Skyrim Modded: Sneak Peak

So I’ve been spending a LOOOT of time playing Skyrim again. So far I’ve got ~95 mods or so installed including quite a few graphics, ENB, and immersion mods. I think I’m going to start doing a little playthrough on Youtube but with a twist. Anyway, here a little peak at what it looks like in game:

TESV 2014-08-16 18-11-53-46

I’m getting 30-50 fps outside and a solid 60 indoors. Want to see more? http://imgur.com/a/dZs3b#0

“Are You Ever Going to Livestream?”

… yes.

So I finally picked this up last night:

AVerMedia Game Recorder -C985 Live Gamer HD

It took me a loooong time to finally decide on a capture card because there seems to be so much BS information out there about them. You see I don’t need a capture card to record PC footage. Between Shadowplay, Fraps, OBS, and DXtory I have PC capture covered. However, I would love to be able to capture some WiiU games as that has been what I’ve been playing lately. FYI capture cards really aren’t going to help offload any load from your CPU/GPU when streaming a PC game. In fact, the quality is likely going to be worse than if you just used your processor.

Anyway it was between the solution above and this one from Japan. The price difference is pretty extreme: $350 w/ shipping -> $180 w/ shipping. From what I can find the Japanese card has a little less display lag through the passthrough, better colors, and can capture at 1080p @ 60 fps. The Avermedia card can do most of what the other card can but the maximum capture rate is 1080p @ 30 fps. After sitting down and really looking at what my streaming and youtube needs were I found there really won’t ever be a need to capture at above 1080p @ 30 fps. In fact, currently I stream at 720p @ 30 fps and will until I get partnered on twitch. This gives my viewers the option to select different qualities to suit their needs and gives me the freedom to crank up the bitrate. On youtube I currently upload 1080p @ 30 fps because youtube doesn’t do anything higher than that. You can upload a higher resolution and higher fps but youtube will re-encode it to be 1080p @ 30fps.

In the end the Avermedia card was the clear winner. I think I’ll do a review of it once it comes in.

So, to answer your question, yes I will be streaming. Over the next couple of weeks I’ll be doing some test streams sporadically throughout the week as time allows. However, I might find the ability to stream a lot more regularly in the near future …

New Streaming Assets

It’s been a while but that doesn’t mean that I haven’t been working on something.

I’ve gotten a lot of requests to do some more livestreams and lately I have to agree with them. In preparation for what could be a LOT more streaming … I’ve gone into photoshop to create some basic overlays for the stream. Here are a few (note that the dates and times aren’t accurate …. yet):

Streaming - In-Game Overlay

 

Stream - Short Break Overlay

Stream End

 

A lot of my assets have been favoring the dark purple/white border theme on Youtube and I think it’s time to do that on my livestream as well. Of course my music selection will be screen-grabbed into the music sections. They are basic but they work.

Now if I could just find the time to livestream I’d be good …

Vanilla WoW on a Private Server!

So. World of Warcraft. That game and I have a looong history together. In total I spent about 5 years of my life playing the retail version of that game. I started in late Vanilla in 2006 just a few months before the Burning Crusade expansion and played through the beginning of Cataclysm. I’ve leveled dozens of characters, played each class but rogue (ew), lead casual guilds, spent some serious quality time with the GF leveling human paladins, raided with the top guilds on my server, participated in exploration, and gained a butt ton of achievements after that feature was introduced.

Despite all my time and all the quality of life improvements over the years I found myself craving the same excitement of discovering things for the first time. I started hardcore exploration in an effort to capture the magic of discovering things for the first time … however due to the exploitative nature of exploration Blizzard seemed determined to nerf it at every turn. The way I quit wow was odd really: I bought Cataclysm, leveled to 85 and quit a week later. No real notice and no real reason. I just stopped logging on. Since then I’ve re-subbed a couple of times just to try to get that old feeling back but I can never stick around more than a week or so. Even the Hallows End event (that would be the Halloween themed holiday event) isn’t enough to keep me around more than a few days.

