Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Zaranyzerak Plays Dead Space - Part 3

The third and final (or is it?) part of my first time playing Dead Space and seeing how scary it is, with Annetta coming along reluctantly for the ride.

Having FINALLY solved the riddle of the claw arm/tram repair thingy, we get back to some more exploring. And I quickly discover it's a good idea to make sure you have lots of ammo before wandering too far...

Zaranyzerak Plays Dead Space - Part 2

Part 2 of my 3-part video showing the first time I played Dead Space, accompanied by Annetta.

More commentary this time around, since we got past all the opening cinematic/intro stuff. Plus babbling helped us cope with the mounting terror.

In this installment, the tension rises as Annetta takes to watching most of the game from under her blanket, we discover an entertaining (and stomach-churning) use for my "Mighty Stomp," and have a little trouble figuring out how to use the Stasis Module to solve a puzzle...

Zaranyzerak Plays Dead Space - Part 1

First of 3 parts in which I finally get my hands on the sci-fi/horror epic, Dead Space for the PS3 (also available on XBox 360 and PC).

Is Dead Space as scary as the hype makes it out to be? Let's find out! Watch as I play it for the first time and make Annetta watch, and we quickly realize I'm the bigger chicken...

The Lightship REVEALED (and explained!)

At long last...I reveal the awesome TRUTH of the LIGHTSHIP! Watch, and be AMAZED!

Oh, and as an added bonus - I go over your comments from the previous video, and wax philosophical about some key issues. Enjoy!

Theme song and background music by me.

Where's the LightShip?

So, October 14th has come and gone, and we didn't see the super duper uber spaceship we were promised by Blossom Goodchild. Was she just another con artist? Or....have we simply been mis-interpreting her message this whole time? I give my take on it, and will conclude my look at the whole sordid saga tomorrow. All with tongue firmly planted in cheek, of course. ;)

Theme and background music by me.

Voice Recognition and SayIt Sam

This time around, we talk about new voice technology vs old voice technology.

Cass tells me about the new bluetooth voice recognition programs that are being used in cars, and we reminisce about the good old days of SayIt Sam - one of the earliest speech synthesis programs, and its application in porn.

Zaranyzerak Plays BioShock PS3 Demo - Part 3 of 3

This is it! All hell breaks loose in this, the final chapter!

In which we meet Big Daddy, play with fire, I completely fail to realize I can HACK security bots and instead duke it out with 'em, I get my ass handed to me on a silver platter by an onslaught of death-dealing Splicers, and finally get a message from the enigmatic Andrew Ryan.

After all is said and done, will I be buying the game?


Zaranyzerak Plays BioShock PS3 Demo - Part 2 of 3

Part 2 of my playthrough/semi-review of the BioShock PS3 demo.

In this installment I beat up a luggage cart, briefly meet a creepy little girl, discover the joy of Plasmids, and neglect to play any audio diary tapes I find.

For those just joining us, this is the first time I'd ever played the game, so I hope you enjoy all my n00b mistakes in both playing and describing what's going on.

Zaranyzerak Plays Bioshock PS3 Demo - Part 1 of 3

Formerly only on XBox 360 and PC, Bioshock is finally coming to the PS3. I decide to see what all the hype has been about over the past year and given it a shot by playing the demo!

Here you can see my first ever experience with Bioshock, in all my newbie glory. All I had seen up to this point was a handful of trailers. This is the first time I ever picked up a controller and actually experienced this amazing, beautiful and terrifying game firsthand.

Not a LOT of action in this first part, but oodles of atmosphere and gorgeous visuals. Plus given the overall spookiness of the game, I thought it would make a nice Halloween video treat for everyone. Enjoy!

Jayce and the Wheeled Warriors DVD Review - Part 3

The final part of my 3-part in depth review of the new Jayce and the Wheeled Warriors DVD set from Shout Factory!

In this final installment, we look at the DVDs proper, I talk about the picture and sound quality of the set, any problems I found with it, compare the picture quality between the DVD set and the typical bootleg quality fans have suffered with for years, and finally take a look at the main menu.

Oh, and somewhere in the middle is my spiel about what "Remastering" is and why people need to stop whining about it.


The second of my two-part series featuring old Super 8 films I made with my old friend David when we were 12.

In this one, we made a Breakdancing Instructional Film. Maybe we should have learned how to breakdance first...

The Adventures of Pierce and Secret

When I was a kid, I LOVED making movies with my parents' Super 8mm movie camera. This one was an attempt at an epic spy movie mini-series from 1984 - The Adventures of Pierce and Secret!.

My friend David and I were into spy stuff (as many kids are), so this seemed like a natural progression of our interests. Sadly, it was never completed, but you'll see all that we did here.

The actual movie is bookended by me talking about it, and giving some background about how I used to make movies back then and WHY this one was never finished.

Jayce and the Wheeled Warriors DVD Review - Part 2

Part 2 of my in-depth review of Jayce and the Wheeled Warriors on DVD.

This time around, we take a look at how Jayce has fared on DVD in the past, and delve deeper into the origins of the show by checking out the toys the show was based on.

Cass Destroyed His Laptop

Cass obliterated his laptop keyboard for no apparent reason. So we replaced it. Since filming this video, he tried plugging in a bunch of cards to the laptop while it was plugged in during a thunderstorm and blew it up. He now has a new laptop. And better health insurance.

Jayce and the Wheeled Warriors DVD Review - Part 1

At long last, it's here! Part 1 of my in-depth review of Jayce and the Wheeled Warriors on DVD! (It's going to be 3 parts, in case you're wondering)

In the first part, I give you the lowdown on the storyline of the show and share some anecdotal tales about how I originally discovered it. And, as I often find myself doing when I talk about this show, I also mention Adventures of the Galaxy Rangers and how I've always seen it as being strangely connected to Jayce...

Part 2 coming soon!

The Dark Knight vs. Indy 4 vs. Star Wars

In this first installment of Stickam Fridays, we join the conversation in the midst of a heated discussion about whether or not The Dark Knight lived up to the hype, then segue into a similar discussion about whether or not the 4th Indiana Jones movie lived up to the first 3, and end off with an extended rant about some of the things that were wrong (and right) with the Star Wars prequel movies.

My 200th Video!

Wow, has it been 200 already? Then again, I look at some people and they cracked 1,000 in roughly the same timespan. Oh well, still a cool landmark!

This time around we take a look FORWARD at what you can expect in the relatively near future from my channel.

And I sneak a little DVD update in when no one's looking...

Here's to the next 200 videos!

Stickam Insanity

A classic clip of some of the craziness that goes on in my weekly chat room, recorded Friday, October 27, 2006.

A lot of you probably remember the Grim Reaper Ghost Stories live show I did on Stickam a couple of years ago. What most of you DON'T know is that very often the fun would continue well into the night, long after the ghost stories were done.

This video is a small sample. Using the effects box, I start off taking karaoke song requests and singing them like a chipmunk. The last song request I did was "Closer" by Nine Inch Nails, after which the room quickly degenerated into insanity and manic giggling.

Other participants:

MafiaMan5437 (who you can hear cracking up throughout the madness)

AnthonyLynch (who has gone by many names since)

Elvanda (one of my fave friends from Down Under)

Hannah (who was a regular at the time, and has since vanished into obscurity)

MusicSystem (who requested the fart noises and has also since vanished)


DVD Update - Old School SF, Teddy Bears and Bruce Campbell

It's been kind of a slow month, but I grabbed a few cool new DVDs. And this is all about 'em.