Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Let's Play: Bayonetta 2

As you may have noticed over the past few years many people on YouTube play through video games in their entirety. These are generally known as Let's Plays and they are done in many separate parts. Now that I have proper recording equipment I decided to get in on the action.

For my first one I decided to play Bayonetta 2, because there aren't an insane amount of Wii-U's out there. Also I think Bayonetta was an amazing game. I have recorded the first episode, which you can find below. However, the quality of the video is not the best. The El Gato Game Capture HD I use does not do well with encoding high action sequences. So while the file looks incredible on my computer, once it's uploaded to YouTube the quality takes a major hit.

With the installments going forward I'll be using a different program to capture the footage. While the overall quality will probably not be as high, the action sequences should look much better. So please, enjoy the first episode.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Grim Fandango Stream Archive

We completed our playthrough of Grim Fandango and made a little bit of money for Extra Life in the process. Turns out people really like Grim Fandango, so I ended up getting more viewers than I expected. Anyways, if you weren't able to make it to the stream you can check it out in its entirety on YouTube. It took us about 7 hours and 40 minutes to get through it all, and it's split into five parts.

We had a super fun time doing this and I'm definitely going to do it again next year!

I hope you enjoy!

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Grim Fandango Playthrough for the Kids!

The day is here at last, and we're about to go live! Noukeo and I will be streaming an entire playthrough of Grim Fandango for Extra Life. Extra life is a yearly event where tons of people stream video games in order to collect money for Children's Miracle Network. We don't have a super huge following or anything, so we're hoping to get the modest sum of $100. Hopefully you can join us in our quest through the land of the dead and maybe even toss a little money to the kids!

Like I said we'll be going live in five minutes on my Twitch channel. If the link doesn't work you can get there at www.twitch.tv/drac96.

If you're in the giving mood you can visit out Extra Life donation page. I wrote a more in-depth explanation as to why we're doing this there. It also allows for you to donate right to the Children's Miracle Network. You can go here for that, or go to www.extra-life.org/participant/drac96

It takes around 12 hours to complete our journey through the land of the dead normally. I fully expect my laptop to overheat at some point and we'll probably need food. So expect a few delays during the stream while we try to figure those things out. It would be super nice if everything goes right!

I hope to see you in the Twitch chat!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Party Game Sundays: Myth Makers Super Kart GP


I forgot the name of this game and it took me around a half hour to figure out what it was. It didn't help that there's a Wii game that's literally called Kart Racer! I finally found it and discovered that it was also ported to PS2 and I bet that version is a million times better.

So this game is obviously a kart racer. For some reason the developer decided that it would be a good idea to remove the regular controls and make it only motion controlled. That would be fine if it had the level of fidelity that a game like Mario Kart has, but it doesn't. Instead any motion you make has the kart go flying off course. What doesn't help at all is that the draw distance is almost non-existent. The road and stage are only rendered a few feet in front of you, so when you need to turn you have absolutely no idea.

This is a screenshot from the PS2 version. It looks way better!

To make matters even worse the physics in this game didn't exactly make any sense either. If you hit into anything you get immediately turned around. Normally this would be alright, but since the controls suck it's almost impossible to start going the right way again. You also lose a lot of progress any time you go off a jump. If you tilt at all then the game thinks you need to be reset, which is not the case.

We knew this game was going to be bad, and I actually expected it to be much worse. The concept of the game isn't actually terrible. You choose a bunch of mythical characters who each represent a holiday. Kart racers are generally pretty competent, but the few we've tried out on the Wii have been extremely lackluster. What's even worse is that I bet the PS2 version is way better.

We played four races and decided that we needed to stop.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Spelunky Daily Challene 10/21/2014

I don't feel like I should be posting the daily challenge videos on here every day, so after today I'm going to stop. I'm still going to be streaming them and then archiving them on YouTube, I just don't want to have a million daily challenge posts in a row on here. So if you want to continue watching them you can either watch them live on my Twitch channel, or watch the archives on my YouTube channel. Every time I go live I tweet it out, so if you want to be there as it happens follow @Manatron on Twitter!

Today's run was exceptional. After the practice stream last night I got a lot more confident and ended up with an amazing run. I needed a good one after yesterday's poor performance.

Spelunky Daily Challenge 10/20/2014

As promised I am going to stream the daily challenge in Spelunky every day until I get sick of it. Today I did the run before Noukeo did, so there was no chance for teabagging. It wouldn't have mattered though since I did so unbelievably bad!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

HD Test Stream of Spelunky

Well, I tried streaming in HD. It came out super choppy and looked like skipping garbage. The game I chose to stream was Spelunky, because I've been wanting to do the daily challenge.

I am still going to do the daily challenge, and probably stream it every day. Below I will embed the video of the test stream. Beware, because the first minute or so skips quite a bit. I will also embed the video of me streaming the daily challenge for today. That one I used different settings for and it actually turned out looking quite nice. So look forward to daily videos of Spelunky I guess?