The Daily Grind: Are you a fan of video content for MMO information?

    
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JUST TELL ME

Just yesterday, I noticed that Crowfall had another video Q&A out. (By which I mean it crossed our metaphorical desks as news, of course.) This prompted me to once again wish that the team there did more textual Q&As because as entertaining as Thomas Blair can be, sometimes I’d just like to read the information. It’s not that there isn’t any information there, it’s that I don’t want to watch 20 minutes of video to cover the same material I could get in 2 minutes of reading, tops.

They are not the only offenders, of course. Star Trek Online, Final Fantasy XIV, World of Warcraft, and Sea of Thieves are all far too enchanted with putting information into videos. And the less said about Star Citizen here, the better. It’s been a trend for a while, and while it can draw viewers I feel like it makes it harder to find exact information when I would much prefer just a straight text post with the important info. Is that so much to ask?

Maybe it is. Maybe I’m the exception. Or maybe I’m the rule, and I’m not the only one. So what do you say, readers (and also the people who would, in theory, be the ones these videos want to court)? Are you a fan of video content for MMO information? Or do you wish you could just read a dang post?

Every morning, the Massively Overpowered writers team up with mascot Mo to ask MMORPG players pointed questions about the massively multiplayer online roleplaying genre. Grab a mug of your preferred beverage and take a stab at answering the question posed in today’s Daily Grind!
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camelotcrusade

I vastly prefer text over video, but then, I also prefer email to texting so my opinions are surely invalid. 😎

That aside, last year I read a piece in eMarketer (this one) about kids and video, and that piece called Youtube “Google for Kids,” talking about how a significant number of younger kids prefer to watch or listen to their answers rather than search for them. The summary here doesn’t mention that quote, but it stuck with me (I could read the full report at work).

I don’t know how long this will take to hit the market, or if their preferences change as they age. But if any of these preferences remain, the implication is that mixed-media offerings which include video will likely find an audience even if it’s not the people on this comment board.

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Cyro-Nydd

I do like seeing videos with my favorite people’s shiny little faces on them! However I actually prefer podcast formatting more because I like listening on my daily train commute, and data allotments are pretty awful for most Japanese phone carriers, so audio’s lighter footprint is also appreciated.

If you guys want to branch out though and possibly add YouTube as a new revenue stream I wouldn’t mind adding y’all to my breakfast feed.

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hamblepants

Lol why are these comments all “I don’t like info videos when they’re done badly therefore I don’t like info videos at all”??

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Winter

I like both to be honest. I both read it and listen at the same time.

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Stormwaltz

I truly dislike the trend of making everything video “just because.” I might watch a video if it’s under five minutes long. Any longer, I won’t bother.

I can read an article at my own speed of comprehension. If I’m interrupted, I can contextualize myself in seconds.

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Hikari Kenzaki

This is why I make you guys watch the videos for me.

But seriously, Overwatch does a good job of being concise in videos. For the most part, it would be nice to have stuff in text but videos obviously offer an opportunity for more engagement. It’s certainly important for developers to have a face to relate to (and sometimes blame).

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rafael12104

Heh. I want both. Oh yes, there are occasions that I would just like the notes. A summary and then the nitpicky details.

But these days, I listen more than watch videos. So, it would be awesome if I could start a vid, go on about my business listening and stop or come back to salient points as I wish.

BUT I still want the notes and the details in text.

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Paragon Lost

I don’t bother with those videos most of the time. I’ll wait to read a list someone puts together from it. I really am not a fan of the videos.

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Bryan Correll

Only if its showing off game footage. Otherwise written information is much more useful.

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Ravven

I hate, hate, hate videos as a way of conveying information. If you’re showing something that cannot be conveyed any other way aside from visually, then fair enough. I will not watch long videos with talking heads conveying information that I could gather myself in a few minutes by reading something.