First off, for those who come here daily to read my daily 2 to 3 new articles, and have noticed that only 2 articles went up this week instead of the usual 14 to 21... I have bronchitis. I've been too sick to do any writing, so that's what happened. My regular posting schedule will be back soon as my lungs and sinuses clear up so I can sit up long enough to write again.
Now, moving on to the topic at hand... Getting Started With YouTube Gaming Let's Plays...
>>i dont have plans to do indies straight off.
I'm a 100% indie channel. So far the games I've done are:
Indies I haven't yet started but will be starting this summer include:
... games that in some cases are WAY bigger than many of the AAA games.
Don't knock the indies.
Indies are awesome.
I think it's funny, when people think the games on that list are NOT indie games. They might want to do a bit of research to find out what counts as indie. :P
Hey... you knew Witcher and Resident Evil were indies, right? A lot of people don't know that. It spins folks heads when they learn that too.
You know that's made by Disney right? And Disney has a strict no let's play policy that they enforce with an iron fist. Disney is 10 times worse then Nintendo when it comes to lashing out at YouTubers. And we all know how bad Nintendo is.
January 2017... some 12,000+ channels got deleted, because they all wanted to play Zelda, in spite of the ToS that comes with the game stating that by buying the game yo agree not to play it on YouTube.
you can't play Nintendo games unless you sign up with them and go through their program... you have to have a seperate account from you regular channel, because Nintendo takes ALL the income, then pays you back a 30% cut
Also, you can't play ANY Disney games PERIOD. Strictly forbidden.
People try it all the time, then a few weeks later they''l be on here bitching and moaning and whining with: "YouTube deleted my channel and I don't know why, I didn't do anything wrong. Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa"
People ask them what games they played and 9 times out of 10 they say "Kingdom of Hearts and Zelda". Well, yeah, of course your account got deleted then. You're lucky you didn't land your parents in prison while you were at it. The MINIMUM fine is $25k PER VIDEO UPLOADED and if you get jail time - it's 25 years in prison. Believe me, by deleting your account, YouTube just saved your ass. They weren't being mean and out to get you, they were doing their damndest to protect you from the viciousness of ruthless mega corps who'll show you no mercy.
The one who got their channels deleted are the lucky ones... do a Google search for the unlucky ones who got their asses sued to hell and back... worst case I ever saw was in Janu 2017, Nintendo went after an 8 year old playing Zelda - his parents had several 100 thousand in fines and lost their house over it.
Companies with strict, no Let's Play policies are:
Don't even think about touching anything on that list. Those are the major red flag no gos that'll get your account deleted at best and land you in major lawsuits at worst.
Avoid those like the plague. Biggest mistake new gamers make is playing one of those and then not only getting their channel deleted but in some cases also having YouTube BLOCK their ISPN (which block all computers in single building, not just their computer, meaning, their parents and siblings will lose their accounts as well; and if they are in an apartment building, the other families in the building will also lose their accounts). Once your ISPN is blocked, the only way to create a new account is to move to a different building/house.
People can sometimes get away with playing those games, but if you notice, the ones who don't get caught, also do not put the game's title or character names, in either the tags or description or title of their video, so they end up playing the forbidden games without getting caught. Those are also the same ones who when they do get caught, get caught not by YouTube's bot, but rather get caught by the game company itself and end up with the big lawsuits slapped on them.
Nintendo has a list of games you can play IF you sign up with their program first, but as a general rule, that's not even reliable, as YouTube's auto bot has no way of knowing you are signed up or not. So if you join the program, it doesn't cover ALL Nintendo games. The only games you are allowed to play are the ones listed here: https://r.ncp.nintendo.net/whitelist/ and ONLY after you sign up for the program, which requires you to link to the program in the description, and you have to meet other specific per game requirements, like some games you can'y play to the end or past a certain point.
In the end, make sure you read all the fine print that was in the game's warranty when you buy it, because it says in there if it's banned from YouTube or not.
Look for games that say in their YouTube policy they allow let's plays.
For example The Witcher 3 policy stats:
As a general rule MOST indies have a similar policy.
On the other hand MOST AAA corp games have a no Let's Play policy. Nintendo is the only one that allows Let's Plays to be monetized, but only if you go through their program.
