I was miffed at the lack of Psychonauts 2 coverage so I guess they are important to me.
I like the content they produce especially if it compares PC releases having issues.
They have show me what all the alphabet soup of graphic options and tech means as well.
I like the direction of there analysis videos, somtimes I agree with them sometimes I dont.
I like it when they present a developers work and state whats going on visually and weather they like it or not and then ask the viewer what do they think, unlike NXgamer who reads off his opinion in a more matter of fact kinda way.
The problem with introducing to many opinions is that its going to effect the truthfulness of the analysis.
As I already said I perfer when they state the facts and then say if they like it or not.
I find the deep dives and their insight into the tech interesting although at the same time I find that if you have knowledge of the technology you tend to get distracted by that and are in danger of playing the tech rather than playing the game.
It's a double edged sword really and one that is all too often used for console war rather than anything else. How many times have we seen a definitive winner/loser declared over a few frames dropped here and there. At the end of the day the PS or Xbox versions of near enough every third party game are virtually identical and it seems that the more alike they become the deeper we have to dive to find the differences.
Going back to the 8 and 16 bit era different versions of the same title were often done by completely different developers and were in effect completely different games yet there didn't seem to be anywhere near as many comparisons between them done.
I enjoy them for 2 reasons:
1) I like understanding the technical aspects of high profile games
2) If the game is multi-platform it helps me decide which system to buy it for (even if the differences are pretty small).
Minor differences between platforms don't bother me, I just want to know that the PS5 version is not shit. So I'm looking more for how that version looks and performs than if one or the other version has 5% higher dynamic resolution in certain situations.
If I had an XSX (which I most likely will one day) I guess it would also inform me which version is in fact better, but the differences are so small 99% of the time that it doesn't really matter.
Couldn't give a fuck about them. One is unlistenable with that Elmer Fudd thing going on, one is a perpetual victim and apparently there's another one who I assume is the third zilch of that cavalcade of garbage.
A lot actually, but only for which platform(s) to buy games on since over the years I normally have a few platforms to choose from. Usually I already know if I want a game or not when I watch their videos. Rarely have they convinced me to purchase a game or pass on a game. Otherwise it’s just for fun to stay up to date with the latest graphics techniques or engines being used in games. And of course DFRetro is always a good time.
They make observations and report their findings. I take in the information they put out. What the resolution is, the framerate is, what kind of content differences ect. Beyond that opinions are just that, and I dont need to feel some type of way about it.
less than 0, if that were possible. I play games for things like gameplay and story. I choose where to play games based on things like ecosystem, controller, friends, etc, not graphics or framerate. It doesn't bring me any pleasure knowing I have the superior version, nor does it make me sad if I'm playing the inferior version. Their only purpose at this point is to keep the console warring alive at all times, which is yet another reason why I don't care about them.
Yep, especially Alex and his recommended PC optimised settings - very useful. I also really appreciate his unbiased look at the consoles and their games (which he is in a good position to give as a neutral PC gamer/expert).
I like them because they use graphs and pixel counts to be objective. I also feel like I learn technical aspects of games that I was blind to before (for better or worse).
But I don’t take them as gospel. To me, games are about the total experience, so I also consider things now like Dualsense implementation, 3d audio, and stable performance. Not just purely higher pixel counts as to which machine to buy a game for.
To my knowledge DF brings factual assessments regarding graphical and performance aspects of videogames on a level that most of "gamers" aren't even aware of but very informative for those that do seek that level of analysis. And even though I don't frequently visit threads here based on there analysis I know that folks seem them pro Sony or pro MS (I don't care therefore i don't know). To that I will say that any form of production of content derived from neutral observement is inherently subject to subconscious bias, how minute and nuanced it may come across. That said, that bias only concerns, mostly, those who seek validation and or ammunition in console warring and doesn't apply to Joe Sixpack that's looking for a general comparison between his choice between a multi platform sports game for seeing which is best for him or her