So why am I doing this? Well, I’ve been sitting on the sidelines for a while, enjoying other people’s webseries and podcasts, always with an itch to try something of my own. I have always wanted to do a Let’s Play series, however I don’t feel that I could bring anything new to this over saturated field. At least not just yet. Video games are my latest interest, but I wanted to do something I felt hadn’t been overdone. I don’t know of any webseries that focus exclusively on recording podcasts/vlogs from within taverns and bars in MMO’s. I’m sure they exist. I know some shows will do a live streaming broadcast of at least one episode from within an MMO or other web based game. But when compared to the glut of Let’s Plays, Playthroughs, and Walkthroughs out there, it still feels like a novel idea. At least to me, anyway.
When I have a question about a game, “Mad” Matt Winchell and Randy “Ran-san” McCullick are usually the people I go to along with Robert “bob” Laib and “Drenivian.” So I naturally turned to Matt and Ran-san as guests for the first episode which took place in Anarchy Online’s The Grind bar, Atlantean server. For now, the series will probably just focus on me and my friends sitting around in various bars and taverns in our favorite MMO’s. I have no idea how people will react, though. So far, I’m assuming people with either like it, or think it’s boring and move on to something else.
There are quite a few bugs to work through still. The pilot episode was the first time I uploaded a video to Bliptv (I’ve only ever uploaded one video to Youtube before this). It was the first time I tried to record video game footage with FRAPS (it failed and I wound up having to rely on Matt’s backup footage). It was also the first time I’d used Sony Vegas Movie Studio HD (or other video editing software) to edit a video, and the first time I used Total Video Converter (rather than TsunamiEnc, which I used in 2006 to make my own DVD’s). Bliptv also wanted me to come up with promotional materials, which I was kind of expecting. However, screencaps of the episode, while they worked well for filler on the Facebook page, would not do for the actual show’s webpage. Fortunately I came up with the basic idea of the beer and martini glasses lit up in neon under the “Lounge L33ts” title. We’ll see how this goes.
Monday (10/1/2012) Tuesday (10/2/2012), I plan on doing the show again with Ran-san and Matt, and maybe a couple other people. We’ll be in City of Heroes, Pocket D, Virtue server to discuss last month’s shocking reveal of that game’s shut down at the end of November. You can tune in to new episodes on Bliptv:
I also have a Facebook group set up here: http://www.facebook.com/LoungeL33ts
“The lounge is open 24 hours with no age limit.”