Before I hit the ground running, just a reminder: constructive criticism is the only kind I'll hear. Bobbob, I'm sure you mean the best, but just about everything you've written reads like an insult. Perhaps if you offered comments based off the idea that we're people who are experimenting with a new medium and willing to try things out instead of assuming we're a bunch of morons who haven't got a clue about web design, photography, or video reviews we would listen to you. As it is, I'm not interested in listening. If you like not being utterly ignored, try being a little more polite.
Turtle: before starting any filming we talked a bit about whether to do a straight up all-in-game-footage review or do it the style we have it currently. Our reasons for doing it the way we did it is because we have three main priorities: 1) deliver a solid review of the game, 2) allow people to see some gameplay (serving as a step up from the screenshots), and 3) not bore the crap out of people. Jokes, the Pandemic skit, and shots of Blake were all in support of the third priority.
We may well experiment with enlarging the gameplay circle thing in Blake shots, but keep in mind that most of the shots that were playing were also seen full size in the rest of the review. This leads to another issue that comes up in the video review: getting good gameplay shots. It takes a goodly amount of time to get a large amount of quality shots, since even though Blake can just film himself playing the game for large amounts of time, he still has to go through all of that to pick out the good bits.
And Turtle, you're not insane, but we do reserve the right to make utter idiots out of ourselves for the sake of a review that keeps people's interest. Well alright, make utter idiots of Blake and friend. Not being in the review, I can't really talk.
I noticed a couple people mentioned the music as a negative aspect. This is actually something that you
can help us with! Your assignment, should you choose to accept it, is to go out into the vast place that is the internet and find some really awesome music that is released under a Creative Commons license. Royalty free also works, but that stuff you usually have to pay an up-front fee for. Then, once you've found the absolutely perfect, best, CC licensed music, return unto us and give us the link. We'll take a listen, debate with a panel of experts, and we may just use the music you selected in the next review.
Believe me, this is harder than it sounds (pun intended). One place I would suggest starting is CCMixter
, but there may well be other resources. Good luck.
Lastly, I'd like everyone to keep in mind that this is the very first video review we've done, so being rough around the edges is something that's pretty predictable. Not an excuse, but I just thought that I should throw that out there since some people seem to think that the first effort must be perfect or the endeavor will suck forevermore.