That was until I saw Smooth McGroove was playing Vanilla WoW last night. Yup. The Smooth McGroove that does all those AWESOME acapellas of great video game music. Somehow he was playing on a server that was only updated to WoW version 1.2.1 without the AQ gates open. Obviously he was playing on a private server but, you see, my understanding of private servers was that they were an unstable, buggy, and questionably legal. However, the server he was playing on was legit – or at least as legit as a private server could be. 1x experience rates, 1x drop rates, no stupid bonuses or free gear for donating, and the scripting for the server was supposed to be near perfect. Watching him run around vanilla Ironforge with his partially geared lvl 60 NE Hunter was enough to make me instantly download the client from the server’s website.

I would love all of you guys to join me! Here are the details:

  • Here’s the link to the server website: http://valkyrie-wow.com/
  • To download the client, register an account, and play are all FREE. i.e. no donation required.
  • The server is patch 1.12.1 or 1.12.2 before the AQ gates are opened.
  • You need to download the specific server client and you can find here: http://valkyrie-wow.com/start. Just follow the instructions on that page.
  • All experience and drop rates are x1. This is the first private server I’ve come across that is truly “Blizz-like”.
  • Chat interaction is disabled until level 3. Just create your character and do some of the starter quests until you are lvl 3 and then you can whisper someone for a guild invite.
  • We are alliance side. Sorry hordies!
  • The guild that I’m in with Smooth is called Smooth McGuild. Simply message Whom, Sevein, Leahcimrak, Smoothling, or Killikili or an invite. ALL ARE WELCOME!
  • The server is based in Germany and serves a large mix of Russian and European communities. Smooth McGuild plans on upping the English speaking community during US play times.
  • Smooth McGrove says the guild will focus on on casually raiding all the vanilla content, doing some classic battlegrounds, world PVP, and leveling.

By the end of the stream last night the Guild was up to 38 members! I can’t tell you how cool it was to spend a couple of hours leveling in Coldridge Valley with a bunch of guildies doing the same thing. There is just something about taking the long walk from Anvilmar to Kharanos during a full vanilla blizzard (complete with amazing ambient wind sounds) that takes me right back.

Come join us!

Keys to Success Part 2: Being Relentlessly Positive

Is Positive

Positive Cat Is Positive

So last week I Introduced a topic that I’ve been looking at closely over the last couple of weeks – How have people like Lethal Frag, Swifty, Cobaltstreak, Seananners, and Day[9] become successful on Youtube or twitch.tv? Specifically, what are they doing differently than everyone else who claims to have good quality content, commentary, consistency, etc. So far, I’ve determined that:

  • They’re overwhelmingly positive.
  • They’re enthusiastic about what they do.
  • They’re dedicated.
  • They give back to the community.

Today I want to talk about being overwhelmingly positive.

This is a subject that’s become increasingly important to me personally. Those of you who watch me regularly (particularly when I livestream) know that I don’t always like my current RL job. Despite the job’s upsides I end up having to deal with a huge workload, not-so-helpful coworkers, and the ever oppressing retail push. Couple that with the difficulties of trying to get a graduate degree and your typical RL troubles and I find that I am carrying a negative attitude most of the time. Sometimes I’ve let that negativity creep into my videos and streams. I figured it was fine because I was “being real”. After watching Day[9]’s video about being positive I’ve had to really reconsider my position.

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Yeah. So it turns out that I haven’t been as positive as I thought. (His followup video is equally fantastic: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XQICtwDKmzE) This isn’t the only time Day9 talks about being positive. The guy oozes positive attitude. Just watch any of his daily casts or backlog of recordings and you will see that the guy just can’t help smiling and laughing. When combined with his quirky nerd humor, that kind of positive energy is really contagious. Day9 is truly the definition of being relentlessly positive.

