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Lets Play where the Let's Players are depicting themselves as fictional characters. (Launching Nov 24)

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Proposed By:
Zerukin on Oct 27th 2018 at 4:54:17 PM
Last Edited By:
Pichu-kun on Nov 22nd 2018 at 3:49:26 PM
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When most people do a Let's Play, they usually do it as themselves. No acting, no work of fiction. They are just playing a game and providing commentary on it. However, there are some people who decide to pretend to be somebody else for their let's play.

Not the characters in the game they are playing, but characters completely unrelated to the game. While a regular Let's Play is made as an entertaining walkthrough to the game, these kinds of Let's Plays are almost purely made for entertainment.

As such, these people will often goof around and pretending not to know how to play. Sometimes though, they will take gameplay seriously while keeping in character of whoever they are pretending to be. These kinds of Let's Plays don't finish the games they are playing very often with each game being played as a one shot. Some games do get played to completion like a normal Let's Play, but the focus is mostly to entertain by showing what it would be like if certain fictional characters played video games.

That being said, some of these still have the gameplay and voices recorded simultaneously, so there is often a big chance of the actors unintentionally but noticeably breaking character.


Feedback: 19 replies

Oct 27th 2018 at 6:53:44 PM

Sure. We can work with that.

Oct 27th 2018 at 9:27:21 PM

  • Two Best Friends Play was this in the early years. Their videos involved Matt and Pat playing exaggerated versions of themselves, with lots of scripted jokes and heavy editing. (And for some reason, they pretended to be Americans and tried to hide that they were actually Canadians.) After they started doing multi-episode, full game LP's, they dropped the fictional personas and just played as themselves.
  • Homestar Runner has the episode "Videlectrix - Halloween Waggle", where the two employees of the fictional company Videlectrix stumble their way through the Atari game Haunted House.

Oct 28th 2018 at 10:54:49 AM

This count?

  • Jacksfilms: During his parody LP's, Jack becomes a character called GamerGod88, who speaks in a rushed, slurred voice much different from Jack's usual speech pattern and even has his own catchphrase, "Drive Safe".

Oct 28th 2018 at 11:01:24 AM

yeah. *looks it up*

Oh. not actual gaming.... Actually questionable. Since most of the other examples are still a let's play.

Oct 28th 2018 at 11:01:37 AM

Yeah, that's why I asked, because it's a parody of let's players rather than an actual let's play attempt. If you don't use it, that's fine.

Oct 28th 2018 at 2:10:08 PM

Oct 28th 2018 at 4:43:43 PM that had a lotta links.

Oct 28th 2018 at 11:18:47 PM

Joueur Du Grenier: Most narrative L Ps feature Fred and Seb as the characters they play (such as the dictator of a tropical island, the ruthless head of a merchant family, the leader of a band of refugees from the worldwide winter, etc.) interspersed with game footage to make jokes about their in-game actions.

Oct 29th 2018 at 9:58:30 AM

Nov 6th 2018 at 12:07:58 PM

One more example should be enough to remove the needs more examples tag in the description...

Nov 8th 2018 at 11:00:39 PM

  • A YouTuber going by "The Nerd Gamer" is sporadically releasing episodes of a Republic The Revolution LP, where he both plays and talks in-character as a suitably ideologized pro-Communist party leader the entire time.

Nov 9th 2018 at 12:41:09 PM

I just realized I haven't put thought into the indexes this would go into. Let's Play would likely be one of them.

Nov 10th 2018 at 8:12:45 AM

During a Let's Play of Sid Meier's Civilization 5, the Let's Play group Steam Train adopt a "Jewish Mother" persona.

Nov 10th 2018 at 8:18:27 AM

Sorry dude. That one doesn't really count. It's simply done as a joke for a single moment. This is for a whole video in which the let's players portray themselves as a character played the game from beginning to end (of the video).

Nov 10th 2018 at 10:35:59 AM

Nov 15th 2018 at 12:20:48 PM

I could launch this on Saturday, or I could hold off and wait for more examples...

Nov 15th 2018 at 12:29:42 PM

^ You could also add my example to the list. Just a suggestion, tho...

Nov 19th 2018 at 2:48:49 AM

Rycon Roleplays has Rycon doing games as the game's protagonist, good examples being Doom 2016 where he plays the Doom Slayer, and Fallout 4 Ashes, where he plays the Sole Survivor.