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Horrible / Let's Play

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After Something Awful started making Let's Plays much more common, it was inevitable that people would start to make bad ones. Of course, there will occasionally be horrible ones filled with annoying voices, bad skills, and occasionally cheating.

Important Notes:

  1. Merely being offensive in its subject matter is not sufficient. Hard as it is to imagine at times, there is a market for all types of deviancy, no matter how small a niche it is note . It has to fail to appeal even to that niche to qualify as this.

  2. A Let's Play isn't horrible just because Retsupurae or Chip Cheezum riffed it. There needs to be independent evidence to list it. Once it is listed, they can provide the detailed reviews or, in special cases, the sole link.

  3. This page is not for bad episodes or playthroughs that were made by otherwise well-received Let's Players. Those entries should go to the Dethroning Moment page for web originals instead.

  4. Try to avoid adding users just because of their popularity, the current status of their channelnote  or they feature gimmicks you personally don't like. Users that aren't well known or produced very few videos shouldn't be added here either, as they shouldn't be discouraged. If this is the case, these people need to have some sort of notability first. Also, if they have a huge Hatedom but also have an equally large fanbase, they don't count eithernote invoked

Examples (more-or-less in alphabetical order by name of LPer):

  • DarksydePhil is infamous in the Let's Play community for his low intelligence and general ineptitude at video games, as well as his obnoxious personality and horrid attitudes. He constantly whines, blames the games when he fails, slams his controllers and keyboards against the table (sometimes to the point where they stop working properly, if at all), occasionally Rage Quits when he could have persevered, has been known to seek help from the chat as anything other than a last resort, makes sexist and racistnote  jokes that fail to Cross the Line Twice, displays a stunning Lack of Empathy during sad moments, talks over cutscenes (causing him to miss important details), shows a lack of common sense (for example, in his playthrough of South Park: The Stick of Truth, he was disappointed that the character customization wouldn't let him give the New Kid facial hair, despite the fact that he's, well, a kid and shouldn't have facial hair, and in his playthrough of Bully, he thought that a bridge was very fast and a bike was faster than a truck), burps, and does horrible singing. He is also very unprofessional, rarely editing his footage and leaving in constant fails instead of cutting to him getting past an obstacle (a notable example being in his Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus playthrough, where he took nearly 15 minutes to get past a hook segment and kept dying and he didn't edit any of it out). This extends into him leaving the camera running while he leaves to take care of something instead of editing it so it cuts back to when he returns, such as in his Ratchet & Clank playthrough where he left the camera running while he left the game to pay for a pizza he ordered. He has even been known to do Let's Plays where the entire first part is just him waiting for his system to update so he can play the game. His Let's Plays are so bad that an entire sub-genre of MST has been created called "This Is How You DON'T Play", in which people show parts of Phil's LPs in which he fails at things, gets his facts wrong, or makes terrible jokes, often showing comments left on his videos by haters pointing out his failures. Down the Rabbit Hole's Fredrik Knudsen did an episode detailing the depths of DarksydePhil's failures.
    • His horribleness extends beyond the videos where he actually plays games and goes into other videos he does on his gaming channel. Perhaps the most infamous is his 2013 Christmas special The Brat Who Trolled Christmas, a Grinch parody which serves as nothing more than an ego-stroking middle finger directed at his hatedom. The video is filled with horrible rhyming, juvenile insults, and acting and costuming that make even The Irate Gamer look professional. Phil's detractors are depicted as basement-dwelling Trolls who are jealous of his Internet "fame" (using the word very lightly) and make "shitting on him the goal of their lives" by flagging all his videos, leaving rude comments and creating "a 57-hour-long TIHYDP montage" (which is then shown as multiple montages from different people, none of which are anywhere near that length). This is followed by an awful parody of "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch" that not only has atrocious singing and horrendous lyrics with even more terrible rhymes (he rhymes "wives" with "trolling"), but outright threatens his detractors ("If you said this shit to my face, can you guess what I'd do, Mr. Troll?" "If I had a chance of being filthy rich or going back in time to prevent your birth... fill up the DeLorean!"). Phil then goes full-on Marty Stu when he reads encouraging Christmas fan mail (which was delivered by Santa Claus for some reason), complete with a sappy instrumental rendition of "Silent Night" and a disclaimer stating that they're totally real letters he received. He then states that gaming is about having fun and not popularity and that "you'll just be a dick" if you hate on (his) playthroughs. This is completely undermined by not only the fact that Phil spends several other videos whining about low views and non-existent game bugs, but by the fact that he just made a mean-spirited nine-minute video trashing his critics. Pyromegadeth tackles it here.

