I been pretty open about expressing my views on those who flood youtube with gameplay videos, specifically with Call of Duty and Minecarft. I said before that I have nothing against those games or the people who play them but it gets to me when I am looking in my subscriptions and out of 100 videos I would see 20-30 Call of Duty videos. Lately I been asking people why are there so many videos like that and here are the 3 reasons I normally get.
1) “Its easy”
Get a PVR, Hook it up to your console and you are pretty much ready to go. In some cases you don’t even have to edit the video. You’re gonna play the game any way so why not record it and get some views off of your play time?
2) “It gets views”
With so many games getting released it is hard to keep up with them and have a social life. My solution was to rent games but even then it was hard to find time to beat a game. Sometimes I would get up to a game half way and I would have to return the game so instead if renting the game again I would just watch the ending on youtube. In other words, Everyone has a reason to such for gameplay videos, especially ones that help you.
3) “I can’t do anything else”
To be fair I seen horrible video blogs and I said to myself “This guy should just stick with gameplay videos” but ultimately it does not hurt to try something else. This whole rant is that its hard to find good gaming related content from the community that is not just repetitive gameplay and uninteresting commentary.
The bottom line
Youtubers can make some decent money and I can never hate on that (we all gotta eat) but sooner or later this trend will die down. We all want to see good videos on youtube but all the good videos don’t have to be from IGN, Gamespot or G4. You can create it with a little bit of effort, creativity and motivation. My videos may not be the best example but I try to bring as much original content as possible that would attract all types of gamers. These include vlogs, event coverage, interviews, skits and more. If you’re gonna put effort into youtube videos I’d say you might as well make something worth watching.