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->''"[...] have you ever seen a DVD, you know, how they do director's commentary and stuff? Well, imagine if some jackass who was not involved with the creation of the movie at all [[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 decided to just comment]] [[RiffTrax on what he thought]] [[AlternateDVDCommentary watching the movie would be like]]. Well, that's kinda like what we are here now."''
--> -- '''LetsPlay/{{Slowbeef}}''', [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KA1kIBwGhrk explaining what a Let's Play is.]]

''[[WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic We play games so you don't have to.]]''

''Let's Play'' is a [[OlderThanTheyThink relatively recent]] [[AfterActionReport revival of an old concept]], which became mainstream ([[MostTropersAreYoungNerds for a certain value of mainstream]]) due to the Website/SomethingAwful forums, and has since branched out to independent players on Website/YouTube as well as other forums. Essentially, it's a screenshot or video {{Walkthrough}} with entertaining commentary; The goal generally isn't to SpeedRun through it, but to show off how the player [[AfterActionReport plays the game normally]]. Mistakes and multiple deaths are often [[LeftItIn left intact]], for sake of [[RuleOfFunny humor]], but better [=LPers=] will edit around un-funny screwups. The [[PerformanceAnxiety Let's Play Curse]] leads to a large number of mistakes, often of the hilarious variety because of the stupidity of the mistakes.

The tone and style will vary greatly with the nature of the game and those playing them. Some use screenshots and captions, whilst others use videos, or a mix of both. Some of those videos have voice commentary, and some use subtitles. Some players may already know all there is to know about the game and attempt to show off everything about it; others are going in completely blind and have no idea what to expect (horror games are most often [=LPed=] in this manner, as the candidness of the player's reaction may be more engaging to the audience than the game itself); and still more may deliberately invoke both with co-commentators - the player showing off all that they can while being accompanied by a friend who has never seen the game before. Depending on the quality and style of the game, the LP may be in-character FanFic of sort, or closer to a {{MST}}, the latter especially common if there's multiple commentators involved. And often they have some degree of fan input; the viewers may submit their own side material, vote on a certain course of action to take, or offer suggestions.

{{Emulation}} and heavy use of save-states is often involved (though making use of the latter incredibly obvious is commonly discouraged), as most of the consoles and games able to be emulated currently don't have a save or password feature. For the most part, cheating is discouraged, though doing boring parts (like grinding for levels in [=RPGs=]) "off-camera" is encouraged. On the other hand, some [=LPs=] embrace cheats and hacks as their gimmick to mix things up.

[[AIIsACrapshoot Computers love to attempt suicide by any means possible partway though]], and [[ExecutiveMeddling video hosts that are not Youtube tend to delete all game footage or die entirely shortly after becoming a reasonably popular host for Let's Plays.]] SturgeonsLaw is in effect, and many Let's Plays on forums won't last long if they're not gripping.

In July/August 2011, Nintendo of Europe became what may be the first company to use the Let's Play phenomenon as a way of ''actually promoting their games.'' For the release of ''VideoGame/{{Xenoblade}} Chronicles,'' in addition to the usual trailers and such, a 7-part mini-Let's Play showcasing portions of the game was released. Later, they even held a "Make Your Own Let's Play" contest for the same game. From niche Internet hobby to promotional tool--if nothing else, it shows how far this hobby's come.

See also WebVideo, which covers general examples of online videos.

'''Please do not add this page to a work's trope list. The fact that a game has had a Let's Play of it is Administrivia/{{not a trope}}.'''

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!! Let's Players with their own pages on the wiki:

