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Why Do I Broadcast?: A Broadcaster Story
Posted on Monday, January 6 2014 @ 14:33:54 Eastern

This member blog post was promoted to the GameRevolution homepage.
First and foremost, I want to make it clear I'm not a professional broadcaster. I'm a just a typical person like you. Most of my knowledge of broadcasting comes from UrbanMasque's advice  So, why do I enjoy broadcasting? Let's begin with how I got started broadcasting.

When browsing around YouTube vids trying to find a clip, what is the most irritating thing to see? That's correct! Watching a video of someone using a camcorder pointing at their screen. This just ruins the video to me. As soon as I see the unstablelized video within a second or two, I'm outta there. It's truly unappealing for me to look at that quality. Unfortunately, that's how my videos were when I first started recording GH3 completions. I didn't want to show off that low of quality anymore, so I invested in the Dazzle dvc 100. Recording in standard def looked good for me at the time. I began questioning whether I could live stream this somewhere so my friends or family could watch me live. That's when I found Ustream.

"Go Live" as it states when you login to Ustream. Alrighty, easy enough to just select a camera source. Oh sh*t! It recognizes my Dazzle. Simple enough, right? I'm officially broadcasting my gameplay live on the internet. Boy, was I so wrong. I looked at the quality and it's a complete mess. Forget how, but Urban came to the rescue telling me all kinds of information like how I needed to change my bitrate with Ustream Produce or Adobe Flash Media Live Encoder. I had no idea what he was talking about. I didn't even care about my upload speed. While my quality of the stream improved, my quality overall was still not fitting my expectations.

Fastforwarding, I hold up my new capturing device, the Roxio Game Capture HD Pro. I soon found out this isn't exactly great. Lots of problems with the software it came with and problems with hardware. Again, with research and patience, my new capturing devices seems to working well. However, it's not recognized on FMLE. It's not recognized on anything! Found out about it having MPEG-2. So, I quit broadcasting for a while until I read about XSplit supporting the device. Of course, I had to fool around and play with this too. If there is anything I know about broadcasting your gameplay, it's never going to be a perfect broadcast. I'm constantly fooling around with my broadcast settings.

So, to truly answer "Why do I enjoy broadcasting?" I simply love showing off my games in front of people. I like bragging and sharing my experience during my gameplay. Sure you can just record a video, but it doesn't have the same feeling as socializing with people all over the world right there with you. Your viewers are watching and everything you're broadcasting is raw and unedited. Whether you have an extra camera to stream yourself, it shows your reactions and that to me is quite entertaining. Whether it's someone cursing at you, you cursing at them or even crying during a scene from The Last of Us, it's what I find and you may find entertaining.

Not only are the viewers there to watch you, but viewers are also socializing with you. To me, I love socializing with people while I play. Some of them, like Urban, will comment on your show. It can be complementary, or it can be BigTruckSeries being negative. It's how you respond back that makes it entertaining. Not just the comments, but sometimes viewers have no idea about the game or will ask about the game. This is where you can be a helpful person and try providing an answer best to your knowledge. When I broadcasted from my PS4, many viewers were there not to see the game I was playing, but rather ask questions whether you can do something with a PS4. I enjoy helping people by answering the questions.

Broadcasting your gameplay isn't the future. It's now.

The opinions expressed here does not necessarily reflect the views of Game Revolution, but we believe it's worthy of being featured on our site. This article, posted originally on December 29, 2013, has been lightly edited for grammar and image inclusion. You can find more Vox Pop articles here. ~Ed. Nick Tan

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Why am I Choosing PS4?
Posted on Monday, June 10 2013 @ 20:37:48 Eastern

I'm smart, that's why.