WB let's you use "UP TO A 30 SECOND CLIP OF GAME PLAY IN YOUR REVIEW VIDEO" then says it can't be monetized, and no more then 30 seconds of game play can be used in ANY video on YouTube... they then list all the games included with this policy and it has every Lego, LoTR, BatMan, and Harry Potter game on that list of games that you can't play more then 30 seconds of.
THIS is why so many gamers go with indie games and why you rarely see AAA games played on YouTube.
It's also why so many gamers do Witcher. The Witcher devs have been front and center of supporting YouTubers's right to play games for 11 years now, making them one of the best loved devs of all times.
Witcher is very typical of an indie policy. It's why they became one of the most oversaturated indie devs on YouTube. CdProjektRed has a YouTube account and you can often find them commenting on Witcher let's plays. There extreme friendly nature toward's Let's Players made them one of the most beloved indie devs out there and went a long way towards making their tiny 10 man game company into a GOTY winner... an award that very few indies have ever come close to getting before.
If you are looking to become a dev yourself, follow in the Witcher dev footsteps... their gamer friendly attitudes did more to boost them up then the game they created ever could have.
There is a list of games you can play here:
The "Let's Play"-friendly developers Wiki is you best place to look to find out if a game you want to play is banned from Let's Plays or not.
Do be careful of relying too heavily on that list though. It's not always up to date. For example they have FireWatch listed as okay to play, but as we all know FireWatch devs had that very public meltdown hissy fit last year and lashed out at everyone who played the game, stating that they changed their minds and changed their policy. It was a big mess for everyone who had played the game and had to deal with a cry baby dev who changed his mind after telling everyone they could play the game of YouTube. In spite of that change happening in February 2017, a full year ago, FireWatch is still on that list of games you can let's play, so that list hasn't been updated in at least a year.
If you want to be a game dev... look to FireWatch's dev as an example and AVOID doing EVERYTHING he did. Psychobilly, bi-polar-hissy fits attacking YouTubers isn't going to win you any prizes, and while most people agreed with his reason, his method was shitty. (His reason by the way, if you didn't know... the Neo-Nazi party started promoting his game on their web site as the "most white power friendly game", they also listed Papa Johns pizza as the most white power pizza, and Trump as the most white power president, and that's also the infamous list that listed PewDiePie as the most white power YouTuber... basically they stated FireWatch as the official game of the KKK, and the dev flipped out.... which he had every right to be mad, but then he went bitch fest on EVERY YouTuber because of it and that was not cool. He went major meltdown and started leaving shitty comments all over every Let's Play of FireWatch. Majorly unprofessional meltdown on that devs part.)
>>Also what about channel art and logos? Iv been throwing ideas around but cant come up with anything that i feel fits me, is it ok to just skip it for now?
I started my channel in 2008;
I didn't discover we could change the banner until 2016
So I had no channel art until very recently. It wasn't a problem to not have it, so you should be able to start now and figure out your art later.
It's good advice, but it didn't tell me anything I didn't already know:
it's pretty basic stuff that gets said by everyone. Good advice, just not new
The video seems to focus only on people who upload one video a week, and only considers people who do throw-away videos (new release games); yet the videos that get millions of views, rarely get those millions the first hour and usually get the millions of view a year or more after being published.
Youtubers who focus only on new releases games, rely heavily on those first hour views, and are desperate to release at exact times - they have to be, because they are playing a here today, gone tomorrow game that will not get views 6 months down the road. These videos get views the first hour of release and never get views again, because no one is interested in the game a week after it's released. For these people day of week and time of day are important.
On the other hand people who play the classics (Pokemon, Witcher, Don't Starve, Minecraft, etc) have no need to fuss over those first hour views, because people come back to their old videos all year long. These videos get consistent, steady views for years after release, because the games have droves of fans looking to watch and rewatch them. For these people day of week and time of day are NOT important.
