A decent third party controller?
A decent third party controller?
With Nintendo replacing user placed adverts with their own adverts on Youtube, Samuel shares his opinion that Nintendo (and other game publishers) are entitled to do so. Does this mean…
Nothing bugs me more in the Video Game journalist community than the utter disgust for adblock. I’m sorry if it inconveniences your income because your fan base isn’t technologically illiterate,…
The AmeriCrass give their opinions on the last week of gaming news, and may have to resign because of it. Deal with It.
With Nintendo replacing user placed adverts with their own adverts on Youtube, Samuel shares his opinion that Nintendo (and other game publishers) are entitled to do so. Does this mean the death of making living salaries from talking over gameplay? And is that even a bad thing?
Nothing bugs me more in the Video Game journalist community than the utter disgust for adblock. I’m sorry if it inconveniences your income because your fan base isn’t technologically illiterate, you should be glad you have readers at all. There are literally hundreds of Video game websites opening and closing everyday, and out of all of them they decided to navigate their browser to yours. I believe adblock gives the user the chance to decide whether or not your content is even worth looking at before giving you money for hits. This helps discourage the thousands of junk articles I see on N4G daily that are obviously made to bait viewers with a controversial headline. Here are some of the basic reasons why viewers with modern web browsers would go out of their way to block ads.
1. They can break the content they are trying to view. I don’t know how many times I’ve tried to view a Youtube video with an advertisement on it only to have the unskippable video advertisement freeze up on me making the 30-second ad into a 2 to 3-minute ad. Unlike the actual video I cannot control the video quality of the ad to match my slow Internet speed, which makes viewing some Youtube videos, a pain. There’s also problems with advertisement that scroll over the entire page or even worse ones that bug me to download the mobile app when I’m trying to read something on the go. These are all barriers from enjoying your content.
2. The Advertisements aren’t very useful. Unlike Xbox Live, Television or Radio I have never felt the advertisements on Google adsense are relevant to me what so ever. No I don’t want to look at local police records, I’m not old enough for AARP and I’m not sure why I’m seeing a Chinese ad for the MGM Grand. Xbox Live advertises new content I may be interested in, Radio advertises local events I may want to go to, and TV usually tries to tie advertisements in with the show. With the web however it seems like the content connecting with something I’d like is a slot machine and almost always comes up short.
3. Your content isn’t interesting or unique enough for most people to care. I’m sorry but the majority of gaming websites these days resemble the press releases I get in my email everyday. The reason why CrassCast doesn’t cover news unless we’re at conventions is because it isn’t interesting to do so. As much as people claim to hate Joystiq and IGN it’s undeniable that they provide the news fast, first, and in the best way possible. This why I’m glad sites like N4G bar people from spamming the website with their copy pasted press releases. Unfortunately this trend has spilled into Youtube with entire channels dedicated to plagiarizing IGN articles while adding a minute of opinion followed by “What do you think? Leave a comment, rate, Subscribe!” I think the popularity of these videos encourages the least amount of thought and effort possible and makes me somewhat glad that adblock cleanses some of this.
Overall the whining of adblock will do nothing to stop it. The Internet user of 2013 is well informed and modern. They will not put up with intrusive advertisements for the benefit of someone who writes about adult toys. If you truly think they won’t abandon you the moment your try to undermine them you’ll go extinct just as subscription based podcasts and websites have gone. If Google decides to ban adblock from their extensions, people will switch to Firefox. We no longer live in an era where people will put up with mediocrity, people will move on. The question is will you be able to keep up?
The AmeriCrass give their opinions on the last week of gaming news, and may have to resign because of it.
Deal with It.
As EA are voted the worst company in America in a Consumerist reader poll, Owen, Matt and Christian talk about how they’re nowhere near as bad of a company as people complain. Also discussed is the Microsoft always online rumours and War Z’s account database hack.
Samuel and Greg are joined by a guest co-host as they talk about the issues of an always online future in gaming.
Whilst Christian can’t make it here this week, we’ve bought back Old John to come to an episode of the CrassCast with me and Matt.