You may have noticed that my posting on social media has been almost nonexistent. With my job search not going all that great and my funds almost running out, I’ve been a bit down in the dumps. I haven’t even been in the mood to bitch about some random this, that, or the other. That’s how out of it I’ve been.
Things could possibly get worse if my job hunt doesn’t turn around anytime soon.
If I’m not hired by the middle of June, I’ll need to start packing up and move back to Houston with my parents. (Not to mention breaking my lease if I can’t find anyone to take it over.) This is not exactly the best scenario. (Not that my parents are bad people or anything.)
To help try keeping me in Austin for at least another month, I’m going to be auctioning off over 100 of my personal possessions. The auctions will start going live this Thursday afternoon. To help promote the auctions, I will be livestreaming various games related to the auctions.
I said I was going to do it and it’s finally started. Earlier this week, played around with livestreaming on Twitch. I’m not doing anything fancy or special. If anything, it gave me the chance to finish up DuckTales Remastered.
What’s next? One of the things I’ve been wanting to do is replay Final Fantasy VII and see if it’s as good as every keeps claiming it is. I played it back when it first came out but I really don’t remember much about it. (Final Fantasy VI on the other hand…) So I’ll play that for a good hour, hour and a half every other day or so.
I’d like to play a platformer too now that I’m done with DuckTales. I don’t really have much on Steam when it comes to platformers. Would like to give games like Guacamelee and Rayman Legends a try but those cost a but more than I can afford at this moment. I might even go the emulation route to play some of the console games I have. Yes, I know. Not the same as playing ON a console but I have to work with what I have.
Anyways, just wanted to get a quick post out there to say I’m streaming now. Yay.
I’m currently stuck at a train station just outside of Buffalo, NY as I worked my way back from Canada to Texas. I have a lot on my mind right now, so to try and keep myself occupied, I figured I’d write a little about what I plan on doing in the future.
After bothering my brother on his gaming livestreams, I had the itch to give it a go myself.
I’ve actually had the itch to get into media in some form or fashion for a long time. I never did get that off the ground like I wanted. Technology has changed a lot in the several years I wanted to do this. Things have also gotten a LOT cheaper.
I already own a cheapy web cam, so that’s covered. Unfortunately, the lighting in my room sucks and this web cam is worthless without it. Thankfully, I just had to pick up a cheap LED lamp ($4.50 to be exact) from IKEA. Now the world can see me! (Well, the lighting in the background needs work now. Also some shadowing issues to work out too.)
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so excited… weee….
I own a “professional” microphone too. Okay. It’s just a USB microphone from the game Rock Band. But it works great as a desktop microphone! But it’d be silly for me to hold it, so I need to prop it somehow. I’m sure as hell not going to buy an expensive microphone stand. But you know what works just as well? A cheap ass lamp.
My um… studio?
Now I need to be able to show gameplay or whatever while plastering my ugly mug. Let’s make some fancy graphics!
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Alright… not exactly fancy, but they’re graphics. So… whatever.
One of my friends have already mentioned wanting to jump in on the fun, so let’s get them in!
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Well, I mean, they’ll show up when I’m not playing around with the idea.
It’ll also be cool to start a Hangout and have my buddies show up whenever as I’m playing. But since I don’t own an audio mixer, it’s an audio routing nightmare. How am I’m going to pull that off? It took me a while, but I think a mix of Soundflower (actually, a special version of Soundflower), Line In, and the Aggregated Devices feature in OS X should take care of that?
I think this will work.
So now it’s all a matter of testing it all out. I figured I’d do a playthrough of Final Fantasy VII because I honestly can’t remember if that game is as good as people make it out to be. (VI and IX are my favs.)
I still haven’t decided how to stream things out. I was thinking Ustream since it gives me options for those with limited bandwidth (like me). They also have better mobile apps than Justin.tv / Twitch.tv. The only problem I’ve seen is that Ustream seems to squish the output from my camera switching app, CamTwist. I would like to do Google+ Hangouts Live so I could save it to my YouTube channel, but if I want my friends to join me, I’d need two Google accounts: the one linked to my YouTube channel and then a special one my friends would have to join. That would be more work for them. So, this issue is the main holdup for now.
Doing this is just for fun. It’ll be a fun learning experience too as I play around with that works and what doesn’t work. Once I have it all figured out, I can then possibly write detailed instructions. Fun times ahead!