Been way too long since I posted… so here’s at least a quickie.
I had submitted a panel proposal to speak at last year’s FGS, but was turned down. The same proposal was submitted for this year, and was accepted. FGS was this past Sunday. I spoke, along with my friends Jared Riley of Hero Interactive, Dan Stradwick of Monster’s Den fame, and Alex Shen from Mochi Media. Moderated by John Cooney of Armor Games.
You can watch the hour-long panel here, thanks to Adobe. I make some interesting commentary.
So it’s been about 7 months since I’ve done a Tass Tips (shocking, right?). The reason is 2-fold… apathy / laziness is one, obviously. But the major reason is that I just don’t know what to talk about. I was originally considering doing genre-based tips (Rhythm, Point and Click, Phuzzle, etc)… but I feel that’s kinda lame. I’m not sure I can provide any generalized tips for a genre without contradicting some other game in the same genre. That’s a good thing, really, as it shows how diversified flash games are.
Input is needed. I need topics to talk about. I also need to know how you all feel about genre-specific episodes.
I’d like to discuss the pros and cons of doing videos in multiple segments. Because it’s a decision that has to be made on every game that I work on… and should be considered by anyone else who makes walkthroughs. There are a few choices: 1) Show the entire game in 1 video. 2) Split the game up into a few videos. 3) Do 1 video per level.
1 video per game:
-Simple. Viewers only need to click on 1 video, and they get everything they need. Can make it more difficult to find 1 specific level. May intimidate potential viewers by how long the video is or they may get bored and stop watching. Likely will only get 1 view/person out of the game. Non-partners capped at 11 minutes, so may need to edit out some content or speed up the footage.
-I recommend doing 1 video per game on very short games that do not have levels, specifically point and clicks and room escapes. I’ll also try to only do 1 video for games that I don’t think people will be very interested in and I can make them reasonable in length (ala Blox).
A few videos per game:
-This is what I like to do, when possible. You’re not going to upset your subscribers if you pump out 2-3 videos for 1 game. With a few videos, you can keep the length down while keeping the footage at 1x speed. You’ll also likely get multiple views per game this way. It’s a balance between being a greedy view whore and keeping your viewers happy and focused. Bite sized pieces, instead of everything at once.
-I try to do 2 videos for a game, ideally. As mentioned, it doesn’t make sense to do it with point and click type games… and some other types of games wouldn’t make sense to split the footage either. But most level-based games work to have the content split. They can find a specific level quickly if they want or get half the game in a few minutes. Multiple views per game is also very nice, but watch the greed.
1 video per level:
-Ultimate ease of finding the level you’re stuck on. Extremely short videos. Tons of views per person per game. Lots of extra time in editing, rendering, and uploading. Likely will piss off subscribers from the flood of videos at one time. A pain for users if they want to watch the entire game.
-I really don’t recommend doing this. It’s enough work to edit and upload 1 or 2 videos, but doing it for a game with 30 or 40 levels is just a royal headache. The times I’ve done 6-7 videos for 1 game have all resulted in me losing about 10 subscribers… people do not like getting flooded with content from 1 person. Sure, you’ll get extra views out of it, but is that worth the scorn of your viewers?
In the end, it’s about judgment. Different games make sense having different numbers of vids for them. To me, it’s common sense. But make sure to balance your desire for views with your audience’s wish for simplicity. I’d say to always err on the side of too few as opposed to too many. When I’ve done 6-7 videos per game, it was almost always out of greed, and it hasn’t worked out for me yet. I’ve really tried to stop doing that, and keep it to 4 videos max per game… ideally 2.
The latest Tass Tips, complete with more Rubix goodness. Part 2 of 3. Look for the 3rd installment in 2 weeks!