Every day for a week or so I’ll be posting one or two recommendations for some of my favorite vidcasts. This is neither a countdown nor awards. Just a list of great vidcasts.
Unlike the 1UP Show, Play:Digital is short and to the point. Katharine doesn’t waste too much time on what the game’s really about, but gets right to the point of if it’s any good. She always weighs both its good points and bad so, even if you disagree with her score, you’ll understand why she came to her conclusion, and you’ll know whether you’ll have the same opinion of the game.
She’s both funny and well-informed, so the show’s entertaining even if you’ve no real interest in the game she’s discussing.
One problem I have with the show is that she seems a little too liberal with her star ratings. For instance, she spent most of her time explaining all the faults of Assassin’s Creed, and really made it sound like a sub-par game, but it still came out with 4 stars out of 5.
As well, it’s hard to put a lot of trust in a review when you’re only hearing one side from one person. The Totally Rad Show, which will be another day’s recommendation, has proved (along with Ebert and Roeper, obviously) that the best way to present reviews is with more than one person. Differing opinions and arguments give you a much better idea of a product’s quality.
That said, she’s easily the most entertaining host of the Channel Flip network’s three shows, and hers is definitely my favorite vidcast on Channel Flip.
And that’s what it really comes down to: This show is entertaining. Review shows are so often boring when you don’t really care about what’s being reviewed. Who doesn’t skip through Ebert and Roeper when the movie isn’t interesting? I know I do, and I do the same for most review shows when the subject isn’t appealing.
But I watch every episode of Play:Digital. Katharine makes the show a treat to watch and, since it’s only about 3-5 minutes, you never feel like you’re wasting your time. Which, when you watch a lot of vidcasts, can often be the case.