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#1 Posted by bassman2112 (1148 posts) -

@saturn5 said:

You mentioned your hardware not being up to the task, what do you use?

Btw, I'm planning on streaming Console only so my graphics card might not be such a big issue or am I wrong?

My desktop has an i5 2500K, 16 GB DDR3, and a GTX 680.

The graphics card and CPU end up being factors, because the computer you're rendering the video on still needs to perform graphical tasks. You'll be eating up a fair amount of resources with the streaming & rendering, but it is significantly less than if you were also playing a game at the same time (that's why single-PC twitch streams tend to have a harder time hitting 720p60 or 1080p60). So yes, though you're doing console games, the streaming computer is still a factor.

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@saturn5 said:

So far the Elgato Game Capture HD 60 Pro looks awesome for the price and has some good arguments from some Youtubers but who knows what they got told to say that so I'd value your opinion!

What capture card do you use? Would you recommend it for my venture into Twitching?

My first suggestion is to get intimately familiar with streaming software. Learn the ins and outs, the quirks, where it sucks, where it rocks. Learn what the difference in bitrate actually produces in a stream, and which parts you can or cannot sacrifice on. You can do this with any PC just as an experiment, and will definitely help you a lot in the long run.

I personally use the HD 60 Pro, and I love it! I don't just use it for gaming, I also capture 1080p 60 FPS PC content for a site I run, and it works perfectly. My good friend also has one, and he uses it as a way to play PS4/XBone games on his PC Monitor with full 1080p 60 FPS without needing to plug it into a TV hahaha.

I have had a few hangups, but I think they're related to the PC I have it integrated with (it's a little older and underpowered). Sometimes with third party software like OBS or XSplit (the HD 60 Pro comes with its own proprietary software) you'll find that it hits the CPU rather than the GPU/Onboard for rendering; but I haven't found any consistency with why/when it does this. If you use El Gato's proprietary software, it seems to never run into that issue. I've also found strange tearing issues every now and again, but haven't been able to find exactly when or why these seem to happen.

Overall, I recommend the HD 60 Pro, as I recognize that my issues are probably related to the PC I use it in. I think if you have a relatively decent/modern PC, it is a great option.

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#3 Posted by bassman2112 (1148 posts) -

@pkmnfrk said:

Darn!

In that case, some useful advice: I got my current job with Stack Overflow Jobs (it was called Careers back then). Maybe you'll find something useful1

Ooooo I never even knew Stack Overflow had that! I love that site, thank you!!!

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#4 Edited by bassman2112 (1148 posts) -

@pkmnfrk said:

Out of professional curiosity, what industry are you interested in? If you're a software developer in the Greater Toronto Area, hit me up!

Haha, close! Software Developer in the Alberta (Calgary) area!! Thanks for the check-in, though!!

As for the other replies, thanks a lot! Some of these I have checked a little bit, others are ones I totally forgot about or didn't know existed. I will certainly read through them =)

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#5 Posted by bassman2112 (1148 posts) -

Hey all,

I am currently in a job I'm lukewarm about, and have finally settled 100% on what I want to be doing. I interested in which sites you'd recommend for finding the right employers (or employees/teams, if an independent project is to happen).

I have used LinkedIn and Indeed with minimal success. Would love your thoughts!

Thanks <3

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#6 Posted by bassman2112 (1148 posts) -

The Evangelion video was taken down due to copyright!!!

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#7 Posted by bassman2112 (1148 posts) -

