I've noticed a little chit chat happening in a couple of threads about games we've been watching a friend, partner, loved one or Twitch streamer play. It isn't quite the same as sitting down and playing a videogame oneself, but it is a big part of how we experience games. No one person can, or wants to, play every game of every genre. That's what pals are for!Games What I've Watched Shen PlayDragon Quest Builders 1&2
Shen's best friends/ housemates bought her a copy of DQB2
for her birthday, assuming she'd play it on their Switch and/ or mine. Unbeknown to them, I actually got her a Switch for her birthday. She played it to absolute death, to the point that I bought her the first one as well.
It looks like an excellent game, but absolutely not my cup of tea. Lots of being organised and prepared and building things to a plan. I don't have the patience or the mindset to play it, but vicariously experiencing the best of the characters, puns and monsters has been fun, and seeing what Shen manages to build is always amazing.Fatal Frame II
Shen's a big Fatal Frame fan. As a creepy Japanese horror series it appeals to me massively, but the ones she has are all in Japanese and very much about wondering around collecting things. I have been really impressed watching it though, the atmosphere and architecture and creepiness is absolutely top tier.Monster Hunter XX
Naturally, as long as we've been dating it's been on my agenda to get Shen into that there Monhan. She had a little go on my copy of Generations Ultimate
, messing around with tutorials and stuff.
Then, more recently, through a combination of watching a couple of Cool Ghosts videos which mentioned Monster Hunter and watching me fight some of the cooler, more interesting late-game monsters, she decided she really wanted to play more. I had the ingenious idea to set up my Japanese Nintendo account on her Switch so she could play Monster Hunter XX
now that I have Generations Ultimate.Games I've Watched People Play on StreamsDark Souls
This is basically the only game I've watched streams of, and I've watched a few. I don't like watching top-level streamers do speedruns or challenge versions or multiplayer duelling or any of that shit really. What I like seeing is someone play through Dark Souls
for the first time. It's such a unique experience that I haven't recaptured with any other games, not even the sequels or replaying DaS
itself. The closest I’ve come to recapturing the experience is through other people.
My first vicarious Dark Souls
experience, not even a stream but a podcast series. James plays Dark Souls
but he isn’t allowed to talk to anyone about it or look at anything online: he can only ask Dave for advice, and only on these calls. On the other side of the coin, Dave is operating entirely from memories which are like a year old. Other than Dave’s occasional showings on Midnight Resistance, this was my first experience of the two hosts. They’re now among my favourite dudes, forming the backbone of The Computer Game Show, my favourite podcast.
They also recently did a sequel podcast: Star Calls. Dave watched the Star Wars films for the first time, with James as chaperone.
Two Dark Souls
A brilliant stream series with Tamoor Hussein and his brother, who plays DaS
for the first time while Tamoor freaks out at how brazen he is. Alas, they never finished the series, and it no longer appears to be online
Richie Tries To Play Dark Souls
Richie Morgan, of Gamewank and Scottish Games Twitter fame, played through Dark Souls
after being bullied into it by his pals. I had bumped into these guys a little through Videogamer, Bit-Socket and Midnight Resistance, but this was my first real interaction with that crowd. I really enjoyed it, and I now really enjoy Richie appearing as Santa on every year’s Christmas episode of 2 Good Boys.
Dark Souls Sundays
Mat Murray, from the aforementioned Computer Game Show, eventually did his own Dark Souls
playthrough on stream. It was entertaining stuff and he’s actually gone on to stream the likes of Bloodborne
since but I don’t want to watch until I play those myself.
I also understand that Prepare to Try is a good Dark Souls
stream and, essentially, the return of Expert Super Guide with a different cast, but I’ve not given it a watch yet.
Other than Dark Souls
, the only other streams I watch are other ocassional things from the TCGS boys (I’m excited to catch up with Sean Bell’s FIFA
streams) and some stuff from Monster Hunter.
What have y’all watched people play? What else should I watch people play?