Dulfy.net Screencast

I decided to do my screencast on Dulfy.net because it fits with the theme of my blog and I legitimately use it as a source of gaming information. I didn’t have any issues using the program, though I did find it difficult to narrate clearly and concisely without a script. When I did the podcast, I could plan ahead exactly what to say and then read off a script, but I couldn’t do that with the screencast because I had to keep looking at what I was doing. As such, I had to rehearse a few times and make a few mistakes (I had 4 takes) before I had something I was satisfied with.

I think this skill would be most useful for creating tutorials for computer programs because it allows someone to record exactly what they are doing in order to teach someone else. There are a LOT of tutorials for programs like Photoshop on Youtube, for instance, that use screencasting to teach the viewer. Screencasting is also used by gamers to record what they are doing and show it off later – usually a compilation of them winning against other players or, shall we say, “roflstomping dem noobz.” I have also used other programs such as Fraps to record games in the past in order to showcase new features in MMOs and put it on Youtube for other players to enjoy.

Using screencasting to record a guide for a blog seems a bit unusual outside the context of this class. If you want someone to see a blog, they have the chance to go through it at their own leisure, making them watch a video seems like a waste of time.

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I hope everyone else has a fun time creating their screencast, I can’t wait to watch them all!


Guild Wars 2: Zhaitan Fight

I defeated Zhaitan for the second time a few days ago since I got my mesmer to level 80 and figured I ought to finish the storyline again. I’m still disappointed with the final fight against him considering how awesome the combat mechanics are when you’re fighting lesser dragons in zone events. At the end of the dungeon, you and your teammates literally just stand on the airship and make the cannons fire over and over again while Zhaitan is stuck onto a tower like a stranded cat. All things considered, though, his visual design is pretty sweet:

He’s like… a dragon made out of dragons or something. Near the end of the fight, a bunch of little Zhaitan heads start to appear on the airship which are kind’ve adorable in a strange way. I could have sworn that I screenshotted them, but I guess I forgot to since it’s not in my screenshots folder. The point I’m trying to make: If you’re going to talk up a really awesome elder dragon for most of your character’s storyline, PLEASE make the final fight against him more exciting. I love this game in most regards so far, but this was a letdown.

Now it’s up to the Guild Wars 2 team to impress us with their first annual Halloween Event! I want an item that turns my head into a giant jack-o-lantern like they had in GW1!

Promo Time

With a little help from my boyfriend who has a degree in broadcasting (thanks honey!), making this podcast/promo/commercial/whatever was not as bad as I thought it would be. However! Windows Sound Recorder is a piece of garbage and literally has a start/stop button, so you can’t record over a mistake. If you fumble, you literally have to start over or fix it in the editing process. I won’t lie, I stumbled over the first sentence three times before I got it right, and then I realized my microphone is too soft and had to adjust its settings. Overall, I think the audio of my voice turned out about as good as it can get, so woot!

My favorite part of making this was deciding what music to use. For anyone who is unfamiliar with my choices, the first song is The GAG Quartet – le Internet Medley, and the second is from HEYYEYAAEYAAAEYAEYAA (Fabulous Secret Powers). You may recognize the second video from my header! I would appreciate any and all feedback and look forward to listening to everyone else’s podcast/promo/commercial/whatever!

Setting Up the Blog

I’ve never made myself a WordPress blog, though I have assisted others with the process in the past. People seem to think I am good at the internet? I spend more time on Tumblr then I do WordPress blogs, so I am likely to retrieve a lot of images from there when trying to glamor-up my posts. My design may not make this blog’s theme completely clear, but I am going to focus on both video games (hence the Pokemon), and internet culture. I love memes and rage comics, for instance, so I’ll make an effort to share some of my favorites on here.

I normally like to reblog cat GIFs, but I suppose I’ll have to put that on the back burner for now.

I also realize that my blog URL is “thinkbubbles” while my header says “Thought Bubbles.” The name I wanted was already taken, so I just fudged it and hope no one throws a fit over it. ANYWAY- Until I find myself a buffer of post material, welcome to my new blog and visit back often! I will do my best to entertain and remain (semi) relevant at all times. For all of you Zelda fans out there, I have a post in the works where I analyze (in total fan-girl fashion) the storyline of Majora’s Mask in more depth than most of my classmates will care about or understand! Stay tuned.

Are Chuck Norris jokes even in style anymore? Eh, who cares.