#1 Posted by Zor (656 posts) -

Hey, I was wondering if anyone knows why there hasn't been any recent video reviews? I am guessing they stop doing them, but I can't find the information (it is probably in a bomb cast somewhere which i missed), so I was wondering if anyone knew for sure what the situation was.

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#2 Posted by LordXavierBritish (6320 posts) -

Video reviewing is actually incredibly dangerous.
 
It's like the Deadliest Catch but with HDMI cables instead of crabs.

#3 Posted by BonOrbitz (2193 posts) -

I miss 'em as well. It's been quite a while it seems...

#4 Posted by Video_Game_King (36272 posts) -

It takes a lot of time to write a review, perform it, record your sessions, weed out the useless shit, and then organize it all in a way that makes sense.

#5 Posted by SadPatrol (500 posts) -

This same thread comes up every few weeks...please stop it.

#6 Posted by Kyreo (4600 posts) -

Yeah more would be awesome.  5 star rating video reviews always have something great and funny at the end.

#7 Posted by SMTDante89 (2577 posts) -

There's usually a pretty long pause between video reviews. They don't do them very often, usually saving them for really big name games.

#8 Posted by Swoxx (2999 posts) -

As said, extremely time demanding from a production standpoint. Vinny & Drew have more than enough to do already.

I do miss them though.

#9 Posted by ImmortalSaiyan (4676 posts) -

@SadPatrol said:

This same thread comes up every few weeks...please stop it.

Watch the quicklook and if that's not good enough go to Gametrailers.

#10 Posted by Zor (656 posts) -

First off, thanks for the replies (well most of them, ImmortalSaiyan and SadPatrol's trolling excluded (if you don't like topics like this, then don't post in them, you are required to respond/read/acknowledge every topic that comes up)). Yeah, I figure they had too much to do, and that is why they haven't done one in about 5 months (usually there are about 2-3 video reviews every 3 months). But just so that i understand this correctly, as far as we know, they (GB staff) haven't made any official statements regarding this?

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#11 Posted by Cloudenvy (5891 posts) -

@Zor: No, because an official statement isn't really needed.

#12 Posted by TheHBK (5485 posts) -

More would be awesome but the only one I like doing video reviews is Jeff. Brad seems really stiff and uncomfortable. Ryan is too big and mean. And Vinny, he is too racist.

#13 Posted by mosespippy (4180 posts) -

The video team is putting their resources into daily subscriber content. The pay off for them is much better than the pay off from doing video reviews.

#14 Posted by Cloudenvy (5891 posts) -

@TheHBK said:

More would be awesome but the only one I like doing video reviews is Jeff. Brad seems really stiff and uncomfortable. Ryan is too big and mean. And Vinny, he is too racist.

Hey, hey now! Vinny is only casually racist!

#15 Posted by SpartanAmbrose (834 posts) -

Between the Quick Look and written review, do you really need anything else?

#16 Posted by Zor (656 posts) -

@SpartanAmbrose: I don't need the video reviews, but they were a nice feature that i enjoyed, and their absent lead me to wonder if they had been discontinue. And i was wondering if an official statement was ever made about them (i don't listen to every bomb cast (I know, i am sorry, i should)) that i missed, so i figure i would ask the community to see what other people knew about the topic.

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#17 Posted by SomeJerk (3250 posts) -

The official statement was that they take too long to create compared to written reviews.

#18 Posted by alternate (2704 posts) -

They get a lot of page views but given that they need to write a separate review script (ppl complain if it is too close to the text review) and then the production overhead is large - they probably get as many hits from doing two 30 minute quicklooks which take very little prep and much less production.

#19 Posted by MikkaQ (10288 posts) -

This thread has happened way too many times already.

#20 Posted by mikey87144 (1774 posts) -

Quick looks.

#21 Posted by SmilingPig (1337 posts) -

They are a bit redundant with quicklooks.

#22 Posted by mrcraggle (1938 posts) -

@Video_Game_King: This pretty much. I think I remember Vinny saying that it can take a while to capture video of the game that's relevant to the part the reviewer is talking about.

#23 Posted by Livingitlarge224 (76 posts) -

I think Quick Looks give a better impression of the game than a video review anyways.

#24 Posted by HandsomeDead (11863 posts) -

Learn to read and they all become irrelevant.

#25 Posted by Hizang (8532 posts) -

I am able to read.

#26 Posted by TooWalrus (13197 posts) -

Somebody set up us the bomb?

#27 Posted by Klaimore (948 posts) -

We have quicklooks and the written review why would we need more?