So, the advice is very general and doesn't apply to every Let's Player and in fact only applies to let's players who are publishing only 1 video a week and are focusing only on new releases.
a walkthrough is not a let's play, thus the different name; let's plays are nearly always blind/first time runs of a game; if you want to watch a walkthrough instead of a let's play, just search for the game title with the word walkthrough
>>A lot of people look to youtube for walkthroughs, but if everyone is blind and doesn't know what in the name of hell they are doing, that just isn't appealing in my opinion.
and actually, no. almost no one looks to YouTube for walkthroughs, that's why there are so few gamers who even bother doing them; walkthrough tend to get next to zero views, quite simply because no one is interested in learning how to play the game, they are only interested in watching the persons first reactions to the game
walkthroughs and people who look to watch them are in the extreme minority
iif more people were interested in watching walkthroughs, more gamers would make them, but because the bulk of viewers are not even interested in watching the games for the games sake at all, rather are interested in watching the gamer regardless of what game they play, this results in nearly all games on YouTube being blind for the sake of getting a reaction
>>Any real walkthroughs or is everyone just "Uh... I dunno?" I have been looking.
>>The Five Nights at Fuckboys series to be exact.
I've never heard of this game before so I don't know if there are any walkthroughs of it or not.
I do know this though: whenever I want to watch a video of a particular game, but I can't find any one playing it, what I do is buy the game and make the videos of it that I want to watch.
No doubt if you are looking for a walkthrough of the game, then other people are probably also looking for it. This says to me that this is your opportunity to make a walkthrough of the game yourself, and fill the need. If no walkthroughs exist of it, that's problem is cured by making said walkthrough yourself.
Been there. There's this local woman from a local church, calls herself Kendra Silvermander, that has got it into her head I'm "a witch" and "a child of Satan". She shows up in my driveway, when I'm at the store, when I'm eating at restaurants, etc. She's not anybody I know, I don't even know her name, and I can't figure out who she is or why she does these things. Clearly a serious mental disorder.
Well, this has been going on for a few years. Then, one day she finds out I'm online. I'm an author and have several books on Amazon for sale (novels). She creates 52 fake accounts, and posts 52 identical 1 star reviews on all of my books, which says: "retarded books, about retarded characters, by a retarded autor, for retarded readers." She them used all 52 accounts to have conversations with herself in the comments of the fake reviews. I found out about this when Amazon notified me and said they were deleting the fake reviews and comments and also all 52 of this person's fake accounts, and blocking their ispn so they could no longer buy or sell on Amazon. According to Amazon, she's also an author.
Well, the bulk of my YouTube channel is AuthorTube vlogs. I only do gaming let's plays sporadically.
So, after Amazon deletes this woman's accounts, she goes nuts even worse then ever. Kidnaps my cats, cuts their heads off and nails their heads to my door. Fills my motorhome with thousands of gallons of feces. Police station an officer who does nothing now but drive down my street every 15 minutes all day long, hoping to catch this mystery psycho bitch author, Kendra Silvermander, who we still have no clue the identity of.
Then she finds my YouTube channel, and does the same thing she did on Amazon. Suddenly, EVERY video gets 300 dislikes seconds from going live... and before it even gets a single view! 400+ of my old videos, get bombarded with THOUSANDS of hate comments that a are clearly all one person with lots of accounts. This goes on for about 3 months.... then BOOM, all the dislikes and comments vanish. YouTube deleted then when they deleted her accounts.
We think she went nuts before? Very violent woman! After YouTube deletes all her fake accounts, she attacked me one day at WalMart with a shopping cart. I was putting bags in my cart and suddenly, I hear someone screaming "kill or be killed!" and I stand up to see who's yelling, just in time to get a shopping cart slammed into my back over and over again. She ruptured 3 discs in my spine, left me paralyzed for 5 months. At this point the police called in the FBI, because they are at their wits end to figure how who this women is and now she's proved to by psychoticly dangerous.
Police and FBI both have been unable to identify her yet, so we still have no clue who she is.
FBI ided her November 2017... guess how? She was a manager at a local McDonald's, and Nov 9, 2017, she and 5 MDs employees, spiked my brother's meal with LSD, Meth, and Molly... he went into a coma seconds after taking only 1 bite! Was in a coma 5 days. FBI identified what happened and who did it because it was all caught on the security cameras.
You know what started this whole thing? I had entered a short story into an anthology, and it got published. Turns out... of the 101 authors published in that anthology, 73 of them got attacked by this women - and 5 of them are dead now. All because she also entered the anthology and her story didn't get accepted. She's a total stranger, it's why none of us could figure out who it was. Now she's wanted for murder and multiple attempted murders.
