There is decent money to be made on YouTube these days, but the Let’s Play phenomenon had to start somewhere. HEIDI KEMPS investigates the birth of an Internet sensation.
Moreso than almost any other technological advancement, the internet has dramatically transformed the way we interface with games. Some of these ways are obvious: we now have easily available, speedy online play and the ability to download full games to our systems with a few button strokes. But the internet has also granted us a worldwide platform to showcase ourselves interacting with games. No longer are play sessions solo, fleeting experiences: in the case of the newer consoles, sharing our game time is a part of the system’s functionality. And part of what has defined this paradigm shift that’s turned watching people play games into its own form of amusement is the video phenomenon known as Let’s Play.