Day9 isn’t the only person being overwhelmingly positive. Take a look at Lethalfrag: It seems like this man can put a positive spin on anything. When twitch.tv came out with their turbo feature a lot of the biggest casters on twitch were up in arms about potential lost subscriber revenue. You see, livestreamers on twitch rely on a combination of ad revenue and subscriber revenue to make money. When a streamer plays an ad it pays a small amount of money for each impression.  In addition, some streamers have access to subscriber buttons which allow viewers to support the caster more effectively by paying $5 a month. In return the viewer sees no ads for that caster and gets access to a couple of unique emoticons to use in chat. As far as I’m aware the best way for a streamer to make consistent money is to have people subscribe. The new turbo feature allows viewers to pay twitch (not the casters) $8.99 a month to not see ads for the entire site but casters still get ad impressions. Naturally, some viewers are going to pay only $9 to block ads across the entire site rather than subscribe to one or two streamers. TLDR: Streamers were losing subscriptions from people who elected to get turbo.

Frag is one of those streamers who has a subscriber button. When viewers asked Frag about his opinion about the new Turbo feature he said it was great! He went on to describe the turbo service as great for the viewer, great for Twitch.tv (his employer essentially), and still beneficial to the caster due to the impressions the viewer generates. In his own words: “It’s better that I take a small, short term dip in revenue to better equip Twitch to grow and expand than to hold on to the few subs I’ll lose in the process. Twitch can’t pay anything if it goes under.” The ability to put a positive spin on something that so many people were seeing as negative is invaluable I’m sure. Frag also sports an amazingly levelheaded outlook on life and really patient approach to streaming. I don’t know how someone can die for four hours on I Wanna Be the Boshy and still chuckle about it.

All of this could be said about Cobaltstreak, Seananners, and Swifty. Go look at their content – you will be hard pressed to find a single video where they aren’t smiling, laughing, and generally having a good time. When difficult situations present themselves they always seem to put a positive spin on it.

So what does that mean for the rest of us when it comes to making videos or livestreaming? We have to be positive! And not just a bit – I’m talking overwhelmingly, sickeningly positive about everything. I’m beginning to realize that what draws a viewer to watch any particular person isn’t just the content, the game, or the quality. The ability to develop long time viewers (dare I say fans?) with your content hinges on developing a deep connection with the viewer. There are a lot of ways to do that but one of the first steps is to create a viewing environment that makes the viewer comfortable and happy. What’s the biggest way to turn off a potential viewer? Besides having an unwatchable video/stream, being a dick is second. Any sort of yelling, raging, belittling people in chat, or general trolling is going to get old fast.

But it goes even deeper than that. I don’t know about everyone else, but I watch youtube/twitch.tv to relax and enjoy myself. If I’ve had a particularly bad day I’ll often turn on a Day9 daily and watch him giggle and smile his way through an analysis of TvZ. I have only the faintest clue about what he’s talking about but it doesn’t matter. By the end of that hour I can’t help but smile when he compares losing a ZvZ to losing Felicity or does the fusion core dance. The same could be said for Seananners and his stupidly funny CS:Source videos and cooking advice, Swifty and his love for coffee and cats, or Cobalt’s Loki dance. Knowing that I can turn on a stream at any given point and expect to not just be entertained, but to have a streamer’s positivity rub off on me goes a long way towards making me a repeat/long term viewer.

Anyways that was much longer than I expected. Hopefully you find this information interesting and insightful. Next week I’ll tackle enthusiasm and it’s various benefits. (Spoiler alert: it’s a good thing.)

Keys to Success Part 1: Introduction

Idea Cat

Those of you who know me pretty well know that I tend to take this whole Youtube thing pretty seriously. That is, I like to analyze numbers, trends, and approaches to content. It’s just the way I’m wired – I love to analyze things. Naturally, I’ve always tried to In the past I’ve always thought that you needed to have an edge – an angle of attack for what you’re doing. With the gaming scene on Youtube (and to a lesser extent on twitch) so saturated, how are you going to get noticed if you are doing what everyone else is doing? So for the past six months that has been my focus. Gotta find my niche. Gotta have good quality content. Gotta be consistent. Gotta engage the audience. Gotta annotate, tag, network.

Turns out this approach is crap. Everyone is trying to find their niche. People making videos and livestreaming have probed damn near every orifice of video game content. Everyone has good quality video, audio, and commentary. Everyone’s grandmother can be consistent. Everyone says “comment, like, subscribe”. You think of it and everyone’s doing it. Surely there was something simple I was missing.

