Thursday, December 8, 2011

Let's Plays???

Yes'm. Let's Plays. I'm into hobbies that are of an entertainment nature. Like, reading, movies, games (ahem), things like that.

Believe it or not, I had a radio show for two years. Two to four AM every Monday morning at a local college station. I had a blast though. Being a night-owl by heart, I really took to it. Having to be at work at seven AM made it difficult. Especially as the day wore on. Yawn-o-rama.

After that, I wanted to start my own independent comic book company. I didn't have the necessary funds to put into it, however. I knew also that I probably wouldn't have gotten all that money back.

But wow, I enjoyed reading comic books, and watching movies, and playing games. I resigned myself to being strictly on the receiving end of entertainment. Then I saw a couple Let's Plays (or LPs for short). Yes, pretty geeky, but wow, it looked fun! These people were being entertained, and entertaining others, practically simultaneously!

Keep in mind, by the way, I don't consider myself an entertainer. I'm not sure that what I do has any entertainment value at all, but please feel free to beg to differ.  ;)   But you know what, I am entertained. I'm having a blast playing through all these old games, some of which I've never finished. These games would probably remain unfinished if I wasn't doing LPs of them. Not only that, but watching prior footage (once during editing and once during YouTube playback) helps remind me to go back and talk to this NPC, or go back to this level, which has the lock that I just found a key for.

You may ask, why only retro PC and Amiga games? The answers are simple, and yes, there are two answers.

1) I love those old games. They're a slice of my childhood. King's Quest III: To Heir is Human was my first ever computer game. In a couple weeks, I'll be playing it for the first time since the 80's (well, it's the remake, but same difference), and beating that sucker once and for all. Damn Manannan, and his obsession towards two letters of the alphabet!

2) My computer sucks. I have what is called an Intel Integrated Graphics Chip. It blows. I can play more basic modern games like Return to Castle Wolfenstein or the first Portal, sure. But if I try to record them? The game slows down like hell, and then looks even worse when I play back the video. As it is, my videos are riddled with these glitches, which I believe are a cooperative fail on the part of Intel and YouTube. The videos look fine in the editing software (Windows Movie Maker or VirtualDub), and also in Windows Media Player, but YouTube doesn't like them, and thus I get these intermittent glitches. That said, this may change in a few months. I plan on getting a sleek new gaming computer with our tax return next year. With the stats on the one I've picked out, there should be no problem at all playing AND recording the likes of Skyrim, Crysis 2, and anything else out there. I might actually be able to get PCPX2 (a PlayStation 2 emulator) running for the first time in my life!

I'll be posting more on the glitches and new computer in the future. Needless to say, I have BIG plans in store for my YouTube channel. I hope to be playing through both retro and new games eventually, as well as independent games that need, and are worthy of, some attention. For the moment, I am uploading one RPG game and one Adventure game per day. I may change that to one retro game and one new game. New games will usually be RPGs, since there are very little new adventure games out there. But as far as the retro, do I play retro Adventure games... thus ignoring the old RPGs? Can't do that! Do I play old RPGs? Then what about the Adventures? Decisions, decisions.

So I'm rambling. Until next time, farewell.


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