Wednesday, April 29, 2009 | 1:10 PM

Versus: Debrief

Versus: Debrief

Well, Versus must be starting to look like a soap full of never ending twists after screwing up the launch twice in the past two weeks. To all of you who longed to see the final result, we sincerely apologize. That being said, the Versus adventure has just begun. More info inside.



For us, Versus was a means to offer you a new vision of the video game industry, through powerful interviews, exciting reports, passionate columns and interesting debates. Those of you who used to watch our Gamersyde Diaries back in the days know our love for good image quality and straight forward talk. You're also familiar with the fact that we love a job well-done. Our ambition was to gather all those elements inside one show, something different, entertaining, demanding and within everyone's reach.

Such an ambition is still intact.

We thought we'd be able to offer you high quality content everyday, from Monday to Friday, with something different each day and the same particular efforts that have always characterized our projects.

I think it's pretty safe to say we have to reconsider such an ambition.

The Versus team has learnt a lot from the two failed launches. First and foremost, we have learnt that we do need time in order to provide you with good quality content. The first episode, despite an interview with Georges Fornay that we thought was good, is a perfect example and should never have been put online. Facts are stubborn, we knew from experience, we should have listened.

As a result, the launch of Versus stops here. Let's get real, some things have to change, like the decision of a daily broadcast, but we're doing our very best to make it up for you so you can forget this total fiasco. Rest assured that the Versus team is united as ever, we're all convinced that we have a good formula. You'll hear about us in the very near future.

When it comes to Gameblog and their decision to step back, again, don't worry. If things haven't worked out the way we planned, Gamersyde and Gameblog still believe that Versus is a unique and fascinating project. We're all going to take some time to get back on our feet and when we're ready, we'll talk things through together again and maybe decide to give our partnership another go.

From now on, we're going underground for a while. We are shooting next week and Versus will be launched for good when we believe it is really ready. We won't disappoint you. Be patient.

The Versus Team.

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Commented on 2009-04-29 13:43:14
If you don't try, you can never fail ... I personally didn't like the episode to much, but I do appreciate and respect the effort and passion you guys put into it. So think about what you want to do with Versus, and just try again at a later date. I'm sure the second effort will be kick-ass :) Go Gamersyde!
Commented on 2009-04-29 14:05:07
It was a good interview, but I think something weekly, like the 1up Show used to be or now Co-OP is would probably work better because of the time it takes to do the editing and quality encoding for video.
Commented on 2009-04-29 14:05:43 In reply to romeolives
Posted by romeolives
If you don't try, you can never fail ... I personally didn't like the episode to much, but I do appreciate and respect the effort and passion you guys put into it. So think about what you want to do with Versus, and just try again at a later date. I'm sure the second effort will be kick-ass :) Go Gamersyde!
And keep the Grrrl-gamer! Shez sooooooooooo cute. <3
Commented on 2009-04-29 14:10:17
she'll be there ;) (her name is nora)
Commented on 2009-04-29 14:14:41
Aw poot, that first interview really got me going :P

Oh well, as long as it's still coming i guess :)
Commented on 2009-04-29 16:07:10
Say hi to Nora for me.

Also, I still don't understand why you guys thought that interview with Georges Fornay shouldn't have been put up online.

I actually liked it.
Commented on 2009-04-29 16:36:26
You guys take your sweet time. That interview you released was BRILLIANT, definately the best interview of a Console PR person. It asked the right questions, the ones other website are too afraid to ask. Well done you guys, keep up the good work.
Commented on 2009-04-29 17:17:51
When you are making pancakes for the firs time by yourself , you'll get them burnt a little. So it's trial and error , each try makes good experience for future pancakes :]
As for thoughts of not putting that episode online , shame on you for even thinking like that. Liked that episode , was done professionally and with relaxed attitude.
Keep them going and with eng subs :]
Commented on 2009-04-29 17:30:22
I enjoyed the first episode and am looking forward to more!!

You guys rock.
Commented on 2009-04-29 17:46:00
by the way, if i can ask : Why don't you use youtube for the media on this site? Why not embed it into gamersyde? Integrate things a bit. Wouldn't this save you a lot of bandwith and therefore costs?