#28 Posted by phantomzxro (1577 posts) -

Yeah I'm sure their busy doing other video content for paid members and doing TNT and such. Also i think it is very time consuming to create professional edited video content such as a video review. but i wonder if the whiskey media family now working in one big office cuts down on everyone using the video room or whatever it called. Because i have notice some of the other sites cut back on video content which is a bummer too. Only tested is going strong with video content it seems.

#29 Posted by Lydian_Sel (2486 posts) -

There is a video review on the atop the home page right now.

#30 Posted by SethPhotopoulos (5257 posts) -

This is what happened.

#31 Posted by BraveToaster (12589 posts) -

@Zor said:

Yeah, I figure they had too much to do, and that is why they haven't done one in about 5 months (usually there are about 2-3 video reviews every 3 months). But just so that i understand this correctly, as far as we know, they (GB staff) haven't made any official statements regarding this?

So you knew the answer to your question and asked anyway.

#32 Posted by NTM (7377 posts) -

I don't know if anyone has said it yet, but you'll notice they hold off on them until a game that deserves it (in they're opinion) needs one. Generally it's games that have five out of five stars, and they give them a video review because it's considered special. So let's say Modern Warfare 3 and/or Battlefild 3 gets a five star, they'll probably get a video review, but when we have a sports game that also gets a five star, it probably won't get one, because they feel that those games aren't quite as special to most of the giantbomb community and to themselves.

#33 Posted by IntoTheN1ght (62 posts) -

I heard from many credible sources that Quick Looks have become so popular here that GB gets about the same amount of clicks on a QL (as long as its a popular game or something stupid/silly like the Michael Phelps thing or Michael Jackson The Experience).

Now consider that a Video Review probably takes 10 times as long to produce, factor in writing, performing and yea. They could just drop the video reviews altogether tbh

#34 Posted by Little_Socrates (5677 posts) -

I do remember they explained the specific reason Video Reviews are time-consuming is the capturing of game-footage to go into the review. Sometimes, Jeff really needs a specific moment to be recorded to show off a certain feature properly, and so they might even have to boot up an old save or start a new save file to get to the moment he's looking for. Assassin's Creed II, for example, doesn't allow you to replay old chapters; as a result, you'd have to start a new save file to access certain features again. The same is true for Batman: Arkham Asylum, and a few other releases. Most games, obviously, are not as difficult as those, but it can be difficult and time-consuming to get the proper footage.

#35 Posted by xxizzypop (577 posts) -

Maybe it's because I haven't seen many of these topics personally, but I don't understand why everyone seems to be burning the user at the stake for asking a question. I think that the video reviews done on GB are incredibly well done. I like watching them. They have surprisingly fantastic production value and can occasionally have something doofy and awesome added as well -- in the most recent case, a brilliant mix of Batman, Wu-Tang text and GL;HB.

I can understand the WHY on their rarity, but I enjoy them nonetheless and feel that they can still be relevant. Arkham City just made me realize that it's kind of been an absurd amount of time since we've had just a single, solitary video review.

#36 Posted by Simplexity (1382 posts) -

Never understood the concept of video reviews, they just basically read the written review infront of a camera, seems a bit unnecessary.

#37 Posted by guanophobic (305 posts) -

@mikey87144 said:

Quick looks.

This. Quick looks and bombcast reactions are imo 10x more informative. I wonder how much the viewier statistics say about both of them, my guess would be that the QLs are way more popular than both the text- and video reviews.

#38 Posted by BlameGamer (80 posts) -

I prefer the Quick Looks now, but I do miss some IGN video reviews. I like how the break down the rankings by category.

#39 Edited by Franstone (1121 posts) -

Batman Video Review.

Posted 3 days ago...

I would like them more often though.

Would rather have more quick-looks if I had a choice, can deal with just reading a review if I must.

#40 Posted by Hunkulese (2723 posts) -

What do you get out of a video review that you can't get from a written review and a quick look?

#41 Posted by Rekt_Hed (848 posts) -
@Swoxx

As said, extremely time demanding from a production standpoint. Vinny & Drew have more than enough to do already.

I do miss them though.

This but its understandable considering the site is 6 dudes.

Personally I don't mind the lack of video reviews. It forces me to read more and a written review with a quick look is often enough info to tell me of a game I'm on the fence about and if its really something I wana pick up.
#42 Posted by Rapid (1367 posts) -

Video Reviews for games are so the 90's

#43 Posted by RobertOrri (1130 posts) -

I really don't care that much about video reviews - text is more than enough for me. I'd rather that they focus on the quicklooks and other unique content, as that is what makes this site so great.

#44 Posted by lockwoodx (2479 posts) -

I miss video reviews, but they should still produce written reviews as well.

#45 Posted by ScottEFresh (125 posts) -

I agree that video reviews need to happen more often! I like video reviews because I can't read.