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  1. Here's my poorly timed videochat! My living situation is still unstable, but I have breathable air and can work on my computer. The audio quality was poorer this time due to me misplacing my usual mic for the chats. New Game Dungeon should be coming in a few hours!
  2. Hey everyone, things still aren't back to normal, but there's a big Game Dungeon coming soon and I think my situation might be stable enough to resume the videochats for the time being. So if nothing goes wrong, the next one will be on 12PM Noon EST on July 7th at twitch.tv/rossbroadcast. I'll have a few minor announcements and answer questions afterwards. Audio is likely to be more echoey this time. Ask questions or topics to discuss here.
  3. I have a sort of new video for you. Several months back, Tom White (from Weird Videogames) met composer Alexander Brandon at a convention and set up an interview with him to which I was invited to. We proceeded to ask him a bunch of questions, Tom was in possession of the footage and has finally edited it all together and put it up on his channel. The interview ended up being more technical than I anticipated, so it may not be for everyone, but some may find it interesting. For those that find it too dry, Tom also put together his own special edit here that you might like more. For those that don't know, Alexander Brandon is one of my favorite composers and has done fantastic work for games like Tyrian, Unreal, Unreal Tournament, Deus Ex, Jazz Jackrabbit 2, along with lots of other music. He was a lot of fun to talk to and exudes this personality like there's no stopping him. Also since he was the audio director on Deus Ex: Invisible War, I got to ask him what happened with the music direction for that game (that part is towards the end). Also, when we interviewed him, he was currently available for composing music for game creators. I don't know his rates, but if you're working on a game, it's possible you could hire him to compose music for it. I think he mentioned his contact information in the video (also towards the end), but it's been several months since I did this, so I don't remember for certain. All in all, he was a cool guy, his music is still great, and I think I would enjoy his unrestrained vision of the original Unreal.
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    Video Shortage Update

    Here's an update on the current drought of videos. The simple version is things haven't stabilized, but I might be making progress maybe. I'm hoping to have some real videos in the near future, but it's still going to be a rocky path for a while.
  5. Here's the special Earth Day episode of Game Dungeon! This is arriving MUCH later than I wanted it to, but managed to make it happen USA time in any event (I did not save the Earth European time for the most part). Trying to make this deadline took a lot out of me, but I sort of made it! In any event, the episode came out pretty well. Next up will be Freeman's Mind, but no current estimates as far as when. More stuff coming!
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    All videos are on hold due to a domestic crisis I'm having! Playsessions and videochat sessions are all cancelled until further notice. I honestly don't know when this is going to resolved, but I do intend to return once my living situation has stabilized. Sorry about this, I'm not happy about it either!
  7. Here is the much-delayed next Game Dungeon! I'm not happy with how long this one ended up taking to make, but I think this is a good baseline episode. Game Dungeon can stray into different territories, but this is more or less the standard I want to keep it at. It's not necessarily the best episode, but it's very Ross's Game Dungeon. Assuming I don't wreck all my time estimates again, another Game Dungeon and more Freeman's Mind should be coming this month!
  8. Here's the April videochat. There's nothing too critical in here. The main news is I'm running behind on the next video, but am aiming to have it out sometime tomorrow!
  9. Sorry for the short notice on this one. Ask questions or topics to discuss here for the next videochat with fans on 2pm EST on April 7th at twitch.tv/rossbroadcast. I'm hoping to have a new video out before the chat!
  10. Here's the next Freeman's Mind episode, at long last! I never meant for there to be this long a delay since the last one. Being sick accounted for a significant portion of it, I also lost a bunch of time related to legal paperwork I had to take care of (which is still ongoing), the rest I'm still not sure what happened. This one definitely had some more behind the scenes work on it than usual I originally thought about making this a shorter episode, but seeing as how it was so long since the last one, I decided to make it a longer one instead. Work will resume soon on the next one!
  11. I'll be having a playsession of Zombie Panic: Source with fans on March 18th at 2PM EST. This one may have a rotation of many maps since I haven't seen the changes to 3.0 yet. Here's the server info (found in the browser): Primary Server Name: AF Server ZP!S Password: dragon Overflow Server Name: AF Overflow ZP!S Password: dragon The next Freeman's Mind episode may come out today if I can figure out this damn bug.
  12. Dead Game News returns! This is the new format I mentioned in the previous episode. While it's less fact-dense than before, I think overall people will find this much more watchable than the old format; much more effort was put into it writing and production-wise. This is another case where even if you know the news I'm reporting, I think you'll hear stuff from me on it that you won't hear elsewhere. Next video should be Freeman's Mind!
  13. Here's the March videochat. No special announcements this time, just more videos coming! Expect a new one tomorrow, with the next Freeman's Mind following ASAP after that, though I can't exactly predict when. My plan is at least one Game Dungeon and FM2 episode in addition to that, work on a couple other videos and just videos, videos, videos for this month! I was told there was some popping in the audio this time. I'm not sure if it's there in the recording, but if you have ideas on it, you're welcome to let me know. It was recorded using a USB DAC.
  14. The next videochat with fans will be at 2pm EST on March 4th at twitch.tv/rossbroadcast. As a reminder, this one is 2 hours earlier than the usual times. You can ask questions / comments you'd like for me to talk about here. I'm frankly embarrassed I don't have a new video for you yet, but I've been working on a couple simulatenously, one of which is the Freeman's Mind. The next FM will be a longer episode since I figure I owe you guys at least that much. All I can do is just keep working on them, though I won't be cutting my sleep for these. Expect several videos for March!
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    GOG Winter Games Thing 2

