Shovel Knight – Troupple King Dance WTF [Stream Highlights]

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So I was streaming Shovel Knight and this happened … WTF?

The Troupple King scares me. BTW Shovel Knight is amazing and you should pick it up!

Terraria Multiplayer – Capture the Flag 6 (featuring Hero, Emma, Matt)

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Note to self: Blizzard Staff + underground passages = stupid. I need to remember that next time. Still it was pretty funny catching people up top when they weren’t expecting it.

The Walking Dead: Season 2 – Episode 4 Trailer (Telltale)

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Damnit … now we have to wait for the next episode. I really have a feeling that Clem will end up taking a leadership role in the next episode. Sara is going to be a problem too. I was actually expecting her to snap and just start killing people sometime around the Reggie thing. Either way this will be interesting.

“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 …

The Walking Dead: Season 2 – In Harm’s Way Part 4 (Telltale)

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Well this was a bit of a big episode. No spoilers but … SUCK IT CARVER YOU DICK!

I have a feeling that Clem will begin to take a leadership position in her little group. Maybe it’s just my perspective from the outside but she really is surrounded by a bunch of weak willed idiots. I think Telltale has put Clem (and thus the player) in the unique position of continuing to facilitate that attitude or work against it. I, for one, will work against it. I’ve always said that trying to behave in the same way you did before a zombie apocalypse is a baaad idea. You’ve got to fundamentally change your idea of social rules and priorities.

Anyway …

The Walking Dead: Season 2 – In Harm’s Way Part 3 (Telltale)

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So it turns out that Clem is a regular Ezio from Assassin’s Creed! Man that woman is pretty blind if she didn’t see that bright blue parka coming down from the skylight. The entire time I just knew that she was going to get caught. What’s weird is that Clem is getting old enough to really see some bad consequences if she gets caught. How much longer is she going to be able to rely on this “I’m a little girl” thing?

Scary to think about.

Terraria Multiplayer – Capture the Flag 5 (featuring Hero, Emma, Matt)

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This was a close game of capture the flag. Hero forgot to get us a reasonable amount of bullets and uzis go through quite a bit of ammo. The end really came down to who had the bullets and who didn’t. Fortunately I was able to pull off the juke for the win. Top lane FTW!

The Walking Dead – Season Two: In Harm’s Way (Part 2)

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Carver is kind of a dick … [insert body is not Reggie joke]. I really felt like this was going to happen sooner or later.

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

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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!