Work continues at a staggered pace due to CTS pain and lethargy. I am nearly done Alice, and I suspect my next post will be to announce that it's available - hopefully in 1-2 days. Uploading will take a long time and I doubt micro encodes will be immediately available, depends if I can get it to not display a gray window instead of actual video.
As I detailed oh so many months ago when I first finished this game, the recordings suffered considerable damage due to the old microphone randomly losing power and the subsequent bullshit fraps/windows did as a result. During the videos you will note the damage by several portions jumping abruptly back to the logos for no reason (followed by rage), and several segments in particular were severely damaged and required some monkeywork to get around. Ultimately, the viewing experience should be fairly stable except for the unusual transition from recordings during play to the one overcast section in Zone 2 and the entire re-recording during the last stretch of the game.
I realize that my cast during this LP wasn't as good or energetic as I thought it was, but the gameplay was decent (except for segments 1-3 holy shit I am bad, but I get a bit better), but letting this go would be a huge waste of energy and time and deprive my challengers of the opportunity to eat their shoes as I beat the game on Nightmare.
The Alice LP serves as a breakpoint between the point where I began to become deeply engrossed in Black Sun's production and the point I actually finished it. I was pretty exhausted during the gameplay but I do put on a spectacle of rage at some points.
Ultimately the reason I choose to go through such extraordinary lengths to fix and finish this project is because I felt the game was good enough to get this out the door even if I felt my performance wasn't the best it could have been. I think in normal circumstances most people in this position would ditch or re-record entirely. I say, screw that. Half the glory is watching myself fumble around like an idiot in front of plainly, blatantly obvious shit. Ropar knows people don't watch these because I know what I'm doing.
Meanwhile I am freeing up space bit by bit and organizing my drives for what will be a hilariously wasteful re-encode of the Brood War source material to get that project done with as well. That's my goal for the last of 2011. My work is slow and very physically painful, and not terribly exciting. I really didn't want to get backlogged like this, so I am enforcing my new release model now.
I will only release LP's when they are 100% finished and verified. This is for the following reasons;
1 - Above all, it's to encourage me to keep the work up until the end. During EB verification I got lazy and segment releases slowed down. I know this is annoying to the viewer to be stuck on cliffhanger material and be waiting.
2 - To extend 1, I'd rather empower the viewer to watch at their own pace instead of mine. Some people burn through stuff very fast, others very slowly. I'd rather release all at once so you can choose how you want to watch precisely.
3 - Easier for me to keep track of stuff.
Some people asked what Verification is; in short, I am interrupted incessantly and like to remove these interruptions from the recordings. I also run into occassional recording or encoding issues. For example, during the HoMM6 videos I had issues with mkvmerge making files bluescreen my computer. Yes, it managed to make the videos fuck up DXVA and crash the video card completely, resulting in bluescreens. Less severe but still bad, sometimes files at certain points would jump ahead 5-10 minutes for no apparent reason. Currently, I blame these issues on the new mkvmerge versions, so I switched back to my ancient version. If I didn't watch each files end to end I would have missed these issues and caused major issues for you. I forgot to check HoMM6 game 2 seg 5 after I merged it and what do you know, I fucked it up.
I rather get stuff right the first time even if it means it takes a bit longer to get out.
Warning: dialogue contains politically incorrect content. Viewer rearsore may occur.