I found LPs a lot more helpful since the developer can see the reaction first hand.
Also useful to see how a player would play your game, because then you can adjust according to how fast the player will figure out something.
Well, that's fine, assuming the game's developer is your single viewer.
This is the RM boards, a lot are developers and learn by watching the stream/LP on how others react to the game. It happens.
Just because it's not their game doesn't mean they won't pick up good stuff and bad stuff that they shouldn't or could apply to their projects.
Plus, we love watching people play RM games^^
You can learn just as much from a screenshot LP. A SSLP isn't a medium devoid of goof-ups, first impressions, and in-depth looks.
Uh we would have to agree to disagree on that because #1 it takes a while to make an SSLP, #2, you can see the actual playstyles of certain players on the get-go that they could not put in an SSLP. It helps since it's streamline and you can see the reactions there. with a SSLP, they would have to refine what they experience to a certain extent. Plus when bugs happen, there's things you can pick up while they're playing vs. a report.
A video is always better than an image.
lets players are people who play games.
I think that in SSLPs, play styles show up pretty clearly. An SSLP does refine the experience, but in a way that makes it more entertaining for a general audience and still useful for a dev. Like, it cuts out repetitive random encounters, travel time, talking to NPC's, other filler neither devs nor viewers need. And if something noteworthy does happen, or even if the game goes sour as a result, the LPer can point it out in a paragraph that can even be spontaneously typed!
... Because LPers are spontaneous and off the cuff, and writing an article and doing screenshots really isn't.
I think a lot more can be learned by experiencing the game as an active medium as it was meant to be played to understand potential flaws.
I don't think I've ever seen a screenshot LP. Screenshots + text make me think of reviews -- which are awesome, and also much needed.
also why is everyone talking like screenshot LP's aren't quite actually LP's? And like LP's are spontaneous and off the cuff, and this is the normal thing? (post commentary, edited video LP's exist as well ya know!) Maybe I just have experienced Let's Play as something different than you all!
@Lunarea get familiar with 'em! They're cool. http://lparchive.org/?tags=screenshot
Most of the Let's Plays I've watched were live streamed. I think that for the RM community that is actually the best approach because it views the game in the way it was intended to be viewed, rather than edited.
If a LPer dislikes a game and rags on it and I watched him play it, I can tell if I would like it or not, if he just rags on it in a review or edited screenshot view, I can't.
So, if a guy posted the first part of an SSLP in a thread, you couldn't tell him how you felt about his playthrough so far? Like... why not? I guess the RM community prefers it, obviously, so ok alright.
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