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N4G TV

Cat | 688d ago
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Hey, N4Gers! We've been playing around with the idea of creating an N4G web show - N4G TV. The idea is to have a short news show each Friday that covers the past week on N4G by featuring news and user content like great comments and blogs.

We're at the point in the process where we are in talks with a production company, and so we are giving a lot of thought to format and content. We'd love to have some input from you guys on what you would like to see in the show!

Sound off below, we look froward to incorporating your ideas in the pilot episode!

Megaton  +   688d ago
Personally, I'd rather the site be consistently functional first. Maybe have the forums work properly in Firefox for the first time in years. Give the hamster a break and buy some real servers.

Walk before you run, and all that.

General priorities aside, you'd have to find a way to separate yourselves from all the gaming podcasts out there, since that seems like what you're trying to produce.
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Cat  +   688d ago
Fortunately this project doesn't draw on our development team, so you don't have to choose between the two :)
Megaton  +   688d ago
It has seemed like this place doesn't even have a development team for quite some time now. It's good to know that they not only exist, but that they won't be stretched thinner than they already seem to be.

As for N4G TV, discussing the site's hottest news is obvious for a recap show, but I think you should also search out 5 - 10 submissions that flew under the radar, generating little heat while still being interesting reads and/or important news.

Plugging and discussing well-written user blogs and reviews is a good idea, as it would encourage more people to participate. User Q&A is also good for participation, especially if you manage to integrate interviews into the show. Tell the community ahead of time who will be interviewed and open up a channel for user questions.

Something else that might be nice would be to plug a new site in every episode. Like an up and coming blogger who submits to N4G, trying to make a name for themselves. Just don't reward flamebaiters and copy/pasters. Pick good people/sites. People who try their best to spread good information and opinion.
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Irishguy95  +   685d ago
Bubble system should be abolished, and either more mods from different regions(so when US mods are sleeping EU mods can have at it), or simply make sure mods follow a particular shift.

The typical forum 'bad post' rules are god enough, it gets reported, mods get rid of it, person gets suspended or banned - Simple, long term permanent punishment like the bubble system is just...naw.

Ses the guy with 1 bubble.

Edit---Oh yeah the TV thing...I suppose admins and mods should simply have a vote on selected news features. We all know the top news is not always actual news or even a good article/

Should also have a section for post of the week/month and Blogs/reviews of the month etc

And N4g tv show could really spotlight some games that need a spotlight.
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Valenka  +   688d ago
While I find this to be a pretty interesting concept, I just can't wrap my head around having content featured. Would it be highest-temperature articles showcased in the episodes? If so, we users can easily read them ourselves since the highest temperature submissions usually make it to the top of the page. :)

It seems pretty redundant to have a recap, so to speak, of articles that a majority of the community has already read by the time the week's episode goes live.
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SilentNegotiator  +   687d ago
I have to agree. That's pretty redundant. It's already a news aggregate site; why an aggregation of the aggregation? AGGREGATION-CEPTION.

And the staff is nice here and everything, but who is the figure head(s) that would be running the show? There's already a million game podcasts. Who/what is involved that anyone should care?
consolez_FTW  +   688d ago
The show could have users skype in and ask questions, comment, or something, that'd be cool..
I'd like to know the faces of some of the users around here eh lol jk.
lets see how it goes
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nirwanda  +   683d ago
I would set up an interview with a game developer and skype the dev and use the comments section to ask questions to the dev and the ones with the most agrees get asked and some chosen by n4g staff and some chosen by the dev from the comments section
iamnsuperman  +   688d ago
Sounds like a great idea especially highlighting the user content.

Ideas wise maybe highlight a good free game of the week that can be either found by you or recommended by the community and show what it is about

A way to highlight forum post might be an interesting way to get more people involved in the forums
InMyOpinion  +   688d ago
Having a "Troll of the week" section in the show would be fitting. :)

Jokes aside (not really), As Megaton stated - First get the moderation and functionality of the site working properly before widening your content channels. The forum is a mess, and trolling, spam and duplicate accounts are also a low point on N4G that hasn't been dealt with properly.

