Ps, I don't think it would need a name change.

    EDIT: And this is just a draught. More LP bisens will be added.
  • December 27, 2012
    randomsurfer
    WTH does "bisen" mean? Seeing your usage it sounds like it's a synonym for "example" but I've never heard of or seen the word before AFAICR, and a websearch, witionary, dictionary.com and urbandictionary.com have no record of this word.

    For that matter, I suggest a name change simply because, unless "Ego Abhorrentes Commentariis" is a Preexisting Term (and perhaps even if it is), this is an article written in English. Gratuitious Latin anyone?
  • December 28, 2012
    Arivne
    Tropes should not have incomprehensible made-up names.
  • December 28, 2012
    Chauer
    Author Existence Failure, I suppose, is a trope for this.
  • December 28, 2012
    Tharthan
  • December 28, 2012
    Tharthan
    @Arivne Why the unneeded hostility?
  • December 28, 2012
    Tharthan
    @Chauer They aren't really the same.
  • December 28, 2012
    CobraPrime
    "For a Bisen"

    WTF does that even mean? And the link you linked to has a different spelling. And it's not even in the oxford dictionary or dictionary.com either.

    Anyway, description needs some work. There's no point in having two paragraphs talking about other medias when your trope is about L Ps. Especially when the two first paragraph don't even seem related to your trope.
  • December 28, 2012
    Tharthan
    @Cobra Prime

    First of all: http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/bysen

    Second: Your argument seems quite Californian in nature, and I hate California. Those first two paragraphs are staying, because they introduce the topic.
  • December 28, 2012
    CobraPrime
    Im not californian... Not even American ?

    And Also, a wiki. Nice. How about a real dictionary.
  • December 28, 2012
    Tharthan
    @Cobra Prime Are sure you aren't Californian? That snide and uncouth rudeness is something I've only seen in a Californian.

    Anyway, if you read the Wiktionary article, specifically the bit that says: " Alternative spellings: bizen, bisen, bizon", "From Middle English bysen, partly from Old English bȳsen (“example, pattern, model, similitude, parable, parallel, rule, command, precept”), and partly from Old Norse býsn (“a wonder, a portentous thing”), both from Proto-Germanic *būsniz (“command, precept”), from Proto-Germanic *beudanan (“to ask, beg”), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰewdʰ- (“to be awake, perceive fully”). Cognate with Gothic 𐌱𐌿𐍃𐌽𐍃 (busns, “command, order”). See also forbisen, forbise.", "(US, UK dialectal, Northern England, Scotland) An example; pattern." and "Usage notes: In the U.S., the only acceptable spelling is "bisen."" you shouldn't have any questions.

    As to why it isn't in Oxford: It only remains in the common speech of Rhode Island (a state in the U.S., where I am from), Northern England, Scotland, and a few other U.K. dialects. When it was in broader use, it was in Oxford.

  • December 28, 2012
    Fighteer
    This is not a trope. It's at best Trivia, and as written it's pretentious gibberish.
  • December 28, 2012
    Madrugada
    <MOD HAT ON>

    Thartan: This YKTTW is incomprehensible, and is treading on, if not over the line of "Using the wiki for your own personal playground".

    If there's a trope here, (which I'm not sure of at all) it's buried under gratuitous Latin and Old English.It appears that you aren't so much trying to communicate as you are trying to show off.

    Further, the digs, snipes, and jabs at the other posters don't encourage me to give you the benefit of the doubt.

    Try again, without the pseudo-erudition and hostility.

    <MOD HAT OFF>
  • December 28, 2012
    Tharthan
    @Madrugada You have obtained a false impression. I will gladly change the title. And, though it is NOT Old English, I will even change "bisen" to "example", if you insist.

    I was not making jabs at other posters. In fact, I was taken aback by their hostility.

    My sincere apologies if you obtained the wrong idea.

    EDIT: Made changes just to be safe. Again, I have no idea why people mistake my writing as being pretentious.
  • December 28, 2012
    Ghilz
    The description needs work. It takes 2 and half paragraph before it even reaches the point (As outlined inside the laconic) and even then, if I were to have never read the laconic, taking the description on its own I'd never be able to really get what it's actually about. Some sort of early summation or thesis statement would help.

    Similarly to Fighteer, not sure this is a trope so much as trivia.
  • December 28, 2012
    O
    I see this suggestion pop up again, and I've judged it as not being a trope. A tropes is, at even the front page, defined as "devices and conventions that a writer can reasonably rely on as being present in the audience members' minds and expectations". This is not a trope; just an unfortunate happening OUTSIDE of the piece of media.

  • December 29, 2012
    Telcontar
    Please elaborate on how this is different to a downplaying (unintentionally, of course) of the trivia item Author Existence Failure.
  • December 29, 2012
    Tharthan
    @Ghilz What would you recommend.
  • December 29, 2012
    Ghilz
    As I said, an early summation or thesis statement as the first paragraph that clearly spells out what the trope is supposed to be about. Then feel free to expand and compare to other related tropes and medias.

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