Video game replays. Occasional displays of skill. Gamer life.
This site is, simply put, a place for me to host my game videos and other game-related material I might produce. Playing games is a long-time hobby of mine and I enjoy watching other peoples' game movies, superplay or otherwise. So I decided I wanted to put up some of my own. It also helps me to focus on a single game better when I'm trying to get some good footage recorded to get some more content for the site. It's a win-win situation!
I always record the game footage from the genuine, original system it was on, be it a console or a PC. No emulators in use here. It should be needless to stay that I don't use cheats either.
I do, however, often use autofire. I hold my fingers, wrists and controllers far too dear to wreck them just for that extra +1 "supa h4rdc0re gamer" -point. If a game's major portion of difficulty comes simply from the player's physical inability or unwillingness to keep up a high rate of manual fire (as it sometimes does, especially in older shmups), it's not a game I'm looking to play. If I do use autofire, usually via third-party controller, in a game that normally doesn't offer it, I always mention it in the game's info page.
The recording process
At the heart of my gaming center is a Trilogy 1 model RGB switcher. This is the device that gets all the signals from all my consoles, which then outputs the signal towards three destinations: two TVs and the DVD Recorder. One of the TVs is always placed on its side so I can easily play tate-capable games without having to rotate my normal TV first. The DVD Recorder is a Sony RDR-HXD870 which I'm very pleased with - it can record PAL50, PAL60, NTSC and all in RGB, which all my consoles output.
After I've recorded the footage to the recorder's harddrive I just burn it to a DVD-RW. Then on my PC I first use DVD Decrypter to rip the disc, then with a combination of StaxRip, MeGUI and Avisynth scripts I edit and compress the video into a format more suitable for sharing. For PC games I just use Fraps or CamStudio, depending on which works best on that particular game.