Category Archives: YouTube

Carbot DiabLoL

Carbot Animations has made their mark on YouTube doing cute, funny little videos based on the Blizzard properties.  They’ve been successful enough that items based on their work have been featured in the Blizzard Store. (Alas, the Carbot plush zergling is no longer available.)  I highlighted their World of Warcraft series about five years back.

They have a new-ish series that I really like based on the original Diablo.

I find the mix of their animation style, the effects and music straight from the game, and the recognizable situations from the game to be quite charming.

But there was an additional aspect to this.  The series was announced around BlizzCon, which ended up being a bit awkward due to the Diablo hype that was ruined by Blizzard’s Diablo Immortal announcement.  It seemed like bad timing for a series based on that IP.

But then Blizzard and GoG.com released a version of Diablo that would run on today’s machines, which I have mostly played through, making the timing of the series seem incredibly spot on.  I am not sure I would have enjoyed it half as much if I had not just been playing the game.

Zero Punctuation does Anthem

Not being a fan of the “loot shooter” sub-genre, when EA launched Anthem it was just “the other game” they released in February along with Apex Legends.  Of course I wasn’t going to play Apex Legends either, but at least it was an interesting diversion in the battle royale genre.

Also, if you Google “Anthem logo” you get a lot of different results.

Used without permission

So I would have ignored Anthem the way I have pretty much ignored Destiny, Borderlands, and The Division, save for the fact that the internet seemed quite obsessed with Anthem.  But it was hard to tell if the game was just bug ridden, something that can theoretically be fixed over time, or a genuinely bad design.  Reviews seemed to not like the design, but couldn’t stop fretting over bugs.  The PC Gamer review probably focused on design more than most, but a lot of the frustration was still about bugs.

Despite a reputation than leans on humor and quick pacing, I think Yahtzee Crowshaw might have the most design-centric review of Anthem, focused pretty much on game play design without a mention of the software problems.  Also, he makes fun of EA, something most of us can get on board with.

 

The upshot was Anthem is BioWare trying to make something that really isn’t in their wheelhouse.  And I would have left it there had there not been the giant How BioWare’s Anthem Went Wrong story over at Kotaku.

Holy moly.  I mean, I’ve lived some of that.  Ill defined goals, misidentified competition, and  corporate dictates about what platform or tools are allowed regardless of their fitness for the current development purpose are all daily occurrences in any larger organization.  I spent most of last summer dealing with the fact that our 2018 continuous integration dictate was not compatible with our  2015 platform dictate, both of which came from some senior exec who either used the same thing at their last company or saw a cool demo and decided to bet the company on it.

But the Anthem story… well, it just shows that when you have an entertainment property there are a lot more ways things can get completely screwed up.

And then there was the EA/BioWare non-response to the article, posted minutes after it was posted, meaning it was a pre-formulated deflection that feels a bit like it is refuting some other article about the game.

All of which I could have ignored, but it seems like a moment in gaming that might be a tipping point for change.  Not good change, of course.  More like EA laying off more BioWare staff or retiring their brand or something.  We shall see.

Burn Jita 6 Video in 4K

I was away last week, through the weekend, which meant I completely missed Burn Jita.  This is the first one I missed out seeing.  But there is some video up from the whole thing, including this MiniLuv production.

I love that point when CONCORD blows up all of the Coercers in on pass, lighting up space with a string of explosions like holiday lights.

Honest Trailers does Halloween

This past week, in celebration of the release of the sequel, Screen Junkies took a look at the original classic from 1978, Halloween.

I was too young to go see it when it came out, but I remember hearing about it.  And, of course, when VCRs and video rentals became a thing half a decade later, my roommate and I watch it along with most of the movies it fostered with its success.  So many of the tropes we associate with the genre started, or were solidified, with this movie.

And, if you really want to nerd out, there is the Honest Trailers Commentary where they talk about the film and making the Honest Trailer for it.

Imperium Capital Move Op Video

I mentioned in my post about the big move op back to Delve earlier this month that our jump to the Y-2ANO Keepstar was being recorded.

A batch of caps arriving in Y-2ANO

Well, I finally spotted the video on YouTube.  It is about four minutes long, which means it is considerably sped up.

But it would have to be sped up, since the jumping in part pushed us deep into time dilation, so the first part of the video ends up being about normal game speed.  As things settle down though our movement on screen accelerates until we align out and begin warping to the gate, which happens much faster than it did at the time.

Still, if you want to see a big pile of capitals jumping to a Keepstar, this will do ya.

Honest Trailers does Doctor Who

The crew at Screen Junkies took on the Herculean task of making an Honest Trailer about Doctor Who, which involved sitting down and watching a lot of old TV.  This ended up being broken out into two videos cover classic and modern versions of the show.

Classic

Modern

Both videos try to get to the heart of each era.

Being a big fan of Screen Junkies as well as a peripheral fan of the Doctor, I also went and watched the Honest Trailers Commentary for both the classic and modern trailers where they talk about the trailer and spending lots of time watching, digesting, processing, and, in the case of the classic era, just finding seasons and episodes of the show.

There is about an hour and a half of time spent.  I enjoyed it, but I like that sort of thing.  I am the type that used to listen to the director’s commentary audio track on DVDs until the idea became mandatory for video releases and they started all getting pretty samey and dull.  Some, like the discussion track with Mike Nichols and Steven Soderbergh on the DVD for Catch-22 are wonderful.  And if you haven’t listened to both audio commentary tracks for Monty Python and the Holy Grail you cannot consider yourself a true fan.

But I digress, as usual.

Back on the topic at hand, I will say that in my own personal timeline of Doctor Who it is Tom Baker who is the Doctor, bordered by Peter Davison at the more recent end, who I think of as the guy from All Creatures Great and Small and who I sometimes mix up in my head with Tim Brooke-Taylor, and Jon Pertwee at the distant end, the old guy who I don’t recognize from anything else unless I go read his bio.

This pretty much corresponds with the primary age of television in my youth, starting with getting a small black and white Sony TV in my bedroom and ending when I got a personal computer.  After that I became a much more deliberate watcher of television.  I turn on the TV to watch something specifically and rarely just sit and watch whatever is on.  There wasn’t a TV in my dorm room in college and I went through about half the 90s with no live TV at all, just a VCR and a membership to the video rental store around the corner… and a girlfriend who recorded episodes of The Simpsons for me now and then.

And, in one final digression, what is up with that League of Legends ad that has been playing in front of videos on YouTube lately?  I guess the casual art style is open and friendly, but is it really depicting the game being advertised?  I don’t expect them to say up front that random strangers will swear at you constantly, but the whole thing doesn’t show anything about the game itself.  But I am always suspicious of ads for a product that don’t actually show the product.