What is your feedback for the MCing and commentators like Paul and @Karthik at worlds, or any general feedback for people commentating matches at your local competitions? Sports commentary is well established, and most of the volunteers who commentate for Vex are amateurs. Lets hear what you all think!
In my opinion, while some matches had good commentary from the MC, many suffered from trying to act overly excited, and not including specific observations. The final match of the high school Starstruck championship was mostly filler and the commentary could have benefited from more specifics. Even just calling what you see and then saving your excitement for dramatic exchanges can make the commentary feel more genuine and worth listening to than constant, high-energy fluff. Constant high energy is reserved to when teams are operating near flawlessly, or attempting strategies that are new or risky.
I think that if there are two commentators, they should be speaking to each other more than the audience, and saying “you said earlier that…” instead of “we said earlier” makes the commentary sound more honest. I really appreciate hearing a discussion of design or strategy above random hype filler. At worlds, the notes that Paul was taking for discussion between matches made for some insightful commentary. It was specific and thoughtful. However, at times it felt like Karthik was trying to talk to the audience and MC/announce instead of listen and reply to Paul in the discussion, which detracted from its authenticity. There was a large mismatch in tone and energy, which made it seem like they were not on the same level.
Also, purely my opinion: I would also appreciate a little more banter, including trying to make fun of the other commentator, tell jokes, or use ridiculous idiomatic expressions. ( “Red team is running around right now busier than a weatherman in a tornado” “Blue team must be sweating like an ice cube in summer right about now”)
What do you all think? Also, share any specific videos of what to do, or what not to do when it comes to commentary (if you can find any). No one is a professional when it comes to Vex commentating, and Worlds is only once a year so lets offer some feedback to improve the viewing experience!