- Oct 28, 2017
Honestly, if Waypoint adhered more closely to Vice’s journalism style - particularly some pretty good short-form documentaries - it might have connected with more people. In fact that was something I expected when I heard about Waypoint to begin with. I think they honestly indulged the editors’ passion for writing and supporting freelancers when in reality that stuff is a very well established loss-leader for all but the most crass top ten lists or basic facts news coverage. It might have been a mistake hiring writers instead of video producers. They’ve had to keep pivoting because the idea was wrong going in, that’s my Monday morning quarterbacking opinion of it.I just think Vice as a format is kind of anathema to the type of experimentation involved in forming a critical oriented game streaming site. I suppose they let them fuck around for a couple years before they shut it all down, but the thing with formats like this is that they kind of ebb and flow and twist around a fair bit, never completely settling. Which is why a Giant Bomb sub model lends itself better, they are a site that has gone through a fair bit of change and format evolution but don't have a standardized corporate aesthetic breathing down their neck.
I'm pretty forgiving of Austin and don't really fault him that much for this all not working out as well as anyone may have wanted it to. I mean, he kind of had to take this chance or opportunity to start a team. If anything, it's at least raised his and others profile for any future endeavours.
I don’t really see what Waypoint have done as being terribly reflective of my admittedly limited exposure to other Vice properties besides the fact it’s obviously left-leaning politically.