And by RPGs, I mean paper and pencil roleplaying games.
For a product, hobby, art form, sport, game, or whatever you want to call it that can't be immediately purchased and played - even conceptualized - without help, such videos might just be the savior or even first-wave evolution of RPGs.
Keep this in mind, if it's not something people would ever watch on TV, it's probably not something that people will play. Showing what RPGs are and how they're played is the initial step to getting more gamers. In my opinion, the older cousin model of RPG introduction just isn't going to cut it in the 21st century.
- Awesome place to play? Check.
- At least one celebrity (or at least professional in the creative/performance/entertainment field)? Check.
- Gamers willing to go the extra mile? Check.
You're welcome to praise or criticize the video, players, Vin Diesel, GM, 5th edition D&D... anything having to do with this video. Though, critiquing this particular video is not as important (to me) as critiquing the medium itself, a vehicle for getting RPGs noticed.
Assuming that RPG proliferation into the cultural mainstream is the goal, that can't happen without getting it in front of people's faces. So, I ask you - what better way than this?
p.s. Titansgrave: The Ashes of Valkana is a similar high-end demonstration but with more explanation on how RPGs work.