A rather embarrassing social game I choose not to reveal.
There needs to be a "Manville" game. A social game for guys. I'm sure there already is one, and I'm not playing it, obviously. I'm about to start playing the Sims 2: Double Deluxe. I got it for free from an EA coupon code. I decided on it because it had to be a game $20 or less, and that didn't get me a copy of The Sims 3. I've always wanted to try the Sims, so I figure a free copy is a good place to start.
There has been a pretty high response to my thread here, thanks for the input. I'd like to reply a little bit, and clarify some things. I won't keep approximately 155 people waiting for a reply. The reason it took me so long was that I had lots of college class, gf quality time, and other websites to tend to today.
I'll admit parts of my post had angry/rude tone, however you wanna label it. I can be a dick sometimes. If I was perfectly polite, however, I don't think I would have received near the response I did. There's also that whole "the internet brings out the worst of us" thing. So, sorry for offending. To most of you. ;)
To answer the question of whether or not I was trolling, the answer is: no. I was being genuine. As predicted, a lot of fanboys got angry. However, a lot of fanmen gave valid, mature responses, which I appreciate. The general consensus is that what I was looking for (Gameplay footage and "what's interesting about this game/why you should play it", in a short amount of time) is not what the quick looks generally offer; Instead, they're about getting a large quantity of gameplay footage delivered with character and quirky humor, which, I can appreciate. I was annoyed that it took them a few minutes actually getting into the game (which is not their fault, the game loaded slowly), instead of cutting the recording straight to gameplay footage.
Getting asked to become a premium member: When I registered, the system literally asked me in two separate prompts to become a premium member. The third is from the top of the page, where it says "become a premium member" on every page you visit on the site. I don't feel I'm overreacting on this matter, but I will say that yes, other sites can be much more pushy and immoral about it. I just finished hearing a talk session from a game industry professional at GDC Online about gamification a few days ago. One of the points of his talk was that if you're going to ask somebody to fill out a profile, sign up for a membership, etc., you should clearly point out why they should do so. What are the benefits? Sure, you could go click on a link and do some research, but if you really want customers to sign up for something, you need to spell out exactly the features & benefits in an easy to digest fashion (i.e., on the page I see in front of me).
HD being for premium members only: When I tried to click on HD while watching a quick look, it stopped me and said "HD is for premium members only." Then later, on a different quick look just now, it allowed me to view 720p HD with no hassle. So it looks like 1080p is for premium members, but 720p is public. Not a big deal, just kind of rubs me the wrong way when YouTube gives 1080p for free.
I got a lot of "YOU DON'T LIKE IT THEN LEAVE!" Type of responses. And to that, I say, grow up. That's an invalid argument, like saying, "It is what it is." It is a non-answer, generic/blanket response I could have told myself. Thank you.
In a weird way, I guess I was asking for someone to prove me wrong... Because after hearing good things, I was disappointed with my experience, but was still wondering if I'm missing something. Some people respond better to a challenge than a request for help, as you've seen here on this thread. You guys are a very passionate bunch, which is pretty cool.
I read all of my inbox messages, and several forum replies. Upon seeing how many there are on here, I don't have time or the desire to read them all. If I was getting paid to, I absolutely would read each one. Lol. I guess you could argue that, if I don't have time to read all the responses, why in the hell did I bother with a lengthy reply here? One reason is that I'm a slow reader. Another would be I don't need the negative energy. Thirdly, I'd like to go play a game now. Fourth, I feel I've got a good sampling of responses already. Hell, maybe I just enjoy writing. And finally, I am lazy.
In closing, if you were wondering if I've changed my mind, the answer is: Mostly. I will give the quick looks another chance, but perhaps only when I'm really interested in a game, or need help in a buying decision. I did not know that there's a game database, by the way. That's awesome. I will check it out too. Reviews are something I would prefer to watch on here, most likely.
I'm new to Giant Bomb. Here's my first impression of the videos and website (I know the fanboys are going to flip shit, but I'm sure the site creators appreciate honesty):
These videos are entirely too long. How is 35 minutes anywhere near a quick look? We could decide in 20 minutes of playing a demo if I like the game or not. I found my brain screaming for you guys to get to the point, and show me some actual gameplay footage.
Furthermore, upon signing up for a username, I've already been asked three times to upgrade my membership to premium, without giving any reason as to why I should do so. There was even a frowney face emoticon to guilt me into it. $15 credit? To What? An online store you offer, I assume, but what is offered? Games? Then, upon returning to the video, I learn that only premium members have access to HD, which YouTube offers free of charge. So far, this site has all the charm of a Free-To-Play social game, like Farmville. I'm sure I have the entire point of the website wrong, but this was my experience... And I really don't see what all the hype is about. I understand the creators left Gamespot or some other big review website, due (at least, in part) to paid advertisers getting favorable reviews, which is great. I applaud your integrity on that matter. Yet, somehow, your new, "better" website is headed down another slimey business model path.