New episode! This is of a more common game, but I promise it has some surprises in the video, even for me. I burned myself out somewhat making this one, but I was planning to try and change gears for April anyway. Believe it or not, I never got a true break after completing Freeman’s Mind, it was pretty much just catching up on everything else I neglected. I wanted to give the Game Dungeon kind of a kick start coming into this year, but future episodes likely won’t be as rapid fire as they’ve been lately.
In any event, once I catch up on the most time critical stuff, I plan on taking a break for a few days. I don’t normally have the equivalent of a weekend, I generally just feel guilty for days I’m not working on something. I eventually would like to have more of a work / not-work balance, but we’ll see how realistic that is until the movie gets made. I don’t want to give any definite plans for this month, but I do intend to work on more videos and hopefully have some more experimental ones come out either this month or the next. I still have plenty of ideas brewing, it’s just a matter of juggling everything.
Also at the time of this post, this JUST went up, so it may be low resolution for a while.
More Game Dungeon! Here’s a game I knew I would have to cover at some point. It’s a shorter episode, but it’s for a shorter game, I’m still pleased with how it came out. I want to say this episode is almost half-educational; my mind kept sparking while playing for changes or additions this game needed for better accuracy. If after watching this video, you find that it changes your life, please let me know a few years down the line.
This is just a quick update as I found out a side project I was involved with is being released tomorrow. Several months back I was asked to voice part of a commentary track for a community-made patch to Half-Life 2 giving it a graphics and bug fix overhaul. I haven’t tried any of it myself, but from what I can tell, it just seems to make everything more polished:
Link to the update
Anyway, I had no involvement with writing the commentary track, I only voiced the parts I was asked to. So even though this is Half-Life, don’t expect Freeman’s Mind-style commentary, it’s very much documentary-style. For one line, I actually remember informing the creator that Strife did some of the things he wrote about in Half-Life a few years prior. Anyway, it sounds like this will be the definitive version of the game if you want to check it out.
On another note, check back soon for more videos!
Here’s another video that I thought would be something quick to get out, but ended up ballooning into a project that took as much time as a full length Game Dungeon. In any event, I’m pretty happy with how this came out. This easily has some of the most variety of my videos; you can almost think of it as 25 tiny bite-sized Game Dungeon episodes.
This is a “top video” list, but I tried to keep it interesting throughout. I would say more, but I kind of covered all the biggest points I wanted to in the video itself. While I normally like to avoid dated videos, I felt this one was a little different since I cover so many games even if someone looks at it years from now, there’s plenty of good games listed here some might not know about, so it should still have good information for anyone who stumbles upon it. I also feel like this video kind of “exonerates” me from having to talk about new games in the future, since you couldn’t ask for more new game coverage from me than this. If you watch this, you’ll know about as much as I do.
Also this was my first attempt at using a green screen. It’s about as good as I can hope for given my equipment and setup. I actually ended up lowering the resolution of the background a little bit to closer match the picture quality of my camera. I’m still experimenting, but if I have to make another video where I’m standing in front of the camera talking about something, I’ll definitely want to do more game backgrounds like this to make it a little more interesting visually.
Anyway, I’m keeping busy, you can expect another video out this month!
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More Game Dungeon! This is another video that took WAY longer to make than I wanted it to. Believe it or not, I was originally hoping to have this video done by late January, so that should give you an idea of how far behind I am on things. The little details in this one had a way of just taking forever to complete, day after day.
This is another game I knew I absolutely wanted to cover for the Game Dungeon. I was hoping to have more a “crowd pleaser” following the Freeman’s Mind traffic and rather than picking a super obscure game, this is one I’m sure plenty of people are familiar with.
I’m hoping to have two more videos out this month, but I doubt they’ll be as involved as this one, though I’ll try and keep everything entertaining to watch. In the meantime, there are still openings for more pixel art help if anyone is interested.
I meant to add that in addition to pixel artists, I’d also be interested in normal artists (or vector art) for more “awards” art for future episodes. I may be pickier about the art style for that however.