Ok, so I’ve been playing around with the searching/sorting options in “My Videos” and I’m finding some good sorting behaviors are being broken by the “Vault Picks”?
Yes, there’s definitely other issues, especially with S0 episodes and Shorts, but for now, I’ll share what I’ve noticed re: the “Vault Picks”
In my previous posts, I’ve already mentioned that “My Videos” really isn’t where the “Vault Picks” belong in the first place? It’s an annoyance that anything is up front and center regardless of what I attempt to choose as a sort option?
Here’s the thing… “Vault Picks” being in “My Videos” adds even more confusion the more you dig into it!
For one, “Vault Picks” removes episodes you own from all other sorting/views?
Sorting by Date and All, the “Vault Picks” elbow their way on top, and first on the list is “Teenagers From Outer Space”
But, if I’m not even thinking about “Vault Picks” and try to look for “Teenagers From Outer Space” where it belongs, it’s missing.
Yikes! I’d swear that I owned that episode! I mean, I have to own that episode, I know I’ve watched it recently…
So, off to the Gizmoplex site I go, and click through my collections only to find, I DO OWN TEENS!
So, even though I own Experiment 075, if it’s a “Vault Pick” it’s removed from the view I choose for sorting my episodes!
Another element of confusion having “Vault Picks” in “My Videos” adds – Regardless of if you have purchased an experiment or not, it will show as only available until the end of the month!
Let’s check out a different experiment, “She Creature” perhaps?
Again, I’d swear that I owned this episode? So, back to the Gizmoplex site I go clicking through the collections… Well, guess what… I do own “She Creature”.
This really doesn’t feel like the best way to get Gizmoplex Members their monthly “Vault Picks”?
I have two suggestions, that could help?
1: Change the name from “Vault Picks” to “Monthly Cinema Picks” - Add an option in the Lobby to go to Cinemas 1-6, to select each “Monthly Cinema Pick”. This would be an improvement in two ways. It would get them out of “My Videos”, and hopefully resolve the sorting problems. It would also be much more consistent with the exterior design of the Gizmoplex Theater.
There they are, the current “Vault Picks”, listed in Cinemas 1-6!
2: Keep the name, “Vault Picks” if need be, but move them to the actual “Movie Vault” store section? Have a section Highlighted/Labeled “Free for the Month of (insert month here)”. Perhaps we could get an old MST3K friend to lend their appearance to a cardboard standout, holding a book about movies perhaps, titled, “Leonard Maltin’s Vault Picks for (Insert Month Here)”… Bonus if it could be a clickable/interactive element in the Gizmoplex where you could see fun facts about each movie in each months Picks? Favorite memories about the episode, etc?
What do y’all think?