One of the things that make my LPs stand out, and something I'm rather proud of, is the fact that I will show everything I possibly can in the games I cover. Of course, I have my limits - I ran away screaming when the Nintendo Gallery reared its ugly head, for instance (and I have yet to see a single person complain about that - I love you guys). But what about things that don't rank as high on the scale of tediousness, but you still wouldn't wish on your worst enemy?
If you've been keeping up with Chuggaaconroy's Super Paper Mario LP, you know what's coming tomorrow. Chapter 2-3. The place where many games were ended, never to be continued again, out of the sheer tediousness of the thing. Sure, you can look it up on GameFAQs and be done with it in three minutes flat. But the sole fact that if you don't you're in for one of the most painful, what-were-they-thinking experiences to ever hit gaming is still enough to convince many players to quit playing the game entirely and shoot for a refund.
And if I were to venture a guess, the guy's going to go the extra mile and do things the "legit" way. Mad props to him if he does that - and really, he's in a position where you just can't win. As Nightlingbolt eloquently put it over at FMT, "Chuggaa's fanbase is unpleaseable either way. Easy way, someone calls
him out for being a *. Hard way, someone calls him a retard for not
taking the easy way."
Now, if this were my LP I would go for the three-minute cop-out, because the stage is just THAT BAD. This is where you find Slim because GameFAQs said so, this is the code for the safe because GameFAQs said so, there, stage over. This is coming from the guy who goes out of his way to show everything the game has to offer, but this is beyond my threshold of pain.
So the question I want to ask you is this: in a hypothetical scenario where I did just that, would you be left unhappy because I wussed out on the treadmills and hamster wheels, or would you not mind at all? Alternatively, if I decided to torture myself by going the hard way for the sake of being complete and/or "professional", would I be an idiot for missing out on the easy, three-minute way?
(On that note, I would like to reassure anyone who's never played Super Paper Mario: yes, it IS that bad. Don't buy the game just to see if that one stage is as bad as I say it is. IT IS.)