I've just made a connection that I know someone must have come to already.
We all know about this whole game journalism scandal, blah blah. But you know what? Who cares! Because we don't have to listen to them while they waste their time and money focusing on making click-bait. Why? Because of let's-players!
I am an avid watcher and lover of the youtubers who play video games. Markiplier, Mikenneumonic, HarshlyCritical, DeceasedCrab, AzuriteYT, and lots of other funny, dedicated, and creative young people who share their time and experience with their fans to entertain us. Of course everyone likes their own things, so I will not talk about any lets player specifically. I simply wanted to get this idea out there.
Watching someone play a game is the very final decision changer in whether I buy a game or not, no matter what. I can't tell you how many times I bought or didn't buy a game based solely on a video I watched. CryoticMonki made me buy Skyrim, CaptainSparkles made me buy Minecraft, and Vinny from Vinesauce made me buy Tomodachi Life! I can literally remember every person that influenced my purchases, because they were completely unbiased and weren't payed for their opinion. I like hearing about the game's flaws so they don't surprise me later on, and seeing a glimpse of what i'll encounter will get me so excited to play. I bought Skyrim while it was still $60, something I considered unthinkable as a thrifty person! I also love letting lets plays run in the background while I work, hearing someone talk makes me concentrate for some reason. Don't mind me, I'm quite the odd one.
In conclusion; Let's Players are awesome, YouTube can suck a big one with their copyrights and crap. If you guys are at all interested in watching someone have fun playing video games, check out the lovely guys I mentioned! Be warned though, lots of cursing!