We're compiling ideas for a youtube Gamers Nexus show (plans to recur weekly, most likely). The show's topics can vary, so list whatever you think you'd like to hear gaming experts talk about each week. Some options:
- Discussion panels about certain topics, such as: "is it possible to make a living from e-sports tournaments?"
- Hardware wars: new advancements in hardware.
- E-sports weekly updates.
- TL;DR reviews: a brief review in as few words as possible from each panelist on a game (i.e., for DiRT 3 [commas removed to indicate speed of talking]: "DLC overwhelming drifting flipping annoying tutorials unskippable cutscenes overall decent")
- General video game news: We don't generally cover it on the site on the whole but it could be something worth talking about on a show. Just a general summing up of the top stories, nothing in depth.
- What we've been playing/modding/doing: Normally I'd just go for the "What we've been playing" but seeing as we lean towards the hardware/e-gaming side of thing we could go down that route. If we've added a new graphics card, talk about it, if we've been watching a particularly good tournament, give it a mention. If we've been doing nothing of that -- like I generally haven't -- then just a classic, good old, "What have you been playing".
- Industry discussions: Not sure how this would happen but it could be something that would be potentially interesting for listeners/viewers that are interested in a job in the industry. Pick a position each week and talk about it. What our views are on the job, if we've got any experience, how to go about getting into the position. That kind of thing.
Anyway, those are my initial thoughts. It's getting late here so they might not be very good, I've tried not to steal ideas from the other podcast I do but, like I said, it's late :S
On a similar note, if you're wanting to go down a YouTube route does that mean it'd be video? How would that work with some of us *cough* being so far away from the rest of you? Just have me as "The Voice"? Lol.
I'm all for capturing video of games, it's something I've been wanting to do for a while to add to the reviews, but it's not something that's easy (read: cheap) to do; especially at any kind of decent quality.
I'm talking about console games, obviously, PC isn't a problem.
I'm thinking a segment-based podcast would be the best option. Have it on youtube and have the video just be footage of someone playing some game or based around what you're talking about. Here are some questions for you to think about:
How long will the podcast be? Most podcasts are about a hour long.
What e-sports will you be covering? Starcraft 2 for sure I can't really think of any other games with a competitive scene besides that and COD and the COD competitive scene is pretty shit.
Who all is going to be on? You really don't want to have more then 5 people otherwise it gets hard to follow who is saying what. That said it sounds like fun so I'd be up to be on.
I think an hour is long, but maybe if we broke it up properly it would be OK. YouTube isn't exactly friendly for ultra-long videos (uploading is slow, so problems arise if connection issues happen).
Obviously a proper show would probably have to be at least 20-30 minutes if we have more than 2 people participating; I guess this is what we face:
Longer than 15 minutes => people ignore due to length AND people watch due to depth.
15 minutes or shorter = people watch due to conciseness AND we lack depth and/or must upload multiple clips of this length, which ultimately might annoy people.
Thoughts on this? I think probably 20-30 minutes is a good target... we might have to cycle hosts every week since it is unlikely many people will be able to talk in depth with that time limit (5 people would each get ~6 minutes of time, if broken up individually -- not that it would be). It's probably best to do 3-4 people for 30 minutes. Any input on that?
I like the idea of a 20 - 30 minute show, especially if it allows us to go into detail about a particular topic. I watch a lot of Revision3 shows (www.Revision3.com) and while they host their own stuff now they used to release stuff on YouTube and people used to watch them religiously, so people are willing to watch something if the content is there.
I think, in order to maintain a form of structure, we'd need a single person as the host every time, with maybe a rotation of people to accompany the host so that there's always 3 or 4 people on each show. That way the "host" would really only need to introduce the whole thing and each topic; possibly signing off the show too.
An hour is a nice standard length, but I think 20-30 minutes is a much better target to start with, that could always change later. It makes sense to rotate who's on it each week, basically whoever is able to do it, it would be hard to get everyone together to record every week.
I'm a bit worried about video in that it will add extra work (editing the podcast will probably take a while as is) without adding much of importance - and because the audio is the main content people may not even watch it and listen to it in the background. Even if we do have video though it probably would be good to post an audio-only version on GN/iTunes for those who prefer it.
As far as format goes - maybe an intro that covers weekly gaming news followed by 2 or 3 discussion topics about something gaming related - these could be general gaming discussion, industry discussion, discussion about a specific game, thoughts on a recent esports event, talking to a special guest, etc. Listeners could suggest topics on GN/youtube.
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