Game Pile: The Solitaire Conspiracy

Hey, here’s some leading text because I want to make more than just the youtube video show up in the tweet, and oh goshy gee! I like this game.

Talen Lee Plays The Solitaire Conspiracy

What Was The Plan?

The plan was to play the game up to level 9, record it with OBS taking in my audio. I wanted to leave the cutscenes and just talk about how this game made me feel in an ‘on-the-spot’ way.

How’d That Work Out?

Not great!  Or at least, not as easy as I wanted it to.

First things first, my current mic setup only accepts mono input. It’s a very nice setup and it has a compressor and it seems to be very fancy and it was a gift, but I don’t understand it. It takes in mono audio, and normally, for most programs when I play that back, it’ll play it equally in each speaker.

But OBS takes that input as just the left channel, which I need to address somehow.

That meant the first and simplest plan wasn’t going to work – just one simple ‘mash record, play game, trim in Vegas.’

What I instead did was recorded the audio in Audacity and the video in Vegas at the same time. To make the two pieces of audio line up, I opened with a sync point, then used that to line things up.

I’m glad I did this, though! This meant that my audio and the game audio were separate, and that meant I could dip the game volume when I was talking, and bring it back up so the cutscenes weren’t comparatively whispery.

I edited out a cough (god I hope I only coughed once).

Then I made my intro and outro cards, put them on it.

How’d That Work Out?

This video was really easy to make compared to the essay styles. I was nervous about making it, no lies — I mean, speaking unscripted and emotionally always scares me, in case I say something hurtful or foolish and I need to go back and correct myself — but this video was done in basically one evening, because so little editing work was necessary.

It helps that this game so perfectly lines up with Tricks month – it’s a Solitaire game after all!