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Gaming news all up in the PATV grill: Checkpoint episode 1

Dark Raven XDark Raven X Stylin'Profilin'Registered User regular
edited May 2011 in Social Entropy++
http://www.penny-arcade.com/patv/checkpoint/101/

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Side splitting hilarious news from those Loading Ready Run guys.

Brace yourself for megalulz.

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  • Blackie62Blackie62 Registered User regular
    edited May 2011
    Ah yes the cleavage of Kathleen De Vere, good start as always. And the news? ENN seemed funnier oh well the fact that Paul did that entire bit with egg on his hand is pretty funny.

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  • mcpmcp Registered User regular
    edited May 2011
    That gentleman needs an eyebrow specialist.

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  • Goose!Goose! Haven't played Fallout much tbh... I've played Borderlands. That count?Registered User regular
    edited May 2011
    First creepy comment comes 4 minutes after thread open, failing to break previous record of 30 seconds.

  • HamjuHamju Registered User regular
    edited May 2011
    This seems like it could be good, but I can't stand how it sounds. Pleeeease spend more than $30 on a mic and find someone who knows how to use iiiiittt

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  • ProprietyPropriety Registered User regular
    edited May 2011
    Hamju wrote: »
    This seems like it could be good, but I can't stand how it sounds. Pleeeease spend more than $30 on a mic and find someone who knows how to use iiiiittt

    The LoadingReadyRun crew do videos semi-professionally. I assure you, they have good quality microphones that cost FAR more than $30, and they know how to use them. I didn't hear any sound issues at all.

    I have been looking forward to the return of LRR's game-news segment, and am delighted that it has found its way onto PATV. I was laughing pretty hard at Paul's bit.

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  • JoshTheaterJoshTheater Registered User
    edited May 2011
    Hamju wrote: »
    This seems like it could be good, but I can't stand how it sounds. Pleeeease spend more than $30 on a mic and find someone who knows how to use iiiiittt

    Must be your computer, the sound quality seems perfectly excellent for me. Get better speakers then come back, little boy.

  • Dark Raven XDark Raven X Stylin' Profilin'Registered User regular
    edited May 2011
    I have a PC custom built for music production - that guy is correct, the sound in this show was much weaker than the average PATV thing.

    Sidenote; the Season 1 Child's Play part 2 episode of PATV had really weak sound too.

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  • TenTen Registered User regular
    edited May 2011
    This wasn't too bad, definitely more welcome on PATV than Mega64 was. The jokes were mostly giggle worthy, though the joke about no high profile third party Wii games went on way too long. I wonder if they're going to try to get these out weekly?

  • Kathleen_LRRKathleen_LRR Registered User, Contributor regular
    edited May 2011
    Yes, we are going to put these out weekly. They'll go up every Monday.

  • HamjuHamju Registered User regular
    edited May 2011
    Hamju wrote: »
    This seems like it could be good, but I can't stand how it sounds. Pleeeease spend more than $30 on a mic and find someone who knows how to use iiiiittt

    Must be your computer, the sound quality seems perfectly excellent for me. Get better speakers then come back, little boy.

    My speakers are excellent, if you can't hear the problems then I'm not sure what to say.

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  • JoshTheaterJoshTheater Registered User
    edited May 2011
    I have a PC custom built for music production

    As do I, I'm a Music Technology major.

    If there's any weakness in the sound quality it's due to the video player or processing of the video, it does seem a bit dampened volume-wise but I can't detect any problem with the initial quality itself.

    Implying that they're using cheap equipment is just ludicrous.

  • John MatrixJohn Matrix Registered User regular
    edited May 2011
    Well this was certainly a thing.

    I think I liked it. I guess they're going for a Daily Show type vibe? Get a few drinks in to calm those nerves.

  • babyeatingjesusbabyeatingjesus Registered User regular
    edited May 2011
  • HamjuHamju Registered User regular
    edited May 2011
    I have a PC custom built for music production

    As do I, I'm a Music Technology major.

    If there's any weakness in the sound quality it's due to the video player or processing of the video, it does seem a bit dampened volume-wise but I can't detect any problem with the initial quality itself.

    Implying that they're using equipment costing even close to only $30 is just ludicrous.