With this new push to really apply myself (last week not included due to Sony Vegas troubles …)  I’ve been taking another long look at some of the people who I think have accomplished a lot both on Youtube and Twitch.tv. These are people I turn on to watch time and time again. Here’s a short list:

  • Day[9]
  • Lethalfrag
  • cobaltstreak
  • Seananners
  • Swifty (specifically his IRL channel)

At their most basic level what do they have in common? I gone back through their old and new content and figured out exactly what makes them tick. I don’t know if I’ve found all the answers but I have found some similarities across the board:

  • They’re overwhelmingly positive.
  • They’re enthusiastic about what they do.
  • They’re dedicated.
  • They give back to the community.

All these things are pretty basic but I think a LOT of people miss them when creating their content. Now that I’ve actually thought about it I can’t believe how essential each of these things feel when it comes to being successful making gaming content. IMO these are even higher priority than almost anything else a commentator can do.

In an effort to refine my thoughts on this I’ve decided to post a small series of thoughts on each of these points. Hopefully you’ll find some of this as thought provoking as I have. I’ll have a new post in a couple of days and will update this introductory post as I post additional parts.

Cheers!

Gettin Back At It

Goals CatWell … It’s certainly been a while hasn’t it …

It may be a little late to get on the resolution bandwagon (that and I really don’t believe in new years resolutions in the first place) but I’d like to make a change. The last six months I’ve felt like I just can’t keep up with youtube, livestreaming, the website, gaming – the whole thing. It all escalated to a nearly 6 week hiatus on videos. Hell I didn’t even game much outside of Planetside 2. Of course I’ve had good reason to vanish – myRL job is pretty unforgiving at times. I was tired, burnt out, the holidays, etc. etc. However, I was never happy with just up an disappearing. All my life I’ve pushed myself past a lot of obstacles and I’ve never let something like “being tired” ever get in the way of what I want to do before. Why should I start now?

Also, over the last six months, I’ve also seen people around me literally create entire jobs and careers on youtube and twitch.tv. Take for instance CobaltStreak (www.twtich.tv/cobaltstreak): he was able to start streaming Binding of Issac every day and, in less than a month had hundreds of regular viewers. In two he had a partnership. Finally, as of yesterday, he received his sub button (a process where viewers can subscribe to his channel for minor benefits but mostly to support him). In as little as 5 months he has put himself in a position to make livestreaming, playing games, and connecting with people his career.

So, instead of finding excuses I’m going to be getting after it. Here are the details:

  1. 5 youtube videos a week Friday through Tuesday: I’ve already started on this but it will continue for the foreseeable future. It may be more than 5 videos a week depending on what I need to get up but it won’t be less than 5.
  2. New series and finishing old ones: That means the new Doom 3 BFG edition playthrough with Whitney, Terraria, Spelunky, Walking Dead. It’s time to get back to the good stuff!
  3. 1 website posting a week: Here’s this week but more will be coming up. I want this place to become a focal point of sorts. A place where you can get all the information about whats going on with me, my videos, my livestreams, and any events. The only way I can do that is by setting this place up with content!
  4. Livestreaming … m0ar …: Now this isn’t something I can promise will happen every single day … but that is my goal. I LOVE livestreaming because it gives me a chance to connect with viewers. Take last night for example – All the livestream regulars and I discussed setting up a Minecraft server, books and being literate, and poop jokes. You just can’t get that kind of interaction through youtube and it’s something I want to do more of.
  5. Daily Facebook and Twitter updates: Livestream times, new videos, cool links, and anything else I find interesting.

Now, to be clear, I’m not just trying to do this to make money. I make plenty for myself at my RL job and I’m relatively comfortable with what I’m doing. However, I would like to see what’s possible if I really applied myself to all of this gaming thing. In past interviews Day[9] said he never started out trying to make a career out of his Starcraft coverage. He just did what he was passionate about and everything else kinda fell into place (including immortality … and the bitches …). Well gaming is something I’ve always been passionate about and here I have an opportunity to share that passion with people from all over the world. IMO I’d be stupid not to take this opportunity seriously!

