If I was to give examples of bad Let's Plays it would probably annoy folks, bordering on defamation. As I want to be more analytical and less combative, I would prefer to avoid that. Example are everywhere though so there not that hard to find. Taking the comparison to Mystery Science Theater to its inevitable conclusion we have a group known as Retsupurae. (http://www.youtube.com/user/retsupurae), created by Slowbeef and Diabetus: another Let's Player known for playing excessively difficult old games as well as his southern accent. There purpose is to take “bad” YouTube accounts and brutally make fun of them, much like Mike and the bots use to make fun of bad movies. The reason for this may not be what is considered nice, but is perhaps due to something that Slowbeef feels personally responsible for, as his was one of the first video Let's Plays he seems to feel that it was because of him that the popularity took off and has become what it is today. Of particular note are users with little or no showmanship and skill trying to ride the Let's Play popularity wave, as well as those that opt to record a TV screen with a camcorder in a day when video capture cards, screen recording software, and other technology make such things unnecessary (an admitted pet peeve of mine).
Due to size I will end this here, but later I want to discuss a bit on what kind of effect this pursuit of fame can have on our society both online and off. I would also like to discuss in more detail some of these Let's Players as other ways people have achieved or attempted to achieve this fame, so we can explore how they did it and why it is important.