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Aiming Towards PS4. Thanks, Microsoft
Posted on Wednesday, May 22 2013 @ 03:18:47 Eastern

Good time (I like to say time, because I don't know what timezone you live in) everyone! Yesterday, Microsoft finally announced their new system, Xbox One. However, people that were so thrilled and excited waiting for that special moment were (in my opinion) let down like what Tony Stark did to Harley Keener. So, am I leaning towards Microsoft's Xbox One or Sony's PS4? I'm actually pretty positive I'm leaning towards purchasing Sony's PS4.

Microsoft's announcement was a huge letdown. Yes, it was great being able to reveal their next-gen console, unlike Sony. However, in order to reveal a console, you gotta reveal what it's capable of doing. Being a black box with its new controller and better version of the Kinect doesn't make me want to reach for that console like Magneto reaching for his mom. I need details! Thankfully, Microsoft was able to do just that. Looking at the specs, they're amazingly similar to the PS4. Also, they've finally added a Blu-Ray drive to the system, unlike Xbox 360's system. "Hey, Microsoft! My PS3 can already read BR discs. Suck on that!" So, their visualizations in games will be pretty much identical to PS4's system. This actually makes me quite happy, because it's extremely annoying seeing people complain about how much their multi-platform game's graphics on the PS3 is identical to Xbox 360's where it should be better looking. Hopefully, this would put a stop to those complaints. Xbox One may have similar hardware specs, but their focus on what "next-gen" should be, is completely opposite than what Sony's views are.

Microsoft is thinking about having an all in one media box. Their mission is to bring media entertainment instantly. They're not focusing on games. In fact, they're still calling their consoles "entertainment systems" and not "video game consoles." During their announcement, all I saw was Windows 8 in a black box. Their dashboard interface looked very similar. It seems like they're trying to go with a Windows 8 feel and that's exactly what they're doing. With their new and fully rebuilt Kinect, you can grab a window and switch from game to Internet to back to game instantly. Wow! Not only that, you can use simple voice commands to switch from TV to game and back to TV. Amazing! This is pretty much useless to me, because I for one don't have cable TV and I definitely don't need to waste power just so I can switch it from TV to games. During Sony's announcement, they weren't thinking that way, obviously. Sony actually cared about games. Sony wants people to share their game experience instantly. They want games to be sociable. With their new instant live streaming, gamers can do just that. They weren't focusing on motion controllers, unlike Microsoft. The most they added to their controller was a touch pad and an instant stream button. Not entirely sure how this is going to work, but E3 will most likely explain everything. I'm actually glad Sony didn't focus on motion controllers. I mean they did, but they weren't showing off PlayStation Move's ability, did they? Sony learned we're not ready for that, yet. Microsoft, on the other hand, believes we are. Speaking of their new Kinect, this leads me to believe why people won't buy their next system.

Besides the horrible announcement that happened yesterday, they've been answering the rumors that have been floating around for a good while. One of the those rumors happened to be about the Kinect being required in order to run their system. And their answer was yes. Boom! That's going to drop so many sales for Microsoft, because there are many people like me that have very limited space. If you can't work the new Kinect properly, how else are we going to run the system? Not only is space needed, but lighting as well. Okay, lighting may not be a problem, but it certainly doesn't help. Also, there are families with pets. What if those pets decide to bump it or chew on the Kinect's wire? It'll render the system useless. It doesn't just have to be pets. It could be from a clumsy person as well. It's bad enough I wasted money on my Kinect. Now, it just sits there collecting dust.