[[index]]
* LetsPlay/AceOfToasters
* Creator/AchievementHunter
** LetsPlay/AchievementHunterMinecraftSeries[[labelnote:Names]]''Let's Play Minecraft'', ''Things to Do in Minecraft'', ''Let's Build''[[/labelnote]]
** LetsPlay/AchievementHunterGrandTheftAutoSeries[[labelnote:Names]]''Let's Play Grand Theft Auto IV'', ''Let's Play Grand Theft Auto V'', ''Things to Do in Grand Theft Auto''[[/labelnote]]
** Creator/GavinFree[[note]]One of their cast members.[[/note]]
* LetsPlay/AdamantDitto
* LetsPlay/AgentCack
* LetsPlay/AlChestBreach
* LetsPlay/AlchemistiD
* LetsPlay/AntVenom
* LetsPlay/{{Aquablade11}}
* LetsPlay/AriZonia
* LetsPlay/{{Arumba}}
* LetsPlay/AttackingTucans
** LetsPlay/{{Versus}}
* LetsPlay/TheAuZZieGamer
* LetsPlay/{{Azureblade49}}
* LetsPlay/{{Azuritereaction}}
* LetsPlay/BananaPieLord
* LetsPlay/TheBestWorstLetsPlays
* LetsPlay/BikdipOnABus
* LetsPlay/BillyMC
* LetsPlay/BobLennon
* WebVideo/BrainScratchCommentaries
* LetsPlay/BrenTenkage
* LetsPlay/BrotoroKSP
* LetsPlay/{{Brovania}}
* LetsPlay/BurningDogFace
* LetsPlay/CaptainSparklez
* LetsPlay/CavemanFilms
* LetsPlay/ChaosSinfulRose
* LetsPlay/ChaoticMonki
* LetsPlay/ChimneySwift11
* LetsPlay/ChipCheezum
* LetsPlay/{{Chorocojo}}
* WebVideo/ChristopherWalkenthrough
* LetsPlay/ChrisSmoove
* LetsPlay/ChristopherOdd
* LetsPlay/{{Cicabeot1}}
* LetsPlay/{{ClementJ642}}
* LetsPlay/{{Coestar}}
* WebVideo/CollegeReunionGroup
* LetsPlay/CrazyCommentaries
* LetsPlay/{{Cypheron48}}
* LetsPlay/DaithiDeNogla
* LetsPlay/DanRock
* LetsPlay/DarkChaosComms
* LetsPlay/TheDarkId
* LetsPlay/DeadDoll00
* LetsPlay/{{Deadlox}}
* LetsPlay/DeceasedCrab
* LetsPlay/DeliciousCinnamon
* Website/DesuDesBrigade
* LetsPlay/{{Diabetus}}
* LetsPlay/{{Dilandau3000}}
* LetsPlay/{{Direwolf20}}
* LetsPlay/{{Donnabellez}}
* LetsPlay/{{Dopefish}}
* WebVideo/DigitalParadox
* LetsPlay/TheDPad
* LetsPlay/DrParabola
* Main/DrakAndShadowLetsPlays
* LetsPlay/DungeonsAndDrogans
* LetsPlay/EasternMoney128
* LetsPlay/{{Eexecute}}
* LetsPlay/ElectricalBeast
* LetsPlay/ElisonCruz
* LetsPlay/EnterElysium
* LetsPlay/EthosLab
* LetsPlay/FalloutForPimps
* LetsPlay/TheFantasio974
* LetsPlay/FinalFantasyWiki
* LetsPlay/FiyahKitteh
* LetsPlay/FreelanceAstronauts
* LetsPlay/FundayNightGaming
* LetsPlay/GACKTGameCenter
* WebVideo/GameGrumps
* LetsPlay/GameScapeStudios
* LetsPlay/GamingGarbage
* LetsPlay/GeekRemix
* LetsPlay/GeneralSecura
* LetsPlay/GetDaved
* LetsPlay/GIProz
* LetsPlay/{{Goodbye18000}}
* LetsPlay/GriffinLobster
* LetsPlay/{{Grimith}}
* LetsPlay/{{Gronkh}}[[note]][=LPs=] in German[[/note]]
* LetsPlay/GuardianSoulBlade
* LetsPlay/GunarmDyne
* WebVideo/{{Hadriex}}
* LetsPlay/HarshlyCritical
* LetsPlay/{{Haydunn}}
* LetsPlay/HCBailly
* LetsPlay/HeadlessWonder
* LetsPlay/TheHeartless
* Main/HellfireCommentaries
