BETA Self-Reflection

After posting our BCM215 BETA videos, we are once again required to give feedback to 3 people regarding their Digital Artefact and their Beta video. For the Beta, I have commented on the same people that I commented on in the pitch, as this means I can see the progress they have made and comment on how they have progressed since my last comments. The three blogs I have commented on are Seth Galvin, Elliot Boswell and Jett Townsend.

Seth Galvin – Super Smash Bros.

Seth’s Digital Artefact is an analysis of the Super Smash Bros. series, presented as blogs on his website. He has posted the first of his blogs recently, where he looks at the original game, Super Smash Bros. 64 (1999), the competitive history behind the game and his own personal experience playing the game as a child.

His blog was quite interesting to read, however as a newcomer to the game, I don’t feel I was able to connect as well as someone familiar with the game could have. To counter this, I did some research into the game, and came across this video. I linked this video in my blog and commented that it could be a good resource for him to incorporate into his blogs, as it would give people like myself a starting point for the series, as it discusses the terminology and moves that the series has.

Another suggestion I gave him was that he could make a blog post where he analyses each game’s characters, why they’re included and why some are removed or not included. Since Super Smash Bros. has a large roster of characters from other games it could be interesting to see why those particular characters are selected.

Elliot Boswell – Playing History

Boswell’s Digital Artefact is a collaborative YouTube channel with a friend, where they discuss the historical accuracy of the Assassin’s Creed franchise. Boswell has posted one video so far, taking a look at Assassin’s Creed Origins, which is set in Egypt and features fictional portrayals of historical figures such as Cleopatra and Julius Caesar.

In his Beta, Boswell outlines how the videos are taking longer than expected to create, so in my comment I suggested that they combine two or more games together into one video, and proposed that he combine Assassin’s Creed 3, Black Flag and Rogue into one video, and Assassin’s Creed 2, Brotherhood and Revelations into another, since these games are linked more than the others.  

I also suggested that he try to reduce white noise and make the sound effects quieter, as it is hard to hear Boswell and his friend talking. By reducing the background sounds, it could make editing the videos easier, as he would be louder to hear.

Jett Townsend – Nostalgia/Crash Bandicoot

Jett is continuing his Digital Artefact around the topic of nostalgia in video games, especially in relation to Crash Bandicoot. Jett is conducting his Digital Artefact as a series of interviews posted to his blog, as well as on Tik Tok, where he posts gameplay of Crash Bandicoot. Each of Jett’s blog posts has him recounting his conversations with different people and discussing their history with the game.

In my comment on Jett’s beta I discussed the Tony Hawk Pro Skater game series (which he mentions in his beta), as in 2012, Activision released a remaster of the original THPS, as THPS: HD, and recently in September 2020, THPS 1 + 2 was released – another remaster of the original two games. I mentioned how it is interesting that Activision have released two remasters of the same game with two very different responses to each other. I then suggested he should look into this, and research whether any other games have been remastered more than once.

Reflection of Comments

Overall, I believe my comments will be helpful for Seth, Elliot and Jett, as I was able to relate to their topics and provide my own research and background knowledge. I believe the suggestions I gave will help in both their research as well as their presentation of their research. When reflecting back on my comments, the thing that needs the most improving is how I relate back to subject readings and materials, however I did manage to provide some helpful links for each topic which I believe may prove helpful for my peers.

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