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So...I Tried to Cover Chicago's Bit Bash Festival

Silly mistakes, such as forgetting to record audio, aren't going to stop me from exploring this event, dammit!

Sep. 21 2014

Posted by: Patrick

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Highly professional coverage incoming.

That being said, props to Patrick's wife for helping him out.

That long close-up of Max Temkin was kind of disturbing though.

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Neat!

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@patrickklepek - Let's call it an interesting take on Giant Bomb reporting! Thanks for effort, Patrick. :D

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That's definitely Dave Lang.

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Dang, Scoops. This was really interesting. I really like that you are trying this kind stuff and it would probably have turned out really well had the audio recorder worked.

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Wow... lmao. Well, cool looking event. The whole mic situation kind of sucks but the commentary track helps salvage everything. Man, I swear I can almost see Patrick facepalming in that moment he realizes he didn't have live audio to sync to the video.

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We appreciate the effort Scoops!

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I'm really glad this got posted, even with the audio issues. Thanks for giving us an inside look at a smaller local event. I may even look for stuff like that in my area in the near future!

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Secret beers are best beers.

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I'm in this video like 4 times. So that's real weird for me.

When I ran into Patrick, I had him sign a DVD copy of The Rock that I won back in the Screened days that was already signed by Alex and Rorie. It's now a goal to get that thing signed by the entire staff, and only then can I die.

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Now that Mrs Scoops has debuted on Giant Bomb, how about persuading her to get together for an irregularly scheduled podcast about games TV shows and horror movies?

PS: This is just basically just stealing borrowing Will Smith's idea.

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hahah awesome! Wish they had something like this in the twin cities area...

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@patrickklepek Well, at least it was a learning experience. I do think you missed an opportunity to overdub the audio very poorly and try to pass it off as if nothing happened.

Interesting stuff as always, thank's for posting.

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A nice try to upstage the GBeast PC building series :)

Thanks for the coverage Patrick, really appreciate it.

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Thanks Patrick! A shame about the audio. But regarding the video being "bad" I don't mind that at all, it's a bit charming and you get an "on the ground" feel. Do more of this kind of stuff :)

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Audio is so last gen.

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Fun video! I did broadcast journalism major in college, I always feared of not having my mic working and not being aware of it.

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Good job on your director's commentary. Now do a version where you ADR all the voices in the video with your own.

I'm also liking the relatively homespun nature of Bit Bash from what I'm seeing.

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Nailed the pan up fade out.

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8:25.... THAT MAN HAS AN IMPOSSIBLY LONG NECK!

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@renpatsu said:

Now do a version where you ADR all the voices in the video with your own.

Man that would be hilarious.

Bummer about the audio, Patrick but you made the best of it.

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I actually think this was kinda neat anyways. You don't often get to hear directors commentary style stuff about this kind of thing, and I found it really interesting. I would of liked to see it with the actual audio, but I think you did a great job with what you had available Patrick, well done.

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Tough break, Scoops :(

I probably wouldn't have watched regular footage, but the narration bit makes it more interesting.

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I think you two should get out more often to do event coverage. If the audio was there, I'm sure it would have been great. It's still very charming and a good save :)

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Great coverage regardless of audio issues, would love more stuff like this from you! Keep up the good work

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More of what I like from Scoops; honest, insightful reporting. Bugger about the audio problems but I've no doubt some more practice and back-and-forth with Vinny, Drew and Jason will get things going. Looking forward to more!

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@elpork said:

8:25.... THAT MAN HAS AN IMPOSSIBLY LONG NECK!

That is unreal. How did I miss that the first time?

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Awesome job with what you had Patrick! Looking forward to see more coverage like this from you in the future (including the Mrs. as your Vinny/Drew/Jason) :)

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Make sure you check you equipment next time Patrick. Other than that good show.

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No lie, shit like this is why I love Giantbomb.

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Good coverage Patrick, hope this doesnt dishearten you and we can see more unique lesser known events covered!

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this was great!

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Dat Soundtrack.

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Nice camera work, Mrs Scoops!

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Glad to see that you were able to work something out and still get the footage up on the site Patrick.

It's also really great to see events that are a little more homegrown (for lack of a better term) and not just coverage of large industry events like E3 or TGS. I really enjoyed seeing what is going on.

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@elpork said:

8:25.... THAT MAN HAS AN IMPOSSIBLY LONG NECK!

Yeah, that was pretty crazy.

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There were all kinds of crazy lighting changes but the auto-exposure on the camera held up really well! Good job camera!

Shooting live events is hard... good effort.

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Of course Chicago and its GB contingent wait until AFTER I move from central IL to Boston to host events like this...

Solid stuff, Scoops, keep it up. Love seeing GB Chicago come into its own--and being at the epicenter of what could be an incredible development in Chicago's place in gaming.

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It may not have come out how you originally intended, but I still enjoyed this quite a bit. Thanks, Scoops!

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Super appreciated. I really wish I had been able to make it out to the event that day. I am really glad to see that there was a pretty great number of people that arrived!

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I'd kill for something like this close to me! Thanks Patrick.

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This was cool -- thanks, Patrick!

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Narration? You should have just dubbed everyone's voices in à la Manos.

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That was great Patrick! Kudos to your wife for the camera work.

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@fisk0 said:

@elpork said:

8:25.... THAT MAN HAS AN IMPOSSIBLY LONG NECK!

Yeah, that was pretty crazy.

I'm thrilled to be so notable :D Sometimes I forget how alien-like I appear.

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Poor @patrick. The effort is appreciated anyway.

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Wait... has Katie officially done more camera work for Giant Bomb than Jason?! Guess that makes her legit.

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Katie for new Giant Bomb Video Person.

Super good job on making use of what you did manage to capture, @patrickklepek!