Gaming is an addiction that can start early. Instead of Saturday morning cartoons, for many it’s all about a round of morning Mario Kart while a neglected bowl of cereal goes soggy as you deliver a serious smack down on friends. Having started that young, there are almost too many gaming moments and games for me to remember. And although some deserve to be forgotten, there are far too many worthy games that fade first from the spotlight, and then from collective memory. Fortunately, there is a place where you can stroll among the video games of yesteryear, and it’s only a single click away!
YouTube longplays act as a virtual museum of sorts, but not the stuffy kind with boring mechanical antiques. Instead, its halls are filled with videos featuring play-throughs of computer and video game titles in their entirety, from start screen to end credits. For example, channels like World of Longplays bring high quality videos that are free of commentary – letting the work speak for itself.
Even entire gaming genres can be lost to time. Ever hear of point and click adventures? Lucas Arts was famous for them in the 90s, with titles like Loom, Day of the Tentacle, Monkey Island, and Indiana Jones: The Fate of Atlantis. All but unknown today, they presented some serious puzzles to be solved, while delivering story lines that range from humorous to seriously epic.
Many older titles exclusive to older consoles that don’t exist anymore are also preserved either by YouTube Longplays or gaming emulators. Wonder Boy Three, for example, was a gaming gem back in the days of the Sega Master System (before Genesis!). Without emulators like Bizhawk (created by the guys over at TASVideos.org) channels like WOL wouldn’t exist.
In addition to satisfying nostalgia, YouTube longplays offer invaulable insight for aspiring developers. So take a look, you never know what you’ll be able to find!
And send us links to your favorite longplays!