  • The "retired" EvaXephon (also known as Yanderedev). His livestreams were generally terrible (he died so many times that it isn't funny), and his tales are often worth a few laughs. Aside from his lack of talent and poor attitude, the most damning part of his time as an LP'er was that he had a tendency to stream pirated games before their official release date.
    • He streamed a pirated version of Just Cause 2 before its release, and he died on every single attempt to kill one of the bosses.
    • Even more infamously, he pirated and streamed Red Dead Redemption before its release, which led to him getting banned from nearly every streaming platform out there. Everyone who hated him, along with the people he banned because they kept trying to tell him to stop streaming the game, immediately reported him to Rockstar.
    • He managed to inflame this very wiki when editors caught him trying to delete this entry on the grounds of his "retirement". Twice.
    • He still occasionally livestreams games, albeit under a different handle since he considers his time as Eva an Old Shame. While he no longer pirates games due to joining the industry, and his attitude has shown some improvement, he's still mediocre at best at playing games.
  • GoldGleeGamer1:
    • His Let's Play of Final Fantasy VI just has to be seen to be believed: He skips weapon and armor upgrades in favor of buying expensive healing items, even though healing with magic is less costly and more practical, wastes tents to heal right outside of towns with Inns or even free healing spots, goes through several videos without realizing that characters who have had their equipment removed have not been re-equipped even though the fact has been pointed out to him several times, repeatedly attacks enemies with weapons that heal them while claiming "There's nothing else I can do about it," does not bother to learn or use magic, and his lack of editing leaves long stretches of nothing but random battles or getting lost. Worst of all, it isn't even a Self-Imposed Challenge or a blind run since either of those would make his playing far more excusable. You can tell his co-commentator, who has experience with the game, is getting more and more frustrated and trying harder to be nice about things as the game goes on. If it weren't for his co-commentator doing a majority of the commentary, the Let's Play would be completely unwatchable and a prime example of how not to play the game.
    • His "Let's Play" of Super Smash Bros. for N64 consisted entirely of a single run of Classic mode with Mario and showed a complete lack of any kind of understanding of the game mechanics. Without using anything regarding smashing, dodging or blocking, he wonders why he keeps dying to easy CPU fights and multiple times to Master Hand. Leave a comment pointing this out and he'll delete it, calling it an "offensive" comment.
    • His Let's Play of EarthBound repeats all of the same mistakes as Final Fantasy VI and shows he has absolutely no clue what he's doing in a JRPG, even if it's a blind run. His guest commentator from FF6 returned for a few videos before disappearing entirely, making the videos themselves absolutely unwatchable due to the blatant save state usage, utter lack of commentary (or commentary that isn't entirely Captain Obvious talk), and GoldGleeGamer1 being completely clueless.
  • You wouldn't think it would be impossible to get any enjoyment out of an LP of one of the Jackbox Party Packs, due to the inclusive, humorous nature of the games. Then along comes Ice Poseidon, who not only fails to get a single question right while playing Trivia Murder Party, but is utterly dumbfounded at the idea that anyone could be familiar with works like Death of a Salesman or A League of Their Own, and ends up Rage Quitting because he isn't allowed to play one of the minigames.
  • iJustine's Let's Play of Portal 2. She gets stuck on the easiest puzzle of the game for eight minutes. The worst part is that this is after the puzzle that demonstrates how portals work to you. She ended up getting sick of everyone telling it like it is and set the whole Let's Play to private. However, you can watch it here and it's available archived on Viddler starting here. YouTuber ForeverPandering also has given his thoughts on the playthrough in three videos chronicling the embarrassing debacle.
    ForeverPandering: Two choices lie with your decision about what she is: she's either being retarded for the money, or she's being retarded and getting money. You choose. I really don't want to consider that she's actually being this stupid on purpose.
  • LijikLetsPlay's LP of Tower Of Heaven features a Genre Throwback to the Game Boy era with a great soundtrack, as played by an utterly condescending miser. Throughout the whole video, he read the dialogue as obnoxiously as he could, and passive-aggressively insulted the game's fans ("Oh no! I have to time jumps! Oh, it's so difficult!")—all because people thought the game was Nintendo Hard. While Lijik has since deleted his account, the Let's Play is so bad it managed to turn Retsupurae away from playing the game. To quote a YouTube comment:
    "I actually played this game a while back and I gotta say, his voice impersonation does not fit with the god thing that talks to you, especially when you finally meet it face to face at the end. This guy did his best effort to make this game seem awful."
  • The now long-gone early works of Linkrulezall. Blatant Hypercam 2 watermarks that sometimes cover important details (made even worse by his frequent references to said important details), framerates in the single-digits, audio that was quiet to the point where the game audio was downright inaudible, and banal commentary that consisted mostly of Link being a Captain Obvious. Topping all that off, he only finished one of the Let's Plays he started (WarioWare, Inc.). To be fair, he has gotten better.
    • The ultimate lowlight was when he made a "Boss Guide" of Super 3D Noah's Ark, which was plagued by all the same problems mentioned above, but with a framerate of about 1 frame for every 3 seconds.