* LetsPlay/{{Helloween4545}}
* LetsPlay/{{Hellsing}}
* LetsPlay/IceeTH
* LetsPlay/{{Ittlesam}}
* LetsPlay/JackSepticEye
* LetsPlay/{{Jayuzumi}}
* LetsPlay/{{Jbizzo49}}
* WebVideo/JesseCox
* LetsPlay/JoshJepson
* LetsPlay/JSmithOTI
* LetsPlay/{{Kailvin}}
* LetsPlay/TheKholdOne
* LetsPlay/{{Kikoskia}}
* LetsPlay/KilplixNFriends
* LetsPlay/KirinDave
* LetsPlay/KnudKnytlingPrinceOfDenmark
* LetsPlay/KungFuJesus
* LetsPlay/{{Kurtjmac}}
* Creator/{{Kuledud 3}}
* LetsPlay/LetsDrownOut (Featuring BenCroshaw aka Yahtzee of the ZeroPunctuation fame and his friend Gabriel)
* LetsPlay/LetsRaceWithRPGM
* LetsPlay/LetsRambleWithRae (A spin-off of ''WebVideo/MyLittlePonyTheMentallyAdvancedSeries'' by Greg Hoffman)
* LetsPlay/{{Lorcain}}
* LetsPlay/LP13thAge
* LetsPlay/LiquidCourage
* LetsPlay/{{Lucahjin}}
* LetsPlay/LuckySevenDX
* LetsPlay/LyingInBedMon
* LetsPlay/MageCaptainGilshanks
* LetsPlay/{{Mangaminx}}
* LetsPlay/MarikPlaysBloodlines
* LetsPlay/MarioPartyTV
* LetsPlay/{{Markiplier}}
* LetsPlay/{{Marriland}}
* LetsPlay/MasaeAnela
* LetsPlay/MaxOfFewTrades
* LetsPlay/McGammar
* LetsPlay/{{Medibot}}
* LetsPlay/MegaGWolf
* LetsPlay/MenDrinkinCoffee
* LetsPlay/MegaGamingGods
* LetsPlay/TheMidnightGuys
* MindcrackServer
* LetsPlay/MinecraftDad
* LetsPlay/MinecraftTheExCommunicatedSeries
* LetsPlay/{{ModestlyProphitic}}
* LetsPlay/MoogleFTW
* LetsPlay/MrSeaniebop
* LetsPlay/NakaTeleeli
* LetsPlay/{{Nalif}}
* LetsPlay/{{Necroscope86}}
* LetsPlay/NerdCubed
* LetsPlay/{{Nnemonic}}
* LetsPlay/NormalDifficultyGaming
* LetsPlay/{{Northernlion}}
* [[Recap/TheNostalgiaCriticS4E33 The Nostalgia Critic: Let's Play Bart's Nightmare]]
* LetsPlay/{{Nuttylamb}}
* LetsPlay/ObscureGameTheatre
* LetsPlay/OutbackWawa
* LetsPlay/OverTheGun
* WebVideo/PawDugan
* LetsPlay/{{Pcull44444}}
* WebVideo/PeanutButterGamer
* LetsPlay/Persona4EnduranceRun
* LetsPlay/PewDiePie
* LetsPlay/PhantomSavage
* LetsPlay/PinkKittyRose
* LetsPlay/{{Pitchingace88}}
* LetsPlay/{{pokecapn}}
* LetsPlay/{{Poz159}}
* LetsPlay/ProJared
* LetsPlay/{{Pwnage}}
* LetsPlay/{{Pyschadelicsnake}}
* WebVideo/PushingUpRoses
* LetsPlay/{{Qcode}}
* LetsPlay/{{Qzecwx}}
* Creator/RabbidLuigi
* LetsPlay/TheRadBrad
* LetsPlay/{{Raocow}}
* LetsPlay/{{rawkhawk64}}
* LetsPlay/{{Rawrzaur}}
* LetsPlay/TheRealGoldenGamer
* LetsPlay/{{Red5433}}
* LetsPlay/RemedialChaos
* LetsPlay/ResearchIndicates
* LetsPlay/RetroChallengeGamer
* Main/RetroGameMaster
* Letsplay/RisGrestar
* LetsPlay/RLYoshi
* LetsPlay/RoahmMythril
* LetsPlay/{{Roy725}}
* LetsPlay/TheRunawayGuys
** LetsPlay/{{Chuggaaconroy}}
** LetsPlay/NintendoCapriSun
** LetsPlay/ProtonJon
* LetsPlay/RavenValor95
* LetsPlay/RunnerGuitar
* LetsPlay/ScottManley
* LetsPlay/ScottPlays
* LetsPlay/SeaNanners
* LetsPlay/SharkyAndTheBear
* LetsPlay/{{shenryyr2}}
