Author Archives: Ranneko

Ranneko Plays SteamWorld Dig 2 – Channel Update 2017-02-16

 

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Having run through all of my pre-trip footage previously, this week was almost entirely footage captured while I was in Barcelona. I simply didn’t have the time to hold another recording session and return to anything resembling the old schedule. It is amazing how much trips can distort things because you need to cover not just the trip itself, but also through to the next recording timeslot.

As things stand I only have 1-2 times a week where I can record, so those slots are pretty precious plus I want to give this newer model of a single game running every day a slightly longer chance to help answer those questions from last week.

 

Ranneko Plays Full Throttle Week – Channel Update 2018-02-09

This week was basically the last of any game footage I had recorded before this Barcelona trip. Heck I recorded Full Throttle Remastered with Syfro back in November, there have just been a few delays with editing.

As I commented during the series, I never actually finished Full Throttle as a child. I got very close, but I just couldn’t find the right rock to kick. It felt really good to finally finish the story after all this time, but I was surprised to find just how short the game is. Despite the compulsory combat section, it only took about 3 hours to finish. To be fair, we were both already somewhat familiar with the game and the puzzles, but neither of us had played it in years. I wonder how concerned the developers were about that when the game was released.

I would also love to hear what you think of these release model, a single game run from start to finish at one episode per day. It would work much better with a stream first setup, which I have been considering using, but it does make collaborations harder to organise. At least if I want the entire series to be done collaboratively.

I will be continuing with this significantly altered schedule for at least another week, because, though I do return home today, it will take some time before I have another opportunity to record more games and edit them.

Edit: Well, as of Friday morning, the feedback is pretty clearBut this does leave further questions:

  • Is it the game? Is Full Throttle just too old or are my watchers uninterested in Point and Clicks
  • Is it the delivery method? Too many days in a row?
  • Is it the team? Do they not like the combo of me and Syfro?

Given my recording circumstances, I guess we will see, because next week will be SteamWorld Dig 2 week.

The last week’s releases were:

Saturday: Ranneko and Syfro Take a Royal Tumble
Sunday: RanWorld Dig 2
Monday-Friday: Ranneko and Syfro Go Full Throttle

After the break, more about the videos that released last week!

Ranneko Plays in Barcelona – Channel Update 2018-02-02

More changes in series due to the business trip are creeping in. Next week will be a fairly radical departure from the normal schedule and I am not entirely sure how long this will last, because I don’t anticipate being able to record and edit as soon as I get home. A lot of it depends on just how much recording I can get done from my hotel room using my elgato capture device.

I had hoped to do a little streaming while I was here in Barcelona, but unfortunately the hotel wifi is awful. It randomly drops out frequently and even when it works it has a tendency to drop to incredibly slow speeds. The perils of travel as wifi is primarily a checkbox when it really needs a full scale.

The last week’s releases were:

Thursday: Ranneko and Syfro Enter the Gungeon
Sunday: Heat Signature Challenge Runs
Monday, Wednesday, Friday: ShadowRan: Hong Kong
Tuesday: Heat Signature Hot Tips / Ranneko’s Tuesday Tips
Thursday: Ranneko and Syfro Take a Royal Tumble

After the break, more about the videos that released last week!

Pity it was still too cold to swim

Ranneko Plays in Barcelona – Channel Update 2018-01-26

I am working from Barcelona at the moment, leaving me with an odd mix of free time but low equipment. I have spent the evenings slowly editing the most of the footage I recorded before I flew out, and conveniently, my friend Syfro finished up editing the games we recorded back in Sydney. Between these two things I almost have enough to cover the gap, but it will mean some surprise changes of games.

The last week’s releases were:

Saturday: Pillars of Ranternity
Sunday: Heat Signature Challenge Runs
Monday, Wednesday, Friday: ShadowRan: Hong Kong
Tuesday: Heat Signature Hot Tips / Ranneko’s Tuesday Tips
Thursday: Ranneko and Syfro Enter the Gungeon

After the break, more about the videos that released last week!

Ranneko Plays Changes – Channel Update 2018-01-19

 

This week, YouTube announced changes to its partner program. In particular, they have decided to signficiantly raise the bar required for video monetisation. In order to qualify for their program you now need at least 1,000 subs, and 4,000 watch hours in the past 12 months. My channel is nowhere near these numbers. At the time of writing, I have 174 subscribers and about 1,500 watch hours.

When I received my first adsense payment last year, it felt like a huge milestone, but with these changes the next similar milestone seems to have been pushed back incredibly far.

This also came at a particularly bad time for me, I am going on a work trip for the next 3 weeks, and this news just killed my motivation to try to build the buffer enough to cover the trip. I will edit and post what I have, but the channel will probably either take a break during some of the next 3 weeks or at the least change games to ones I can record while I am away.

Long term, the channel itself hasn’t been what I would describe as “healthy” for quite some time now. I will go into greater detail when I finish my analytics post, but basically when it comes to my let’s plays. The numbers pretty much say no one cares, and daily uploads aren’t helping.

