About two weeks ago, Jimmy Kimmel criticized YouTube’s gaming content, not understanding the appeal of let’s plays, streams, or other forms of gaming media. “To me, watching another person play video games is like going to a restaurant and having someone eat your food for you," he said. "If you like them, play them." I have a different perspective on his simile. I imagine that watching someone eat my food doesn’t sound fun. However, if I watch someone eat something that looks succulent, then I may want to try it the next time I visit a restaurant. That’s how I view let’s plays.
Kimmel seems like an open-minded fellow and, as such, released a video on September 4 in which he got to know YouTubers Markiplier and MissesMae to gain understanding of the appeal. (That is, after receiving some vicious attacks from Twitter users.) I don’t want to attack Kimmel. I understand where he’s coming from. Even I, a young man in his mid-twenties, was against let’s plays until I started associating them with watching my older brothers play video games. Anyway, Markiplier and MissesMae did an admirable job of showing Jimmy a taste of what it’s like, and hopefully this listicle helps you understand why let’s plays are popular.