I just edited the Gorefest and Western videos. The full length are good, an easy listen if you know the players (actors).
And the shorter five minute excerpts...amazing. Good viewing by all. Objectively more entertaining than whatever has been uploaded as gameplay outside of computer streaming; which has the cinematic effects of the graphics drivers of the rendered game, yet is redundant.
I saw the charm of this style of play to an audience as well with Mike running Survival and the pair of agents in Eternal Super Spy. Most of the vids will be released in the week the games launch, so mostly TBD.
Theater of the Mind, huh? Not sure books will sell, but it has entertainment value.
Could this be a new form of art? Unscripted collaborative story with the flair that the results must change with bad dice rolls. A series of picture stills narrated by the actions of several people adding to the plot.
The cosplay kids will likely see this as railroad gaming or be lost. I wanna sandbox and be able to buy arrows.
Yet also losing patience for the self titled OSR crowd; they have all the charisma of rotting vegetables. That talking head format too needs a break. No one wants to see anyone puzzle over a chest in a random maze that has no reason for being outside of a massive time killer for the lonely hearts club.
Probably RPG gamers are just too far down their own rabbit holes to be rescued or converted. Yet I wander the desert and enjoy the serendipity.
Watch the Two-Page RPG Excerpt vids as they post and tell me I'm wrong (by comparison).
Good job those that help me make them. Every change of media is wrought with naysayers. This could be the graffiti artists of the seventies. The first time Scot Joplin played piano in the music store. The first sonnet to rhyme, rather than follow alliteration conventions. First song using sampling?
I may stop publishing games and just make collaborative short stories in a new media.