Not a True Zelda Fan?

A funny thing happened today. I was browsing through my new Youtube comments today at work (during a break I promise!) and I came across this:

This comment was left on a Minecraft: Zelda Adventure video I made nearly a year ago. In this video I mention the fact that I have not finished Zelda: The Ocarina of Time and only recently finished Majora’s Mask. Now don’t get me wrong: I’m not necessarily taking this to comment heart nor am I mad at the poster or anything.  I completely understand that Youtube comments can be an absolute cesspool of trolls and people who have absolutely nothing more to contribute than “F1RST!!1!!SHIFT”. If I got all bent out of shape every time someone poo-pooed one of my videos (or commentary, or game choice, or lack of Minecraft, etc.) then I wouldn’t have lasted very long at all. No …the comment simply confuses me.

Whose to say that not beating Ocarina of Time makes you not a fan of Zelda? Does it mean nothing that my family and I (mom, cousins, grandmother, etc) spent most of my childhood and early teen years playing Zelda: A Link to the Past over and over again? I have easily sunk over 500 into that Zelda game alone in my lifetime. I can swinging on a swing set and finally having the epiphany that you could use the fire rod to kill the ice monsters in the ice palace. I spent hours throwing shit into the fairy fountain just to see if I could get an upgrade like I did with the boomerang. This doesn’t even count all the time I’ve spent playing or watching other people play various other Zelda games. By the same token I could say that the poster (who, based on the data gathered by youtube analytics, is likely 12-16 years old and wasn’t even alive when LttP come out) isn’t a fan for not pouring 500 hours into the SNES game.

It just made me think about how we as gamers (and I guess humans in general) feel the need to not only quantify fandom, but also put other gamers into specific tiers. The same could be said about anything that we enjoy really: you are not a TRUE cigar smoker if you smoke infused cigars. You are not a TRUE BBQ cook if you use lighter fluid. You are not a TRUE college football fan unless you blindly support every decision the athletics program makes. Etc. etc.

I occasionally enjoy a good cigar after a long day and there is a saying from the cigar world that I think can be applied to a lot of things: ”

“Like what you smoke and smoke what you like.”

Applying this to the current situation: Why create artificial barriers between people who like the same thing? Why can’t we just enjoy a video of an awesome Zelda mod in Minecraft? Just a thought.

 

Happy Tuesday!

An Open Letter to X (davidr64): "For the Money? Not So Fast!"



Last night I opened my youtube subscriptions to see that one of my favorite youtube commentators has uploaded a video … then I see IT’S FREAKING DONKEY KONG COUNTRY! Could X really be commentating on one of my favorite (if not my favorite) video games of all time? It’s even numbered – could that mean he’ll even finish it?

NO WAY.

NO. F*CKING. WAY.

*Nerdstalgiagasm*

1 minute, 30 seconds into the video I suddenly realized the cake was a lie. Let me explain: 

First off I want to say that I LOVE watching you. Livestreams, youtube, it doesn’t matter – I’ve actually watched every one of your youtube videos all the way through (albeit over a long period of time).  I love your casual outlook on gaming, your quirky sense of humor, and the fact that you don’t always follow the path that is expected of you. Before you think that I mean any of this in a disparaging manner please reconsider. I have nothing but the utmost respect for what you have done and I think that this respect is further magnified because I am walking down a similar path.

Also, I’d like to say that EVERYONE who uploads any content to youtube (or anything similar) is doing so to SHARE that content. It doesn’t matter if it’s me uploading a Capsized episode or Seananners uploading another COD commentary, we are all doing it so that other people can watch it. Now, whether or not it is moral to have viewer and subscriber counts as your focus is up for debate but I wanted to establish this fact before I moved on.

In short, I totally agree with you David. I wholeheartedly believe that people uploading video game content should be doing so for the love of doing it. More importantly, I think that people should upload because they want to share an experience. Anyone who’s uploading youtube content with the SOLE intent to make money or to simply garner “internet fame” is doing it wrong. Fortunately these people are pretty transparent and are easy to spot. I also agree that this attitude has recently become more prevalent and ultimately has a negative impact on the youtube gaming community as a whole.

