I suppose I should probably clear up where I stand on the whole Retsupurae thing since apparently liking any of their videos runs the risk of getting me painted as a hater these days. 😛
The whole making fun of other people’s videos thing is not a new thing on YouTube, or exclusive to the Retsupurae guys. If you’ve ever watched a “fail video” of any sort on a compilation site like FailBlog or Fail Army, you’re basically watching something dedicated to making fun of other people’s videos which is the same concept as RP, but without the satirical commentary.
That said though, with Proteus’ return to the RP team for this recent video of theirs I can see where the line can be drawn between simply making fun of stuff in videos that can be made fun of and just plain being malicious.
Note the difference in who’s chuckling about the video versus who’s ripping on the person who uploaded it. The difference is more clearly accented in another recent video of theirs.
Even the roots of their self-defined satirical style are more lighthearted humor than just endlessly egging on anyone who makes something like a camcorder LP. 😛
There are two things these guys usually go after, lousy gameplay and bad production value (like using a camcorder to record a TV screen). All in all, I’d have to say that I wouldn’t hold lousy production value against people who want to get in on the whole gameplay video thing, unless of course they kicked against the bricks and refused to get something like a capture card or Fraps even after finding out how cheap those devices can be. As far as gameplay goes, it may be worth testing the waters for someone to watch other videos of a game they want to LP to make sure either (a) they’re actually somewhat decent at the game and (b) their skills haven’t gotten too rusty if it’s a classic game they haven’t played in years. 😛
Sometimes, of course, their efforts backfire, and I’ve subscribed to some folks because of them before, like LuWiiGiMaster. 😀
Hope that clears everything up. Ultimately, satire is a form of comedy, though depending on which way these guys go, they can sometimes cross the line and overstep the bounds of satire with what they do. 🙂