I watched first and, as of now, only episode of Johnny and Aoife from Eurogamer of replaying “Life is Strange”. They don’t lean really heavily into a fact that they both played that game and “Before the Storm” (well, two episodes of) before, but they do that pretty often. And I like it! I like the idea of going in, knowing that something would mean something else later. I like how you can analyse evolution of a game mechanic, without saying “gonna be apparent later”. Etc., etc.
I kinda tired of (pretend to be) blind LPs, streams, etc., to be honest. Yeah, sure, hour or so of a “fresh” look at a game can be helpful to decide if you want to buy it, but after that it’s mostly boring. Sorry, there is a significant chance, that your “personality” not gonna carry me – there are that do, but it is a small number. (Waypointer always have something to say that barely anyone else is saying, so they are good.)
Most LPs assume that it is your first try, but why? I’m mean, why not get into an empty niche of a oversaturated market? I’m not the only one, who thinks that what Robert Yang does with his “Level With Me”, but not just for levels, but for the whole game, would be cool, right? Or what Chris Franklin and Noah Caldwell-Gervais, among others, are doing analyzing games, but, well, in real time, would be interesting? And, what’s annoying, that most LPers playing games that they played many times before anyway – just lean into that, c’mon!
It seems that “Permadeath” is more about challenge of playing a game in a specific way, rather than analyzing that game through lens of playing it before, but it can be both, right? “Side Quest” started kinda like that, but then James left and it became (mostly) blind LP. So, yeah, there are examples, but I’m surprised it’s not a thing.