Video Game Politics

My experience editing video has been very easy. I’ve done video editing for years even editing a thirsty minute school project in middle school. I have to admit it was a little hard to match the screen cast to my audio, but after just a little effort I was able to get the job done. All in all it was a pretty painless experience, there were no major issues and it was actually pretty fun. Unfortunately I did have a sore throat while recording it so the voice quality is not what I would prefer, but it wasn’t a big deal.

Moving on, the topic of video games and politics is really very interesting. I feel as though there are many times while playing through a game that I will witness subtle hints of social issues or political satire. I find this to be a very useful tool to convey a specific opinion or point of view. I think this can be used even more in the future to try to sway public opinion in a specific direction. However this can be both good and bad. On one hand, if there is something unlawful happening in the government or something, using subtle plot points, or full on politicized video games can be used to sway the public into a more stable or clear stance on an issue. Conversely though, this technology can be used to change public opinion for the worst. In this case, a company can use this technology to support their own interests.

Politics in video games is growing rapidly and increasing in relevance to current issues. In my opinion subtle political stances to sway opinion will grow as time goes on and gradually become a greater and greater force in the video game community.

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Video Editing/Podcast Experience

My experience making the audio was pretty pain free, and quite fun. The hardest part for me was picking what songs i wanted to edit. I wanted it to be uptempo but I didn’t want it to be overwhelming (at least for the first song). Then actually editing the audio around my voice and doing the cross-fade was stress free. The only snag I hit was getting the second song to fade in at just the right time, but that was an east fix after all of 5 minutes worth of finagling. I then had the idea for the diner sounds in the beginning while eating at Henry’s Diner on Livingston with my friends, so I immediately took out my laptop and recorded like 10 seconds to loop for the first part of my intro.

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Screenshot Captured from http://redlettermedia.com/

I watched the video by Red Letter Media, which was a review of Starship Troopers. I though it was a very funny review, and it was well put together. First off, they had 4 different angle which was cool. They had the landscape view in the beginning with both hosts in the frame, then they had a side shot of one of the hosts. Throughout the video the switched between frontal views of each host individually. It appears that audio was recorded using a lapel mic which is visible on the bodies of both hosts, and I presume there was probably a boom mic too behind the scenes. The actual review was shot themselves however they borrowed clips from the movie to use as reference throughout the review. They must have edited it in a way so that the two hosts knew what clip would be added in post so they could give space to place the clip in during editing. I have no idea where they may have edited their video, but I’d assume in a studio of some sort, not necessarily a professional studio but maybe like a home studio.

Photo Editing

Photo editing is not one of my best skills, however I do have some experience with it. I do not use any professional tools. The only programs I use are the ones provided on my devices and a free photo editing app on my phone. I do not do a lot of editing but I do some simple photo-editing for friends and family as seen in the photo of my friend skydiving and I also like to just edit photos for myself or for social media like the picture of my friends Bel Air Nomad. I do not have any skill using photoshop or any other advanced photo editing software although I have used them before very briefly in high school. I really only learned the basics but consequently I do not remember them because I took that class as a freshman. Although I do not have any solid experience using photo editing software I do believe that I will be able to pick up the basic skills and other actions very quickly. One skill I have with technology and editing software is that I can quickly learn how to use it for my basic needs. Despite the skills I can gain however, I am unsure of what I will use photo editing for in the future as of now However this is also due to my lack of knowledge on the applications of photoshop and other such programs in the professional world. Additionally I am also pretty unsure of what can actually be done with photoshop. Despite these uncertainties I do feel that these skills will be helpful ones that I can add to my list of skills, and that in the future I will be able to help my company or organization with them.