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June 30th, 2014 (12:51 PM).
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I don't watch speed runs. But, I also don't watch let's plays.
I'm not big on this. I want to play. It feels like watching someone read a book to me.
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I think there's a difference between Let's Plays and Speed Runs though.
For instance, with Let's Plays, all there is to it is someone playing a game. That's it. I've never been a fan of it myself, and I only watch Game Grumps (and there, it's for the commentary, mostly).
Prior to AGDQ, I'd assumed it would be boring just watching people beat games as quickly as possible, but it's surprisingly exciting (especially at GDQ). The stakes are high, the players are often daring, and it keeps you on the edge of your seat, especially when the speedrunner tries to do something particularly risky. Plus, if the speedrunner or the couch commentary is interesting or funny, it makes for an all around enjoyable experience. Not to forget that you can learn some pretty cool things by watching.
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