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Player 1 Sucks

Little over 2 weeks ago I posted about my decision to start streaming my gaming sessions online on Twitch. I had a few sessions on there but one thing bugged me a lot. The statusbar of Twitch cannot be moved and was positioned at the bottom of the screen. Incidentally this meant it blocked a vital part in one of the games I played (Fallout 4). I searched high and low but on the Xbox you cannot move the statusbar. However with Mixer you can do this. So the decision was made, I’m streaming on Mixer from now on.

At the same time I needed a name for my Mixer and YouTube Channel. After some brainstorming the name “Player 1 Sucks” was picked. It’s a gaming reverence (Player 1) and a skills reference (I lack skills).

My first YouTube uploads where just unedited sessions which ended up being well over 1 hour and one even clocking in a whopping 2 hours and 30 minutes.

If those 2 hours and 30 minutes contain almost non-stop action it’s not really and issue but if you play games like Fallout 4 a good portion of that time is spend browsing shops, looting desks, cabinets and bodies, listening to people talk, travel over the map and watching loading screens.

The next step was limiting the recordings to 30-45 minutes. Still not good enough if you keep playing Fallout 4 as the same issues that cost time are still there.
For the game “Oh…Sir!! The Insult Simulator” it is less of a problem but still you have loading screens. Another step was needed to make videos that are half decent.

That next step was editing the videos. To do this you need video-editing software. Here you have several options. Pay money and get something like Adobe Premiere. Find Premiere as an illegal download and hope it works. Or google and see if there are good freeware programs.
I came across a few and after some reading ended up using Shotcut. Shotcut is a free opensource, cross-platform video editor. It’s a pretty elaborate piece of editing software and for now it gets the job done for me. My later video’s in the “Back to the Future” let’s play all have been edited using Shotcut. It easily allows me to cut out loading screens or periods where nothing really happens. For example, in the last Back to the Future session I was stuck. I tried to do a certain thing too soon and ended up walking around like an idiot for several minutes. No-one wants to see that so it had to go. This also helped trimming down the video

One aspect of streaming I don’t have a grip on yet is commentating during my gameplay. Frankly this is one of the most important things to get proper views as there is only a very small group of people who would watch let’s play video’s where there is no commentary at all. I will use my Fallout 4 session’s to get the hang of it. I might edit out most of my terrible commentating at first but over time I hope to get better at it and able to share it with the world.

At the moment I’m streaming 2 games. Fallout 4 and Back to the Future: The Game. Both are older games, Fallout 4 was released in 2015 and Back to the Future was originally released in 2010. So neither really generate the views as most people know it by now.
I have 3 other games lined up for the channel. One is also a bit older, released in 2014. This would be Elite: Dangerous. However this is a game that is constantly being updated and version 2.4 will soon be released. Elite: Dangerous is a space simulator and is set in 3303. You can do whatever you like. Explore the vast galaxy, the game contains around 400 billion star systems complete with planets and moons that rotate and orbit in real-time, resulting in dynamic day/night cycles. Around 150,000 of the game’s star systems are taken from real-world astronomical data. Only a fraction has yet been discovered by the players in the game.
The goal of this let’s play is to get to Earth. To reach Earth first I must obtain the rights to enter our solar system, so I’ll be working towards that first. After we obtained the rights we’ll undertake the journey to Earth.

The second game is FIFA 18. This game will be released late september. The idea behind this let’s play is starting a new career as a striker. Rise through the ranks and hopefully end up becoming a huge star and win prices. On Mixer you can follow entire games but the YouTube uploads probably will be cut down to highlights.

The last game is the one I look forward the most and I hope that by the time that one comes out I’m more confident to speak during gameplay. That game would be: Assassin’s Creed: Origins. This game will be released late October. It will continue the Assassin’s creed series. This time in ancient Egypt during the Ptolemaic period circa 49 B.C.
From what I’ve seen so far the game will visit some historic places in Egypt. I love the history of Egypt and I love Assassin’s creed so I cannot wait to return to the game and visit these places.

Well, I’m sure none of you will watch my videos but if you want to, click the YouTube or Mixer icon on the top and thank you for watching.


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