It’s creator appreciation week here in Blaugust, and by coincidence, I just happen to have one to mention.
I’ve been playing Dwarf Fortress again, one of the best impossible games ever made, which led me down several inevitable pathways: Tutorial videos and Kruggsmash videos.
Tutorials because I’ve forgotten how to do anything in the game.
And Kruggsmash videos because I’m obsessed with his Dwarf Fortress videos. That’s all he does, as far as I know. It’s possible I’ve even mentioned him before on this blog.
But you won’t learn how to play Dwarf Fortress from watching his videos. Instead, you’ll be told a story as generated by the game, delivered in a narrative style that uses role-playing, hand-drawn pictures, music, and sound effects that don’t appear anywhere in the game (by default, the game has no sound).
It’s among the finest game-related video content I can think of on the Internet. By far the best sales pitch for Dwarf Fortress out there, too.
If you’re one of those people who thinks watching people play games is boring, these might be the videos for you. It’s a show, it’s not a Let’s Play.
Also, if you want to learn how to create quality game video content in a unique style, these might be the videos for you. (I mean, by now, I’m sure there are thousands of channels blatantly copying this style, but he was the first one I can remember seeing.) There’s probably still a big market out there for “make Dwarf Fortress look enjoyable to play” videos, and if it ever gets to Steam it’ll only grow.
So anyway, Kruggsmash. It’s good stuff.