Currently my plans are to split my attention between my Twitch and my YouTube

On Twitch:

  • Steam regularly, starting at one night a week
  • Slowly upload the best of my old Let’s Play series

On YouTube:

  • Continue Ranneko’s Tuesday Tips, probably continuing to focus on Heat Signature until I finish working that out of my system
  • Post VODs of the twitch streams
  • Post stream highlights

These plans are of course subject to change, but I would love to hear feedback from anyone on this approach, and any worries or advice they may have.

The last week’s releases were:

Saturday and Thursday: Pillars of Ranternity
Sunday: Heat Signature Challenge Runs
Monday, Wednesday, Friday: ShadowRan: Hong Kong
Tuesday: Heat Signature Hot Tips / Ranneko’s Tuesday Tips

After the break, more about the videos that released last week!

Ranneko Plays is Changing

Hey everyone,

As a result of a combination of factors, in particular, changes to YouTube monetisation, channel performance and travel I think it is time to start making some changes to Ranneko Plays.

I plan to discuss this on my channel tonight while playing something, probably Heat Signature. I have a rough plan in mind but I would appreciate the opportunity to get some feedback.

The stream will start at approximately 18:15 CET tonight at https://twitch.tv/ranneko

Ranneko Plays Shadowrun Hong Kong – Channel Update 2017-01-12

I’ve been meaning to replay Shadowrun Hong Kong ever since the post-campaign DLC came out. The only reason I didn’t jump in as soon as it released was the knowledge that the first time I played the game I didn’t get the very best ending. This time I will take the time and effort to get all the information I need. This means that it will probably take about 80 or so episodes to finish it. Buckle up I guess, we are in for the long haul.

The DLC also added a new feature to the base campaign, audio commentary. Given I already know the story, I was wondering. Should I turn on the audio commentary? Would you as a viewer appreciate hearing the insights from the developers, at the risk of getting spoilers on later plot details?

At this point they are off, but I would love to hear your thoughts.

The last week’s releases were:

Saturday and Thursday: Pillars of Ranternity
Sunday: Heat Signature Challenge Runs
Monday, Wednesday, Friday: ShadowRan: Hong Kong
Tuesday: Heat Signature Hot Tips / Ranneko’s Tuesday Tips

After the break, more about the videos that released last week!

Ranneko Plays Finishing Up Two Games – Channel Update 2018-01-05

In a rare occurance this week I finished up 2 games in the same update period. Both Firewatch and Emily is Away Too are fairly short experiences, focused not on spacial challenges but on telling a story and providing a more emotional experience. Unfortunately, neither game seems to have captured any attention from my subscribers. They don’t even have the normal New Game bump for the start of the series. I’m not sure why.

Is it just a quiet time on the channel?

Are these games neither popular or recent enough to attract attention?

Are they simply not the kinds of games my viewers are interested in?

Unfortunately with a small, quiet viewership it is very difficult to get any feedback to draw conclusions from. Which is kind of frustrating because getting feedback would make it easier to pick new games to play. In order to delay a little bit, this Sunday I am going to experiment with a bit more Heat Signature content. But I would love to get game suggestions from you humble reader. Both for longer games in the Mon/Wed/Fri slot and shorter games for Sundays.

The last week’s releases were:

Saturday and Thursday: Pillars of Ranternity
Sunday: Ran Is Away Too
Monday, Wednesday, Friday: Ranwatch
Tuesday: Heat Signature Hot Tips / Ranneko’s Tuesday Tips

After the break, more about the videos that released last week!

Ranneko Plays Realtime Heat Signature – Channel Update 2017-12-29

Sorry for not posting last week, the lead up to Christmas had me a little too occupied to sit down and write this up.

If you have been watching the channel, you might have also noticed a few videos being published on Friday outside the normal schedule. These videos:

I have been somewhat obsessed with Heat Signature of late, for some reason it seems to have grabbed me harder than almost anyone else I know and as a result I have spent a lot of time looking at what other people have been saying about the game. In particular I noticed a number of people wishing there was the ability to show a replay of a mission without any of the pauses or slowdowns the game provides to make things a little more managable.

I realised that, as the owner of a video editor, I was in a position to effectively make that kind of a replay. It takes a lot of work, and it isn’t perfect, a few times single frames of pause screens pop in, but I have been able to take Heat Signature missions and create footage of them proceeding in real-time. It is amazing just how much information is either lost or obscured this way, you will see your character charge into a group of guards and they will all suddenly fall over, or you will literally just run through a room at breakneck speed, giving the guards no time to react as you steal a key and keep moving.

These videos have proved really popular, so I will probably make more of them, especially since I am, after all, still playing the game. The only problem is that they don’t fit into the normal schedule. Should I change the schedule? Is it okay to just occasionally release extra videos or do I risk having my channel be perceived as spammy? What do you think?

The last two weeks releases were:

Week ending 22nd:

Saturday and Thursday: Pillars of Ranternity
Sunday: Ran Is Away Too
Monday, Wednesday: The Ransistance: War of the Chosen
Tuesday: Heat Signature Hot Tips / Ranneko’s Tuesday Tips
Friday: Ranwatch

Week ending 29th:

Saturday and Thursday: Pillars of Ranternity
Sunday: Ran Is Away Too
Monday, Wednesday, Friday: Ranwatch
Tuesday: Heat Signature Hot Tips / Ranneko’s Tuesday Tips

After the break, more about the videos that released last week!