Commented on 2009-04-29 17:49:47 In reply to romeolives
Posted by romeolives
by the way, if i can ask : Why don't you use youtube for the media on this site? Why not embed it into gamersyde? Integrate things a bit. Wouldn't this save you a lot of bandwith and therefore costs?
What made this site so popular to begin with is the availability of HD media not to mention the great community. Throwing the former out of the window is simply suicide.
Commented on 2009-04-29 18:02:43 In reply to alimokrane
Yup!
Commented on 2009-04-29 18:04:29 In reply to alimokrane
Posted by alimokrane
What made this site so popular to begin with is the availability of HD media not to mention the great community. Throwing the former out of the window is simply suicide.
I'm talking about embedding youtube movies (but gamersyde content) onto the gamersyde website, and not opening some youtube channel. I don't see how this would change the site. You just change the mediaplayer and stream on the back of google. you can keep bittorrent files or direct server downloads. No need to change the site at all.
Commented on 2009-04-29 18:06:02 In reply to romeolives
Posted by romeolives
I'm talking about embedding youtube movies (but gamersyde content) onto the gamersyde website, and not opening some youtube channel. I don't see how this would change the site.
Because even if youtube HD's quality is good, it's not good enough for us ;)
Commented on 2009-04-29 18:22:50
What would be the point of that. On this site, Even the Low Quality streaming here is better than youtube HD or HQ or whichever they're calling it these days.

Like I said, people come here to download the 720p goodies which become available SO quickly for new releases as well not to mention the popularity of the first 10 minutes videos which other websites are now copying.

Other websites prefer to charge you for their HD media and they never are as quick as gamersyde.
Commented on 2009-04-29 23:32:31 In reply to alimokrane
Posted by alimokrane
What would be the point of that. On this site, Even the Low Quality streaming here is better than youtube HD or HQ or whichever they're calling it these days.

Like I said, people come here to download the 720p goodies which become available SO quickly for new releases as well not to mention the popularity of the first 10 minutes videos which other websites are now copying.

Other websites prefer to charge you for their HD media and they never are as quick as gamersyde.
unless they're GT.... as of late i've been going to GT a lot more, because they get a lot of trailers and footage well before gamersyde, and in HD (well, kinda HD) that doesnt mean gamersyde is crap or anything, the fact i come here as often as i do says a lot, but it just isnt my one-stop-shop for trailers and footage anymore.
Commented on 2009-04-30 00:04:39
..just wanted to point out that you're always doing a great job.. and i mean, even when you consider it a "total fiasco"!
Even if it's not perfect, i really love the basic ideas behind Versus!! ..and i'm really looking forward to seeing the next episodes as soon as possible!

So, keep up with your great work!
We'll be waiting patiently for your comeback.. =)
Commented on 2009-04-30 01:22:54
I didn't think the 1st episode was THAT bad....I enjoyed the interview.

I imagine Georges Fornay might be a bit sad now seeing as the show got "cancelled" as soon as he was on it lol.
Commented on 2009-04-30 03:54:27
Poor Georges.
Commented on 2009-04-30 04:40:05
Quality not quantity as the saying goes. Most websites would be hardpressed to offer daily video of that sort at a high standard. I thought the interview was a good one, too.

To be honest, I'd rather have a good interview or roundtable or whatever fortnightly than stuff every day for the sake of it.

There's still a massive gap in the market for some really intelligent gaming banter, so don't be discouraged.
Commented on 2009-04-30 09:05:08
I am curious about the reason(s) why you consider Versus 1 as not fit for broadcast. It was not perfect, but what is (and does it need to be perfect)?

I like reporters asking those kind of questions for instance. Image quality wasn't so bad either.

Maybe you should reconsider resurrecting Gamersyde Diaries? That approach worked really well for everybody.
Commented on 2009-04-30 13:22:18
Dear Versus Team: you are being to hard on yourself. There is no need for apologies at all. And I surely don't understand why it should never been put online. If there is anything to say about the first episode, then it is that any game site can learn from you guys on how to approach games. In Belgium there is a term 'meerwaardezoeker' which translates something like 'more-value-seekers' to describe people who look for more than the commercial, uninspired and 'junkfood ' mentality in television, music, movies and games. Gamersyde is a site that answers the need of those people. And so did Versus. No shame needed here, only proudness!

Edit: Nora is extremely cute (sorry Snoopers, you are ok too, just not my taste ;o)
Commented on 2009-04-30 15:16:33
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Commented on 2009-04-30 16:43:31 In reply to Megido
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Commented on 2009-05-01 00:16:56
Nora has my t-shirt! You can find it at www.threadless.com!
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