Regarding “getting rules wrong” on videos (or, to put it another way, in defence of Tabletop and Rahdo which seem to get a lot of stick for it), I think it shows several things:
- it demonstrates how easy it is for all of us to get rules wrong,
- it demonstrates how little it matters in the vast majority of cases for the game to still be enjoyable.
Getting rules wrong or accidentally forgetting something is, like it or not, part of the world we inhabit and enjoy so much. Unless your video is a bona fide guide to the rules and how they work in practice, I’m perfectly happy to enjoy the video safe in the knowledge that most of it will be right and I can forgive and unlearn the bits that aren’t. I think because a video is permanent and can be replayed and rehashed, unlike real life, it can demand an unrealistic level of perfection which, let’s face it, none of us really do in real life and, well, end up reducing our videos back to talking in front of a shelf of games.
That, however, is distinct from intentionally getting things wrong, i.e. cheating, which I don’t have any time for. It’s happened once or twice on Tabletop (Steve Jackson “conveniently” adding things up wrongly in his own game is the example that grated most with me) and because it went through with tacit acceptance, it kinda soured the series for me which for the most part I enjoyed.