A Stab at Minecraft Commentary

Posted by JesseG (138 posts) -

I've recently begun doing dual Minecraft commentaries with my "commentary partner", if you will, and I'm really excited about the reception I've been getting. We put it on Youtube, and some of my friends who followed my Mario commentary jumped on board the Minecraft commentary and have been really enjoying it. However, none of them play Minecraft or have really heard of it. I've been looking for the opinion of some Minecraft players and people who are into commentaries in general.  
 
I might use this blog to update my commentary releases and maybe gage what people may or may not like to see in a Minecraft commentary or in another game. I really hope some of you guys will enjoy and I'd appreciate any feedback possible. 
 
Playlist:  http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=D85CE1A4FAD1A2AF 
 
Episode 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RR8WmlL8txU
Episode 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tu9T0iYoK2I
Episode 3: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iUHS5PrEzAs
Episode 4: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P6gtVsVOOGE 
Episode 5: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VuCzO9GP8pU    
Episode 6:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VsvJlzc1pSw
Episode 7: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2tJjNVVwRCY
Episode 8:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tqa2SXD_fJw
Episode 9:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ua1jrc1GRWI  
Episode 10:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ZR-9o_MjSs
Episode 11:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w5JuHNuQcdU
Episode 12:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qbAOo3-Uso8
Episode 13:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vx_fb1vUeVY 
Episode 14: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vlbBdo-Z25A  
Episode 15:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZsZX_Xbzfy4
Episode 16:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=08qfxQnhrfw
Episode 17:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B_8y5dumJ7U
Episode 18:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YQMpwyXklwQ
Episode 19: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CV1lFQy9kis    

#1 Edited by JesseG (138 posts) -

I've recently begun doing dual Minecraft commentaries with my "commentary partner", if you will, and I'm really excited about the reception I've been getting. We put it on Youtube, and some of my friends who followed my Mario commentary jumped on board the Minecraft commentary and have been really enjoying it. However, none of them play Minecraft or have really heard of it. I've been looking for the opinion of some Minecraft players and people who are into commentaries in general.  
 
I might use this blog to update my commentary releases and maybe gage what people may or may not like to see in a Minecraft commentary or in another game. I really hope some of you guys will enjoy and I'd appreciate any feedback possible. 
 
Playlist:  http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=D85CE1A4FAD1A2AF 
 
Episode 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RR8WmlL8txU
Episode 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tu9T0iYoK2I
Episode 3: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iUHS5PrEzAs
Episode 4: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P6gtVsVOOGE 
Episode 5: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VuCzO9GP8pU    
Episode 6:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VsvJlzc1pSw
Episode 7: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2tJjNVVwRCY
Episode 8:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tqa2SXD_fJw
Episode 9:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ua1jrc1GRWI  
Episode 10:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ZR-9o_MjSs
Episode 11:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w5JuHNuQcdU
Episode 12:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qbAOo3-Uso8
Episode 13:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vx_fb1vUeVY 
Episode 14: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vlbBdo-Z25A  
Episode 15:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZsZX_Xbzfy4
Episode 16:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=08qfxQnhrfw
Episode 17:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B_8y5dumJ7U
Episode 18:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YQMpwyXklwQ
Episode 19: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CV1lFQy9kis    

#2 Edited by artofwar420 (6276 posts) -

Pretty funny, makes me want to play Minecraft again. This is coming from someone who hasn't played Minecraft since it was in its earliest form. Can't wait for the next one.

#3 Posted by JesseG (138 posts) -

Thanks man. Minecraft is really cool now. The beta that was just released (1.4) has tamable companion wolves (think Fable 2), that are awesome and will attack stuff for you aha.

#4 Posted by swamplord666 (1758 posts) -

like it! for some reason your inexperienced friend makes it somewhat charming. keep it up!

#5 Posted by JesseG (138 posts) -

Thanks a lot! Yeah he's a pretty funny guy, he keeps it interesting. The episodes get quite funny so if you liked it would be great if you kept watching aha. 
 
Anyways, if anyone has suggestions I'd love to hear it.