So, with Microsoft's mission on how to make this system not a video game console, the games were ready to be announced (Well, at least I thought they were). They mentioned 15 exclusives and 8 of them were new. So, I'm hoping for bunches of games. Oh wow, Forza Motorsport 5 looks amazing, unfortunately for me I'm not a racing type person. In fact, I probably dislike racing games the most. However, the detail on the graphics was pretty impressive. Too bad I already stated earlier the tech specs are ideally similar to Sony's PS4. So, I'm not really impressed from the details I saw. Then there were bunches of EA games I didn't give two sh*ts about. Not really a sports gamer. Now, there was one game I'm thinking might turn out well and that's Quantum Leap. Being developed by Remedy is a plus. You may remember Remedy from being the developer of Alan Wake. So, this may be a great game, but I wouldn't waste money on a console (err, I mean "entertainment system") just for a game. Then it happened! The most greatest news that happened during yesterday's conference. The announcement of Halo TV's series. To help with in making this projected happen, Steven Speilberg was hired for the project. Yes, this is great news. Unfortunately, I don't have cable, but I know other ways of watching this. Ending all the disappointments that were made on that day came more details on Call of Duty: Ghosts. Hooray! Swimming with da fishes and having them evade me! Their most greatest news was the service dog. Being able to use a service dog in the game by your side is a plus. Of course they go on for a few minutes about how much detail they placed in the game due to Xbox One's incredible hardware. Oh and they're releasing the game exclusively first on Xbox One. Whoopee f*cking doo!

With these announcements today, I can confirm with you I'll be purchasing the PS4 first. There are questions that still needs to be answered, but it'll have to wait until E3. Really, Microsoft's announcement was pretty terrible today. Maybe it's me, but I was more excited waiting for the announcement then I am waiting for the system to release. There are more stuff for me to b*tch about, but I'm thinking Microsoft will get my point. Oops, let me scratch that out for you, Microsoft isn't focusing on the gamers. Sony, you weren't my first choice back then. I actually enjoyed my time with the Xbox as well as the Xbox 360 and still enjoy it. However, the PS4 will be my first choice of this generation of consoles, unless Microsoft can magically change my opinion. Microsoft, you have until E3 to change my mind.

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Roxio Game Capture HD Pro Review
Posted on Monday, October 15 2012 @ 05:38:36 Eastern

I don’t always write hardware reviews. But when I do, I make it informative with jokes along the way. UghRochester is the Most Interesting Gamer in southwestern Pennsylvania.   Hello, everyone! A week ag...   read more...

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ABC News: Quit it, It's the parents' fault!
Posted on Saturday, March 31 2012 @ 10:39:28 Eastern

It’s been a while since I’ve posted on my blog, but this event gave me motivation to post one more before procrastination takes effect one me (again). Rob Hayes’s article was brought to my attention on Wednesday, March 28th by an...   read more...

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Gears of War 3: RAAM's Shadow DLC review
Posted on Saturday, December 17 2011 @ 06:39:25 Eastern

*Don't have anywhere to put this. I'm placing my review for the DLC here

Another DLC, but this time Epic Games is going to “try” having some value to it. Close to three months later, Epic Games delivers Gears o...   read more...

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Thanks Ubisoft, I'm 21st baby!
Posted on Friday, December 2 2011 @ 10:33:34 Eastern

Today marks the calendar of Ubisoft's 25 year anniversary. You're probably familiar with their works of the Assassin's Creed series which recently released Assassin's Creed: Revelations just a few weeks ago. Congratulations to Ub...   read more...

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Could there be a Gears of War prequel?
Posted on Saturday, November 26 2011 @ 06:36:18 Eastern

So, I’ve been thinking about this for a good while. Cliff Bleszinski even mentioned on the Late Night Show with Jimmy Fallon about Gears of War ending “like Lord of the Rings style.” When Fallon asked Bleszinski, he replied, &ldq...   read more...

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UghRochester is back online (rant)
Posted on Monday, October 24 2011 @ 11:27:40 Eastern

It all began one day when I was told my mother, step-dad, and younger brother were moving. I already live three miles away from work. Where they were moving to, my father would no longer be able to take me to work, unless I give him more gas money th...   read more...

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TV-B-Gone: UghRochester's Mission
Posted on Sunday, August 28 2011 @ 22:40:56 Eastern

Assassins in video games I feel are the best assassins in the world. They have unique senses that allow the player to know if they’re being detected and they have terrific abilities to make them undetected. Of cou...   read more...

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