2014
09.19

FREEMAN’S MIND: EPISODE 59

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Freeman’s Mind continues! This episode got delayed more than I intended, but I’ve been working ahead as well. I hope #60 isn’t too far behind.

I made some adjustments to this episode based on how the last one went. The first is I increased the field of vision, something I should have done in the last episode, but didn’t notice it being a problem until it was a little too late. For some reason, it never registered in my brain, even though I knew something was wrong. This episode has been adjusted from the default 90 degrees for Uplink to 106, so it should more closely match the previous ones from HL: Source.

The other big change made is based on the feedback from the last episode, I decided to drop Freeman’s morphine tripping as many people were finding it annoying. While I try my best, I see no reason to adhere to consistency if it hurts the overall impact of the show, so this episode is much more the standard Freeman you’re probably used to. Afterall, it wouldn’t be the first inconsistency. Speaking of which, this episode has another consistency shortcoming because of an invisible wall, but I didn’t want to re-record the whole episode because of it, so you can think of it as an easter egg. While I never plan to sacrifice the writing or voice acting quality, in general my attitude towards bugs and other errors in the show is to just keep moving forward.

On that note, more Freeman’s Mind is coming, though I may try to squeeze in some more Game Dungeons if I can, it will be a bit of juggling act. In the meantime, this episode has one of my favorite endings in a while.

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2014
09.17

Quick September Update

Hey everyone, there’s been a longer than expected delay since the last video, so I wanted to give a bit of an update. Right now I’m done with the voicework for Freeman’s Mind episode 59 AND 60 and I’m currently working on episode 61. The sound editing help has ended up being a bit of a hold up, but I plan to get it resolved as soon as possible. I still want to keep the pace pretty relentless on FM since I promised to finish it this year, although at the rate it’s going, I may risk trying some more Game Dungeons in between Freeman’s Mind, I’ll have to see. More videos coming soon!

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2014
08.21

FREEMAN’S MIND: EPISODE 58

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The next Freeman’s Mind episode is out, after a much-longer-than-expected delay! I’m guessing some people guessed the content of this episode was next, but probably not everyone. Due to this episode being filmed in a different engine, on a technical level, it was actually the most difficult one since the original, maybe even moreso in some ways. I had to invent some new tricks to make the visuals semi-consistent with the previous episodes. My apologies about the delay, this one didn’t get started on until July and while the voicework has been done on this one for a few weeks, the sound editing took way more work than usual and I was working on other things while Otto finished this one off.

Some of you may be concerned I won’t get to finishing Half-Life 1 this year at this rate, and if every episode was going to take this long, you’d be right. However, Freeman’s Mind has been shifting to become a priority and I have confidence I’ll be able to get Half-Life completed this year. What I don’t know is if I’ll have any holiday-related Game Dungeon episodes or the DOTA 2 voice pack redo before FM is done, I’ll just have to see how things go.

While the next episode will likely take longer than average, it absolutely won’t take as long as the gap between 57 and 58.

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2014
07.26

Quick July update

Hey everyone, no new video yet, I just thought I’d disprove theories that I’m dead, since they pop up a lot. Believe it or not, I haven’t been spending this whole month screwing around, I only did that for a few days. I’ve been working on the next Freeman’s Mind, plus I have some new stuff coming to Gorilla Gong, I’ll have more info on that later on. I can’t predict when the next episode is going to come out as it’s going to involve more work than usual on the audio front, which Otto Beumelburg is tackling. I anticipate being done with the voicework within the next few days however, once that happens, I’ll just move on to episode 59. If he’s still not done, I’ll move on to episode 60. The Freeman’s Mind train is gearing up, there just may be some delay before the videos are released.

Right now, I want to make good on my promise to get through HL1 this year, so Freeman’s Mind is going to take priority for quite some time. I’m going to TRY to make time to get the DOTA 2 voice pack resubmitted and later on get some more Game Dungeons done, but it’s pretty much nothing but Freeman’s Mind for a while. Also I’ll give a spoiler and say the next episode will involve shooting guns, so you know it’s legit.

I may be moving within the next couple weeks to try and find an apartment with lower rent and less ninjas, but so far it’s all up in the air. I don’t think it will cause a huge disruption as it won’t be a long-distance one. In any event, remember I’m not dead unless I say so.

EDIT:
Voice acting on the next episode is done, will be starting on #59 soon.

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2014
07.04

ROSS’S GAME DUNGEON: ARCADE AMERICA

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Part 2 of 3

Part 3 of 3

Subtitles: Part 1 of 3 (English) | Part 2 of 3 (English) | Part 3 of 3 (English)

Happy 4th of July! I BARELY got this video done after working pretty much non-stop on it since the last one. I actually intended for this video to be about a third of the length it is, but it sort of snowballed into what you have now. I really started identifying with the protagonist of this video towards trhe end, and I’m convinced for the amount of hours I put into this you could probably drive across the USA, maybe even using Joey’s insane route. I can say with certainty there’s no way this video would have been done on time without the SSD drive, it was crucial for many phases.

Anyway, I’m happy with how this turned out, even if it’s left me kind of a wreck. While I still have a lot of plans, I’m really going to have to scale back on Game Dungeon for the foreseeable future. Since I’ve publicly promised to finish Freeman’s Mind for HL1 this year, that’s going to have to take priority until I’m more comfortable with where things are at. Also I think I should never do another video with a deadline again unless it’s 3 years in advance.

I’m afraid there won’t be progress on it immediately however as I could really use a break. I’ve more or less been working every day for… years? Lately the pace has been so time consuming I’ve had almost no leisure time at all. Besides what you’ve seen on the videos, I haven’t played a game in about 1-2 months, so I’d really like to have a few days to just relax for a little bit before I dive back into everything. This does mean that Freeman’s Mind will take a little longer to come out, but it’s the new priority.

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