But each time you get on this rant you start saying that you’ve never had to market your content and people who do so these days are doing it for the wrong reasons. I’ve heard your rant twice now and both times I have left feeling frustrated because it makes me believe that you don’t understand how things have changed.

You started doing youtube at a time when the game commentary scene was relatively young. There weren’t many people doing it and thus not much competing content. You produced videos that were of good audio, video, and commentary quality making it relatively easy for your content to rise to the top without any additional marketing effort. Plus the early Machinima contract, your connection with Seananners, and the fact you were one of the first to produce videos on what would become the biggest Indie games of our time didn’t hurt right? ;p  Anyway, you produced quality content and everything else fell into place.

The same can’t be said today. Just look at the sheer number of different Minecraft commentators there are. I mean really look. (0.o) I know what you’re thinking, “But you need to do something original. Fill a void somewhere.” Yeah … good luck with that. I’m not saying that opportunities for original content don’t exist (as I think I’ve found a few niches for myself in the last few months) but think about all the other people trying to find the same thing. Sure someone can get lucky and make a few connections with huge names or get an early start on another Minecraft and really blow up. Realistically neither of those situations are very likely. The truth is that for someone to have any sort of “youtube success” (and thus do the whole sharing experiences thing I talked about before) in any reasonable amount of time they have to have the following things:

  • quality content (audio, video, editing, and commentary)
  • consistency (video uploads, quality, etc.)
  • original content (new or niche games, innovative ideas on the medium)
  • nonabrasive marketing (participatory forum posts, social media, collaborations)

Let me give you some real world examples of this in action:

therecidivistdork
http://www.youtube.com/user/therecidivistdork


I LOVE Recidivist Dork. She and I started about the same time and with the same game. Overall, her videos have the quality you would expect from someone much more “popular”. She may not have the original content but she sure does bring a lot to the table in terms of quality. Unfortunately she was forced to stop making videos due to personal reasons.
End result: 38 subscribers and 707 total upload views

verbalprocessing
http://www.youtube.com/user/verbalprocessing

Ian surprises the hell out of me on a daily basis. In the interest of full disclosure, I am a good friend of his since meeting through our youtube channels in April. Regardless, I’m sure that his many fans would agree that he produces some of the best videos on youtube. His videos have amazing quality (and editing), he consistently uploads, produces original content from new and interesting games (Terraria motion comics I’m looking at you!) and has marketed himself well through several different methods including a forum in which he is an active poster. He works hard on what he does – sometimes as much as 30-40 hours on a single one minute video. I know from conversations with him that he’s doing this for all the right reasons … he just wants his hard work to be appreciated. He realizes that in order for that to happen he needs a bit of help along the way.

End result: 4,115 subscribers and 497,487 total upload views

lordsevein
http://www.youtube.com/user/lordsevein

Of course this letter wouldn’t be complete without throwing my own name into the hat. Now I started the whole youtube thing partly because I had exhausted all of the content on your channel as well as Seananners and thought, “Eh, it can’t be hard amirite?” Yeah … about that. I had no idea how difficult and time consuming it is to produce a video on youtube let alone with any consistency. I also had to learn everything from scratch and it is sometimes painfully obvious when you take a look at my earlier videos. Fast forward three months and I think that I produce videos of comparable quality to many of the “big names” (not to blow my own horn or anything).

End result: 1,207 subscribers and 122,222 total upload views

In your video you specifically mention requests collaborations and dual commentaries as a source of frustration on your end. Personally, I believe that dual commentaries are some of the best ways for new commentators to showcase talent. Take, for example, my Terraria dual commentary with Ian from verbalprocessing: The Legend of Blackbeard’s Castle:

IMHO this whole series is amazing. I’m sorry. I know I’m not being too humble but really. I challenge you to find another series (other than the Totalbiscuit and Jesse Cox LP obviously) that meets the above criteria and is better quality. Each episode takes planning, hours of editing, and of course the requisite uploading – all told probably 10ish hours. Ian and I pull MAYBE 2k views per episode. Even this is a fair sight better than my average solo video views of ~500 or so.