This was mine ^^

GOTY 2016

. Owlboy
Never in my wildest dreams would I have thought that Owlboy would be my GOTY before having played it. I don't enjoy throwbacks, I don't particularly love dual joystick shooters, and I wasn't even previously aware of its lengthy development. For me, Owlboy came out of the aether, and brought me to a place I never thought I'd feel again. I felt like a 6-year old playing all the games I look upon with nostalgia now. It was an emotional experience, and though there were faults, I can say that Owlboy was the most important experience I had this year.
. Doom
2016's Doom reminded me of when Saints Row 3 came out. Right up to release, people were tepid with regards to its marketing and expectations. As people started getting their hands on it, heads slowly turned towards one another as we collectively realized "... Wait... This might be incredible." Doom is unarguably one of the best shooters to have come out in within the past decade. It successfully maintains the speed, intensity, and feel of the original; while managing to feel thoroughly modern. The wizards at id deserve every accolade they've received, from ai programmers and artists, to musicians and producers. Doom is a success through-and-through, and if it weren't for Owlboy, this would easily be my #1.
. Titanfall 2
I never would have expected two shooters to show up on my personal top 10 list. I am not a big shooter guy, but Titanfall 2's campaign alone did more for me than a lot of other games have ever done. I get flashbacks to how I felt playing through Half Life 2 at launch when I played through Titanfall 2's campaign. It felt new, significant, and most importantly, great. It felt amazing, from movement and combat, to tone and execution. Titanfall 2 is a force to be reckoned with, and gives me utter faith in Respawn as a studio. I'm on board with Titanfall from here on out.
. The Witness
The Witness is, perhaps, the most well designed puzzle game I have ever encountered. The game is defined by the puzzles you are completing. Yes, there is something beautiful surrounding them; but, ultimately, you're here to challenge your mind. I had a pen and paper out, was taking & analyzing screenshots, photoshopping potential solutions, and really challenging myself with these puzzles - and, you know what? It was incredibly satisfying. The Witness is a must-play for anyone who enjoys cerebral puzzles.
. Firewatch
There is something to be said about a game which conveys a compelling story with very few characters. Firewatch has, essentially, two characters (with others in the periphery). These two are well-realized, believable, and act in ways consistent with their writing. There is also a lot to be said about the stunning art, great sound direction, music, and moments. It is a very dense game, packed with details you could very easily miss. As an experience as a whole, Firewatch can feel slight; but it packs a powerful punch. It actually had me researching similar positions in my home country of Canada! Maybe I'll try it some summer =)
. Hitman
Hitman is not a series I was previously committed to. My first experience was with the original back in 2000, and I just didn't "get it" back then. As I watched more and more content about 2016's Hitman, I decided to take the plunge and try it out for myself. My god. What a well designed game. It encourages creativity when reaching the solutions to its multi-layered, labyrinthine murder puzzles. It's brilliant, and I cannot think of a single flaw. I believe this to be something we can go back to for years and say "this is an amazing game." I cannot wait to see what is next for Hitman, and if they continue doing elusive targets!
. Inside
Sometimes atmosphere is key. Sometimes you lose yourself in a game's environment to the degree where you cannot escape until you see it through. Inside was one of those games for me. I played it all in one sitting, and found myself engrossed until the credits rolled. Granted, I felt the last screen was a bit crappy; but everything preceding it was of such a quality that - at times - my mouth was left agape. The last 20-or-so minutes of this game has some feats of programming which I feel are ridiculously impressive, and am confident in saying this game is worth your time.
. Overwatch
I'm not a Blizzard guy, but Overwatch pulled me in in a powerful way. I love its characters, their lore, the colorful artstyle, the amazing voice acting, the MOBA-influenced gameplay, and much more. Unfortunately, as the year progressed, I fell off of Overwatch; but I still believe that it was one of the most important games that came out this year.
. Superhot
Superhot is a unique combination of style and substance. Its visuals are very true to itself, and you'd be hard pressed to find something that is as cool as Superhot. Playing through it has moments of frustration; but when you pull everything off that you intended to do, you feel like a total badass. Isn't that what gaming is about, after all?
. Sid Meier's Civilization VI
I liked Civilization V; but I loved Civilization IV. IV is what I played for years and years and years and years, and loved for just as long. Sid Meier's latest journey into the Civ franchise rekindles my love of Civ IV in a very powerful way. It is polished in a way that I have not experienced for a Civ launch ever. I love Civ VI, and intend to play it for years to come.
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#8 Edited by bassman2112 (1148 posts) -

I know that Reddit tends to be a bit of a taboo here; but /r/LearnJapanese has been an incredible resource for me. They constantly have people there to help, and even have a Discord server with people who are always willing to give a hand =)

I want to mirror what others have said, though - the Genki books are fantastic, and you can find them fairly inexpensively on Amazon.

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#9 Posted by bassman2112 (1148 posts) -

@mister_v said:

Wait, whats the controversy here? is it that the game has this content in it but the ratings board where not made aware? Or this this people being prudish? I'm confused.

Mostly Sony's reaction, at this point. The argument has been made that the User was using Sony approved methods for sharing images from a Sony approved game, and got banned for it (though the ban was recently reversed)

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#10 Edited by bassman2112 (1148 posts) -

A Neogaf User found an NPC with a fully rendered vagina, and subsequently captured & posted screenshots using the ingame camera, posting the pictures to Twitter. By doing so, he found himself suspended from PSN for a full month.

Shortly after this whole situation blew up on Neogaf, Ubi released this statement:

We’re aware that one of the NPC models in Watch Dogs 2 is rendered in a way that is particularly explicit. While Watch Dogs 2 is a mature-rated game, we apologize and will update this NPC model to make it more consistent with other NPC models in the game in a patch to be released this week. We also are working with our first-party partners to ensure that players can continue to play and share all content from the game within the bounds of the first parties’ respective codes of conduct

Apparently nudists are a part of the game, so there are fully rendered penises as well. I am definitely interested in seeing if/how this story develops any further.

If you would like to see the Neogaf thread in question, here is a link (for clarity, you can find the NSFW picture in there; but I'm providing the link for context, not titillation).

Edit: Just to get my opinion in on this, I think Sony is very much in the wrong on this one. The user used an official tool provided by Sony in a game they approved. He posted the screenshot to express his surprise that it was even in the game - seems like the whole point of the share system to me. It's only made worse by the fact that they extended his ban from a week to a month for (seemingly) no reason.

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