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General / Re: Something Rogue Troopery in the offing?
« on: 25 October, 2017, 07:12:37 pm »
I use the PS3 at the moment, and while I do like games I don't play them very often. I use it mainly for watching TV via Netflix and the like or watching DVDs/Blu-ray. I got the ps2 mainly for DVD support, and PS3 for blu-ray. *

Just something I'll lob in here:

I'm actually doing something right now to do with video games that could very well turn into full blown work of the 'it pays money' variety. During the course of it, I've been learning a lot about the foibles of optical media based game consoles.

Given how affordable DVD and Blu Ray players are now, you might want to make sure you've got one and use that in preference to chucking your movies through a console - ESPECIALLY the PS3, as those are now no longer being manufactured.

The reason I say this is because optical drives are notorious for breaking down after extended use, and Sony's are particularly difficult to replace, given that new units have to be sourced for your specific model. Even within one model line (for example, the PS3 ultra slim) there are numerous hardware revisions. Things get complicated REALLY quickly with those.

Watching movies on your PS3, or PS4, might be convenient. But if you do it a lot, you'll increase wear and tear on the laser, and that could put paid to your gaming a ways down the line. Sooner than you think, maybe.


Links / Re: When Are you Gonna Stop Watching Those Cartoons?!
« on: 17 July, 2017, 05:40:28 pm »

I've managed to steer my channel back into profitable territory (thanks in no small part to the support of regular viewers - including a few of you lovely peeps) so I've slowly, cautiously started up the video production machine again.

The latest update on the channel is a review of CAPTAIN EARTH, a spiritual successor of sorts to Star Driver, another giant robot show animated by the same studio, and written by the same two guys who gave us Revolutionary Girl Utena.

Here's the link. Please do shower it with likes. Because that eases my existential pain and gives me the validation a fragile snowflake like me needs to survive. 

Links / Re: When Are you Gonna Stop Watching Those Cartoons?!
« on: 04 June, 2017, 11:15:59 pm »
Crisis is a classic...Crash...ah dear... :lol:

I don't mind Crash. There are some perfectly valid criticisms of it out there in the interwebz, but I was entertained by it.

That said, it's been a few years since I last saw it. Might be worth seeing how it holds up to a re-watch!

Links / Re: When Are you Gonna Stop Watching Those Cartoons?!
« on: 04 June, 2017, 09:04:52 pm »
Another reqüest kinda - Bubblegum Crisis/Bubblegum Crash

Your videos have a professional sheen to them. Don't be put off making videos, you have a real knack for it!

Thanks, fella!

I've not been put off rest assured. Been editing a couple of new reviews as time permitted me this week, as a matter of fact. Just waiting for a few things to sort themselves out before any of it gets shifted into my 'To Do' list proper.

Bubblegum Crisis (and Crash) have both been requested a few times before. They're in my personal stash of anime, so they could very well happen - especially as they're both short enough to get watched in a reasonable timeframe.

Books & Comics / Re: The PARAGON comic thread
« on: 04 June, 2017, 09:00:59 pm »
I got a genuine lump in my throat reading that last post, Davey.

Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 17 May, 2017, 11:10:44 pm »
Aside from a Cirque du soleil stage show (true story) and a theme park that's not opened yet... no fandom, no conventions, no comics, no convention panels, no spin-off games. There's just, no yearning for it is there? -

Not to correct you, dearest chum (and by the way - belated happy returns!) but I DID find out something fairly interesting a while back.

I was tasked to write a feature about Avatar video games for a Youtube venture that now isn't happening. I was actually pretty surprised to find out how much merchandise there IS for the movie. Excluding things liek mobile games and tablet apps, I found three pretty meaty and actually pretty good games on different home console platforms. One on PS3 (which may be on PC and XBox-able as well - I didn't get as far as checking) another on the Nintendo Wii and one for the Nintendo DS. To my shock and amazement, they're all actually pretty well regarded.

Before finding out about these, I was previously under the impression that no effort had been made to merchandise Avatar in any meaningful way at all. I do take the point (and have been vocal about it before) that the movie seems to have absolutely no momentum behind it, though. It's like it came and went and there was about as much appetite for it as a plate of hors d'oeuvres at a swanky dinner do. They look bright and tasty, and they get gobbled up quickly enough... but then everyone moves on looking for something more satisfying.

Links / Re: When Are you Gonna Stop Watching Those Cartoons?!
« on: 17 May, 2017, 10:08:36 am »
Then again, any anime with WALTER FRICKIN' WHITE in the dub has to be worth a look, right?

You just sold it to me

He also crops up in Armitage III, Street Fighter II - The Movie and a few other bits and pieces.

Links / Re: When Are you Gonna Stop Watching Those Cartoons?!
« on: 16 May, 2017, 08:20:05 pm »
Macross Plus really is pretty good, innit?

It's one of those weird cases of a show that did nothing for me when I first saw it. But when I popped it back in my DVD player one rainy afternoon, months later, I couldn't take my eyes off it!

Then again, any anime with WALTER FRICKIN' WHITE in the dub has to be worth a look, right?

Links / Re: When Are you Gonna Stop Watching Those Cartoons?!
« on: 12 May, 2017, 11:10:26 pm »
Subscribed, nice, bite-sized chunks, may watch/listen to a few in my lunch hour at work next week.

Aw, cheers, dude!

Just to forewarn you, if you're going to be watching at work: while I take pains not to stray into NSFW territory with the videos, I do run my potty mouth on the videos under the 'When Are You Gonna Stop Watching Those Cartoons?!' banner.

Once the title card changes over to 'HdE Does Anime,' we're in less offensive territory, just so as you know.

