Other Interesting Videos Part II

The other interesting video I wanted to talk about real quick is Peter’s Camera Hack demonstrations.

The most recent one up on our channel is from our Silent Hill 4 Let’s Play, and I think it’s really interesting what it shows, in terms of…how they do things to put the game together.

So, here’s the video:

One of the first things in the bedroom window, where it shows how…looking outside the window works, so there’s a little box outside the window with a low resolution view, so when you click the window to actually look at it, what you’re looking at is something else, that’s rendered elsewhere, it isn’t part of the main room level/model. The same is true for the front door.

We then look through all of the pictures which is the more interesting part, the reflections on the pictures aren’t done with some fancy programmed reflective surface, there is actually just another version of the room on the other side of the picture, blurred and low resolution to look like the reflection. These extra rooms are also just the complete room, rather than specifically what the game developers were sure you’d need to see in the picture frame. These box rooms also change in colour along with the day night cycle that happens throughout the game.

Each of the rooms in the apartment exists separately, so we have the door loading thing.

We also got to see the dismembered/dis-embodied head right at the end there, and how it simply pops in and pops out when it’s in and out of view of the player (usually).

I think the room reflections part is the most interesting part, essentially. Especially compared to the previous Camera Hack video for Silent Hill 2, which I’ll add here:

In this video you can see that the whole room’s and character models are reproduced whenever there is a mirror, in actually quite high resolution. So in rooms with mirrors, there are actually two rendered rooms, and two rendered characters that you are controlling at the same time to get a really high quality mirror effect.

As an aside you can see the how to/how it was done video for the Cam Hack here.

Let’s Play – Silent Hill 2 Born from a Wish!

That’s right, we’re back with our Let’s Plays. After a pretty long hiatus where both myself and Peter had dental surgery to remove teeth (as we both keep having too many extra grow in), we’re both very happy to finally be producing again.

So, this is the follow up to our Let’s Play of Silent Hill 2, we’re now playing the extra scenario, also referred to as the Maria scenario, Born from a Wish. Our format is still mostly the same, our player is Scott, with myself and Peter commentating.

What has changed a little is our process, we are now producing videos using Kdnlive, instead of PowerDirector. We’ve found for what we do, it’s a much better program. The technology is still mostly based on our brief but awesome pod cast set-up, where we spent under twenty pounds.

But, that’s enough chat. Here’s part one of our Born from a Wish Let’s Play.

Silent Hill 2 Let’s (not) Play – final week six! (Sort of)

Our final week of playing Silent Hill 2, and it’s a fairly short one, with just three parts, the end credits, and our talkie. It’s a sort of finale, as we are going to be playing the optional scenario “Born from a Wish” which our player Scott hasn’t played either. Look forward to it soon!

We’ll be putting up a fun little teaser for the “Born from a Wish” scenario soon, so we’ll see you then!

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Silent Hill 2 Let’s (not) Play – week three!

So, we’re back again with another week of lovely Silent Hill 2 videos. We had a week long break from video uploads, as Peter caught a nasty case of the flu, and he’s our chief recording and editing guy. Thankfully, he’s getting better! This week we have lots more goodness. We finished with the hospital, lost Maria to an encounter with Pyramid Head, and returned to the streets of Silent Hill, which are now dark and changed.

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