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Madisun's Arc - Reviews By Darth Marsden

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Hey guys. This is a list of all the videos I've made for my review series, Madisun's Arc. They do get better as I go along, honest! I primarily upload these to Blip, since that lets you preload the videos and, if you use AdBlocker, there's no adverts, but most of the videos also have YouTube mirrors for those who can't use Blip.

Anyway, enough rambling.

There was a great big list of all my videos here, but then - surprise surprise - the new site came along and turned all the YouTube links into actual videos. Around 30 of them.

I spent around 20 minutes trying to change them all over to the new link format, only for it to straight up not work. So now you just get the one link, to my Blip channel - http://blip.tv/chrismadisun

Screw this site. Screw it with a rusty freakin' chainsaw.

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  • That demo is great.
    And the Death-Sequence seems to be the best part of the game. No wonder they want to show it to you so often.

  • Audio from the Death Sequence is awful. I think I had my Mic turned on when I captured that footage. Hopefully it's not too bad.

  • @Darth Marsden said: Audio from the Death Sequence is awful. I think I had my Mic turned on when I captured that footage. Hopefully it's not too bad.

    It was crackling a bit. I personally thought that might have been the game though.

  • Oh, then I guess I got away with it! Saved by a crappy game!

  • Let me sumarize my opinion a bit.

    The Good,
    ° You had a script
    ° The picture quality was very good, no HD but I prefer SD anyways. (loads faster, doesn't cause problems on (my) old(er) PC(s).
    ° Sound Quality was good for no visible microphone. May be improved a bit but I have heard a lot of worse sound in a first video. Also remember: Sound fuck ups are always worse than others. Most people will listen to you, not all of them will watch you during the video though.
    ° Once the video game part starts everything has a great flow.
    ° A "good" game to start on. Never heard of it, never saw another review for it
    ° Good choice of host for the video. Youtube has more viewers but Blip doesn't block videos for copyright normally. And they don't block music content in Germany like YT does.

    The Bad
    ° minor bad point: The start was a bit too long. At least I felt that it might have been a little tighter.
    ° another minor thing: Maybe you should get some of those bottles out of the picture...
    (also I am quite curious what the other stuff there is now)

    and The Ugly
    There was nothing that would fit here. That is a good thing!
    The audio errors during the games cutscenes would fit here (as I said audio fuck ups are major fuck ups) but you got away with those. No one knows this game and judging by the rest of it they might have been in there anyways.

  • Thanks for your analysis! Really does help me with future reviews I have planned.

    -I'd disagree about the script. I had a notes list. It's why there are so many pauses during the live-action segments - I know roughly what to talk about, but I'm basically making the actual lines up on the spot, hence the pauses. It's amateurish and I'm not doing it in future. Full scripts all the way!

    - There's a few written reviews for the game, but they're rather obscure. I'm surprised no-one's really talked about it, it's easily one of the worst games I've ever played. The only consolation is that it's short - 5 or so hours, if you don't die.

    - I went with Blip.tv because my YouTube account doesn't let me upload videos over 15 minutes long. Not saying it's bad, just thought I'd mention why I'd done it.

    - The start does need tightening up, I agree. I pause a lot during the live-action sections, and I can't really edit those out without going overboard with cross-fades. I have too many of them as-is, I didn't want to make it worse. I pause because... well, you know.

    - The can and bottle in front of the monitor are both Root Beer. Love that drink, but it's hard as hell to track down cheaply in the UK. Thought I'd show off my love for the stuff early on. :) The bottle on the right (which I didn't realise was visible!) is for a defunct energy drink called 'Red Rooster'. They stopped making it because it was rubbish.

    So yeah, future reviews will have shorter intros, proper scripts and probably less live-action segments. Hopefully the next one won't take two weeks to put together!

    Anyone else enjoy it? Anyone else actually bother to watch it? Anyone make it through to the end?

  • @Darth Marsden said: -I'd disagree about the script. I had a notes list. It's why there are so many pauses during the live-action segments - I know roughly what to talk about, but I'm basically making the actual lines up on the spot, hence the pauses. It's amateurish and I'm not doing it in future. Full scripts all the way!

    Was fine the way it was. I have seen people that call themselves "reviewers" that just start talking and stop 10 minutes later. Those "reviews" are a mess.

    @Darth Marsden said: - The start does need tightening up, I agree. I pause a lot during the live-action sections, and I can't really edit those out without going overboard with cross-fades. I have too many of them as-is, I didn't want to make it worse. I pause because... well, you know.

    no real script. :D

    @Darth Marsden said: So yeah, future reviews will have shorter intros, proper scripts and probably less live-action segments. Hopefully the next one won't take two weeks to put together!

    Keep the ratio. Makes the whole thing more personal. Also: I know that the first video will take forever to complete. I spent about 10 hours on my first YT video. If I were to do something like that again it would barely take 30 minutes for the same quality.

    Something to think about: How about a short Intro for your reviews? Not too long (30 seconds max, I always wonder about people that do Intros that are over a minute long...) but makes the start of the video a lot softer.

    Also: Need to check one more thing because I am not sure about it. Rewatching.

  • So I checked for the credits.

    There werre credits but you only mentioned the film clips you used. The game must belong to someone. They will not be proud of it but someone must own it. Oh and the review is yours. You should mention yourself in the credits somehow.
    Please also consider at least playing a bit of music (or an audio clip from the game, something funny you already used in the review or anything else) over the credits. Something that fits. Just don't give us the silent treatment. And if you use music there it has to go to the credits too.

    I think I am done here. Keep me (us) informed about your next reviews. At least I cannot wait to see another one.

  • ...I still think I need more of a script, especially with the live-action segments so there's less pauses in them. Might improvise the audio clips though - I can edit those quite easily.

    I'll try to keep the live-action ratio roughly the same, but I may still cut back a little. Not by much though.

    Did I not mention myself? Thought I introduced myself, but... I could have sworn my name was in the credits. Might have cut that though - not a lot of flexibility in Windows Movie Maker. Will definitely have an text screen intro next time though. I was going to have one here, but it completely screwed up all the audio clips, so I cut it.

    I did show the developer logos, so I did give some credit. But yeah, I should have mentioned them in the actual credits. Rookie mistake. And I need to add audio over credits. Got it. I can actually think of a perfect example of something I could have used. Gah! Accursed hindsight!

    My next review should (if I can get enough free time to watch it) has Noah Wyle in it. All the hints you get!

  • I liked this a lot, for a first go especially it was really really good. As such i'll present my list of to-do's because being a nerd on the internet it is my duty to nitpick.

    - The intro was a bit too long def, there was a lot of time spent talking about the films as well whereas the game's the main focal point. Your first minute is crucial as well as that's when people are gonna decide to watch on or turn off.

    - Crossfades are a bit of a no-no, when doing broadcast journalism we used what we called 'noddies' which are just reaction shots of the interviewer nodding to hide edits, in this case some screenshots or concept art on the subject would do the trick.

    - There's a slight hissing noise over the audio, probably not noticeable through speakers but through headphones it's well prominent. Clipping it out shouldn't be too hard, there's software like Audacity that can get a profile of the ambient noise in a track and clip it out with ease, but it's no biggie.

    That's really it, apart from that everything else was great and will only get better as you go on. Oh and maybe a spring clean of the desk. On a somewhat related note my local Tescos is selling A&W root beer at 81p a tin, check yours today!

    Looking forward to more of these, there will be more right?

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