Here's the anthology if you want to see what psycho bitch Kendra Silvermander went on her murderous rampage over...
Scared me shitless, when I found out why she did it and how far she was willing to go.
But anyways.... back to your question....
In this case, YouTube did pick up on the fact that there was suspicious activity going on and they did delete the fake accounts and fake dislikes and fake comments... without me ever contacting them or reporting it. So if somebody is doing something funky with your channel, YouTube will notice and it'll affect the fakers not you.
I do first time blind completionist runs of Witcher (all 5 games 1, 2, 3, Gwent, & Adventure) and Subnautica.
I also do a psychedelic modded run of Witcher 3, with Roach as a purple unicorn and Gerault as a pink Necromancer. But I've not started uploading that yet. It'll be uploaded probably next month.
I'm currently playing a pink necromancer/unicorn pimped out run of Subnautica. (I'm a huge fan of the Pink Necromancer so I end up turning any game I can into a fanfic of it).
Episodes are all 1 to 2 hours each. I'm not much on commentary though, so there's a LOT of silent time when I get too into the game to remember to talk.
So if you are looking for sharp witty commentary, I'm probably not the style you're looking for.
I'll be doing other RPGs later (started Magicka - again, modded to be a Pink Necromancer run,
and will soon be starting Saints Row series; will be doing the Assassin Creed and Dark Souls series at some point, but probably won't start these until after this summer/sometime next fall. Will likely go Pink Necromancer on Dark Souls III as well.)
I'm also not a full time YouTuber, so my episodes are sporadic and have no set schedule, which might not be to your taste. I tend to upload whenever I play the game, and I've a busy life so don't get a chance to play games regular. I'm also more of a vlogger then a gamer, so my videos are about 1,000 vlogs and about 400 game episodes, over a period of 3 years on an 8 year old channel. Like I said, I don't upload regular schedule, I'd have way more videos if I did.
If you are looking for long form completionist runs, that I do, but if you are looking for lots of talkative commentary and a regular upload schedule, that I don't do.
I'm also a 50+ elderly senior, old lady granny gamer, and most people are looking for young kids, teens, 20 & 30 somethings to watch.
Mehgan Yeah is my favourite. Her episodes are 6 hours long each video though, so might be too long for you. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwjtG-DXHDJSk2pRM7_o3QQ She does first time blind completionist runs of super long games like Witcher, World of Warcraft, Fall Out, and Assasin's Creed. She has the best Witcher 3 playthrough ever made....hers is 200+ hours long, and is also the longest Witcher 3 playthrough. She's currently doing FallOut 3, Uncharted, and Metal Gear Solid. She's the straight up classic adventure RPGer.
Keralis is my second fave. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcJgOennb0II4a_qi9OMkRA He is very niche though, so he might not be what you are looking for. He has no facecam, and his commentary is very limited, he doesn't talk much. He's primarily a Survival RPG and a City Builder, doesn't do that many Adventure RPG or JRPGs. He started out as a Minecraft channel, so has TONS of Minecraft playlists, and still has, 2 or 3 Minecraft series currently going. He does RPGs as well though, if you search through his playlists, you'll find his awesome Witcher 3 playthrough. For the past 2 years however, he's currently a survivalist gamer, and has the most awesome runs of Tropico and Banished out there. He is currently doing an amazing playthrough of Subnautica.
My 3rd fave, CaptainSauce is a heavy duty MMO RPGers, turned YouTuber. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChZD0fgllE2i-wUlgQV_9pA I've been subbed to him since he only had 750 subs. Unfortunately, since his channel exploded (due to his having the EXCLUSIVE right to play Slime Rancher before the game wet into Early access.) he has started doing more "channel request games" and so his more recent videos are shorter and less rpg. He's primarilly known for his highly detailed story telling via SIMS rpgs. If you are a SIMS fan, he started out as a 1-game SIMS4 exclusive channel and has one of the best and longest running SIMS4 games ever made. He has over 1,000 SIMS4 videos. Uploading daily SIMS4 since 2015. Not in his playlights, he does stuff like LoL and Black Desert. However those MMO RPGs didn't get a lot of views and he mostly switched to playing them but no longer recording them. He does one of the best ARKs, but again, the rpgs didn't get a lot of views so he no longer records them. He does still play them though, if you get on his fanfeed he often lets people know when he's playing and on what server so others can join him. He doesn't do the whole put his videos into playlists thing well though, so the bulk of his videos are not in playlists and can be a bit difficult to find in searches. If I had found his channel today, instead of being there from the beginning, I would never have known he was an RPGer because you wouldn't know that from his playlists or his more recent videos.
