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#1 darkelf83
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Must videos start playing on their own in new tabs? It's really irritating to be scrolling down the main page, opening articles not flag as containing a video, and sound starts playing. It's always an ad too. This feels like another dirty way to just play more ads. If the video is important or meaningful to the content, then flag it as both.

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#2 wemmick  Staff
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@darkelf83: We're working on a couple of approaches to make these more intuitive/less irritating. Hope to have something released soon.

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#3 tsunami2311
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@wemmick: the only approach is to make them no longer auto play we have to click play that is the only way to do it.

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#4 elheber
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@wemmick: "Approaches" to make them "less" irritating, you say. As opposed to simply dropping the auto-play altogether.

It doesn't fill me with confidence, wemmick, but I hope whatever you have planned blows my mind.

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#5 wemmick  Staff
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@elheber: Videos in new tabs should no longer autoplay - they will wait until you focus on that tab. If you see them autoplaying still (before you focus on that tab), please let us know what browser/OS you're on.

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#6 silentmobius
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There are add ons/extensions in chrome and firefox to prevent ads and videos from autoplaying. The one I use is "flashcontrol", it works really well and is customisable, but there are also others to choose from.

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#7  Edited By BeefoTheBold
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@tsunami2311 said:

@wemmick: the only approach is to make them no longer auto play we have to click play that is the only way to do it.

Agree completely with this.

Autoplay videos are basically Internet cancer. A strong disincentive against clicking on articles to begin with.

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#8 firedrakes
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its still happening both on pc and mobile site.

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#9 StHapns247
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I also find this annoying. Inactive tabs should not autoplay videos until they are active, this is the way YouTube and most video sites work. There should be no autoplay videos on written articles even if there are embedded videos related to the written content. The only time autoplay should occur is if the article is video only (which are clearly indicated on the homepage) and the tab is active. These are basic user quality experience issues.

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#10  Edited By darkelf83
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@StHapns247: I totally agree, I new tab links as I go down the main page for reading later. But then I get random ads blasting away, I don't want to watch a video, that's why I clicked on written articles not video articles.

To Gamespot, still getting videos in active tabs, Firefox 48. Also, even if you get the videos not playing in inactive tabs, ads should not automatically play when I go to that tab. If and only if I want to watch the related video and actively hit the play button should the video start and play the ad. Stop trying to up your ad watch count.

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#11 wemmick  Staff
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@StHapns247: What browser/OS are you seeing this happen in?

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#12 StHapns247
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@wemmick: Chrome on OS X.

Chrome Version 52.0.2743.116 (64-bit)

OS X Version 10.11.6 (15G31)

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#13 wemmick  Staff
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@StHapns247: Okay, I'm just having trouble replicating this (on the same OS/browser.) When I open new tabs (using Ctrl-click, or right-click-> "Open in new tab") the video player doesn't start, and waits until I click on that tab to even start loading. I just want to verify - is this exactly what you're doing when you see this behavior? Or anything else?

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#14  Edited By StHapns247
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@wemmick: I usually use the middle mouse button to open a link in a new tab. I can't seem to reproduce a video playing without first making the tab active, however, this written article autoplays the embedded video when active and there is no indication on the homepage that a video will play when the link is clicked.

Article link: http://www.gamespot.com/articles/how-to-get-rayman-origins-free-on-pc-right-now/1100-6442769/

As the link appears on the homepage:

This specific occurrence is was spurred me to come here and post. I do not believe videos should autoplay on any written articles, especially without any type of warning or countdown allowing the user to cancel the autoplay. If there was a visual indication on the thumbnail or somewhere else on the link then I would find it acceptable, but as it stands no user would have any indication a video would play when this link it clicked.

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#15 wemmick  Staff
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@StHapns247: Alright, thanks for letting me know - I just wanted to make sure the new tab behavior was working properly for now.

In general though, we are looking for ways to make the experience smoother and more intuitive - thanks for your feedback!

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#16 StHapns247
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I just had this video auto-play in a new tab without first making the tab active: http://www.gamespot.com/videos/gs-news-update-metal-gear-solid-5-the-definitive-e/2300-6434233/

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#17 wemmick  Staff
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@StHapns247: Ah, so those autoplay because they are video pages - we currently only hold up the autoplay for article pages, but we probably should do it for video pages as well. I'll get a ticket in.

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#18 elheber
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Videos auto-playing in video pages make sense. They don't make sense anywhere else.

I clicked on the review article for The Tomorrow Children and walked away, then when I'm 15 feet away my computer starts blasting an ad at max volume for the rest of the office to hear.

Not cool.