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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2014
06.26

ROSS’S GAME DUNGEON: HELIOUS

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Subtitles: English

I originally meant to have this episode a few days after the last one, but that didn’t come close to happening. While this is another arcade-ish game, there’s definitely more than meets the eye with this one. While I still hope to cover some more recent games at some point, once you watch this episode, you’ll see why this game was high up on my list to cover. Also I found out while in production that apparently Men In Black 3 also make a reference to Andy Warhol being connected to aliens. I had not seen the movie at the time I made my comment, so it’s just a coincidence. In all fairness, thinking Andy Warhol has something to do with aliens is hardly a new idea. Next episode coming on July 4th if all goes well!

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2014
06.24

New Interview: 8 Bit Life

Hey everyone, I have another interview I did not long ago that recently went up here:

Interview link

It was for the podcast “My So Called 8 Bit Life” where he covers various topics related to videogames or whatever else he wants. Some of the questions have been in other interviews I’ve done, though there was some more about my background that I haven’t been asked before. There was also some stuff related to Machinima.com, but it’s nothing that’s not in my “Escape From Machinima” posts. I also screwed up the audio for this since Skype was secretly adding a 20dB boost to my recording volume without my realizing it until after the interview was over, so my apologies about that. I try to avoid this sort of thing at all costs in the videos, but I apparently met my match with Skype.

As for the videos, the next Game Dungeon should be out in a couple days at the most, then I have another one planned not long after that. Freeman’s Mind won’t be returning until next month however.

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2014
06.11

ROSS’S GAME DUNGEON: POTTY PIGEON

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Subtitles: English

Here’s the next game dungeon! This is the oldest game covered on the show so far, going back to 1984. I still intend to cover some more modern games, they’re just not on the top of my list. Due to its age, you may not want to watch this episode in full screen unless you sit a good distance from the screen, the resolution is low enough that it’s a bit overwhelming up close.

I’m glad I didn’t announce when this episode was going to go up, since I honestly thought I was going to have it done last weekend with another one coming up now. That totally did not happen. Unfortunately the next episode is going to be delayed further as I’m going to be gone from the 12th to the 15th on spy business. This means I won’t have replies to anything until Monday at the earliest. I hope to type up replies to many, MANY emails during that time however and send them once I get back.

Finally, if you didn’t get your fill of pigeons and classy music playing watching this video, be sure to check out my old short, Pigeon Hunter.

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2014
06.02

ROSS’S GAME DUNGEON: STRIFE

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Subtitles: English

Well I totally screwed up my estimates as to how long this episode was going to take. I ended up needing about 250% the time I thought I would. In my defense though, this is actually the longest video I’ve made to date, clocking in a little over 30 minutes, so you may want to watch it in chunks. I tried to edit it down to just the stuff I wanted to say, but there was a lot of it. Besides Strife, I also cover some of Doom, MIDI music, FPS design and control in general, so there’s a lot in here. In any event, if you like the other Game Dungeon episodes, you should like this one too. I think the pacing on it is pretty good, despite the length.

Seeing as how my time estimates were as bad as usual, I’m giving no estimate on the next episode other than I’ll get to it as soon as I can. I plan on making a few more Game Dungeon episodes, then I’ll be returning to Freeman’s Mind. If you’re coming only for Freeman’s Mind, maybe check back in a month? Also I’m going to do everything I can to get completely caught up on email sometime this month, I’m still woefully behind on that.

More stuff coming!

EDIT: I’m wrong, CarnEvil was longer than this, but not a lot.

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