Saturday, May 10, 2014

Montages Are About to Hit the Fan - So Here's Some Tips to Get Yours Noticed

With the Ps4 and Xbox One hitting the markets with gusto it's easy to lose sight of a few things that will have a profound impact on the gaming community. What am I talking about? Montages, Frag Videos, those awesome five minutes of watching skilled players rip apart the gaming community with sick headshots and other kills to music that we love.

Now I'm not saying every video that gets out there is rockstar quality. In actual fact, there's a lot of failures out there. But everyone needs a starting point, and the field is about to be leveled... well in a few updates at least.

When montages first started hitting YouTube they made jaws drop, eyes got crossed and made gamers drool for days on end. But what was the main issue? Capture Cards for the PC were like 200$, and external PVR devices were near double that. Over the years prices have gone down. Hell if you go to Amazon right now you could pick up a Used Hauppauge HD PVR 2 Gaming Edition for around $110 (That includes shipping) where the new out of the box ones at retail stores are between $130-200. That is if you can find a HD PVR at the retail store that works with a PS3 or XboX 360, most stores will direct you to the Bell/Rogers or whatever else cable company you have in your area HD PVR having NO CLUE about what you're looking for.

With the new systems, that won't be needed anymore. Sony and Microsoft have both put the PVR ability into the console. Now, I won't say this is flawless (Sony has already stated that the PVR ability needs a patch that will be released at a later date to function. Xbox One is stating "limited PVR capabilities" which basically means they don't want to comment on what it lacks) but this is all technicalities to anyone who sees the forest for the trees. Gamers are not slow indaviduals, you can bet that there will be a work around of some sort, or something along those lines to get you your desired result.

Now, I said back up there that "there's a lot of failures out there." Well, that's mainly because of a lack of knowledge. You can't simply chop your video, add some music, and call it a day. Well... You could do that, but then you'll end up wasting your time on a video that will barely blip on YouTube... and we all know you want the world to see how awesome your skills are.

What I recommend is watching a boat load of Montages. Find the ones with the most views study it. Then, adfter your eyes and ears have had so many joygasims you can barely contain yourself start recording yourself.

Hey, Johnny Hotshot, 2 hours of recording is not gonna cut it. I mean seriously, in 2 hours of gameplay you might have three or four really awesome games where you can get a couple of seconds of video. Yeah, I said it, a couple of seconds. You're going to want a day or two of gameplay, just remember the maps you did awesome on and skimming through the footage won't be a problem.
Awesome, you got your clips, and your music, but what should you use to make the video? For first timers... Windows Movie Maker... seriously, but don't expect AMAZING results. This will get you familiar with what goes into making a montage. "But Swoop, I want an Epic Montage!" well then, Sony Vegas Pro is your answer. But that's NOT cheap, it could cost you anywhere from $200-$600. A step down would be Corel's VideoStudio or Sony Movie Studio (They tend to be around $50-$100 depending on which one you buy) after you get that, spend some time learning it, go on YouTube, find some tutorials, play around with it.

After all this is said and done, your montage is ready to go, the world will see how awesome you are!
I'm giving you an example of one of my first videos I created. The quality suffered, but that was because of the method I used to capture the game clips. Some of you might remember that you could upload a clip from Black Ops to YouTube, limited to about 30 seconds however. So, I did just that, uploaded to YouTube, downloaded from YouTube. The quality took a hit big time, but these were my first steps, and I'll admit I'm still working on my skills editing, but you have to start somewhere right?
So now it's all a question of when, and will you sit back and simply watch the movies? Or will you be the start of one of your own?

Swoopster out.

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Sunday, May 4, 2014

How to Use Giants Effectively in Clash of Clans

In my opinion, Giants are currently the best troops in Clash of Clans for many reasons. One reason is because Giants can fill the tank role better than Barbarians because they have a lot more health and thus they are less vulnerable to splash attack from Mortars and Wizard Towers. They are also effective on the map because they prioritize targeting a defensive building which means by using Giants you can focus on neutralizing the enemy's defensive power as fast as possible. Moreover, Giants are also well-known for their excellent uses to distract and soak up hits for their comrades.
One effective raiding strategy can be utilized using a combination of few Giants and lots of Archers. First, deploy Giants to distract all the defensive buildings attack focus and then quickly drop Archers near the attacking tower to destroy them. This strategy, when used correctly, can easily wipe out an entire base and ended up rewarding you with a 3-star victory.

Giants had been proven to be very useful when combined with Wall breakers and Goblins. This strategy works great when used on a heavily fortified base with lots of resources available. First, just like the previous tactic, deploy Giants to distract all the defensive buildings and then drop the Wall breakers right near the column of walls you want to breach. You just need to make sure that any defensive towers in the vicinity had their focus on the Giants because Wall breakers are so fragile. Once the walls have been breached, quickly release all the offensive units like Barbarians or Archers to destroy the defensive towers and Goblins to steal the resources.

There is also another famous raiding strategy using a combination of lots of Giants and 2 healers. This strategy will work in almost all types of bases. Basically, you just need to spam all the Giants you have on the map, preferably close to each other, and then when the Giants start to get focus fired by the adjacent defensive building, you deploy the 2 healers about 5 tiles behind the group of Giants. This strategy works because most of the time the 2 healers, will heal back all the damage that has been done to the group of Giants in front of them. Given enough time, those Giants could wipe out a well-fortified enemy base with only few casualties. However, you have to be careful when employing this strategy because an Air Defense can 2-shotted your healer unit from afar and also be wary of the spring traps that could kill your Giants in an instant.

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Friday, May 2, 2014

Which Tier-1 Troops I Should Upgrade First in Clash of Clans?

Many of you Clash of Clans players may get confused on which troops to upgrade first when you had finished the construction of your laboratory. My answer is simple, archers upgrade should be your first priority when doing upgrades. Why? Because archers are more valuable in the long run especially if you are a very active Clash of Clans players who likes to raid and make someone else's base turn to rubble. There are 3 reasons why archer is your highest priority troops to upgrade.

First, archer has the best attacking power compared to barbarians or goblins. You might wondering why because not only archer has the lowest health but it also has the lowest damage per second (dps) attack power compared to barbs or goblins. That's because archer has one attack ability that the others don't, and it's called ranged attack ability. This means that archers have a better opportunity to hit those defensive buildings such as cannons or towers regardless of wall protections. Try to compare that with barbarians which need to breakthrough the wall first before they can get to anything.

Second, archer doesn't pick targets. Unlike goblins which prioritize the resource buildings when attacking, the archers hit anything on their sight (including walls unfortunately). This gives archers a better chance to wipe out a base compared to goblins that is picky because resource storages often placed deep within the base and fully protected. Don't get me wrong here, goblins are the best troop if your only concern is to steal resources. However, you cannot deploy goblins without the assistance of other troops such as barbs or giants because they will get crushed easily. On the other hand, an army consists of 100% archers will definitely able to take out any base with decent protections and even sometimes reward you with 3 stars!

Third, archers are an excellent Clan Castle troops. The most popular requested troops for Clan Castle at the moment is archer for obvious reasons. Archers ability to hit from afar is already dangerous and now try to put archers inside a dozen of strong, protective walls. The result is you will get a group of army that can attack an enemy without having to fear of getting hit back. It's a deadly combination!
A note to consider is that it may be very effective to deploy a full army of archers for a low level Town Hall base (1 to 5). However, once you hit a level 6 to above Town Hall level base you might want to combine archers with other troops such as giants or wallbreakers.

Hi there,
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