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08 February 2015 @ 07:27 pm
Video killed the radio star  
In my haste to prove my continued existence to friends who primarily communicate via DW and LJ, I forgot to feature one of my more ambitious projects of this past year - narrative video.

Specifically, retrospectives of my two favorite Dynasty Warriors characters - their history and lore, portrayals throughout the series, and my thoughts on how the best aspects thereof should be built on in the future. Each video is ~13 minutes long, which I considered a reasonable compromise between detail and length.

Cao Ren

Lu Meng

These. Took. Forever. The editing process takes some time to learn and maintains unavoidable bottlenecks, and of course there's the scripting challenge of distilling my points into an efficient combination of game footage and narration. I did the stills in Photoshop and the editing in Screenflow, an excellent middle ground between the very limited iMovie - which frustrated me by making a terrible mess of said stills - and the expensive and complex likes of Final Cut Pro. Screenflow also does low overhead full-screen capture with separate A/V (as in a mic or webcam), which will come in handy for any games I play on an emulator. I must get back to that Goonies II Let's Play.

I have a third video planned for Xiahou Yuan, but I've been dragging my feet on buying Dynasty Warriors 6: Special for high-resolution captures of his cut scenes. Ah, the sacrifices I make for shiny happy video quality.
Current Mood: accomplishedaccomplished
Current Music: Dynasty Warriors 4 - Look Back On Your Way
Skurtchasorskurtchasor on February 9th, 2015 05:19 am (UTC)

No, I haven't watched your vids (yet), but I'm incapable of making that will save at this hour.

I finally picked up DW8 this past fall, and was pretty happy with the gameplay, given my lukewarm experience with 6 and skipping 7 entirely. The Imbecile High School Jin storyline was a bit weak, Zhang Liao needs to put these punk-ass kids in their place, but any complaints I might conjure are negated by YueYing + ZOMG METEOR SHOWER!!!!
The Heavy Metal Matador: Short Ass Foolsrydain on February 10th, 2015 12:58 am (UTC)

Honestly, you can YouTube DW7's story and skip playing it. DW8 is more fun as a game. Everyone has a unique weapon, and some have nifty gimmicks like Guan Yinping's spinny charge attacks. You can unlock alternate stages in the story instead of it being a once and done deal that never changes or rewards you for doing anything different. DW8 also has OMG LU SU best new character since our DW4 favorites. I do love Yue Ying's outfit and rage musou, and Buster Beetle is almost as overpowered in that regard as well. I also gather that you saw Xiao Qiao's case of shiny object syndrome for pandas, which was awesome.

As to Jin - I never finished their story because I got bored with Castlevania Twilight Sparkle and his hand up Douchebag Tidus' ass. Jin's story just annoys me in general for feeling overextended. I like the clash of iconic figures that defines the Shu/Wei/Wu conflicts we know and love. I can't care less about a bunch of infighting vs. generics and a handful of playables with extended lifespan, especially when most everyone onscreen appears to be left over from some random JRPG.