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     I was sitting in the tub the other day (you know, doing tub stuff) and I was trying to figure out why so many people are into this whole "Let's Play" business. Both watching and creating.

     Are people looking to these videos as a sort of walkthrough perhaps? Has gaming really devolved to the point where we need to watch someone play the game we spent $60 on before we "play" it ourselves?

     Or is it the commentary? Can a person talking while playing a game really be entertaining enough to pull viewers in from day to day to watch his or her videos? Put on a charming enough accent and get really exciteable at key points and you've got a winning combo for subscribers? 

     And what of these ladies and gents who put the content together? Is their ego so very large that they feel like people would want to watch them play and hear their voice bantering on about how you can't seem to climb up a damn wall? Are they right in thinking this, somehow?

     Or are they just bored and want to document their journey for masturbation purposes later?

     I don't have the answers, but I do, indeed, want the answers.

     What do you guys think? Why are these videos so damn popular? I just don't get it.

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