I also agree with Valenka. Instead of just repeating what everyone's already read why not have the editors pick their own favourite nuggets of the week? Tell us what games you've been playing and/or interview some interesting people from the games industry.

And give some props to the users who write reviews. Some of them are really good.
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NYC_Gamer  +   688d ago
N4G round table talking about the latest news along with opinions
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HammadTheBeast  +   687d ago
I'd like it.
TopDudeMan  +   687d ago
Good idea, seems like that could work. I'd watch that.
SeraphimBlade  +   687d ago
Just don't end up being framed by a pile of doritos, mountain dew, and a halo ad, please...
HonestDragon  +   687d ago
N4G TV sounds catchy. I like it. I already like the premise you have right now, but if I think of any suggestions I'll post them as soon as I can.
a08andan  +   687d ago
I would love to see a show that focuses on Non-mainstream games and/or goes deep into each genre and see how they have developed. Would also love to see discussions about innovation in the game industry. :)
Live_4_Gaming  +   687d ago
I like the ideas about a N4G roundtable with peoples' ideas kinda like when Xplay/G4 had the roundtable with big names in the game industry. I think making it interactive with other people who enjoy the N4G would be interesting too, having members of the site skype in and be part of the show, having a contest weekly to for members to get on the show to have their opinions heard. That would bring more people to the site knowing they have a chance for their gaming views to be heard by thousands of people.
Games4M - Rob  +   687d ago
Shows take more time and concentration to watch than just browsing the website 5 minutes here, 5 minutes there - so it would need to be something more than just a recap, it would need to be some kind of original content that is worth tuning in for.

If its just a summary I wouldn't watch it.
MacDonagh  +   687d ago
Hm. I'd like to see some worthwhile articles getting some airplay rather than the usual riff raff. I would also be most interested if there was some real intellectual discourse over a story rather than the point-scoring that is pretty prevalent over a divisive story.
ice2modern  +   686d ago
sweet as bro , i'd tune in :)
steve30x  +   686d ago
Heres some Ideas. First get rid of the bubble system , then get rid of the agree / disagree system. Then think of a TV show for yourselves.
pandehz  +   686d ago
Hire me to produce your videos.
coolbeans  +   685d ago
Some solid comments on this idea already. I personally think an "undercooked" section of the show is needed to give credit to an intellectual blog/article/etc. that just didn't get the temperature it deserved (in your opinion).

It would be interesting to also have separate prizes given only through the show (even menial goodies) that are awarded for fan art, poems, or something off-beat.

I also think this could be a great platform for those involved in N4G TV to give their commentary on issues revolving around gaming. Something insightful like Extra Credits.

That's all I can think of for now. :)
RockmanII7  +   685d ago
No offense, but I doubt that you'll be able to write a show that is actually funny. With that I would go towards the informative route, Inside Gaming as inspiration.
mr_porter  +   685d ago
weekly rap up of the hottest news stories sounds good.
wishingW3L  +   685d ago
Make it live on Twitch TV!!
THC CELL  +   684d ago
Much rather read the news can't stand fake news readers .
xc7x  +   682d ago
do it
Veneno  +   682d ago
I like this show idea. One clever thing that came to me is have segments based on site functions like:

"AGREE or DISAGREE" - Where you take some news stories that can have strong opinions and you can poll the community and see how the opinion is split. And hve a red and green theme. Green for agree and red for disagree.

"Bubble Up" - this segment highlights the most insightful, funny, or shameful comments on the stories from the community.

"The Source" - one thing I dont really do much when i'm on N4G is explore the websites that are the sources of news. This segment can spotlight a not so well known but quality site and showcase the main and unique features of it that visitors don't take the time to discover.
Veneno  +   682d ago
Another thing that would compel me to watch is humor. If the people on the show arent funny themselves than highlight some articles that are funny. Like someone who made a mario cake, or the mortal kombat flashmob or something. Show the lighter side of game news.
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