Last Week on #DailyPoll – 9/16/16


Each day, I post a poll to our twitter account, @PSNation, for anyone to vote in. This post compiles last week’s polls into a easy to read format. Last week was about streaming and watching video games online. Also Fallout 4.

I’m sure it’s not a mutually exclusive group, but Monday’s question asks if people prefer streaming or pre-recorded video when watching video games. Streaming is nice because there’s an air of interactivity with the host but pre-recorded videos have the advantage of being able to be watched at one’s leisure.

Interesting, I actually figured that streaming would win. With the runaway popularity of Twitch recently, and how even YouTube is jumping on, it seems like streaming is a big thing. Though the nice thing about streams is they often end up as videos to watch later too.

Both streaming and recorded videos seem to come in a few forms. One difference is the inclusion of commentary, or the person playing talking and reacting to the game. This is something I see some back and forth on, as some people seem to like that and others would rather just see the game uninterrupted.

Pretty hefty preference for having commentary. In some ways, not having commentary makes videos feel impersonal. Anyone could have recorded it. This is maybe less true if the video is of some difficult or special but on those it’s sometimes nice to hear how the player did what they did. One thing a lot of replies to the poll added is that the commentary can detract sometimes, if the commentator is bad or annoying.

One concern some game publisher/developers have is that streams and videos can detract from sales of a game. This is especially true for very short games, which can be played, or watched, in a single sitting. Even if someone sits through a ton of Assassin’s Creed, they know they’re not getting the same experience but with something like Journey maybe they feel like they don’t need to play it now that they’ve seen the whole story,

Very very close poll. Those who are “less likely” to buy a game after seeing it all just barely edge out but this is probably close enough to be within statistical variance. Even the replies were split between both sides with some folks saying they wouldn’t want to if they’ve been spoiled and others like NinjaFysh saying the opposite.

One streaming thing that has become pretty big over the past year or so are the “twitch plays…” streams. For those unfamiliar, the premise is that the streamer usually sets it up so that people watching the stream can type inputs into the chat. These inputs are parsed and used to control the game itself. This can lead to a ton of chaos as a character is often randomly moving around it receives inputs both from those who want to move forward and those who just want to troll.

Wow, that was much less than I expected, with only about thirteen percent having participated in one. For those who might be interested in it now, there’s a whole twitch category now with (as of this writing) everything from Twitch playing Sudoku and Pokemon to Dark Souls 3.

A break from the theme to address the current events. Earlier in the week it came out that Sony and Bethesda hadn’t managed to bridge the gap to allowing mods for Fallout 4 or Skyrim Remastered on PS4. Bethesda has been very publicly blaming Sony for this though a few insiders are saying otherwise. Regardless, it doesn’t seem to be happening at this time.

Not quite as negative as I would have thought, given the popularity of Bethesda games. Though the replies indicate that even some of those who like their games, don’t really care that much. It’s still disappointing, I’m sure but sometimes you just shrug and move on like Joshua.

That’s all for last week. Stick around to the twitter this week for more polls!

Written by Andy Richardson

Andy Richardson

A longtime PlayStation fan who enjoys JRPGs and rhythm games when he’s not tweeting about his parrot.

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