Poll: Preferred YouTube Video Gaming Length


#1
  • Less than 5 minutes
  • 5-10 minutes
  • 10-15 minutes
  • 15+ minutes

0 voters

So, I am curious what others think/feel about video length, more specifically focused on gaming related videos. I know personally I prefer videos to be about 5-10 minutes max, anything beyond that I often tune out, or mainly just listen to the audio while doing something else.

When it comes to videos that are reviewing a game, a game’s features, offering tips/tricks, what do you prefer, that will keep your eyes glued to the screen?

Are there any types of video topics that you prefer in a longer format (ie: let’s play walkthrough, trophy/achievement guides, etc)?


#2

I agree with you completely actually. Normally I don’t watch videos unless I’m doing something low key (whether that’s crafting in a game, or getting ready for bed). Something that is of the length 5-10 minutes allows me a perfect gap/window to watch it and stay interested. Anything longer than that, like you said exactly, I tend to tune out and just listen to whomever talk and hopefully grasp what is going on as my eyes drift to sleep.


#3

It really depends. For play through I really like 25-30 minute videos. It really helps me get to know them and gives me something to watch when I go to bed. For tip, tricks, trophy videos, I really like short videos. Cut the fluff and get to the point.


#4

I think it depends on if the person making them is more entertaining if they make long videos or if they put together all the best moments making the video 5-10 minutes. Both kinds of gameplays I like, but it really depends.


#5

15 Minutes is the sweet spot for me. Also like @ChickenManG said, depends on the guy, comentary, etc.


#6

Anywhere from 5-15 minutes. However they type of video you’re creating should be considered. Montages should short and sweet, small tutorials should be about 5 mins, larger tutorials around 10. Straight gameplay 15+, play troughs 15+, funny moments short and sweet and focus on the moment. Just my opinion.


#7

For game moments, do you like or dislike commentary?


#8

Depends on what you are going for. If you make jokes then commentary is a must. If you are doing a serious play through then it depends on your style.


#9

I like one of 2 types of commentary, depending on the content:

  1. Jokes for funny stuffs. Comedy bits work well as-is too, but sometimes it’s nice to hear some other thoughts/jokes to further enhance the viewing experience and give us the full grasp of the situation.
  2. Quality exposition/explanation for strategy-intense sequences to help me better grasp the depth of the content in the event I’m not 100% familiar with the title and such. This is especially useful, in my opinion, when you deal in a wide range of content to make it more accessible to your audience.

#10

My vote goes to 5-10 minutes, but that doesn’t mean you can’t be dynamic. Instead of posting longer-form let’s play’s, vlogs or video podcasts, you could post them live that way you can build more of a public interest by feeding off of viewer interaction. I’d keep those videos at about 1.5 to 2hrs (similar to the common length of a movie), edit and repost them at 1/2 or 1/4 the length on YouTube the following mornings (similar to the common 22 and 44min tv show length), and at the end of each week post a highlight reel from all the live videos to a length of about, as mentioned, 5-10 minutes long.


#11

Personally I prefer 10-15 minutes but it depends on what the video is about and how entertaining it is, I get bored a lot after about 8 minutes Haha but I also like to have the choice of watching more or just skipping to the good bits :smiley:
Also if it involves a lot of talking I cant handle more than 5 minutes but then same goes too videos with no talking… Im a strange one ^^