#6 Posted by DAFTPUNK (1213 posts) -
@JesseG: great job!
#7 Posted by JesseG (138 posts) -
@DAFTPUNK: Thanks a lot! Appreciate it.
#8 Edited by ShaggE (6399 posts) -

I'm liking the commentary a good bit, but what's really entertaining is the incredible luck you guys are having as of part 2. (and the freaking out at the "cunt" sign ramifications feels a LOT like a classic Quick Look moment in the making, so +10 for that)

#9 Posted by JesseG (138 posts) -
@ShaggE: Yeah I have no clue what was going on with that sign ahah. I'm really glad you guys are enjoying it. Just wait till the episode when we discover how to make fire...
#10 Posted by FunExplosions (5407 posts) -
@JesseG: Really liking what I'm seeing so far. I'll probably listen/watch an episode while I play my own game of Minecraft.
#11 Posted by JesseG (138 posts) -
@FunExplosions: Thanks man, appreciate it.
#12 Posted by Zimbo (875 posts) -

These are really good. You two play off each other in some pretty funny ways which keeps the video interesting.  Also, you found two dungeons that quickly? Thats some insane luck right there. Good thing you were recording.

#13 Posted by JesseG (138 posts) -
@Zimbo: Thanks a lot. I'm actually really excited that you guys seem to be enjoying these. I honestly didn't think we'd get such a positive response ahah. 
 
Still though, any suggestions for what we could do are welcome. They might not make it in for a while (we pre-record pretty far ahead), but they definitely will at some point.
#14 Posted by JesseG (138 posts) -
#15 Posted by beej (1674 posts) -

If you were the guys who did the Super Mario Brothers Wii commentary, you've made a significant improvement since then. 

#16 Posted by JesseG (138 posts) -
@beej: We are indeed, thanks :P
#17 Posted by GamerDub (16 posts) -
@JesseG: Bill O'Reilly = Ep 7 OK...
#18 Posted by JesseG (138 posts) -
#19 Posted by ToxikPandaKoi (109 posts) -

very good stuff(:

#20 Posted by ToxikPandaKoi (109 posts) -

i really like these videos.(:

#21 Posted by JesseG (138 posts) -
@ToxikPandaKoi: Great! :) Thanks. If you have suggestions for future videos let me know, we try to take everything into consideration.
#22 Posted by The_Laughing_Man (13629 posts) -
@JesseG said:
" @ToxikPandaKoi: Great! :) Thanks. If you have suggestions for future videos let me know, we try to take everything into consideration. "
What do you use for rendering vidoes? I use windows movie maker. So it takes for freaking ever. 
#23 Posted by Mechanical_Ape (247 posts) -

I don't particularly like Let's Plays, nor Minecraft, but I actually enjoyed your videos. I like the more casual approach you two take to your videos. You play well off each other, and I think it makes the commentary more entertaining than traditional Let's Plays.

#24 Posted by JesseG (138 posts) -
@The_Laughing_Man: I use Screenflow (Mac) to capture my screen as well as record our voice and render it out in Apple ProRes 422 (HQ) codec, then edit it all in Final Cut Pro and render it out in h.264. I'm a film student though so this is what I actually do :P

@Mechanical_Ape: That's really awesome. Thanks! I'm glad we're having that kind of effect on people. 

Thanks for the support everyone. Again, we're open to any suggestions or requests or feedback of any sort. 
#25 Posted by The_Laughing_Man (13629 posts) -
@JesseG said:
" @The_Laughing_Man: I use Screenflow (Mac) to capture my screen as well as record our voice and render it out in Apple ProRes 422 (HQ) codec, then edit it all in Final Cut Pro and render it out in h.264. I'm a film student though so this is what I actually do :P

@Mechanical_Ape: That's really awesome. Thanks! I'm glad we're having that kind of effect on people. Thanks for the support everyone. Again, we're open to any suggestions or requests or feedback of any sort.  "
Im trying to self teach. I am using a PC and rendering takes ages. 

I also have to use free stuff aside from Fraps which I got. 
#26 Posted by JesseG (138 posts) -
@The_Laughing_Man: Rendering always takes a long time, unfortunately. Even with super high end computers it can take a while. What codec are you rendering out at?
#27 Posted by CaptainCody (1505 posts) -

