As part of my streaming initiatives, I’ve been trying some Let’s Plays, where I stream the game in its entirety. We started small with Celeste, which took about two weeks. Right now we’re in the midst of a Paper Mario Let’s Play that feels like it’s been going on forever.
Don’t get me wrong. Paper Mario is an amazing game. Finally glad to have gotten around to this one after years of actively ignoring it. The streams have been a lot of fun as well, as I’m usually playing it with an audience that loves the game.
Counting in-game time, I’m about 14 hours into the campaign. Just about half way through. In real life time, we’ve been playing this game together for over a month. Despite being bad at RPGs, I would probably be done the game by now under normal circumstances. However, since this is a game I only play on stream, it prolongs the experience a great deal. As a streamer, it feels weirdly unnatural to stretch out this adventure for so long.
There are a ton of games I want to do full Let’s Plays for, but time is not on my side. When all is said and done, Paper Mario is probably going to take two whole months for me to beat. Based on my current schedule of streaming for four-to-six hours a week, and I still want to stream hot new games, recurring favourites, the Boss Rush show, Board Game Night and whatever other wacky streaming ideas I can come up with, committing to Let’s Plays of this style is going to be tough.
I have no plans on abandoning the concept of playing games in full, but I’m going to have to be very mindful of what games I commit to and when I schedule them in. Will probably lean towards shorter games that can be completed in a matter of weeks. That said, at some point, I will stream Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door. This first Paper Mario experience has been too good for me to just stop here.
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