So, we've all seen it. The argument over which is better; the old school written review or the video review. I, myself have had a lot of reason for thought on this subject as of recently. After investing in a better microphone and a pretty big upgrade in terms of my PC, I have started to wonder about the possibility of using videos in addition to my written reviews.
The big question of course is whether this is a less professional way to present reviews. I think a big thing to keep in mind is the quality of the video and audio of each video. I mean, unless the microphone is of high quality, surely it will show. On top of which if the PC can't keep up with what's being recorded it would show as well, this would drive away viewers and make the whole thing pretty unpleasant. The quality of the written review is down solely to the writer, I suppose if you're pretty bad at writing reviews then your skills will suffer regardless what format you use.
Personally, I am planning to start producing brief written reviews, simply summarizing what I said in the video and making the video more in depth. I think in some ways the video is both easier and more difficult that it's written counterpart. If you think about it there is a lot more to remember when producing a video review. If you mess up you have to edit it it out, if your accent affects what you say it could also make the review harder to watch. To put it bluntly if you make a mistake and not realise it until after you upload the video, you can kinda look like an idiot. If you muck up something on a written review you can just edit it then and there, Bam. Problem solved.
Now onto a little bit more of a tender note. How much does prejudice make a play in video reviews. If you click one just to hear a kids voice, do you instantly stop listening? Do you counter all of his views because "he's young and doesn't know what he's talking about". I will be honest and put my hands up, hearing a kid review a game does kind of promote a little elitist attitude, even though that kid might have some really interesting and different views.
So what about accents? If I have a very heavy french accent (I don't...but I could... But i don't) would this mean that some people would have trouble understanding what I'm saying. I have a South Western, British accent.. one would akin this to a "farmer"... You'll know what I'm talking about when I, well, talk. Would this propose any problems, if say, a canadian listened to it?
Obviously this isn't a snipe at people who do video reviews or at people who do written reviews. It is more just an expression of my thoughts, feelings and concerns on the matter. If you have any thoughts on the subject please, feel free to leave a comment. Or follow me if you like anything else on the blog.
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