What is a Video Game Walkthrough?


Yeah! That's a good question. What exactly is a 'video game walkthrough'? And what is MajorSlackVideos?

Okay first off...

MajorSlackVideos is my Youtube channel dedicated to GENUINE video game walkthroughs. And in case you didn't get my drift with my nudge-nudge-wink-wink uppercase formatting, the operative word here is genuine.

As for the second question, as of this writing, there persists a huge misunderstanding on Youtube as to exactly what a 'walkthrough' is.

Is it...?

  1. A video recording of somebody bumbling-and-stumbling through a video game for the first time with live nonsensical running commentary.

  2. An instructional video recording by a dedicated gamer who is playing through a video game after learning how to play the game well with live running commentary of exactly why he is doing what.

And quite frankly, five years from now (A) will most likely and most unfortunately be the correct answer. That's because five years from now, Youtube will be so inundated with blind playthroughs masquerading as walkthroughs (as if it's not already) that gamers the world over will have adopted (A) as the only definition they ever knew. And (B) will have faded away and become some weird anomaly being plugged by that Major Slack guy who's still on a possibly hopeless crusade trying to redefine gaming videos.

Hey. Just for kicks, let's go back in time ten years (circa 2002), a time before Youtube, yes a time when if a gamer wanted to figure out how to get past a tough spot in a video game he was currently enjoying, he'd have to (*gasp) google "[game name] walkthrough" and then if he was lucky enough to find something, he'd have to (*gasp) read, that's right, READ a detailed written explanation walking him through the tough spot in his video game.

Now let's apply definition (A) of 'walkthrough' and imagine somebody took the trouble to write down in detail his every experience when playing through a video game for the first time. And then he posted it as a web page on the internet and called it a 'walkthrough'. And then somebody was googling one day, circa 2002 once again, and found said web page while looking for a 'walkthrough' and began reading. How ripped off do you think he'd feel as he began reading what was simply a written account of some noob's first experience with a video game?

Sounds ridiculous, doesn't it?

Blind Playthroughs Have Their Merit

Now don't get me wrong. Blind playthroughs (which is what the vast majority of 'walkthroughs' on Youtube are) do have their merit. They provide solid entertainment value by allowing you to:

  • Watch someone get clobbered playing through parts of a video game you've already mastered.
  • Hear candid girly-screams when they bump into scary parts.
  • Watch an actual and complete video demo of a game you're thinking of buying.

But back to our original example of somebody posting a complete written account of their first experience with a video game and calling it a walkthrough, why are all these blind playthroughs being touted as 'walkthroughs' on Youtube?

Well I'll tell ya —and I'm really sorry but someone's got to blow the whistle on these guys— but the bottom line is this is just a good old fashioned BAIT-AND-SWITCH. That's how this whole incorrect definition of walkthrough began.

Way back in the day, some gamers instinctively knew that what most gamers were looking for on Youtube was a genuine 'walkthrough' of the video games they were playing. And those gamers who didn't want to spend the time or didn't have the smarts to create a real video game walkthrough started simply recording themselves doing blind playthroughs, i.e., their first experiences playing through a video game with no knowledge of what came next as they played and calling them 'walkthroughs'.

Why did they do that?

MORE views on their videos.


More people are likely to click through on a video entitled 'walkthrough' than they are on a video called a 'playthrough'. Don't believe it? Do a comparative search on Youtube for "[any game name] walkthrough" and "[any game name] playthrough" and you'll always come up with MORE results for 'walkthrough' than you will for 'playthrough'. This means that the typical Youtube gamer is more interested in calling his videos 'walkthroughs' than 'playthroughs'. And the bottom line is only a tiny, tiny minority of those 'walkthroughs' are actual walkthroughs.

Honestly, and once again, I really hate to be the one to blow the whistle on this (it's a dirty job but someone's gotta do it), but this is straight-up exploitation. And this exploitation is actually redefining the English language.

So now my friends you know what a real video game walkthrough is.

And now you know what MajorSlackVideos is all about.

More video game walkthroughs by Major Slack:

120 Responses to What is a Video Game Walkthrough?

  1. Major Slack says:

    Okay Caleb, your ebook order has been processed and sent out. Check the email address you use at Paypal to receive your ebook. :)

    ~ Rob

  2. Major Slack says:

    Hello Caleb,

    Thanks for buying my ebook!

    Paypal should have redirected you to my thank you page immediately after making the purchase. Sometimes aggressive browser security settings prevent this from happening. For security reasons, all ebook orders are processed manually. I'm processing your order right now. You should receive it within the next 15 minutes. If you don't receive it, please contact me immediately.

    Best regards,
    Rob Darrell
    a.k.a., Major Slack

  3. Caleb says:

    Hey Slacks, I purchases your Ebook about an hour ago and I was just wondering how I would get it? Will it be through my Email?

  4. Joel says:

    Hi again Slack,

    Received the e-book, thanks for the quick reply and confirmation :)

  5. Major Slack says:

    Hello Joel,

    Thanks for buying my ebook! For security reasons, all ebook orders are processed manually. I just finished processing your order and it has been sent out. You should receive it within a few minutes.

    Best regards,
    Major Slack

  6. Joel says:

    Hi Slack,

    I ordered your Skyrim Legendary Made Easy e-book about 20 minutes ago and still haven't received it at the email address I provided. I was just wondering, do you have to send it manually or should I have it by now?

  7. Max says:

    Slack, I just wanted to drop a comment of appreciation for the helpful content you've put out both for free and paid for. With regards to your business model, I'd suggest an automatic payment processor that sends the eBook to the email address automagically, rather than doing it manually.