  • Low Tier God is considered a joke in the Fighting Game Community, and a look at his streams shows why. His lack of skill is nakedly apparent. Being unskilled in a game, in and of itself, isn't a crime, but what propels LTG to infamy is his inability to accept his losses, of which he frequently suffers many, on two occasions losing over 50 matches in a row to the same person. He will launch into a Hurricane of Excuses, is known to Rage Quit at the drop of a hat, and anyone who donates to his channel for a chance to play him and subsequently beats him can expect to be blocked from playing him again and banned from his streams. He runs his chatrooms like a dictator and bans people for such petty things as giving him friendly advice, complimenting his opponent or not donating enough money. As a result of his behavior, in much the same vein as DSP, he is often the subject of "This is How You Don't Play" videos.
  • MasterKnightDH's (formerly known as Nesshelper) LPs are severely flawed. His speech is difficult to interpret since he suffers from extreme Elmuh Fudd Syndwome (think PsychedelicEyeball slurring), and his commentary tends to be either banal or whiny about his perceived 'game balance' issues. He also can't take even the slightest criticism or insult, and usually ends up shutting off comments or ratings.
  • MaxiMaxi10 has 1,551 videos, half of which are him just doing random crap around the house. His Let's Play videos are where we get into the majority of this entry. He does camcorder LPs where his camcorder is at a bad angle where you can only see the right third of the screen. His commentary is boring, and you often find yourself watching the action figures on top of his shelf to see if they'll be more interesting. Even worse, whenever he's criticized, he blames all of his faults on autism.
  • Merelden Winter is not horrible by any means, yet her Yume Nikki walkthrough fits here. The whole world of Nexusis shrunk down to several quick careless jumps, and Merelden's usual quirky charm is absent in favor of the one endlessly repeating drugs joke. Everything seems like she just wanted to get this over with.
  • This Let's Play of the Oregon Trail by ObviousPuppet and Xuntasi. There seems to be nothing but extremely obscure references to god knows what, spoken in the most juvenile and mean spirited ways. Every single comment seems as though it were made by a pair of poorly-educated middle school bullies and the duo is trying very hard to find things to hate about the game. Combine this with bottom-of-the-barrel Vulgar Humor and it just becomes painful and nonsensical to watch.
  • Quadraxis14's early LPs of Contra III and Kaizo Mario World. Contra III was filmed on an awful camcorder, and features an inexperienced Quadraxis stumbling over commentary and making really awful jokes. Kaizo Mario World was recorded competently, but he constantly reloads save states (causing his emulator's save state screen to flash on the screen constantly) and still hasn't gotten humor down. Retsupurae riffed on several of his videos, and ended up admitting in his God Hand LP that he's greatly improved. For his part, Quadraxis found the riffs hilarious.
  • Queenie Z. Whether it's her severe Girl-on-the-Internet syndrome, her unfunny commentary, her constant use of outdated memes, or her shrill voice (with retainer sucking to boot), you'll share the RPer's pain.
    • Retsupurae has covered the first two parts of her Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem LP. If you check the videos out, you'll notice that Part 2 has over 30,000 fewer views than Part 1. For added irony, the video description of the former says "You're watching Part 2? Didn't Part 1 scare you off?"
    • She's gotten somewhat better over the years; while it's unlikely she'll ever live down the aforementioned LP, she has apologized for it and considers it something of an Old Shame. However, her YouTube account was closed some time ago. It wasn't Retsupurae's riff on her LP of Eternal Darkness, or the hatedom she earned from said LP, that drove her to close her account; according to Queenie Z herself, it was due to copyright infringement for using clips from Elfen Lied and the Tales of Symphonia OVA in some of her videos.
  • Rijno has been cited by some as the worst Let's Player on YouTube. Between recording his TV at bad angles, his annoyingly nasal voice, and constant pointing out of things we've just seen, who can blame them? Watch Retsupurae cover his Let's Play of Brave Fencer Musashi.
  • While Spoony's Until Dawn stream was controversial, it doesn't compare to his Alien: Isolation stream. Whenever he screwed up, he would often blame the game. He ignores advice the people in the chat give him, and even bans a few for doing it, and sometimes insulting them. In a moment of hypocrisy, he'd make a tasteless joke about being in an abusive relationship with his girlfriend, but then exploded on a viewer that made a similar crack. People have gone so far as to compare this LP to something DSP would make, and there was even a This Is How You Don't Play made of it.
  • SuperCrazyHealthBar is an infamously awful LPer. Despite his excellent picture quality, many of his videos suffer from severe audio clipping, and his commentary is abysmal, consisting mostly of him rambling aimlessly about things that don't have anything to do with the game, occasionally dipping into a weird demonic growl and shouting at the screen. He's so terrible that Retsupurae believes him to be a troll, although it's never been very clear.
  • The now-closed channel teddybearmassacure. His video quality and skill was subjectively decent, but everything else was abysmal. Many of his videos had loud noises in the background and obnoxious co-commentators that sounded like ten-year-olds. His commentary, meanwhile, was irritatingly banal, with "jokes" consisting of Seltzer and Friedberg-style pop-culture references and stale memes. He would've probably been small-time if Retsupurae hadn't dredged out one of his older videos. His improvement over the years before he closed his channel was minimal at best.


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