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Twitch: An Experimental Night of Premieres

So last night, The Land of Odd officially made its debut on Twitch.tv as I’m sure those who follow me on Twitter saw me throwing up messages left and right about.  The whole thing was quite the learning experience for a first attempt not only on the platform but also trying out Twitch’s new video producer tools which were introduced only a week ago.

Somethings I learned?

Well, the ‘Countdown’ feature begins to play at the scheduled time and not leading up it, as in a 5 minute countdown would start at 7pm and not 6:55pm, thus your video would start at 7:05. So the ones I set up to fill the gap between the videos streaming were actually throwing things further and further off schedule.  The Countdowns are also a permanent fixture of your uploaded video after your premiere so now I’ve got a few videos with countdowns that are almost as long as the content itself, artificially inflating the length of them.

Also I learned that there’s no easy way to line up multiple videos back to back.  They all have to scheduled to 30 minute increments and can’t overlap.  So if you are like me and uploaded several (ten in my case) videos to premiere in one night, there’s going to be a lot of “Offline” screens between them – which may hurt viewership.

Moving forward, the Twitch approach to many of these videos are going to be radically different from my YouTube approach. Longer videos of 30-60 minutes will probably be more common simply because the Twitch platform is built on streaming and that tends to be a longer format than simple clickable digestible bits on YouTube.  The videos will be broken up when put on YouTube though in their normal 10-20 minute chunks.

Also, when bringing old videos over to premiere I will be re-editing them into longer format videos by cropping out the starts and ends and putting them back to back.  That way there will be no ‘Offline’ moments and from 7pm there will just be a single continuous video.

That being said, I would also like to direct your attention to the sidebar here on the website where we have added the schedule for the Twitch channel.  We will be airing videos on the second and fourth wednesday of every month at 7pm.  There’s a list of what we will be premiering with brand new content to the site being marked as such (at least until we finishing the entire backlog).

I welcome you to come and enjoy the premieres.  I’ll often be there watching them too, so if you chime in on chat I will likely be around to respond, otherwise it looks like the chat gets recorded for later viewings (and you can leave chat messages at any timecode point in the already premiered videos).  You can follow me on there as well and I always appreciate people who do or those who spread the word.  I’m not a partner, nor is this in anyway my living, just a fun thing to do with my spare time (where I normally talk and joke at the games I play anyway.)  But I’d be interested to see if this actually gains any momentum.

Thank you all, and welcome to a bold new 2018 for the Land of Odd.

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The Land of Odd on Twitch!

So…  YouTube is kind of…  a mess?  A clusterf***?  I dunno.  While I have never monetized my videos, nor do I have any stated desire to do so, I have a hard time swallowing using a platform that continues to show utter contempt for their user base as YouTube.  So I’ve been investigating other places to upload my videos for sometime but continuously found other sites lacking in terms of tools and features that I would like to make use of.  Everything from restrained video lengths to locking HD uploads behind a subscriber account – it just looked like YouTube was the best option.  But low and behold, my favorite gaming streaming site sends me an email the other week about they are starting to offer pre-recorded uploads as an option.

So yeah, it looks like the Land of Odd is rolling into Twitch.

Starting at 6pm PST on Wednesday, January 24th, 2018, we will be launching the Land of Odd channel at www.Twitch.tv/Vrykerion with a 5 hour long stream showing the entire run of the Sims 4 Shakespeare Monkey Challenge.  After which, they will be archived and fully viewable whenever.  I’ll be continuing to upload the old videos to Twitch as well as new videos, and hopefully on some kind of schedule.  Probably on a weekday evening.

The 12 in 12 Experiment: Failed(?)

Last year, I proposed a simple goal for myself.  To produce 12 YouTube videos for this site in 12 months.  I dubbed it the 12-in-12 goal.  I figured that it would be a simple enough goal.  That’s one video a month.  With a goal of one year, so if I fell behind or had technical issues, I had wiggle room to recover.

However, despite my attempts to do so, I only managed to produce 4 videos.  The next four episodes of the Sims 4 Shakespeare Monkey Challenge.  (They have managed to actually make some progress finally it seems. Though it occurred to me that 365 days in the Sims 4 is a lot more than a year.  It’s more along the line of 4.5 lifetimes. Had to readjust some of that math or they ALL would die of old age.)  And while I had planned some additional fun videos, including one of the worst RPGs I ever found on Steam and some horror games for the Fall, things just kind of never came together.

Partially because the second half of the year was a maelstrom of stressful events in my real life.  For instance, I got married.  I went on my honeymoon.  My spouse and I were both battling severe depression amidst these happy events brought on by stress and other factors.  It was a crazy second half of the year – crazier than I even expected.  Like, did you know planning a wedding kind of sucks?  Yeah. Me neither.

Overall, I can’t shrug responsibility. I set forth a goal for myself and I failed to meet it.  I’d be more upset about that but its not like I have any amount of internet cred or even financial stability riding on this.  I don’t make money from this blog, I don’t monetize my YouTube videos – they are all things I do for fun.  Because I do come up with weird things to say and feel like sharing it for a chuckle or two.

With that spirit in my mind, I have decided to give it all another go.  12-in-12-in-2018 or some such.  Going to try to do the whole 1 video a month.  And hopefully no chaos, or trips to Walt Disney World, or happiest days of my life will get in the way this time.

Please look forward to it!  And if you ever have any suggestions for games to play, or topics you’d like to see me cover, please let me know!  I’m on twitter, tumblr, or just here on a comment.  I read pretty much everything people send to me.  (So many heartwarming comments of people who enjoy my fun little blog here!)

THE RETURN OF THE KING | The Sims 4 Shakespeare Monkey Challenge #10

The Dead rise, Izzy finally goes insane and we try defiantly to order yet another pizza… or five.

I, IZZY – The Sims 4 Shakespeare Monkey Challenge #9

How much abuse can one legendary science fiction author take?

The Quest For the Missing Pizza – The Sims 4 Shakespeare Monkey Challenge #8

So if your pizza takes 8 hours, and the delivery girl decides to bum your internet for a few hours… Should you still tip?

Cat Herding for Dummies – The Sims 4 Shakespeare Monkey Challenge #7

With the Great Fire of Episode 6 behind us, it’s time to hunker down and make some cash.  But with everything breaking, hunger setting in and sneaky house guests that just won’t leave…  It’s a bit like… what’s that saying?  Corralling dogs?

Additional Music:
Mischief Maker – Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
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HOLY EIDOLON EMOJIS, NOCTIS! | Final Fantasy XV: Platinum Demo

Vry takes a whirl in the new Platinum Demo of Final Fantasy XV and plays around with the prettiest coma he’s had the pleasure of playing through.

Welcome to the TRUE Horde! Garrosh Hellscream Plays Democracy 3

“I’m going to make my OWN Horde. With blackjack. And hookers.” – Garrosh Hellscream, probably.

No Campfire can best him, no Shadow Hunter troll can dissuade him, this time Garrosh Hellscream is out to prove he is the one true Warchief the Horde needs AND deserves…  by emulating it in Democracy 3.

To find out more about the 2010 Warchief Election at https://oddcraft.wordpress.com/category/other-stuff/warchief-election-2010/

The Heat is On! – The Sims 4 Shakespeare Monkey Challenge #6

The countdown begins to the bills being due, and with only a handful of simoleons in our pocket can we rack up enough royalties to keep in business?  Maybe. If one of these Sims could finish writing a FRICKIN BOOK! What else could possibly go wrong!?

…Do you smell that?

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