* LetsPlay/{{Shinryuu82}}
* LetsPlay/SirRonLionheart
* LetsPlay/SirTapTap
* LetsPlay/SKArmedageddon
* Creator/SkiddlezIzKewl
* LetsPlay/SkorpeonRyDer
* LetsPlay/SkyDoesMinecraft
* LetsPlay/SkyrimForPimps
* LetsPlay/SlimKirby
* LetsPlay/{{Slowbeef}}
* LetsPlay/{{Slowflake}}
* WebVideo/SmoshGames
* LetsPlay/SomethingAwfulDungeonsAndDragons
* LetsPlay/SoTotallyToby
* LetsPlay/SpikeAndBarleyPlay
* LetsPlay/SplattercatGaming
* LetsPlay/SpoilerWarning
* WebVideo/TheSpoonyExperiment
* LetsPlay/SqueakytheZepa
* LetsPlay/SquiiddishReturns
* WebVideo/StampyLongHead
* WebVideo/SteamTrain
* LetsPlay/StephenPlays
* LetsPlay/TheStrawhatNO
* LetsPlay/{{Supergreatfriend}}
** LetsPlay/TheLifeAndTimesOfBullyDemise
* LetsPlay/SuperJeenius
* LetsPlay/SuperLPHeroes
* LetsPlay/SuperPlayify
* LetsPlay/SuperSkarmory
* LetsPlay/TailsFiraga
* LetsPlay/{{Takarifreak}}
* LetsPlay/{{Tealgamemaster}}
* [[Creator/TeamFourStar Team Four Star Gaming]]
** LetsPlay/TwoSaiyansPlay
* LetsPlay/TessellatingHexagons
* LetsPlay/{{Theagent41}}
* LetsPlay/TheCreatures
** {{SlyFoxHound}}
** LetsPlay/{{UberHaxorNova}}
** {{SSoHPKC}}
** {{Sp00nerism}}
** WebVideo/{{DanzNewz}}
* LetsPlay/TheDeadbeats
* LetsPlay/TheDPad
* LetsPlay/TheDpads
* LetsPlay/TheEastCoastFour
* LetsPlay/TheShadowOfX
* LetsPlay/TheSuperCrew
* LetsPlay/TheSuperFailioCousins
* LetsPlay/TheTerribleSecretOfAnimalCrossing
* LetsPlay/TippingForties
* Creator/{{Tobuscus}}
* LetsPlay/TraskNari
* LetsPlay/TwitchPlaysPokemon
** LetsPlay/TwitchPlaysPokemonRed
** LetsPlay/TwitchPlaysPokemonCrystal
** LetsPlay/TwitchPlaysPokemonEmerald
** LetsPlay/TwitchPlaysPokemonFireRed
** LetsPlay/TwitchPlaysPokemonPlatinum
** LetsPlay/TwitchPlaysPokemonHeartGold
** LetsPlay/TwitchPlaysPokemonBlack
** LetsPlay/TwitchPlaysPokemonBlack2
** LetsPlay/TwitchPlaysPokemonX
** LetsPlay/TwitchPlaysPokemonArena
* LetsPlay/TwoAwesomeGamers
* WebVideo/TwoBestFriendsPlay
* LetsPlay/VenturianTale
* WebVideo/VideoGamesAwesome
* LetsPlay/VideoGameDunkey
* LetsPlay/VintageBeef
* LetsPlay/WanderingVoiceActor
* LetsPlay/WatchGirlsPlay
* LetsPlay/WillmandaGames
* WebVideo/WhiteBladeZero
* Main/WiiDude83
* LetsPlay/WiiRikeToPray
* LetsPlay/XEspmasterX
* The LetsPlay/{{Yogscast}}
** LetsPlay/LewisBrindley
** LetsPlay/HatFilms
** LetsPlay/InTheLittleWood
** LetsPlay/DuncanJones
** LetsPlay/SimonLane
** LetsPlay/KimRichards
** LetsPlay/HannahRutherford
** LetsPlay/{{Rythian}}
** LetsPlay/{{Sips}}
** LetsPlay/{{Sjin}}
** LetsPlay/{{Strippin}}
** LetsPlay/{{Turpster}}
** LetsPlay/WilliamStrife
** LetsPlay/ZoeyProasheck
* LetsPlay/{{Yamimash}}
* LetsPlay/YoVideogames
* Creator/YuriOfWind
* LetsPlay/WhoIsThisGit
* LetsPlay/{{Zerosaga 1}}
* LetsPlay/ZetaBetaOmegaFratboys
* LetsPlay/ZetaPlays
* LetsPlay/{{Zisteau}}
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