Time for a Change?
I’ve played a steady role in producing combo videos for major FGC events almost every year since Evolution 2004. It’s been an awesome experience overall – with plenty of hard work, sleepless nights, close calls, and moments of genuine happiness along the way.
I’ll always be grateful for the opportunity to collaborate with so many talented combo makers on just about every video concept i could’ve imagined – but i think i’m done. After ten years, this seems like a good time to step away. I might still release short combovids on my own; but without the crazy stressful deadlines and sleep-deprived, near-death experiences of driving to Las Vegas at the last minute with 6-18 months of work on a USB drive in my pocket!
ComboVid.com DAMAGE exhibition v.one (Evo2k11)
ComboVid.com Air Throw Exhibition v.one (Evo2k12)
ComboVid.com style exhibition v.two (TFC2k13)
ComboVid.com style exhibition v.three (Evo2k14)
I know better than to judge the success of a project based solely on view count. Plus i never monetize any of my videos, so views have no financial impact on my life whatsoever (and i still think trying to make money from playing video games is fool’s gold). And yet, it’s difficult to ignore the sense that people don’t seem to care as much about these combovids anymore.
In general, i think the youtube content model devalues investing a lot of time and effort on a single project. It’s better to make lots of stuff cheaply and quickly instead of spending months on any one video. Obviously i’m a perfectionist when it comes to this stuff, so that approach doesn’t sit well with me. Sadly, it’s getting harder to make a case for uncompromising quality when my friends and collaborators see those view numbers dropping.
Anyway i’m not unique in any sense. There are countless talented combo video makers in the fighting game community, so i’m optimistic that someone else will take my place and find a solution. The FGC is only getting stronger, so i can’t wait to see what the future holds.
And to the few hundred people who have always supported our projects with thoughtful feedback, thank you so much!