Don’t get me wrong – I’m not complaining. Really I’m not. But it all goes back to the fact that people like Ian and I are trying very hard to share experiences with the viewer. At the end of the day you should know exactly what it’s like to upload a video and wonder how it’s going to do. To wonder if people are going to watch it or even like it and thus share in the experience you are trying to create. You know the amount of work – the sheer number of hours it takes to create even one single video. So can you really blame the honest and genuine people for wanting to gain even a fraction of the same viewership as you enjoy yourself? Sure there are some (or these days more like many) people who seem to have the wrong motivations in mind when making videos. That’s going to happen any time money – even extremely unlikely money – is involved. 

Yes – telling people that they should be worried about the quality of their content is important. Yes – some people have come to youtube with the wrong motivations and are negatively impacting the youtube community. But is marketing your content wrong? NO! In today’s competitive youtube scene effective marketing is essential to getting people to see you in the first place.

Finally, I’d like to encourage you the same way that I tried to encourage Seananners before my comment was swallowed by the void that is, “MOAR MINECRAFT!” (please forgive the cliche quote – it was late):
“With great power comes great responsibility … You are a key member of this community and as such you hold quite a bit of power in your hands. Please don’t allow the negativity of the vocal minority keep you from posting videos. In a time when the youtube gaming community is balancing on the knife’s edge between becoming the conduit through with gaming becomes mainstream or devolving into a cesspool of self promoting bullshit your participation is absolutely paramount. Stand as an example to every aspiring youtuber so that he might use you as an example. Failure to do so only helps ensure that the morally corrupt win out in the end.
If you read any of this, I hope you’ll understand where I’m coming from and that I still have the utmost respect for what you’ve done. I’m still going to tune in to every possible stream, watch every video, and even squeal like a girl if you play Donkey Kong Country again. (In before MOAR DKC!) I just wanted to address this in hopes that I could convince you to go a little easier on the new guys and continue to be a positive presence in the community. I hope you continue doing what you do and I wish you all the best.
Sandy
(lord sevein)

Zelda, Capsized, and Live Streaming!

Well sorry it’s been a bit since the last post – work has been keeping me pretty busy the last few weeks. With school starting again my department needs to serve a whole lot of students this year and it keeps me busy during the beginning and ends of semesters. Fortunately I’ve found enough time to post videos semi-regularly and I’ve even done a live stream or two. In case you missed it, I beat Super Mario World on the livestream!

http://www.twitch.tv/lordsevein

Its taken a few weeks and I haven’t completed it 100% or anything, but was a lot of fun. I no have a few livestream regulars who come out every time I stream which is awesome. If you are one of those people, THANK YOU for the links, questions, and funny commentary. You guys are quickly making streaming one of my favorite ways of enjoying a game.

In other news:

Minecraft: Zelda Adventure has been a blast to play through so far. I’ve gotten through the fourth dungeon and man am I impressed with the detail of the mod. There are times where I honestly forgot I was playing a Minecraft mod and thought I was playing Zelda. Items like the boomerang and the spritework on the boss keys and chests really make this mod something else. (Click the cool picture to get to the playlist!)

Finally, I have just posted the last episode of my Capsized LP on my channel:

It’s been a fun ride and I really like how the game ended. For something that seems so simple, the game really added a lot of variety when it came to gameplay. There were so many different weapons to use (including the quantum WTF gun …) and each seemed to have it’s special uses in different situations. However, my favorite part of this game was definitely the physics. There is just something cool about playing a game in which you have some real control over your character’s movement but in interesting ways. Thinks like big jumps, grappling hooks, and jetpacks make one of the most boring aspects of gameplay – travel – much more fun. How many of you have wasted more than a few minutes just jumping around Mario 64? I know that I have spent hours just doing stupid stuff with all the different types of jumps available. Anyway, I have really liked Capsized and would totally recommend it to anyone. If you can pick it up on sale I would jump on it quick.
I hope you guys are having an excellent Monday! More fun stuff to come soon … as soon as work allows me.
P.S. I HURD U LIEK POKEMANZ … (www.twich.tv/lordsevein)
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