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Posted: Jan 19th 2011 8:10AM Lateris said

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Yes it does. It gives me direct insight into the how the game actually plays without the hype.

Posted: Jan 19th 2011 9:32AM ChongShin said

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@Lateris This. I watch videos to see what the actual game is like without the flash and trash that the companies add to make it look better. I just wish that the uploader wouldn't add music to the videos, as they all too often do. Besides, the music is usually pretty bad..

Then there are fighting games and some FPS that are fun to watch for the competition and to learn new tricks.
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Posted: Jan 19th 2011 2:19PM Suspiro said

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@Lateris Ditto
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Posted: Jan 19th 2011 8:18AM Ryn said

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Yes it makes me want to try an MMO. I think it's a great insight to whatever game is being featured.

Posted: Jan 19th 2011 8:20AM Ocho said

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I agree with what Lateris said... it enables those who don't own the game to actually check it out on a real level. Of course, I'd rather be playing, so I don't check them out too often, but I will if I'm possibly interested in purchasing it...

Posted: Jan 19th 2011 8:22AM Joystiq Login Bugs SUCK said

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I don't think I've watched one.

Posted: Jan 19th 2011 8:28AM Dumac said

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Well depends on the game. I like what i see? Then yes. Other times its still interesting to watch what i passed on playing myself.

Posted: Jan 19th 2011 8:34AM BubleFett said

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I always go to You Tube to see game play of games
So live stream would affect my decision whether I buy a game or not.

Posted: Jan 19th 2011 8:44AM Issmir said

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@BubleFett
See, I usually check out youtube footage but can never bring myself to sit through more than 5 minutes of livestreaming.
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Posted: Jan 19th 2011 8:36AM imagine82 said

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For me, it doesn't. Just seeing someone else play the game doesn't make me feel how I would feel about it.

I think supplying trial keys and demos is essential to the game industry. It helps people who don't wanna spend 50 bucks on a game and then realize they don't like it.

With a trial key or demo I can try it out for like a week and decide. THAT'S what have made me buy and play a lot of games - not youtube or livestreams, sorry.

Posted: Jan 19th 2011 8:45AM (Unverified) said

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I watch various Let's Plays of games and doing that is what got me more interested in Rift in fact. It's also helped me decide against getting into other games as well. I recommend gameplay videos for anyone interested in learning more about a potential game purchase. :)

Posted: Jan 19th 2011 8:50AM AlienFanatic said

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I never watch them. Though not a livestream, I have a negative association with previews from having subjected myself to some of TotalBiscuit's. If he's typical of the type of presenter in livestream videos, I'd rather not subject myself to a steady stream of smug babble that seems more at home on a game show.

I just find I need to get hands on the UI to determine if I'm comfortable using it. It'd be like trying to see what driving a car feels like by sitting in the back seat.

Posted: Jan 19th 2011 8:50AM Greyhame said

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I don't generally watch any of them. If I'm not sure I want a game, I'll wait for a trial so I can try it myself to see if I like it. Watching someone play something doesn't really show me if I'll be interested once I actually sit down and play.

Posted: Jan 19th 2011 8:52AM TheElvenAssassin said

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I've never watched a live stream - I usually look it up on YouTube and then Google reviews of it.

Posted: Jan 19th 2011 9:03AM Luxxicon said

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I think it helps me make the decision on whether to purchase a game or not. Often trailers do not give a real representation of gameplay, and actually watching what it takes to play (time it takes to actually get some where, the variety of abilities) that occurs during a Livestream is more representative of reality.

Posted: Jan 19th 2011 9:08AM InventionExchange said

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I'm not of fan of the service Massively is using for the live streams.. the commercial breaks interrupt every 15 minutes and come in really loud.

I'd rather sit through one quick pre-roll like ustream has or justin.tv

That said, quick-look videos of the first 15 minutes or so of gameplay is very handy.. It sure beats downloading 2+ gigs of a game to see if I like it or not.

Posted: Jan 19th 2011 9:20AM Jade Effect said

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I always check out some videos on Youtube to check how the gameplay is like. Thanks to MMOHut first impression Youtube videos, I am able to avoid downloading and trying out many dodgy-looking MMOs. Unlike many other Youtube users, he doesn't try to be funny nor does he play irritating soundtracks over the game music.

Posted: Jan 19th 2011 9:21AM MMOaddict said

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What I would rather see in a live stream is high level gameplay. Even endgame. It's far too easy to download trials these days or play a game for the first month. I want to see how a game looks after the "fun and fast" part of the game.

For example. Showing me tutorials....horrible idea. Tutorials are boring enough when you are forced to play them, being forced to watch them...ugh. Second, take a game like AoC. If I had watched a streaming vid of it before I had ever bought it, and it only showed the first 20 levels of the game, I would be in for quite a surprise as the rest of the game is nothing like Tortage.

Plus, I've found that if I don't have a clear idea of why I'm playing the game in the first place, take FFXIV for example, then it makes logging in to even play the low levels a chore. I gotta have a carrots on sticks to chase and know what they are long before I get into the middle levels of a game.

Posted: Jan 19th 2011 9:35AM DemonXaphan said

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Yeah it does help in my decision if i'm thinking of purchasing a MMO.

Posted: Jan 19th 2011 9:35AM Haldurson said

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I've watched a few live-streamed games, and it has yet influenced me to make a purchase (at least as far as mmos are concerned). How a game looks is not nearly as significant as to how it feels to play it, and you can't really get that from watching a video.

In some cases, videos HAVE influenced me to give a beta a try, or to participate in a free trial. In those cases, my decision was based totally on my experiences in the demo/trial. Occasionally, though, the videos have told me enough to say that I probably won't like the game, or at least, that the game is not the type of game that I'm looking for. I don't play games in the same way as those who demo demo them in livestreams, etc., nor are my opinions llikely to line up with any other particular persons.

On the other hand, even some games that I know are not for me, I'm interested enough in to view at least parts of a live-stream, just because of my innate curiosity. There are tons of games that I'm curious about, without actually having a desire to play them. Most action rpgs, shooter-type rpgs, and pvp-centric rpgs, for example, interest me from an intellectual standpoint, but I know that I tend to lose interest in them very quickly.

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