    So is calling someone a "little boy" for having an opinion different than yours. Highest frequencies are muffled in the voices or something (I'm not entirely sure, I've taken a few music tech/recording courses during my music degree, but I'm no music tech major), but there is definitely a problem with the recording. I doubt it's just because of processing. But if you honestly can't tell a difference in quality in this audio recording and the normal PATV stuff then there's really no point in discussing this.

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  • TubularLuggageTubularLuggage Registered User regular
    edited May 2011
    So basically, it's ENN, but on this site now.

    Cool.

  • Mr. GMr. G Man, I love the way you talk Using 40 words where 4 will doRegistered User regular
    edited May 2011
    Those were some jokes

    And Canadians

    Canadian jokes

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  • Dark Raven XDark Raven X Stylin' Profilin'Registered User regular
    edited May 2011
    Hamju wrote: »
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    Yeah, but what I think he's getting at is that it's the sound of the entire episode, not just the actors voices - implying it's a master level / video encoding issue, not the production values that are at fault.

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  • SnitSnit Registered User
    edited May 2011
    i couldn't watch this at all, the sound was killing me

  • Vargas PrimeVargas Prime King of Nothing Just a ShowRegistered User regular
    edited May 2011
    Hamju wrote: »
    I have a PC custom built for music production

    As do I, I'm a Music Technology major.

    If there's any weakness in the sound quality it's due to the video player or processing of the video, it does seem a bit dampened volume-wise but I can't detect any problem with the initial quality itself.

    Implying that they're using equipment costing even close to only $30 is just ludicrous.

    So is calling someone a "little boy" for having an opinion different than yours. Highest frequencies are muffled in the voices or something (I'm not entirely sure, I've taken a few music tech/recording courses during my music degree, but I'm no music tech major), but there is definitely a problem with the recording. I doubt it's just because of processing. But if you honestly can't tell a difference in quality in this audio recording and the normal PATV stuff then there's really no point in discussing this.

    Yeah, Josh, you're being really defensive...

    I'm not a production major, nor do I have any experience with sound recording/editing equipment or software. But what I DO have are ears.

    And whatever the reason behind it, the voices on the video sound noticeably muffled or dampened. In fact, it's made more noticeable by the fact that the music/sound effects in the piece seem to be a lot clearer.

  • GyralGyral Registered User regular
    edited May 2011
    Since I enjoy Unskippable, I will certainly keep an eye for this.

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  • JoshTheaterJoshTheater Registered User
    edited May 2011
    Hamju wrote: »
    So is calling someone a "little boy" for having an opinion different than yours.

    Hehe, just joking around. I guess it did come off as pretty rude, I apologize.
    But if you honestly can't tell a difference in quality in this audio recording and the normal PATV stuff then there's really no point in discussing this.

    I wasn't comparing the two at any point.

  • babyeatingjesusbabyeatingjesus Registered User regular
    edited May 2011
    Mr. G wrote: »
    Those were some jokes

    And Canadians

    Canadian jokes

    Wait, this is Canadian? LEVEL UP

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  • JoshTheaterJoshTheater Registered User
    edited May 2011
    And whatever the reason behind it, the voices on the video sound noticeably muffled or dampened. In fact, it's made more noticeable by the fact that the music/sound effects in the piece seem to be a lot clearer.

    The music being higher quality than the voice quality does seem to indicate that it had to do with the encoding of the video and not with the video player, although it still doesn't have anything to do with the quality of the recording since obviously the music and voice audio are two separate audio components.

    On the other hand it's also possible they simply used a different microphone envelope setting than usual.
    Many microphones have different settings where one can give the audio quality a closed, muffled sound and another can give it a very open-air sound. Again, nothing to do with the quality of the equipment or recording.

  • Vargas PrimeVargas Prime King of Nothing Just a ShowRegistered User regular
    edited May 2011
    Regardless, the video itself was pretty good. I'll look forward to the next one.

    Although I do wish that more "fake news" parody things would take the tack of The Onion and just do it completely serious. It's just my opinion, but I usually find it more funny than doing the schtick-y type stuff like the egg or mugging for the camera.

  • LanglyLangly Registered User regular
    edited May 2011
    Goose! wrote: »
    First creepy comment comes 4 minutes after thread open, failing to break previous record of 30 seconds.

