Let’s get right to the point… Why on earth am I starting video play-through of Skyrim, a game that’s been around since 2011 and has been YouTubed nearly to death? Why take the time to research and test mods and tweak and tinker and try out different video recording programs when this has all been done before?
It’s a question that bears asking, and the answer is multi-faceted. Let’s examine, shall we?
- Skyrim is experiencing a resurgence. Due to the release of Skyrim Special Edition, the game is back in the front of people’s minds again. That release in and of itself is an anomaly. When have we ever seen a game re-released with a new engine? This is testament to the fact that Skyrim is one of the most popular games ever and has tremendous replayability. Never mind the fact that SKSE and SkyUI are now in alpha testing for Skyrim Special Edition and the modding community is fairly drooling over the possibilities. [br] [br]
- I’m passionate about Skyrim. I make no bones about it. It’s my favorite non-Minecraft game, and I love the openness of it, the exploration, the skills development, the quirky NPCs, the glitches, the sheer entertainment of it all. It’s well done in all aspects, and even its flaws somehow endear it to me. [br] [br]
- I love the mods. The creativity of the mod-making community is staggering. The variety of available mods is equally staggering. No matter who you are or what your play style, there are mods out there that will enhance your experience and /or fix problems you might have had with the game. You can gather yourself a set of mods that favor a particular type of character, run a play-through, and then take it all apart and put together a different mod setup for an entirely different type of character. It’s amazing. [br] [br]
- I love video editing. Ever since I got my hands on my first video editing software (VideoFactory by Sonic Foundry, many years ago), I’ve been hooked. Editing video is one of those activities that can absorb me for hours. Time just zips by without my even noticing. I enjoy taking something raw and making it into something pretty, or slick, or just watchable. Adding titles, mixing sound, all of it. I just absolutely love it. [br] [br]
- I want to entertain people. This is a fairly new discovery for me, but it makes sense given my personality and outlook. I love being entertained myself, and I tend to remember things that entertain me. So, if you want me to learn something, wrap it up in an entertaining presentation. Therefore, in answering the cosmic question “What can I offer people? What value can I add?” the answer is: My outlook, my sense of humor, my technical skills, my creativity, and my ability to find the silliness and bring it to the fore. Remember Monty Python? Yes, silliness is highly underrated. [br] [br]
- I can do it. This is perhaps one of the most important reasons. Not only do I want to do it; I can do it. I have the technical tools at my disposal—a decent computer, a good microphone, a video-editing program—but I also know how to use them effectively. I also have what HR people would call “soft skills”. I know how to put sentence together, and I know how to speak. I’ve also been told that I have a good “radio voice”, for which I’m extremely grateful.
I’m new to all this, and with noob status comes a tremendous opportunity for learning. As a lifelong learner, I embrace this. I look forward to discovering things that work and things that don’t. I look forward to getting feedback and interacting with the community.
This is a big deal for me, and I don’t want to just toss something into the ether and hope it floats. I want to craft things and place them there with care and love.
Talos guide you.