Bookmarked it, I'll check into it later but congrats on the positive reception.
#28 Posted by The_Laughing_Man (13629 posts) -
@JesseG said:
" @The_Laughing_Man: Rendering always takes a long time, unfortunately. Even with super high end computers it can take a while. What codec are you rendering out at? "
No clue lol. Just using Windows movie maker. Course fraps makes it worse since it makes massive file sizes which I reduse to like a tenth of the size 
#29 Posted by JesseG (138 posts) -
@CaptainCody: Thank you :)
@The_Laughing_Man: When you export it out of Windows Movie Maker, what file extension is it using? And are there advanced options for the file extension? You'll have to forgive me, I haven't used WMM in many years haha.
#30 Posted by The_Laughing_Man (13629 posts) -
@JesseG said:
" @CaptainCody: Thank you :)
@The_Laughing_Man: When you export it out of Windows Movie Maker, what file extension is it using? And are there advanced options for the file extension? You'll have to forgive me, I haven't used WMM in many years haha. "
Uhhh HD? Im not sure. I had to mess with files to even get it to render in HD

  
  A little somthing I did 
#31 Posted by JesseG (138 posts) -
@The_Laughing_Man: That's a pretty cool world. And yeah, WMM isn't the best to work with, but it works.
#32 Posted by Evilsbane (4577 posts) -

Ahahaha Don't Sleep is amazing you guys are pretty funny ^-^

#33 Posted by GetEveryone (4455 posts) -

Amuuuusing. I like the rapport a lot. Keep it up; looking forward to the next ones.

#34 Posted by JesseG (138 posts) -
@Evilsbane: Thanks! Episode 13 is our funniest by far IMO, it's coming up soon if you're interested.

@GetEveryone: Thanks! :) Episode are up every Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday night. They were originally supposed to be Monday, Wed, Fri but I kept putting them up at midnight so its unofficially changed to those nights :P
#35 Posted by JesseG (138 posts) -
#36 Posted by JP_Russell (1171 posts) -

Regarding that skeleton that spawned by your bed multiple times after sleeping in it in one of the episodes:

 

http://www.minecraftwiki.net/wiki/Bed    

 

"To ensure that you are not awakened unnecessarily during the night, the bed must not be placed along a 1 block thick wall, unless the area on the other side of the wall is also safe. If a hostile mob can get within 2 blocks of the bed, even if the blocks are separated by a wall, you will be awakened with the hostile mob standing next to you. There appears to be a slight delay before the mob attacks you, giving you time to get the first blow."

 

So, yeah, that would appear to be what happened.  Consider making the wall separating your bedroom from the outside thicker  :P

#37 Posted by JesseG (138 posts) -
#38 Posted by JesseG (138 posts) -
#39 Posted by Poppduder (460 posts) -

I dont want to add up how much time of my precious life i just lost, but you had me hooked till the end.  Worth it.

#40 Posted by JP_Russell (1171 posts) -

Something else I forgot to mention.  Are you aware you can use the sneak function to get on the edge of a block you're standing on and see its sides without falling off?  You could have used that to build that dirt bridge where you kept falling off and dying.  No need to inch out, just hold down the sneak button and it'll disallow you from stepping off the block.

#41 Posted by JesseG (138 posts) -
@Poppduder: Thanks! More episodes are going up as we speak :)
@JP_Russell: Hahah yeah we learned that eventually. I believe we use it in an upcoming episode. Thanks though!

Hey everyone, just adding that after a bit of a delay, Episode 16 is up! Check it out. This is the last episode from the first set of recordings we did, everything after is fairly recent.

Episode 16:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=08qfxQnhrfw
#42 Posted by JesseG (138 posts) -
#43 Edited by Poppduder (460 posts) -

WHOOOOOO

Edit: i TOTALLY want a shout out, these vids are the reason I bought minecraft.   So well done.

#44 Posted by Zimbo (875 posts) -
@JesseG: Cool, I'll watch them tomorrow as it's 2am here and I really shouldn't still be browsing Giant Bomb!
#45 Posted by JesseG (138 posts) -
@Poppduder: That's awesome man! I'll remember that for next time we record :)
@Zimbo: Yeah, Bed > Minecraft vids haha.
#46 Posted by JesseG (138 posts) -
#47 Posted by JP_Russell (1171 posts) -

When water and flowing lava (as opposed to a lava source block) collide, it creates cobblestone.  That's why that cobblestone is between the water and lava streams.

 

Also, if you didn't know, wolves whine periodically when their health is low, which is why you hear your dog whining here and there.  The angle of its tail corresponds to the percentage of its health, so at 100% health its tail will be raised just above horizontal (100 degrees).  Also, each pork chop you give it only heals 15%.

#48 Posted by Indignate (18 posts) -

You two are pretty damn amusing. I typically don't stick to 'Let's Plays' but you two do it in such a style that reminds me of me and my friends that it's got me hooked. Well definitely check out everything you guys have done so far.

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