Whew, I survived another year at ConBravo! One of the best ones yet!
Naturally there is a BUNCH of new videos in the Fandom page from the con, least of all yet another retrospective video that took me a couple solid days in After Effects to put together. Still got it!
And hey, here's a first for me: I got to sit ON some panels at the con this year! I sat on a pair of workshop panels discussing video production, editing, and equipment. It was surreal being on the other side of that experience, and I gotta say I'd do it again in a heartbeat!
Also got to meet and speak to a few more guests this year. In particular YouTube musicians Jonathan Young and FamilyJules, two awesome dudes who have quickly become among my favorite musicians!
Pity I missed their sets at the concerts but still, what awesome dudes!
Now that the con itself has wrapped up, my attention has moved on to yet another annual tradition.
That's right, this is happening again. November 4th is game day and once again we're shooting for that $1500 goal this year! There will be guests and friends helping me out, raffles and prizes for donators, and of course a whole LOT of gaming between now and then.
Head to my fundraising page if you want to help out! All donations go 100% to SickKids!
More info on this wonderful event are to come, so stay tuned!
Happy New Year!
It's becoming apparent that updates around here are only going to happening every few months. What can I say? I've been having too much fun over on Twitch playing all the games I picked up during the last few Steam sales!
With that in mind, there's a LOT of newer entries on my Gaming page for you all to have a look at! That page is probably going to double by the end of the 2017 as I have finally locked down a sustainable game streaming/recording/uploading workflow that's quick and yields better results than I've ever been able to achieve before! Very exciting.
As for the other stuff, there are still movie reviews going up. Got my annual Top 10 movies list up before NYE, which I was hoping I could pull off again this year! That felt good.
Let's see what the new year yields, shall we?
More gaming and geek fun this month!
First up, good ol' ConBravo is back again and it's never been better! I had such an amazing time and got the chance to talk to so many awesome people, many of whom show up in the piping fresh batch of CB videos that I have listed in the Fandom page! Be sure to check those out!
Also, more gaming! Now that I'm streaming on Twitch, I've been taking the opportunity to piggyback my streams into additional Playtime series for you all to enjoy, so there's been a lot more of that popping up over on my YouTube channel! Don't miss it!
Finally decided to update the site with about a dozen new game video and playlists as well as my coverage from Anime North 2016. That's ten years in a row at the large scale Canadian anime convention! Can you believe it?
Coming up in the next few months, the gaming videos will continue with my latest series Legend Of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD as well as small one-offs here and there.
Gearing up for ConBravo in late July though! Arguably the biggest event I do video for! I'm pumped. Check out the video I shot at Anime North of some Undertale cosplayers with a special announcement about one of the guests! :3
I've been taking it easy these last few months. No big time projects in the works, which has left me a lot of time to catch up on games, both on my own (Starcraft 2: Legacy Of The Void being the biggest black hole of my life in recent memory) and with friends (Mai Sheri and I continue through the aggressively cute Yoshi's Woolly World)
Make no mistake though... there are things coming down the pipeline. It's just a weird time of year for everyone. Most people are taking a break and gathering their strength for the upcoming holiday season.
I know Dr. Holocaust has some gaming video editing work of his own coming my way, and Mai Sheri is looking to get at least one cosplay video project out of me before the end of the year.
So for now, let's relax. Because as soon as things start up again, like always they will all start up at once. And that's when the madness sets in.
Retroactively posted from September 29th
Been quiet here in the den these past few weeks. With convention season over (at least for me), I've had to settle back into the desaturated work/sleep routine that often accompanies the Autumn months.
That being said, I did get a chance to be part of something pretty spectacular recently. My friend Manda and Errol roped me into participating in a live theater/escape room event that they helped put together called "A Night At The Speakeasy"
Set to the theme of a prohibition era mobster juice joint, all the familiar elements of an escape room (puzzles, riddles and a ticking clock) were spiced up with the inclusion of live actors all playing the parts of characters that fit in with the setting. Bar floozies, wise guys and colourful performers were placed throughout the venue for all the participants to interact with. It was a swinin' good time!
