Sunday, October 21, 2012

Alan Wake - Session 2 now on YouTube

YouTube didn't pull this session down! Hooray!

We opened with a short skit this week; it was fun, so if we get any more ideas, we'll probably do another one sometime. In the game, we took it from the trail to Lover's Peak to the departure from the coal mine.

Throne of Games will be taking a week off the 27th, but we'll be back on November 3rd with more Amnesia: The Dark Descent. Alan Wake will continue on the 10th.

Part 1
Part 2

Alan Wake playlist

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Alan Wake - Session 2

The second part of our Alan Wake playthrough begins tonight at 7pm ET on the RadioPSI TwitchTV channel!

When last we left our intrepid hero, Alan was climbing Lover's Peak to rendezvous (in an entirely unromantic way) with his wife's kidnapper, being harried, of course, by creatures of darkness all the way. What will Alan find at the end of the trail? Will Alice be alright? Tune in to find out!

Remember, we won't be watching the Twitch chat; if you want to join the discussion live, and you have an IRC client, click here. If you don't have an IRC client, click here instead.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Amnesia: The Dark Descent - Session 1 now on YouTube

Our first encounter with Amnesia: The Dark Descent is now on YouTube! If you missed it live, go watch it now!

So, John made it much further than I did when I attempted to play this game before. In my defense, I was playing alone, in the dark, wearing headphones, so my circumstances were much more conducive to freaking right out. Still, though, it's pretty intense, even just for enjoying it vicariously.

Unfortunately, due to video compression issues, some of the darker areas look really murky in the video. I'll see if I can do anything to improve that before next week. But hey, it's horror — not seeing clearly almost makes it better!

Next Saturday, we're back with more Alan Wake. We'll be taking off the 27th; I'll be consulting with my cohosts to determine how best to tackle the November schedule. We'll probably return to Amnesia for the 3rd, but might end up doing Alan Wake again.

Part 1
Part 2

Amnesia: The Dark Descent playlist

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Amnesia: The Dark Descent - Session 1

Tonight at 7pm ET, John begins his blind run of Amnesia: The Dark Descent. Get ready to get scared, or to laugh at us getting scared, cuz only one of us has any idea what's coming (and it's not the guy at the helm).

Amnesia is accompanied by a CONTENT WARNING — and I don't mean the fun, cussin-n-boobs kinda content warning, either. This game builds its atmosphere with some seriously disturbing visuals and concepts. If you are squeamish or nightmare-prone, you're probably not going to want to watch this game.

(This session, though, we probably won't get to anything particularly disturbing, but better to give the warning in advance, I think.)

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Amnesia: The Dark Descent

Amnesia: The Dark Descent

Don't be afraid Daniel. I can't tell you why, but know this, I choose to forget. Try to find comfort and strength in that fact. There is a purpose. You are my final effort to put things right.

With no recollection of anything that came before, the player character awakes in castle that has seen better days. Piecing together what he can from his surroundings, he soon learns his forgotten goal, and gradually realizes how horrible his situation is.

Now, personally, I'm a total scaredy-cat. I sat down with the game just long enough to figure out the basics of what was going on so I could do this write-up. Tried to play further, but only succeeded in freaking myself right out. So I'm just going to enjoy this game vicariously through John, who will be our player for this October special series, and who will be going into this completely blind.

Don't miss seeing your hosts be utterly terrified by Amnesia: The Dark Descent, beginning October 13th at 7pm ET.

(For those not familiar with the game or its reputation, this comes with a strong CONTENT WARNING. There's some legitimately disturbing stuff in this game, but it's used to build a very scary atmosphere, and is part of what makes this game so utterly terrifying.)

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Alan Wake: Session 1 having issues with YouTube

Well, this is problematic...YouTube is muting my video of Alan Wake because it detects that it contains copyrighted material — that is, its own soundtrack. This is beyond frustrating.

I've found other Let's Players have that music in their videos; do LPs fall into their own realm of fair use? Or did those people just suck it up and pay those licenses? I'm gonna have to research this...

Since it's not really watchable in its current state, I'm not gonna link it yet. Hopefully, this can get resolved in a relatively simple and timely manner.

[UPDATE] Okay, so while YouTube did catch the game's score in there, it was the game's licensed music that was the problem (namely, Roy Orbison's "In Dreams"). I don't want to just clip that part entirely out of the video, as I'd like to preserve the discussion during that time, but unfortunately, the audio is flattened, so there's no easy way to separate it out.

For this (and for this show in general), I really ought to acquaint myself with video editing more closely.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Alan Wake: Session 1

Our first October horror series, and our first episode at our new home, Alan Wake begins tonight at 7pm ET!

Remember, our TwitchTV channel has changed — the new link is in the upper right, where the old one was — so update your bookmarks/subscriptions. Additionally, we won't be using the built-in Twitch chat anymore, so instead, join us here (or here if you don't have an IRC client). It's a lot more stable and easier for us to keep track of.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Alan Wake

And when he swore to bring back his love
By the stories he'd create
Nightmares shifted endlessly
In the darkness of the lake

Alan Wake has a problem. After finishing his most recent book, the best-selling author has taken a vacation with his wife in the town of Bright Falls. Now she's missing, the only clues to her disappearance the mysterious pages of a thriller he doesn't remember writing. Something is rising from the shadows of Bright Falls, a presence that's stalking Alan Wake and will stop at nothing to drag him into the night.

Billed as a "psychological action thriller," Alan Wake draws inspiration from ghost stories and mystery shows like Twin Peaks, creating a world stuck between the mundane and the insane where nothing is what it seems, and there's a reason to be afraid of the dark.

Join Mark, Daniel, Brendan and Mabry for Alan Wake alternating Saturday nights from 6 pm to 9 pm starting October 6th.

In darkness, fight with light.