Monday, January 4, 2010

Video vs. Writing

More and more, I see people turning to video battle reports and reviews.  Bell of Lost Souls has done them for nearly half a year, now, and Jay's gotten really spun up on them.

I gotta say (and, because this is the most appropriate place for saying it, Imma say it here): I don't like 'em.

I mean, I'm not ideologically opposed to them.  I don't think they should be purged with cleansing fire, or anything.

I just can't do anything with them.

Video requires a wholeness of attention and an investment of time that's much greater than written word.  I can quietly scope out a battle report like Salvage's most recent one in a moment or two and, if so inclined, read through it in a few minutes.  Watching a video battle report requires 5-10 minutes, of undivided attention.  And requires audio (which always makes killing a few minutes of work difficult).

I don't think I get any more from video reports than written ones, and it's certainly a lot harder to get anything from them.

Now, I fully admit that I don't have much of a leg to stand on here: it's not like I write much in the way of battle reports (not much there, and what I do have is more "musing" than "report").   But, still.

What do y'all think?


  1. I like video ones sometimes. If I'm bored and have a few minutes I don't mind watching them if they're clear and to the point.

    Since I do a lot of traveling I've met a lot of the people that do them so that's kind of neat.

    I'm not as interested in battle reports on the whole, though, and would rather a quick summary about the battle and what people learned from the experience. I like distilling the experiences into usable knowledge and battle reports sometimes meander a bit and oftentimes spend a great deal of time explaining why their tactics / army list should have worked and refuse to see why they didn't and adapt.

  2. I think I'd feel differently if I were still commuting by train: I'd have time to sit and watch them.


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