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Contain detailed technical information (text mainly) (534 votes)
Are media rich (videos + images yay) (1712 votes)
A picture (or video in this case) is worth at least a thousand words. :)
Nothing beats videos/pictures. Text can show an idea but not show how it was implemented.
I honestly prefer both, but I'd prefer information that I can read as opposed to a picture that can leave me with a mess load of questions.
a good mixture is the best, but often a picture is easier to understand, describing things in words often leads to confusion.....but that doesn't mean that a text is always bad^^
Right, video/picture is better! In words describing people can imagine different looks, but if there is a picture, all those who see it know how it looks like.
No option for a healthy combination of both?
Either way media says a lot more especially in terms of progress, but cant really give you insight on a development process as effectively as a wall of text unless its a comic.
My word too. Too much text can be a problem. On the other hand useless images just bloat it up too. An image or video should contain something specific otherwise it's not useful. Furthermore if you have many images just show a few and link the others (or just point to the gallery, people are not stupid).
I think that there always should be mix of text and images.
Also there should be videos but it should be like 240i to save the space in mp4 format and it will be great improvement in many ways.
Except in resolution of videos, there should be categories like:
Gaming: 240i to 480i
So its a good idea if you ask me and its my idea xD
BTW i like things like showing part of the code with the help of images and videos it's better
I agree! You can't just have either one of them, We need Both =)
Yeah, nothing worse than "We have something new, here's a link to a 45min Youtube video."
Contain detailed info. :\
No need to treat media like dumbed down material.
Media rich post only show what posters are genuinely interested in posting fancy stuff what is accessible to anyone.
Furthermore, media could be more informative than the wall of text.
Look at Overgrowth for example...
How do you show your new ambient occlusion techniques w\o media?
Paste an OGL shader code here?
No. You create a fancy picture or movie which all people could enjoy.
Not saying that text is bad. Saying that plain text post are usually rushed. And only mean that project creators are not interested in accessibility of information.
I think OG is a good example for how to not do it. Most of the time it's one huge video with lots of bla-bla. Problem is that speakers in a video are very hard to follow. You can't fast forward or backward like in a text to skip to the important parts. A video should only illustrate what is written in text form below. It's okay if you add the same in the video as a speaker but many have (like me) speakers disabled or playing something else so a speaker from a video would not be heard or is in the way. Text never gets in the way of listening to something else. I personally hate it if videos hijack my sound.
You're just jealous cos you got no cool movies with badass voice acting.
Has nothing to do with jealousy in any way. I've said the same thing about text heavy videos at various other places. Videos are good to watch but if there is text in it it gets a problem because you can't fast-forward or fast-backward, hence not skip text or re-read text. Especially a problem if the speaker has not English as the native tongue or speaks way too fast or speaks not clearly and so forth. With text you can take your time to understand what's written, skip what's not important and re-read if something is unclear. All clear disadvantages of videos. This is why I say a plain text-video is bad. Text and video is okay but pure text-videos in general push me away (as many others too).
Most of Dragon's videos have been equally impressive as the Overgrowth ones from a technical standpoint. From a marketing though probably not so much- but give Dragon some slack here since he's only one guy with limited resources, whereas OG is an entire team of talented people with more resources (as a result of community funding).
And I agree with the fact that they should be both Video and text.
You guys should both chill out.
Jeez... Nobody reads "j\k" nowadays...
ditto my man, ditto.
Effective images/videos with rich stuff description - this is it ;)
Images and videos FTW
Images PWN words!
I mean everyone want to see a image of an awesome vehicle then read in the description it has this and that and this and that and blah blah blah...Who's with me? :D
1st for me as when my internet is slow ( which is always ) its easier to read than wait for **** to load
I voted for the text-rich one, ALTHOUGH I don't want to see the technical details into the engine and modeling all that other stuff that will most likely fly over my head. Instead, I'm more interested about insight into the game design, discussions about the features and the history behind some decisions made in the game/mod. Images, to me, should be strictly illustratory.
Admittedly, in some case there's really hard to evade putting many images(esspecially when the progress has been largely graphical) but even then there's no harm in some insight.
Personally, I quite often just skip the news that are almost entirely picture-only (yes Dear Esther, I'm looking at you).
images and videos, simply cause it takes to much do describe something in words when u just can see it yourself!
I'm too lazy to read. I just skip to the media.
its allways the best to show the features in videos
If it's something I'm already interested in, then detailed and text-heavy. If it's something I've only just come across then interesting media is always good.
Vids and images, yeey! xD
I think both is important.
You have to explain something with words, but pictures can help, an explanation only with pictures is very very difficult.
A video should be posted if you show something ingame, I wouldnt post a video with a black screen and some one is talking.
So text is important for news, but media can support it, but it can't go the way around, not images only.
Its my opinion ^_^
If it's news about an already long running project, I don't mind reading over walls of text about technical hurdles and such, that's all part of following the history of it's progress. If it's broken up with some example media, that's just extra gravy.
If it's news about a new project, go heavy on media that shows it's already working somewhat, to instill some faith that the project already has some steady momentum. Also, don't announce anything before that stage. I think a lot of us are familiar with projects that show a lot of conceptual eye candy that doesn't add up to any sort of overall progress. It isn't news if the parts aren't even fitting together yet.
my personal philosophy with writing news posts is to make sure there is eye candy / visuals AND informative/technical text. so both :P
Well, it really depends on my mood. If I check some news when I'm sleepy, then I prefer some images. If I'm well awake, then text and videos will be fine too.
Media rich.They call much more attention =D
media and text? ^^
Really depends on the mod I think.
If it is unknown there should be more media, if its is well known - lets say Sven Coop for example - I have no problems with text instead of pretty pictures
Where is the one "Both, 50/50?"
I would vote about 60% none tech, and 40% tech.
How about both?
damn illiterates! or I'm to conservative :-(
Text to the pictures/videos and its good enough for me.
Good poll-idea. Reflecting the unspoken.
I like the mix of both...
I would prefer a little of both. I love reading about the technical workings of something, but also like to see pretty pictures, or videos.
lmfao omg what did i start look at the top lol
I like both. You need some eye-candy to go with the techno-babble!
All depends if you a techy or creative person. Im techy :P
A technical text + some pictures are usefull to understand how and where progress is made.
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