EZF : Easy Allies Friends

  • Hi all,

    I had an idea for a fan made spin-off show for the fans of Easy Allies. It has been frustrating me a little bit that obviously not everyone can get a question answered by the allies, and it can be hard to feel part of the gaming discussion sometimes.

    The idea is to pick a topic, so maybe the first episode would be "What is your favourite game of all time and why?" I would then get all of you to send me short videos answering the question. I would then cut them all together and put them out maybe once a month. Topics could be voted on. I'm open to anything really but I just want a way for fans to be able to join in and get some of their opinions aired.

    What do you think, would this be something that would interest you guys?
    Also not sure how the Allies would feel about "Easy Allies Friends" as a name, it might have to be Easy Friends or something.



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    I really like this idea! to me it also feels a little like "giving back" to the Allies for all the videos they do for us! maybe tweet at the allies and see if its something they would be happy with hosting on their channel?

    I can say right up, that I would love to be a part of this project if needed!

    Let's see what people say and if it would be possible to take this further

  • @Lotias Thanks for the reply. It's something i'd be keen to open up to more people too in terms of editing and content creation. I only have a limited amount of time. If I get more interest i'll set up a youtube channel.

  • Unfortunately, this kind of thread isn't allowed because suggesting shows is against the rules.

    But what I'll say is that there is a dedicated Q&A show that's VERY long. The Monthly Q&A is just that, and they also have Q&A in Cup of Jones, the Podcast, Frametrap, and Talking Syndrome.

    I think there is a lot of opportunity to get questions answered, unfortunately, they are only a few people with thousands of fans that could come up with a question every five minutes.

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    @Whoaness as This would be a fan project rather than for the EZA, it might be allowed. but it comes down to the mods. This feels more of like a fan project for them, rather than the normal way around

  • @Whoaness hi, are you saying this is the wrong place to put this thread, or that i cannot talk about a fan made show that specifically targets Allies in this forum?

  • Fan made stuff, go for it. The charter rule is more about asking the Allies to do more stuff.

  • @Wiplash Oh my mistake. The multiple use of the word "Allies" and "allies" can get pretty confusing about whether you're referring to all of us or the EZA crew.

    I was going to write a response saying "but you're expecting a response from them for the questions" and had to read the post 10 times before I understood.

    Anyway, are you expecting this video to be put on the EZA youtube page? I'm really not sure what's different about posting about your favourite game in the multiple GOTY threads and making a video that's doing the same thing if you're not expecting EZA's involvement.

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    @Whoaness I believe its all a fun thing to try! I mean EZA make videos, so then us the fans could as well! its like a fun experience and it becomes more personal rather than just having text and an avatar!

    I would see it as "just for fun" and try to gather the awesome community we have even more! also if help with editing would be needed Im working well with adobe software and so on! just a heads up

  • @Lotias I get you if it's just for fun, but since it's EZA related, I'm just wondering about that part.

    Talking to each other through a static video is a weird idea with video conference being readily available.
    It's a lot of work to put together a video just to hear each other talk.

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    @Whoaness yeah I see your point and I buy your arguments. However, I just see it as a bit of fun and it would let other people bring in their opinion and I see it as a fun step for a closer community! I can see though why its not for everyone, but as an old video editor myself its just "for the lulz" about something we are passionate about

  • @Lotias Oh no, if you guys want to do it. Go for it. Good practice making videos.

    I'm just concerned about the expectations that come out of it. I feel like that EZA crew doesn't even have enough time to watch their own shows (from a comment Ben said in Frametrap about not having time to watch the Podcast while picking questions). If this is being made in hopes that they will watch it, it may or may not happen, but at least Brandon Jones will check it out since he watches everything, probably because he edits everything.

    If it's being made sincerely for the community from the community, it's pretty small community in the forums at the moment, so there might not be much reception anyway.

  • The reason for these videos would be to give fans a way to feel more part of the gaming discussion, I understand that currently there are numerous ways to get questions answered, but as someone who has been trying every week since the start I feel there is room for something different. The questions are asked to the Allies, not to the fans.

    The way questions are answered is very selective obviously, but it's also slightly impersonal. It's the Allies answering the questions they choose to about subjects they want to talk about. That's all good but I want to create something where the fans can vote on the topic of the show or make suggestions, I want people to be upfront and central. I want them to get their face and voices on the show not just a short bit of text in the form of a question. I want fans opinions.

    The community comments videos are great but they don't open up discussions and the format can feel a little bit like reading some terms and conditions. The Q&A videos are only open to $20 and above patrons. Frametrap and the podcasts are about finding out what the Allies think not what the fans think.

    I want to see a fan ranting about their love of Viva Pinata or The binding of Isaac, I want stories about the amazing summer of playing GTA san Andreas with friends.

  • @Wiplash Just spitballing here because the concept seems to be in infancy but I like where you're going - what about taking a model similar to Damiani's pilot episode of Story Time with Damiani? The format is interesting enough and like you said, the video versions of these stories could be much more poignant than just reading some text. Or perhaps something a little more finely edited similar in the vein of the Hit Record stuff - I just don't know how many editors would be willing to attach themselves to help, therein lies the problem.

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    @SabotageTheTruth This seems interesting! I still need to watch the pilot episode fully through, but that sounds like kinda cool angle on it all!

  • I'm fully down on the idea, if you're willing to go through with it. When you're sure, post some instructions on how long the videos would you want and where to send them. I agree there should be more ways and opportunities for fans to express themselves. Not just through art and posts, but videos as well.

  • Thanks for the replies. Glad people are into the idea. I may do the first video on what is your favourite gaming moment of all time. I'll start by doing an intro and maybe my moment as an example and go from there.

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    @Wiplash yeah that sounds cool! Then I do wonder how long you want it to be? I could talk for a few hours or a few minutes haha

  • @Lotias Something that worries me a little is I have no idea what kind of quality I will get, I'm promising that essentially everyone will be able to get on the show, but then what if I get some tiny mobile phone camera videos with bad sound. Maybe if people want they could just give me a voiceover and some game footage, people don't necessarily have to film themselves.

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    well I guess that its a matter of "setting up a standard". Like you want it to be in a file format with a resolution etc... or maybe thats too complicated for people that just want their voice heard?

    Maybe say that you want it to be recorde on PC and not phone?