    I finally got a time for the other event I'm entering in for the GOG Winter Games thing they're having. This is a competitive event I was invited to where I stream playing a game against other streamers and if I score well then people who sign up have increased odds of getting a prize, as I understand it so far. Here is the signup option, pick "Arstotzka" if you want to bet on me to try and get you free games. The next game is Unreal Tournament for February 24th at 1pm EST with me at twitch.tv/rossbroadcast. You can also view all the contestants with e-sports style commentary at twitch.tv/gogcom. My stream will be uploaded to the Accursed Farms Junk channel afterward. I don't know how it's going to go or what the format will be. If it's deathmatch, I'm only a so-so player. If it's onslaught, I'll definitely do some damage. Last time I did streaming with GOG, I think there was a fundamental miscommunication with how it would work, so it was a little chaotic, because people were talking at the same time I was planning to. This time, the idea is strangers will be talking on the stream before and in between rounds, but I'll have things muted and talk to the audience while the game is going. It's still a little bit disorienting to me, I guess this is why I'm not a professional streamer. On that note, I'm sorry to say Freeman's Mind (and another video I'm working on) is running late, due mainly to complications I'm having with paperwork involved with staying in the country. I'm pretty sure I'll get it sorted out, but it's eaten up days of my time (I've had to visit the foreigner office 5 times in the past week and I'm still not done). Normally I would cancel a streaming event like this and just continue working on the videos to get them out sooner, but since this involves other people and prior commitments, I'm going through with it. The release time for both videos is as soon as possible, but realistically it will probably be early March. More videos!
  16. Dead Game News is mutating! This episode is only news about Dead Game News and my future plans for dead games in general. This is also the LAST episode on the DGN channel! There will still be future Dead Game News episode, but things are changing. Try to watch this before February 20th if you're interested, the entire channel gets unpartnered from Youtube after that! I'll be doing my best to have more real videos this month, particularly Freeman's Mind.
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    GOG Winter Games Thing

