The “Let’s Play” is now a powerful form of entertainment. Its prominence brings legal questions, and may help determine the future of the videogames industry.
I've never really been one to watch "Let's plays" I prefer to experience it on my own. They're good though, some of my friends love to watch them and are always telling me new people to watch on YouTube who do them. I don't understand why some game company's go through these legal problems, your game is getting free Advertisement.
95% of them are absolutely terrible, though.
I agree, but the silver lining here, is that there is variety and being able to see games being played in different ways: or seeing different reactions to linear games
I don't know Stolen Soul. I like to know what I'm buying. Trailers aren't really trust worthy. I want to see the game play and usually how the game plays out. Some games are just too good to pass up that I end up wanting to play them (Heavy Rain, Demon Souls, Arkham City, Mass Effect 2). And let's play's also show what games really are good and which ones are bad. I was planning on getting Alien's Colonial Marines, thank god for "Let's play" or else I'd been screwed out of 40-60 bucks. Let's plays are better than reviews, because you get to judge if the game looks good or not; you don't hear or read the opinion of an "expert" game critic.
What I want to know is, how is it illegal to share footage of yourself playing games YOU bought? I don't get how publishers have the right to say "you can't show people games we created". It's like they're trying to cover up just incase there is a bad game. I would consider it some form of false advertisement if a game gets a whole lot of praise from game critic mediums (IGN, Game Informer) but actually sucks balls; but we wouldn't be able to see and actually buy games based on their word. And there are a lot of people that trust game reviewers if they want to buy a game or not.
That's where the legal side of this enters. It's a complicated issue, and one that would take hours to explain. The way American laws are framed, by buying any consumable media, you are merely renting the use of that. Same goes with music, TV shows or film.
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