    I've struggled with Legendary difficulty on Skyrim because I was trying to play the game as I do on adept. Face tanking the earlier enemies in Helgen's Keep initially deterred me when I tried to play the setting blind. Two full years later I got curious and searched for a walk through to see how it is done properly, and to my dismay, Legendary difficulty hinges on knowing key item and NPC locations to consolidate resources and character build behind the scenes. I don't like this style of play in Skyrim because I believe Skyrim is a storytelling game, much like Mass Effect in that it focuses on role playing and conveying a story with shiny graphics more than it focuses on building mechanical player skill such as aim, or timing on movement. As an avid min/Maxer (business model strats) I previously had no trouble getting through the early haul then switching to Legendary Difficulty later when I had the bread and butter 576 armor rating cap, but my gameplay both normally on Adept and by min/Maxing always felt fundamentally undervalued because of the existence of Legendary Difficulty. I felt pressured socially and personally that if I couldn't complete Skyrim from the start on Legendary, I would be labelled a sub par gamer and my previous gameplay would count for naught. I did an archery run following vaguely your tips such as the hall of countenance enchantment machine and managed to complete a run on Legendary, and it felt very fulfilling. Many thanks for that.

    One game that I believe would quench your thirst for completely dominating a game is the Souls Series, particularly Dark Souls 1. I believe the hype around the game being so difficult is unjustified because the game predicates player skill largely on memory, such as remembering telegraphed boss patterns and enemy locations and countering them, but there is a lot to do behind the scenes as well. Without even fighting any enemies, there is great potential for establishing a powerful weapon. If I may, Aryak's Overpowered in 10 minutes on YouTube is a perfect demonstration of this.

    However, since there is no Legendary difficulty in Dark Souls, the need for this kind of behind the scenes consolidation is only useful for breaking and pushing the limits of the game and for an Archery only build, which I am currently obsessed with. As a quick backstory, Archery in Dark Souls is mostly a sidearm for luring individual enemies or picking off threats from a distance, and if used as a main weapon, especially at the start of the game, deals lackluster dips due to slow rate of fire, ammo constraints and base damage. Playing as archery only going through the game normally, it's easy to find yourself out of bullets if you don't run past everything, instead choosing to give up and use the shortsword the class starts with. But, by applying the knowledge from previous playthroughs and using the master key (a concept I recommend studying as it is simply an ingenious idea in execution; it allows veteran players to skip the game they have already played and consolidate their character build more easily), one can easily obtain a healthy supply of arrows and a fire ascended composite bow, which coupled with skillful movement and dodging, will enable any player to beat the game using a nonviable class.

    I recommend giving it a whirl if that sounds like fun, which, studying your content, seems right up your alley.

    Thanks again for the great content Slack. I admire YouTube personalities who put out quality content, unlike certain YouTube amateurs who label their blind playthroughs as walkthroughs, and doubly so idiots like Markiplier and PewDiePie who laugh like drama queens over every aspect of a game that crosses their path.

    - Max

  8. Major Slack says:

    Hello Antonin,

    Your ebook order was processed and sent out on Thursday January 22nd, 2015 at 4:14pm Eastern. It was sent to the exact same email address you used to post your message here. Some email programs have very aggressive spam / junk mail systems so please check your spam / junk mail folders. If you still don't find it, reply immediately here or better yet, contact me directly at bossman[at]majorslack.com (replace [at] with @) and I'll resend your ebook.

    Best regards,
    a.k.a., Major Slack

  9. Antonin says:

    Hi Rob, i still haven't got your skyrim Ebook, so i was hopping if you can tell me what's happening ^^

  10. Major Slack says:

    @Ern, Yes it can and Windows XP is no problem. All my ebooks are also compatible with smartphones and tablets. :)

  11. Ern says:

    Can your ebook be downloaded onto a desktop computer--Windows XP?

  12. Ern says:

    Can an ebook be downloaded onto a desktop computer--Windows XP?

  13. Antonin says:

    Hi Rob, i started watching your Skyrim Guide on Youtube, and i bought your ebook ! I impatient to read it and follow your guide. A big tumbs up from Switzerland :)

  14. Major Slack says:

    Hello Pete,

    Today was one of those rare times when I was out of my office all afternoon on a weekday. Most humble apologies for the delay. Your order has now been processed and sent out. Please contact me right away if you still don't receive it. All ebook orders are sent to the Paypal email address used to make the payment.

    Rob a.k.a., Slack :)

  15. Pete says:

    Hey Slack,
    Bought the ebook a couple hours ago and wanted to make sure it went through and you got the payment. Also wanted to take this opp to ask you if you're ever going to do a walkthrough of dragon age inquisition?

    * The payment will probably show up under the name Elizabeth in case there's any confusion

  16. Major Slack says:

    @Billy, My wife just tested my Skyrim ebook on her Ipad mini and it loaded right away, no problem. It's also compatible with Iphone. :)

  17. Billy says:

    i have question about the e-book skyrim made easy in one of your vids you said that you have it in PDFs is the PDFs iPad friendly ? Let me know at your earliest convenience thank you very much

  18. Major Slack says:

    @Michael, No problem but for security reasons, I'll have to resend it to the Paypal email address you used to make the payment. You should receive it within 10 minutes of the time of this writing.

  19. Michael says:

    Hey Slack, a while ago i purchased the Skyrim Legendary Made Easy guide book and a few days ago it was deleted. Would you be able to resend it?

  20. Major Slack says:

    Hello Cory,

    Your ebook order has already been processed and sent out at 7:14 Eastern yesterday evening. Did you not get it? Check your email and make sure you check your junk mail folder in case your email program put it there by mistake. Contact me immediately if you still didn't get anything and I'll resend it.

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