My 4th fave Squirrel, is almost exclusively a 1-game channel. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSeb5KSN6BC1c0WwEjUzM_A He is a Driving RPG gamer. He has 1,000+ episodes of Euro Truck Simulator 2, and is a real life truck driver, who plays RPG truckers in his spare time. Euro Truck Simulator 2 is not usually what people think of when they think RPGs, so it's often overlooked. This guy is so much of a EuroTruck2 addict, that he also owns a massive website dedicated to mods for the game, and he has built some of the most amazing mods ever seen for EuroTruck if you play the game and want to go super pimp mod on your rig. One of the oldest YouTubers out there, this guy is my age and is in his 60s. He doesn't do anything other then Driving Sim RPGs, so there are no Adventure or JRPGs on his channel if you are only seeking those types.
Some others I'm subbed to are:
AlyssaBeGaming https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyjkuxMM_0w2gmUaz32lWTg similar to GameGrumps style of 5 gamers on 1 channel. They are currently doing Zelda and Uncharted. They do a lot of older Nintendo games like Luigi's Mansion and Donkey Kong, as well.
If you like war games, military rpgs, Star Wars, and battleships, there's BaronVonGamez https://www.youtube.com/user/BaronVonGamez/playlists All he does is war/miliatary stuff though so not for everyone.
Blitz: https://www.youtube.com/user/Blitzkriegsler/playlists not exclusivly rpgs, mostly a survival rpger. Has no facecam. Seems to have moved away from rpgs for his current/recent playthrough, his new stuff is mostly shorter more standard games, so you might only be interested in his older stuff.
I subbed to him for his Stardew Valley playthrough...
ClaraBabyLegs: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcI6d21KqgtS0edZpN8mwOg one of the most controversial YouTubers ever, due to her livestreaming in her undies and stripping down to sexy bra and panties while playing, sadly she has not uploaded any new video in nearly a year. She does the classic console Adventure RPGs and JRPGs and First Person Shooter RPGs: Resident Evil, FallOut, OverWatch, Call of Duty, etc. As well as MMOs like ARK.
She stopped uploading right after a horrific and violent attack by her ex-boyfriend that ended up on the tv news due to her being such a big channel. Shockingly a lot of "Christian do-goodey types" sided with her boyfriend and went magor troll fest on her channel just after Valentine's last year. I was in her stream chat at the time and saw it happen. Her channel got hit hard by an onslaught of "boycott the slut" type comments, and people went nuts on the report button, and in her last update https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lvrvwd9nt-g she let people know she was okay (her ex-had beat her up, injured her very badly, put her in the hospital, thus why she did this update, for those who don't know what happened and watch her update and go "What is she talking about?"; a lot of the hate comments she got, came right out and told her she deserved the beaten she got, many of them saying he should have done more, because of the way she dresses in her videos; it was horrible the stuff people were saying to her), and that she's been banned from streaming on youtube, so has her own streaming channel elsewhere instead now.
For the most part though, when I want to watch a long form RPG, what I do is go to YouTube gaming for the game directly, and find a long playlist, then watch it straight through. My fave games to do this with are:
Dark Souls III: https://gaming.youtube.com/game/UCnhbk-JD4v1OJGwmH6Dn19Q
Heroes of the Storm: https://gaming.youtube.com/game/UCxzJ9le0-E779Lc0ItXLXiw
Elder Scrolls Skyrim: https://gaming.youtube.com/game/UCs_w8D8wSjQ7DrH1KDsEyBA
League of Legends: https://gaming.youtube.com/game/UCsZ9w8wgYJc4eea6oI-3HLQ
Because I go to the game's topic channel instead of to any one gamer, I end up watching a lot of newbie gamers and small channels under 1k subs. This is definitely the best way to find those. There are so many of these that I watch but then don't sub to, because I was only interested in the one game and the other games they played didn't interest me, so I can't remember their channel names now.
Hope that helps.