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  • RocGaude 7:21 pm on September 10, 2010 Permalink
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    @ajguy That’s exactly what I’m wondering about. You’d think that they’d need to encode the file to a different file format then MP3, run the podcast RSS feed through some form of authentication process, and then you’d only be able to listen to it on “approved” devices for it to work (ie. EGMi). In the future, I can totally see paid podcasts going this way when people are primarily listening to their podcasts via iPhone/iPad/Android-powered devices but we’re not there yet.

  • RocGaude 7:54 pm on September 9, 2010 Permalink
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    I’ve been thinking of Penny Arcade’s reality TV show. It’s boss and the kind of programming I’d pay for. My only issue with it is that you have to watch it on their website. If there was a way to subscribe to it, even for a fee, I’d do it. The same would have applied to the old 1UP Show (pre-talent exodus) and Feedback on G4TV.

    I’m wondering if video content is something that people can justify paying for when audio-only, basic podcasts isn’t? Will we start seeing this next year when more people have smart phones and/or tablets?

  • iscariot83 6:39 pm on September 9, 2010 Permalink
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    Personally, I wonder how splitting the content up will affect the tone of the Bombcast…when you’ve got paying subscribers, I have to imagine you feel a lot more pressure to try and seem like you’re providing worthwhile content. The tangents and off topic conversations have been some of the meatiest parts of a lot of my favorite podcasts though.

    All in all, I think we can all see that this extends way beyond the realm of games coverage – Beige just hit on the Public Radio similarity. I love the fact that by donating to your local NPR station, you can indirectly fund all of their content (The 1up network could’ve benefited a lot from that model), or you can choose to specify a particular show you enjoy.

    Journalism itself is in upheaval right now though, not just Giant Bomb and gaming news, but places like the Wall Street Journal and CNN. Traditional advertising online just doesn’t have enough value for anyone right now – I work in that industry in fact, so I could go on at length about why that is – and a lot of big content creators are starting to look at pay walls and user subscriptions. I’m willing to bet that a lot of people will be keeping tabs on what happens to Whiskey Media….hopefully they’ll see that the best business model is one where subscriptions create the freedom to report honestly and independently, and aren’t just a supplement to traditional advertising revenue.

  • RocGaude 6:04 pm on September 9, 2010 Permalink
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    @bowlisimo First off, I’m on your side.

    In regards to shenanigans, the Brodeo and Idle Thumbs pulled it off wonderfully. I can’t say the same thing for the Bombcast. While they sometimes knock one out of the park, I’m mostly zoning out during the initial “warm up” portion of the show. I can’t count how many times I’ve unscribed/re-subscribed to the show because of that. I only listen because of Gerstmann who, in my opinion, has always been funny and has something interesting to say. He’s got “it”, that spark of personality that people gravitate toward.

    The gaming media will thrive or continue to dwindle based solely on its ability to retain personalities that make content worth consuming. I’m pretty sure we’re all in agreement that people follow the people, not name brands. It’s the “soul” of the product/brand that’s important and what makes people connect with it. In a click-based, ad-driven business model, having a “soul” is fucking worthless. It’s all about volume, commodity-priced writing, “top 10” lists, and having your users write “blogs” (aka free content) in order to build traffic. I’m sick of that shit because that’s why we have no more 1UP Yours or Brodeo.

  • RocGaude 10:13 pm on August 17, 2010 Permalink
    Tags: Digital Media, Wired   

    “The Web is Dead, Long Live the Internet”


    Fascinating read for anyone of you that’s into the future of digital media.

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