The Daily Grind: Do you watch developer videos for MMOs?

    
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SIR

Covering videos in this job is just plain annoying. It is. An information-dense text post takes me a few minutes to read through, I can parse out Final Fantasy XIV patch notes in 15 minutes or so and that’s about the top end of information density. In a video, though, that same amount of information gets stretched out significantly, so a 1200 word post on a website turns into a 40-minute video that contains much less actual information than that runtime might convey.

Still, there are games like Sea of Thieves that almost exclusively communicate via videos, and I can only assume that players like them. (Or that they’re leaning hard on gamed algorithms that say everyone engages with video content, which is also plausible.) Plus, you know, there’s a difference between “covering and analyzing this information” and “watching the developers for a thing I enjoy.” So what do you say? Do you like developer videos for MMOs? Do you actually watch them? Or would you also much prefer a text post that’s more focused on useful details?

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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Covynant001

Only rarely, much preferring short written summaries to endless droning, particularly from what I now call the “four talking heads” format which has become popular lately.

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Robert Andle

I never watch them. They always seem to be way too longwinded and spend far too long talking about random stuff. If I can watch a 40 minute video or I can spend 2 minutes reading a text version of it, I know which one I’ll go for.

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Sorenthaz

Once in awhile but not very often. I’d usually just prefer to read rundowns of stuff like with the XIV live letters.

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Vunak

I loath developer videos that explain things like patch notes or go over the same things they went over in all their previous videos only to have about 5% new information. I don’t want to comb through an hour or better livestream or video to find the small piece of new information that was released. Looking at you Crowfall, Ashes of Creation, TERA, ArcheAge… etc. etc. etc.

I do enjoy developer videos if it is showcasing new gameplay -all through the video, things we had never seen before.

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Brazen Bondar

Sometimes. If it’s a game I have a high degree of interest in and the developers are saying something new, I will watch so long as the video isn’t 90 minutes long. But for the most part I don’t find developer videos very interesting. They vary between too much minutia and being completely worthless.

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Mr.McSleaz

No.

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Toy Clown

I have a strong aversion to watching developer videos and streams. I can’t understand most of what’s said anyway and if it’s a live stream, there’s no closed captioning. If some videos make it to youtube, where there is a closed caption feature, I might watch something of particular interest. However, I’m prone to condensing a 40 min video into 5 minutes of mouse-click skimming. Otherwise, I’m content to wait for a fan to do a highlight transcript of a video to post it on Reddit.

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NeoWolf

If it is an MMO I play or am looking to play then I consume every bit and form of media I can find relating to it. so yes.

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styopa

Followup: reading the unanimity of agreement with you, it’s funny that the trend among developers seems to be going exactly the other direction.

Which is perhaps in itself a meta-comment about how tone-deaf developers are, or at least marketers. Particularly if one considers how more time and effort it takes to communicate (reasonably well) on video vs text.

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styopa

I 1000% agree with you.
I certainly enjoy my share of YouTube for entertainment but for the communication of meaningful information – particularly things like patch and development information where there’s no “narrative” – I despise video.

I will absolutely watch a gameplay video, sure, but things like Star Citizens marketing drops are more about narcissism than communication.

Thank God for the 1.25x and 1.5x speed buttons. Honestly, so many YouTubers now stretch content to hit that 10min mark (or are so enamoured with their own bloviating that they don’t bother to edit their crap down) that I don’t think I’ve watched a yt at less than 1.25x for weeks.