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I've been making videos

by Angry Jedi » Thu Feb 19, 2015 10:01 pm

While I have a bit of time on my hands, I've been experimenting with YouTube. I know, I know, I'll go blind, but it's what all the cool kids are doing.

While I'm under no illusions that I am in any way "cool", or that these videos are ever going to compete with the PewDieBiscuits of the world, I've been enjoying making them a lot, and it's making me want to do some more Squad multimedia stuff. Perhaps it's getting towards the time we record that La-Mulana videocast?

Anyway. Here's Assault Android Cactus (at 60fps if you turn the resolution up to 720p):



Here's Frozen Cortex:



Here's 20 minutes of "blind" play on indie platformer 1000 Amps:



And here's me reading one of my MoeGamer articles as an experiment with "pre-scripted" rather than off-the-cuff videos.



Not really looking for feedback and suggestions at the moment as I'm still experimenting, fiddling around and figuring out what I'm comfortable and confident with doing -- not to mention what "works" in the video format -- but I have been enjoying making these videos and wanted to show you. If anyone's interested in doing something together, let me know.
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Re: I've been making videos

by Raven2785 » Fri Feb 20, 2015 12:07 am

Good to see you've been keeping yourself occupied, idle hands are the hands of the devil as they say. XD

I really liked you Kana video (Even though I never played Kana) mostly cause it's really hard to find someone trying to speak intellectually about a visual novel without going the full route of the weeaboo who swore off 3D love for 2D girls a long time ago.

Just 2 things to add to that explanation, more like a bit of an expansion on 2 of the themes, and that is both to deal with the incest angle, and the romance one as well.

First of all, the traditional view of romance in Japanese society veers into a very dark place, to put it as bluntly as possible: You fall in love, and then someone dies. It is very grim realism in the sense that it's expected that a breakup will happen, someone will die, or something that will separate you will occur. A perfect example exists in the old-school fire emblem games, specifically, Fire Emblem 6 and 7, 7 was the first one to make it to US soil, but it was a prequel to 6, and if you play 6 you get to find out that a lot of your units from 7 are indeed the parents from many on the characters of 6, with a lot of them either dead, or missing a spouse (Like Eliwood, who by the time 6 rolls around, has already lost his wife) And while there's still some "happily ever after" endings in Japanese romance, that is the exception and not the rule, unlike in western society where we've been spoon fed "happily ever after" from a very young age with Disney and it only proceeds into adulthood with romcoms and the like.

The Incest issue is complicated, while marriage between direct relatives is forbbiden by law, the act of sexual contact between relatives isn't, and while there's a huge social taboo about it (Hey, this is fucking wrong and you shouldn't do it) it has gained a weird sort of acceptance in the I-don’t-need-to-know-about-other’s-private-lives sort of mentality, if it happens and it comes to be know the participants will obviously be shunned, but more in a In-group sort of issue (IE, the family, friends) than something that everyone finds out ("Did you hear about the Tanaka's kids?")
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Re: I've been making videos

by Elanzer » Sun Feb 22, 2015 4:26 pm

Yikes. Just realised I've been skipping over Frozen Cortex completely unaware it was the sequel to Frozen Synapse. The last I heard it was still called Frozen Endzone or somesuch? I can see why they changed the name though, should've twigged it from that alone.

Nice effort on the videos anyway. Any Squad output is better than no Squad output, even if it's from individuals. Out of curiosity, what kind of microphone are you using?

I've actually been dabbling in some narrated footage recently myself, purely experimental, mostly just basic walkthroughs from a couple games I've been playing a lot of recently. Maybe I'll stick a couple up here if/when I get around to making them more presentable.
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Re: I've been making videos

by Angry Jedi » Sun Feb 22, 2015 9:53 pm

Nothing special, it's just a Creative USB headset. Not the best quality or anything but it'll do for now. If and when I start getting some income again and if I'm still doing these, I'll look at something a bit better quality like a Snowball or something.
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by A.I Impaired » Mon Feb 23, 2015 3:51 pm

Listen to that dreamy voice! *Swoon* lol.

I really want to check out the first two games in particular. They seem like what I am looking for. Cactus reminding me of the frantic score grinding of Geometry Wars, and of course Cortex offering a tight turn based strategy.

Now Kana... I would say warrants the most discussion no doubt. I have yet to break into the visual novel scene, and it won't be for this game. That said.... looks like its got some raw emotions in there, a real interesting exploration of complicated relationships. No doubt some tears ensue. I appreciate what it is trying to do. As foreign as the subject really is for myself, I love that games can have you take on new experiences and emotions.
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Re: I've been making videos

by Angry Jedi » Mon Feb 23, 2015 6:06 pm

Kana is absolutely a total tearjerker, and you're right, it's a sensitive exploration of some very complex relationships. Could it have been done without the graphic sex scenes? Perhaps, though there's something to be said for the "are they... wait... no... don't do that!" shock value of them, as cheap as that might seem. It's most certainly not porn, however; it's right up there with Katawa Shoujo in "I can't fap to this" territory. (Incidentally, if you are curious about visual novels, there are far worse places to start than Katawa Shoujo.)

Cactus absolutely scratches that Geometry Wars itch. I like it more than I liked Geometry Wars 3, which I was surprised how quickly I tired of. The Infinity Drive and Daily Drive modes in particular are eminently suitable for some friendly competition, and they're fully implemented now, even though the game isn't technically "finished" yet. Looking forward to seeing the full game and having it in my pocket thanks to the Vita version that is supposedly on the way.

Cortex is a good one, too. The Mode 7 chaps are a lovely bunch, and have taken on board plenty of feedback both from Frozen Synapse and Frozen Cortex's earlier versions (and yes, it did used to be called Frozen Endzone). I am rubbish at it (as evidenced by the video) but I appreciate and respect the things it's trying to do an awful lot. I'm particularly fond of the newly added single-player stuff with the dynamic commentary and so on; it gives the game a far less "clinical" feel than Synapse had at times. I don't know how long I'll stick with it -- I get frustrated with strategy games when I can't get good at them quickly in the same way I can, say, learn a Final Fantasy XIV boss fight -- but it's definitely worth checking out if that sort of thing is Your Bag.

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