Why there’s no WH40k AU of either the Yogs or TB and co is beyond me.
Inquisitor Xephos and his retinue.
Bounty Hunter Sips and Sjin
Deathwatch Space Marine Honeydew
May or may not have been spending too long reading the Eisenhorn omnibus
Okay, so I am sick of seeing so much hate towards Yogscast Members. So here’s what I plan to do; Whoever reblogs this by the 30th of July will have their URL put in a card and it will be sent to The Yogscast to show our appreciation.
Please please reblog and show you care. It’s not fair that people are receiving hate from said ‘fans’. Let’s just show a little love yeah?
I think Lewis makes a fair point on being paid far more or less than the impact of the videos.
Assuming an indie dev lacks a marketing budget, wouldn’t Yogdiscovery be beneficial to them? It provides a very VERY rough scale to pay the content maker. I suppose this would be better than paying a flat fee and said video having no impact. Kinda makes sense, if you look at it that way. This is of course, assuming that
a) Said content maker enjoys/is unbias to the game, ie, like they said, they like the game, and Yogdiscovery means that they can play said game at reduced risk
b) We can accurately estimate the impact of said video.
Now, perhaps I’m a biased fucker, but I enjoy videos by the Yogscast. However, any video they make which isn’t Minecraft, has a lower view than one featuring Minecraft. And I feel really saddened by that since I DO wish they’d try a wider range of games and fun stuff but I understand the risk involved. (ie lower views, less money etc etc) So that’s perhaps my main reason why I think Yogdiscovery is a good thing. For my own selfish reason.
But perhaps it’s because I’ve watched their videos for quite some time now, thus I can roughly (note: vaguely) get the impression on whether or not they are having fun. And it’s because of that, I can watch a video by them promoting a game and still be able to discern on how fun the game is. Either that or they’re excellent actors (though judging from their live action stuff…)
Now, on to the negatives. TB has mentioned that other content makers would avoid making videos of said game during this Yogdiscovery period and that may hurt said game in the process. I think this is a valid possibility, in fact, I’d think it will probably happen like TB suggested. Whether or not the ‘Yogimpact/Yogeffect’ is enough to compensate is something we can only tell by either asking devs or guessing based on steamcharts. (in case anyone is wondering, post-Yog video on Space Engineers, there was a roughly 1k increase in peak players, I’m not one to draw conclusions as I’m unsure if there were other factors at play.)
And then there’s bias. I don’t watch the Yogs for their good analysis of video games and having them spend 5 minutes in the options menu, I have TB for that :P However, I do see risks of this idea being implemented by other YouTubers. Hell, why stop there? What if game ‘journalist’ practice this as well? Wouldn’t that result in everyone having a vested interest in seeing said game succeed and as such, be willing to overlook flaws in interest of more sales? It’s a slippery slope which I doubt many can remain firm. (Is that the correct term?) This concept which kinda sounds like co-investing to my uneducated mindset, if successful, might have a very large impact on gaming in general. However, I believe that there are paid promotions already. If I recall correctly what TB said, it is either a lump sum or an increased CPM. So you’ll have to forgive me as I cannot see the fine line distinguishing this concept of scaled payment with that of an increased CPM (aside from the ‘exclusivity’ of it I suppose)
In conclusion, this has been an interesting day for me with the Yogs hitting front page on several occasions. I guess only time can tell on whether or not this idea will have as bad an impact as some say. I can only speculate, of course, and just watch the steam charts. Or email the devs, but I’m much too lazy for that.
I apologize if my post sounds very fanboyish, or perhaps very unintelligent/not well-thought out to anyone who’s offended by it. I’m horrible at arranging points and even worse at trying to explain them.