Leaderboard: Do you like MMO developer livestreams?

    
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Leaderboard: Do you like MMO developer livestreams?

I’m not a big fan of livestreaming. I get why it’s popular: people gravitate to magnetic gaming personalities the same way they gravitate toward likable television talking heads. Personally, though, I’ll just play games myself rather than watch — and listen to — other people play them.

While developer livestreaming is a different beast, I don’t care for it, either, mainly because it forces me to sit through an hour’s worth of awkwardness in order to hear the one piece of info that interests me. I prefer developer blogs, diaries, patch notes, and forum posts because they don’t waste as much of my time!

What about you, MOP readers? Do you like developer livestreams? If so, why? If not, why not? Vote after the cut!

Leaderboard: Do you like developer livestreams?

  • Yes (45%, 79 Votes)
  • No (55%, 95 Votes)

Total Voters: 174

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lovetaquito
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lovetaquito

i have a life, so no.

Hurbster
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Hurbster

I’ve never watched one.

mosselyn
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mosselyn

It totally depends on what’s being discussed and who is doing the discussing. If they’ve dragged some obviously horribly uncomfortable devs in front of a camera and made ’em talk: no thanks. If they’re fortunate enough to have devs with semi-reasonable on-screen presence, with something useful to say: yes please!
When it works, I really enjoy it because it feels more “real” than listening to some PR person slick everything up. It is a pleasure to hear people who are passionate about what they do talk about it. I also think it is good for the community to be reminded that devs are people too and that they care about their games.
When it doesn’t work, it’s just painful.

SirUrza
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SirUrza

SwobyJ  What’s worse is they format their streams for new and casual players.. it’s not the new or casual players that know the stream is even happening.

SwobyJ
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SwobyJ

SirUrza They’re among the worst. PR crap.

SwobyJ
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SwobyJ

Half half. Doing it in obligation or pure-gameplay (therefore developer silence) is pointless. But sometimes it can be fantastic.

Raxor
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Raxor

I enjoy warframe and guild wars 2 livestreams, especially when they show new gameplay features. Dev streams are a great way to announce and SHOW new features. (emphasis on show) Seeing the new guildwars 2 and warframe features is alot better than reading about it. For warframe something like parkour 2.0 is very difficult to get people excited about through words alone. It was something that needed to be shown. Theres also the chance for devs to screw up a bit and show us somethig cool. Once again the example comes from warframe with under water level possibility shown by accident.

mbbrazen
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mbbrazen

The dev streams usually come too late to be very interesting for me, and they tend to play in god mode so they aren’t offering anything new in terms of game play. I prefer  a true Q & A or they could feature a stream called something like “The making of ……” and talk about the mission or adventure and some of the challenges the team faced while making it. That would be more interesting.

ZenDadaist
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ZenDadaist

Offical Dev livesteams are the only ones I tend to watch, to be honest. I like listening to the people behind the scenes as there’s usually interesting tidbits of information from the other side. It’s also illuminating to see how certain devs actually play their own game. What they do/don’t do and how they go about doing/not doing it. Can give a lot of insight into why certain things are designed the way they are.

WandaClamshuckr
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WandaClamshuckr

misanthropomorphic I gave up on the Roundtables a couple of months after they were started.  This was when the EQN hypetrain was at full throttle.  So, after the wheels fell off that and it derailed, the Roundtable itself also started to show some holes in its design.  By that, I mean the appearance was given of community vote –> devs would cater design based on that, when the actuality was far less exciting.

Anyway.  No vote for me as well.  I find the livestreams to generally be far too long.  While it can be exciting to hear new information from the source, live, the waiting for that tidbit can be painful.  Having to sit listening to amateur slapstick comedy and marketing plugs just isn’t worth it to me.