    This is a notice I didn't get the details on until today, but I've been invited to a twitch competition by GOG where they have various people play different games on twitch. I agreed to show up for two of the "events", Epic Pinball (the old DOS game) and Unreal Tournament 2004. I'm still not 100% sure how this works, but Epic Pinball starts tomorrow and my understanding is there are giveaway prizes to the audience if I do well. Here is a signup thing they have for a chance to win the prizes (I think). I believe they mentioned mice and I can only assume they're giving out free games since this is GOG: https://gleam.io/RdSGa/signup-the-gog-games Here are the dates: February 17, Noon - 2PM EST: Me playing Epic Pinball February 24th, don't know what time yet: Me competing in Unreal Tournament 2004 My streaming will be on twitch.tv/rossbroadcast, although GOG will also have their stream at twitch.tv/gogcom which will switch between other competitors and have commentary like a sporting event, I think. I'm still a bit confused how all this works. In other news, my voice is about 95% recovered, there should be a new Dead Game News later today, and I hope to have more Freeman's Mind this month.
  18. Here's the February chat with fans. I'm mostly recovered from my sickness, except for my voice, it got to be a real strain towards the end. Work is progressing on the videos in almost every other way except voice acting, so I should be well prepared once my voice fully returns. There were a lot of announcements this time related to the movie and future videos. So if you're a modeler, animator, composer, coder, pc gaming enthusiast, linux enthusiast, or 3d printer, there are different announcements I wouldn't mind feedback on for each category, those are all towards the beginning. More videos once my throat fully recovers!
  19. I'm still recovering from being sick, but I think my voice is good enough to attempt another videochat with fans for next month. I'll have several announcements related to upcoming stuff. It will be on February 3rd, 4pm EST on twitch.tv/rossbroadcast. You can ask questions / comments for the videochat here. As a warning, there's a possibility this chat could get cut short if my throat starts hurting too much, but I'll definitely get through the announcements and answer as many questions as I can.
  20. Just barely made it before Christmas! I was intending to get this episode out on the 23rd, but it didn't exactly work out that way. I think this is a relatively good episode, although I don't know what happened, but I think my vocals might be more grating than usual. I swear, it feels like on the microphone if I talk normally, then I sound placid and dull, and if I speak up then it sounds like I'm only shouting. It's something I hope to improve, but I honestly didn't have any spare time to try and make it better. My apologies if this one is harder than usual to listen to. To top it off, I'm actually recovering from being sick, so it's possible I may have to put a hold on new videos until my throat recovers. The next Freeman's Mind is already recorded however, so that will be ready as soon as I get the sound effects. Have a merry Christmas!
  21. I think I'm going to have to cancel the videochat this month since I'm still sick and I have no confidence of my throat being in good shape by the 14th at this point. While I could push it back another week, it starts to not make much sense since it will come up against the February videochat. This is one of the slowest recoveries I've had in years, though I think I am getting overall better. I would classify my status as "sick" now, an upgrade from "zombie" earlier, but it still feels like there's a frog in my throat. Even if I'm healed up by this weekend, talking for hours maybe shouldn't be the first thing I do once I'm well. I really have no idea when my voice is going to be back, but I hope to slowly start working on more things, particularly the website and the movie. In the event that my voice comes back sooner, a video this month is still possible, but I can't predict anything right now. I sometimes think of the viewers as my boss, so on that note, I'll either be working on things related to the videos that don't involve any voicework, or staring into space in a stupor, doing absolutely nothing. This concludes my performance report for 2018.
  22. Happy Halloween! This ended up coming out way later than I wanted it to, but I feel like I actually had an excuse to be behind on things this month. I think this will be a potentially polarizing episode. If you're a fan of long Game Dungeon episodes, then you'll probably like this one a lot. I can say when making these episodes you really can get a feel of how much underlying quality a game has or not, and The Black Mirror is one where that still really shows up. Enjoy!
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    Sick Leave

    This is a quick update I'm doing to let people know everything is on hold. I've been wavering in and out of a complete state of misery the past few days, being sick with something. I was able to see a doctor today and have been diagnosed with Tracheitis. It's much more than a sore throat as it can be an effort to do much of anything in my current state. So while any voicework is off the table, I can't guarantee I'll get much else done either. This also makes me think fast zombies are ridiculous, because feeling like a zombie, I can say moving slow + occasional lunging makes much more sense. I've had some medications prescribed to me however, so hopefully I'll get better over the coming week. The next videochat with fans is postponed for sure; I'm pushing it back to January 14th, but nothing is guaranteed until I get better. You don't have to be too worried about me as I'm pretty tough, but it does mean NOTHING is happening for the time being. If I get better over the next few days, I'll try and catch up on emails or work on the website, but this has hit me hard enough that everything is going to be postponed as long as it needs to be.
  24. Happy Birthday to me! Having a birthday right during middle break, I usually try to avoid working on it, but this time, I got all the files back for Freeman's Mind, so I decided to finish it off, so here it is! This is going to be the last video for this year as I am still sick and can't do any more voicework until I recover. My original plan was to have an additional FM and DGN episode this month, but that will just have to wait until later. The good / bad news is I have so many other things I can work on instead that it may be a mixed blessing. I'll enjoy the not being sick part when that happens though. Also at this point, Youtube's demonetization bot is in full swing without much recourse around it, I'll discuss that more on the next videochat. I'm willing to bet the video will be flagged as not suitable for all advertisers within a few hours of this post, then marked as suitable for all advertisers after I manually submit it for review. Youtube is not wise.
  25. Here's the much delayed next FM episode! Even though this one took a long time to come out, only part of that was from my end. This means I've been able to work on the next Freeman's Mind in the meantime, which I'm hoping to have out before Christmas. More stuff coming!

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