I feel like the “it’s just beta, calm down” reasoning has to go right out the window as soon as a game announces that player data will go over into launch. Yes, this is “open beta”/beta 4 but barring some giant error that requires mass character wipes the players have been told that all of their data will roll over into pre-launch headstart next week.
I’m usually the first one to hop on the “it’s just beta, whatever, I’ll go read a book” bandwagon. But this isn’t “just beta”. This is a headstart. A headstart myself and thousands of other players could be using to get past the starting areas. To spread out. To relieve the zone congestion new pre-launch headstart players will have to deal with next weekend.
Then next weekend we could be even farther out into the world relieving the zone congestion that’s sure to be worse on launch day (the 27th).
I’ve played through many MMO betas, experienced many MMO launches, and the “beta” one week before launch that carries all player data over into live does not get to hide under the soft, snuggly, forgiving blanket of “it’s just beta, calm down.”
(Summary: While I receive relatively few negative comments, and deleted only an average of two per video, the moderation process I have to go through to check up on each comment is a pain. I post each new piece of content I create onto all of my social media sites, where I’m exceptionally accessible, and welcome discussion there.<3)
After more thought than I probably needed to put into it I disabled all comments and ratings on my gaming related videos.
It’s absolutely true that engaging with viewers, or readers, or whoever will help increase your followers, fans, likes, subscribers, and so on. Only my end goal isn’t building followers on YouTube. I’m just trying to post videos on the internet in a way that will be the easiest for people to share. If people want to follow my channel that’s fantastic! I love seeing that my channel has new subscribers. But, at least right now, the marginal increase isn’t worth handling comment moderation.
I can’t count the number of times I’ve watched a YouTube video, really enjoyed it, scrolled down to read the comments of other people who enjoyed it, only to see something hateful. Racial slurs, sexist statements, bigoted capslocking. It’s not fun to read. I didn’t watch a video of a little girl’s new kitten only to see someone insulting her race just a handful of pixels away. It’s not fun for me, and I’ll bet it’s not fun for a lot of you.
I work hard to give my viewers and readers a safe environment. I’m exceptionally liberal when it comes to wielding my banhammer. I’m not afraid of losing viewers or hits or plays or clicks or free stuff or whatever else I might get from having higher subscriber numbers or a higher follower count. Giving people who like my content a safe space without hate and bigotry is something I enjoy. So I aggressively moderated my YouTube comments.
I didn’t receive that many hateful comments, especially for a woman releasing videos about gaming. I probably deleted an average of two comments per video. Nothing major. But deleting them took work. I set up my YouTube account to email me every time I received a new comment. If the comment was troll-ish and nasty (or too sexual) I would log into YouTube, find the comment, and delete it. This doesn’t sound like a ton of work, and it wasn’t, but it meant I still had to go through the motions when I could be doing something else.
This lead me to wondering why I had comments enabled at all. The vast majority of comments I received were positive and they were always fun to read, but the thing is most of my viewers come from outside of YouTube. I recognized most commenters names from social media sites.
If you’ve followed my work for a while this whole post might be confusing. I’m really big on interacting with people that consume my content. I love talking to people and I love letting people know that I’m listening. One of the great things about consuming content online is the possibility of directly connecting with the creator of whatever it is you’re enjoying.
Which is why I’m incredibly active on several social media sites. The easiest way to get in contact with me is through Twitter. I read every single tweet I receive and I reply to the vast majority. It’s the easiest site to have a dialogue on. I also maintain an active Facebook page. Nearly all of my content is posted onto my Facebook page and I respond to most of the questions I receive. I’m also active on G+, Instagram, and Tumblr. I have a public email address. In short, I could write an entire post on how easy it is to talk to me.
Through sites like Twitter and Facebook I’ve built personal relationships with my audience. I’ve even handed out romance and life advice through my Tumblr. I take great pleasure in opening my life to the people who want to become a part of it. If you watch one of my YouTube videos and you want to contact me directly with feedback, even if it’s negative feedback, there are numerous links in the description that put me one click away from whatever you have to say.
Right now this just makes the most sense for me. For the past year every time I’ve thought about making a YouTube video I’ve let out a groan, rolled my eyes, and moved on to absolutely anything else just because I don’t want to moderate the comments. Since disabling comments I’ve written down twenty or more ideas I have for videos. I doubt I’ll do even a quarter of those, but they’re there.
I might turn comments back on in the future. Maybe next week. Maybe next year. Maybe I could eventually pay someone to moderate my YouTube comments. Anyone who has to constantly read YouTube comments should be paid.
Talented and overall cool dude Richie aka Bog Otter invited me along to make a Let’s Play video series featuring Cube World. We hopped into the game and he recorded our first ever play session. These will be the only ultra-noob videos so I’m grouping them together in one post. Enjoy watching us figure out how the world of cubes works!
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My system has been functional for a little over a week and things are going beautifully. Here’s a list of my current system specs with links to NewEgg.
Processor: Intel i7-3770K 3.5GHz
Graphics card: GeForce GTX 770 2GB
Motherboard: ASUS P8Z77 WS
Cooling system: Noctua NH-C14