Manda even convinced me to join the act as a bouncer. Functionally I was little more than a locked door that players just needed a specific key (or as the case was, the right coloured poker chip) to get past, but I had fun playing with the role. Inspired by all of the fantastic performances the actors were showing off during the event, I tried my best to put my own spin on the gangster/muscle character. Manda even gave my character a name. Charles. Charles the Bouncer.
I've only really just begun to explore Escape Rooms around the city, but I felt pretty fortunate to be a part of this one as it seemed like most people enjoyed it!
Con season has come to a close for the video ninja. One thing that popped up from that con I wrote about a while back, Atomic Lollipop, is... this:
That's KW Iron Man, Ragz and myself cosplaying Tony Stark, Peter Parker and Bruce Banner (otherwise known as the science bros) hanging around at the science center. Big props to Rajeeman Photography for asking us to shoot with him, as well as taking such awesome shots and making them even more Avengers-y!
With my other summer con ConBravo! 2015 successfully in the can (and all my video work for that convention wrapped up), I find myself with a lot of time recently to just relax and work on some gaming videos. Telltale's Game Of Thrones continues to be an awesome collaborative experience with Mai Sheri and Whitless. I also played through one of my favorite games of the last few years, thatgamecompany's Journey, which was even more awesome playing on the newly released PS4 version. Spookysquid's They Bleed Pixels is prooving to be one of the most challenging games I've ever tried to finish, and the resulting videos have turned out to be pretty entertaining if watching raging gamer videos on YouTube is your bag.
Oh, one more last thing: I finally found a working version of an fan-made update mod for the original FPS classic Doom called Brutal Doom. Suffice to say, as an old school Doom fan, it tickled my nostalgia while also proving to be just buckets and buckets of bloody fun in its own right!
Time will tell what will be along next as far as video projects but for now, as the summer winds down, I'm content with some downtime spent of goofy gaming projects like this!
It's the most wonderful con of the year!
My fifth year at ConBravo was an awesome experience. Nowhere else in the world do I feel more "at home" then at this convention. So many of my friends and even people I just happen to know a little bit always show up at this convention, and the programming centered around nostalgia like video games, cartoons, TV shows, comics and general geekdom is always amazing.
I also got to do some more interviews with some of the special guests, including gaming music producer Grant Kirkhope (Goldeneye 007, Banjo Kazooie), YouTube nerd personality Andre Meadows (Black Nerd Comedy), and local web comic artist Andrew Gregoire (I Am Arg). Leave it to ConBravo to always bring in the most awesome of special guests!
Plus there was all kinds of hanging out with friends of mine that I've made over the years through gaming, the cosplay community and the convention circuit in SW Ontario. It was such a great time, and the best part was that I got it all on my camera!
But now that the con is over, it's time to knuckle down and start putting together some videos! I filled up my camera (no literally I was out of hard drive space by the end of the weekend) and now I'm going to get to work on chopping up interviews, shows, vlogs, retrospectives and all kinds of random stuff from the con and releasing it on my YouTube channel!
I'll do my best to keep the Fandom Videos page updated with each video I upload, so be sure to check back often over the next few weeks!
Visited a con yesterday!
My first time at Atomic Lollipop, held at the Ontario Science Center in Toronto. Three days of colourful cosplay events, crafting activities, games, and a variety of shows like circus performances, burlesque shows, raves and more.
That being said, maybe it's my age or maybe just the kind of con goer I am, but APOP didn't really do it for me. Oh I had fun with my friends like I always do, and getting to hang out with them in the science center (which was RAD by the way) was worth the price of admission, but the atmosphere just didn't sit well with me. Far too much bad behavior even for a convention setting and not nearly enough programming that I was specifically interested in.
Plus, hey, I did some cosplay for once.
That was kind of neat. I didn't think it was really anything special but I had a lot of encouragement from my friends. That was nice of them.
ConBravo! awaits next weekend! THAT... I'm looking forward to, and will likely have a much better time at.