I'd be in favor of keeping them. Perhaps certain videos or content that draw a certain crowd should be disabled? The community here seems to be very good for the most part, other than when social or political issues come up, and I try to avoid that at all costs because I'm here to watch random game shit, laugh, relax and not be in a ethical and moral debate class for current events.
This latest Demo Derby is an example of why I like the comment sections. I can (pointlessly) drop my thoughts on a game if the dudes are ambiguous or poop on a title or read through and see if other people had similar thoughts as me. Other comments can build onto stuff in the video that maybe the guys weren't aware of or extrapolate something they mentioned. Like the Windowlicker video or that Patton Oswalt Black Angus bit.
A video comment section on the slight opposite end of things is.. lets say the recent Bens Lens or mailbag, can't remember what it was, where Ben was seemingly drunk [sarcasm] and filming. Bunch of people noted it, including myself, and I imagine Ben or the other dudes probably look at that and roll their eyes and think we're assholes. I think we're all just trying to have fun, and when a bunch of people point out how bad it actually was, even when shaking cam stuff doesn't usually bother them, the guys shouldn't get defensive about it and I'd rather Ben just say "Ha ha yeap, sorry about that. Stabilization wasn't on" or "I was all jacked up on pixie sticks and wasn't thinking" lol So just take that feedback and go from there. We're not asking for a professional film crew, because we like GB for not being that, but hey.. this was like.. something went wrong and we're amazed they even posted it, so maybe there is an explanation.
It's a shame that the crew seems to do everything they can to avoid them because I wish they would read into it and respond. They seem to have dry spells with a lack of good questions submitted to the podcasts or where ever, but I often think that's just because they ignore a fair amount of good questions just because they aren't interested about something. Basically, I think they should give (probably just premium) members a bigger chance to voice their thoughts. Like if they're messing around with a game on UPF or something, and there is a general discussion forum thread about it, someone could just be skimming it and injecting more thoughts and questions into the conversation while others are playing it. I'm not really a fan of the call in shown stuff as it can become a technical mess and awkwardness. Using the content subject to help narrow down the questions and hopefully get better ones might help vs "hey, ask us random shit".. barring the giant bomb wikipedia call in of course.
Weird to say it but I think people (including myself) just need to practice not focusing on the negative. Content producers always say that even if 99% of the comments are positive, if there is a negative one, they zero in on it and let it upset them. I think that issue falls on the reader. If there is a hot topic of discussion, it should be all moved and isolated into a specific thread, which seems to happen already for the most part thanks to the moderators.
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