...but it seems to me that a fair number of YouTube playthroughs are only intended by the presenters as entertainment for their subscribers, rather than any great motivation to guide the casual viewer-in-need-of-a-hint through a stuck point.
I don't know what to say here Rushes as in my experience of the handful of video play throughs I've watched I'm just not interested in the presenters (most of them talk far too much!) - do people really watch them for the personality of the presenter? - that's such a bizarre idea to me but then again on the rare occasion I've used them it's for either a hint or a screenshot!
There are (of course) exceptions to that generalisation. Arglefumph, for one, who records informative walkthroughs for every Nancy Drew game.
That's what I like to see!
If a presenter is playing a game through for the first time, and they have no idea what's what or where or how, then to title that series as a "Walkthrough" is grossly misleading.
The ones I sampled Rushes were called "gameplay" so perhaps not misleading but I guess I need to avoid those in the future!
MaG, I only ever use a video walkthrough as an absolute last resort for a hint, or to find a screenshot but it's good to know that there are some sincere ones for the Sherlock Holmes games!
However, there are quite a few walkthrough presenters who are very knowledgeable and insightful. It's happened a few times where I couldn't get through a spot in a game with a text walkthrough, and with an audio/visual explanation from the Youtube walkthrough, was able to get past it.
I think the video walkthroughs are a great idea Ewil if you're lucky enough to come across good ones as you did! How can you tell between the good & the bad without investing too much time first?