    I was about to post something to this effect.

  • GrahamSGrahamS Registered User, Contributor regular
    edited May 2011
    Thanks for all the feedback guys!

    I'll look into the comments on the audio, because our mic certainly shouldn't be letting us down. Maybe it's due for a replacement? Anyway, I'll take the under advisement.

    Glad you all seem to like it!
    We're thrilled to be here, and we can't wait to do more.

  • bamjobamjo Registered User regular
    edited May 2011
    That was great! Its nice to see PATV increasing in variety. Looking forward to future episodes. Also I thought the sound was fine.

    The LRR crew must be crazy busy these days. What is this your 7th web show? Keep it up, your stuff is really funny.

  • Indie WinterIndie Winter Nattravnen Registered User regular
    edited May 2011
    so does this mean Ledo and Ix have officially been given the boot?

    shame, just when it was getting good

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  • OlivawOlivaw good name, isn't it? peach treesRegistered User regular
    edited May 2011
    I'm not sure it's shoddy audio equipment so much as they are recording in a space with poor acoustics

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  • Kuribo's ShoeKuribo's Shoe Kuribo's Stocking North PoleRegistered User regular
    edited May 2011
    Bring back Mega64.

    This is not a comment on the quality of this video.

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  • The Good Doctor TranThe Good Doctor Tran Registered User regular
    edited May 2011
    I have decided to engage my heretofore unused forum account to speak in support of this type video thing. I laughed a number of times and consider it to be of a quality commensurate to that of other Penny Arcade video productions. I was not bothered by the sound.

    Please to not lose Ledo and Ix.

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  • chrishallett83chrishallett83 Hi! Registered User regular
    edited May 2011
    The music bits sounded fine, the voices sounded like my speakers were submerged in a bucket of mud.

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  • NogsNogs Crap, crap, mega crap. Registered User regular
    edited May 2011
    they really need to improve their sound quality.

    other than that, i found it to be okay.

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  • TankHammerTankHammer Extreme Ghostbuster Registered User regular
    edited May 2011
    I'm looking forward to seeing more of this kinda thing in the future. It's something I could see myself watching every week.

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  • Virgil_Leads_YouVirgil_Leads_You Registered User regular
    edited May 2011
    I never actually laughed, but I did crack a smile a few times.
    The show has a good vibe- if that makes any sense.

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  • GrahamSGrahamS Registered User, Contributor regular
    edited May 2011
    I guess saying "It sounds fine to me" isn't remotely helpful, so I will concede that the high frequencies sound a bit crushed. Depending on your audio setup, that might result in far too much bass.

    There's a slight de-hiss filter on there, and I imagine that's the culprit. I'll take care of that for next time.
    Thanks for the feedback, all!

  • John MatrixJohn Matrix Registered User regular
    edited May 2011
    As far as the sound thing goes, I've listened to it on desktop and laptop speakers and I'm getting the same result. I can best describe it as it sounds like it was recorded in a large room with very little in it. There's also very little bass in their voices. Should I woman's voice have bass? I've no idea.

    I am clearly no music major or sound technician.

  • HamjuHamju Registered User regular
    edited May 2011
    GrahamS wrote: »
    I guess saying "It sounds fine to me" isn't remotely helpful, so I will concede that the high frequencies sound a bit crushed. Depending on your audio setup, that might result in far too much bass.

    There's a slight de-hiss filter on there, and I imagine that's the culprit. I'll take care of that for next time.
    Thanks for the feedback, all!

    That might be it. It kinda sounded like a mastering issue, like there was a gate that was chopping off the high frequencies. A hiss filter could do that

    edit: I look forward to the next episode

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  • Romanian My EscutcheonRomanian My Escutcheon Two of Forks Registered User regular
    edited May 2011
    I liked it.

    Didn't have me in stitches or anything, but it was fun to watch.

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  • FandeathisFandeathis Registered User regular
    edited May 2011
    That was pretty amusing. The voices sounded really awful though. I have a very nice set of speakers and some experience in the field of sound engineering, but I honestly couldn't tell if it was your de-hiss or the acoustics of the place you recorded it in. Could be a combination of both even.

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