Links / Re: When Are you Gonna Stop Watching Those Cartoons?!
« on: 12 May, 2017, 06:27:40 pm »
There's a lot of truth in the to comments above, fellas.

What I'll say on the matter is that I'm hearing a LOT of comments from creators on Youtube along lines of 'screw this, we've had enough' and I'm already seeing some channels with huge followings upping sticks and relocating elsewhere.

That's actually my plan. I'll continue to use Youtube, a it's a platform with an established user base (for now - I also see signs that indicate that could change soon.) But I'm going to be migrating to Vid.me as soon as I've cleared my current lettering workload and had a chance to catch my breath. There are some other ventures underway as well, so this is a bit of an unplanned period of plotting out what the next move is.

Frankly, though, I won't be sorry relegate Youtube to a secondary outlet for my videos. Their attitude to communication with the folks who are creating content for their site (and let's not forget - THEY take a substantial financial cut of all revenue) is apalling. And the user base, at its worst, is an ugly thing to deal with. In the last month, I've banned more users than ever and deleted more comments than I think I've actually allowed. You also can't comment on the realities of seeking a financial return for the hours and hours of effort a Youtube channel requires without some dumb shit wading in and accusing you of being a money grabber, making content for the wrong reasons, not being sincere about the stuff you post, etc.

But it's the constant flip flopping of policies and stances on serious matters that's really torn it. This is the SECOND time in as many years that Youtube's behind the scenes nonsense has given me serious cause to stand back, halt video production and consider if the whole venture is worth it. To have not earned a fiver in all this time for my work, and to receive NO SUPPORT WHATSOEVER from Youtube, is pretty galling.

Links / Re: When Are you Gonna Stop Watching Those Cartoons?!
« on: 12 May, 2017, 12:32:25 am »
I'd suggest creating a playlist of all your videos, then asking the kind folk here to open it in their browser and let it play away on mute in the background (that's if they don't want to watch of course) You will need less than 100 people to do that, and considering this thread has over 6k views it's not impossible.

Ultimately, I'd rather folks watched my videos because they sincerely wanted to. That said, I'm way ahead of you on playlists. There are several already available on the channel.

In all honesty, 2000 views is a pretty attainable figure looking over my current channel stats. The bigger issue is whether Youtube is worth bothering with at all considering how quickly the landscape changes ver there, and how lacking in transparency they are.


Links / Re: When Are you Gonna Stop Watching Those Cartoons?!
« on: 11 May, 2017, 09:44:19 pm »
As you might have seen, my revenue has been throttled. It turns out Youtube now requires smaller channels to have 10,000 lifetime views before they'll allow ads to run on videos.

How are off are you?

Whups! Almost missed this.

Currently, I need around 2030 views to meet that target.

HOWEVER! It's important to mention that the way views work and get recorded is actually quite involved on Youtube. Simply clicking a video and watching part of it doesn't really help much. In fact, depending on the length of the view, it may not even be recorded at all.

What really helps the channel a lot is if folks click on a video, or a playlist, and watch the whole thing from start to finish. Not just because it racks up those views, but because viewing a video in its entirety actually injects data into Youtube's engagement algorithm. That's what determines how high the video places in search rankings, and whether other people see it.

Comments and likes help, too. Although I've been deleting quite a few of those, of late. People acting like knobs on my channel aren't even remotely tolerated.

Links / Re: When Are you Gonna Stop Watching Those Cartoons?!
« on: 11 May, 2017, 06:03:32 pm »
Just to give some inight into how broken Youtube really is:

My two bits based on watching far too many YT channels punch above their weight is to change all your thumbnails for your vids to ecchi shots and make the titles potshots or shoutouts to more famous Youtubers who generate similar content, to encourage YT algorithms to paste your work alongside popular channels and garner drive-by clicks.

Nope. Not doing that. For one thing, I generally hate boobs 'n' bum style anime, and for another, I take great pride in not being a complete dick.

Also make your vids family-friendly - no swearing - as this will stop them being flagged by YT's ad content filter (basically if you swear or show unsuitable content, YT automatically filters roughly 85% of ads from ever running on your vid, meaning less revenue).

True fact - none of my videos have ever been flagged as 'advertiser unfriendly.' Not even the ones where I run my potty mouth.

I actually saw the shift toward 'ad friendly' content coming a mile off when I saw how the site was becoming a shoutbox for the likes of Laci Green and her opponents. That was provoking some MASSIVE debate and a lot of traffic on the site, and I knew policy changes of some sort would be imminent. So I'd already made a conscious decision to re-brand the content and make it as unobjectionable as possible.

It actually seems to be a pretty good time to try and grow your channel, as YT's changed a few rules seemingly arbitrarily and destroyed a lot of long-running feeds overnight.  Someone has to fill the void and let weaboos know what moe ecchi is out there to fap to.

That's a good idea. For another channel. That isn't mine.

General / Re: Something Rogue Troopery in the offing?
« on: 06 May, 2017, 09:46:07 pm »
I remember having this on my battered and now quite dead PS2. (The day it died was very sad. I decided I would send it to heaven to be with my goldfish. But that wasn't the sad part - the sad part was what happened when I'd tried to flush it down the loo. Cost a bloody fortune to fix!)

Anyways - I recall playing the game to completion, because I'm hardcore like that. It was AWESOME.

Books & Comics / Re: The PARAGON comic thread
« on: 24 April, 2017, 08:30:17 pm »
Just gotta say - I'm really grateful for Davey giving A Star Falls another airing in the pages of Paragon. It was previously published a few years back in the Metaverse anthology, which I'm not sure has had a much wider distribution than being for sale at the convention it debuted at. A crying shame, that.

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