The lights are on
Sony's policy on allowing external video-capture devices is still unknown, which has us asking: Does it affect you?
User habits have changed since the current generation of gaming hardware was released, and the next generation reflects that. Both the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 allow users to capture and share game footage with people, though in the PS4's case that comes with a caveat. We're still waiting to hear more on Sony's stance on whether the console will support the external capture devices that current game streamers use. News Editor Mike Futter wrote an opinion piece this morning explaining why he thinks it's important. For this discussion, let's back up a little further.
Do you watch gaming videos on YouTube or similar streaming services? When you're stuck on a puzzle or a boss fight, do you fire up a walkthrough video to find a solution? Do you watch let's play videos for entertainment? [Shameless plug: Watch ours!] Or, on the other side of the spectrum, do you think games are for playing and not for watching? Does the idea of sitting idle while another person plays a game bore you to tears?
Let us know what you think in the comments.
Email the author Jeff Cork, or follow on Twitter, Google+, Facebook, and Game Informer.
Halo's Fails of the Weak is one of the best. i also scour youtube for all the vids i can for upcoming titles. as for using to help with parts of the game that i dont do. i dont disagree with people who do i just dont personally.
I'm not a fan of traditional Let's Plays that usually feature a single guy playing through the latest releases while talking over them. But I am a big fan of both Achievement Hunter's Let's Play series, as well as GI's own Replay and Super Replay series. These are far better than anything on TV, IMO.
Yes, because the GT.TV servers are in the USA and I'm from Europe. At the prime time, the streaming is horrorible bad on GT.TV. Youtube has european servers.
well watching video game videos are like advertisements/sneak peaks they help me decide whether a game is good or not. Also video game media (humor, education, and etc) are fun to watch...they are the most watched video in youtube
KYR SP33DY and the crew have hilarious game footage and play a wide variety of games to appeal to everyone which is why i am subscribed and watch the videos every week
I will watch a moment of one relevant to an area I might be having trouble with or stuck on - or to see an example of technique I'm trying to pull off but I don't think I've ever watched a full video like the ones described. I obviously appreciate it when some people put effort into the high quality ones though.
I love the idea of easier sharing of capture though and I also have dabbled in machinima on the PC so anything that makes it easier will be fun for gamers and probably good for gaming.
I enjoy watching gaming on YouTube. I rarely watch stuff about puzzles or boss fights, but I like all of GI's stuff, hilarious glitches, and the occasional speed run. I don't find it boring at all. As long as the person playing isn't an annoying moron.
I watch some videos from YT personalities like TotalBiscuit and others, increasingly more often, actually. I also check short videos for weird lost collectibles, ridiculous combos I'd never think of on my own, or the odd puzzle I've lost hope in. YT just has so much to offer with a reliable and functional player with an advertising system that generally only plays one ad that ends in 15sec or can be skipped in 5; which is leagues beyond GT's system that can play 4 30sec ads straight and may crash the vid at any time, forcing you to watch all of them over again. Or even GI's player which forces the same tired ad into the beginning of every video for weeks straight. It's reasons like this that I see a video on my favorite gaming sites, and then go look for it on YT.
Test Chamber, Replay, Super Replay, TFTW, video reviews from various sites, and extensive looks at gameplay are all forms of entertainment, education, and consumer information for me.
The only time I watch gaming videos is when I'm debating whether or not to buy a game and I want to see some gameplay to see if I'd like it. Even then I don't watch the whole video, just skim through to see the variety of gameplay.
of course this is huge for me
Well, as an LPer myself, it obviously affects me. Regardless, I watch tons of LPs and other gaming videos on a daily basis, so...yes, I hope Sony allows it.
The people I watch on YouTube play on PC, so it doesn't affect me. Also PewDiePie, really?
Yes. YouTube has overtaken Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Instant, iTunes, and Cable TV as my primary source for watching video... hands DOWN. I get to watch content I WANT to see and that's primarily Video Games.
I love it, only if the commentary actually provides insight. People like Totalbiscut, ChuggaaConroy, and Josh Jepson are great examples of good youtube commentators.