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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

The Future

Hey everyone it's Mike! :)

I haven't done one of these update posts about what to expect from us in a while. So I'll do that now. This is what I hope to accomplish so don't quote me on any of it.

First and foremost, I plan on spending my next couple paychecks on computer upgrades. I need basically a new everything. At the moment I plan on purchasing a new motherboard, RAM and video card. I'll probably have to upgrade my power supply to power it all and I'll probably get a new processor to replace this 2.3ghz one I got. The motherboard I have my eyes on supports 16gb of RAM which would be a HUGE upgrade from always having at most 2gb. The video card I want to get is the ATI Radeon 6770 which is almost 6 generations better than my current ATI Radeon X1950 Pro. Hopefully once all that is upgraded I'll be able to put the graphics up for my videos and record even smoother.

Now for game news, starting with Half-Life 2. I really want to finish the entire walkthrough for the game this summer. The only thing holding me back is rendering and upload times. The editing software I used for over a year for all my gaming videos, Camtasia Studio, has recently decided to not render my videos past 7% so I've had to resort to Sony Vegas. Using Vegas to render all 3 parts of level 4 will take me about 7 hours, 3.5 of those hours being spent on part 1 alone. Then, obviously, the files will be over 1GB in size so that's another 3 hours of uploading each. So I'm looking for a fix for Camtasia or a substitute because I'm not wasting an entire day just to render and upload.

For Counter-Strike Source I'm still trying to get gameplays. A decent amount of people have requested dust2_unlimited but I cant' find any servers that aren't deathmatch so I might have to just put another DM video out. I'm also going to be trying to get all the mod-type requests out of the way just because I don't play any of those game types and those are relatively easy to obtain footage for.

I really want to get back in to the Left 4 Dead 2 Mutation videos. I haven't bothered checking if Vigil has a video for the current Hunting Party or whatever mutation but the next mutation, whatever it is, Vigil will hopefully do a gameplay for it if we haven't already. In addition to that you got the new DLC being released at some point which will definitely offer some more gameplay from L4D2, even if it is a rehash of the Cold Stream level that would no longer be in beta.

The Portal 2 walkthroughs are something I'm going to be helping out with. I'm just waiting for Tha1337ness to post part 2/2 of level 3 I think so I can start uploading because I think it would be weird if I uploaded a few levels then part 2 from a few levels ago is uploaded. At the moment I have Chapter 4 rendered out and ready to upload. I had Chapter 5 ready to render but I accidentally deleted the footage so I'll have to go and replay it but that won't be too bad since I'm always down for Portal. The co-op is something else we want to do as well. Sw1tch and Tha1337ness might do live commentaries as they play through the co-op missions and/or I might go play co-op with a good random and get some footage and do a walkthrough.

I don't play Black Ops that much at all despite the fact that a part of me wants to get gameplay for it. There's so many Black Ops requests it's just ridiculous. Tha1337ness has been going for your requests more than I have and I think he might have 1 or 2 games. As for me, I have a video I got a while back doing a requested setup and I need to commentate it with the person who requested it but I just need to find the time to do that. I feel bad because I told him to answer me before like June 20th if he was interested, then I added him on Skype and haven't even said anything since then. :/

I needed to clear up some hard drive space so I uninstalled Day of Defeat: Source so for the time being that is in the inactive games list.
Alliance of Valiant Arms is probably going to end up in the same boat. I want to try and get another gameplay before I uninstall it just because a decent amount of people wanted to see more gameplay after my review-type video I posted on it.

When Team Fortress 2 became free, I decided to re-install it and see if I liked it any more than the last time I had played it and I did. I've been playing a lot of it lately, sniper on 2fort only. I plan on getting some gameplay but whenever I try to record in console the game gets very laggy. I haven't tried recording as I play but my guess is it will be too choppy by the time Fraps takes a cut of my FPS.

The only other things I have to say are that I'm looking for other games to play and possibly post gameplay on so we have fresh/new stuff on Vigil. In addition to that, I plan on buying an HD-PVR at some point this year once I have bought all my computer upgrades and a new TV so I can start recording stuff off my XBox. It would probably only ever be single player stuff since I'm awful at multiplayer games on XBox.

Thanks for reading and I'll talk to you all later!

Friday, June 24, 2011

Team Fortress 2 Is Now Free!

Wow. I'm in disbelief. Valve has announced that Team Fortress 2 is now FREE. If you've got Steam you can go and download the game now and have it for free. This offer is forever. That's nuts. Valve is amazing.
Having bought the game a long time ago though, I feel cheated. No I don't. I'm glad such a cool game is free. So go and get it everyone! Link below!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

New Series Up Now!

Sw1tch has done it again. The man who brought you Win and Fail of the Day is back, this time keeping you all wondering What Happens Next? Go watch episode 1 at and let us know what you think happens next! Leave as many guesses as you like!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Duke Nukem Forever Demo

If you can play video games on your computers, Steam has just released the Duke Nukem Forever Demo which you can download for free here:
It will ask you for your age and you need to be 18+ to play so if you're not, just put in a fake year.
There will probably be some gameplay coming out of this demo for you all so stay tuned to our YouTube channel!

Monday, June 13, 2011

Quad Contest 2011

This is just going to be a quick post thank all of you who voted for us for Operator Perry's 2011 Quad Contest. The quad video is our quickest growing video, sitting at 25k views as of this posting. We also managed to gain 200 subscribers over the past couple days which is our greatest increase in subscribers ever.

So once again, thank you all! We couldn't have done it without you. We hope to continue making videos for you all and staying true to what we wanted Vigil to be when we started it: viewer oriented.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Mike's Hard Drive & XBox 360 & Poll

Hey everyone it's Mike!

So I JUST (literally 2 minutes ago) got my external hard drive working with my computer. I could have had it working on day 1 but I guess I didn't search hard enough. All I had to do was go in to Disc Management and manually assign it a drive letter (J:/). So that means my external hard drive is up and running and I can start doing gameplays and stuff. :)

In addition to that, last week was my birthday (May 26) and I bought myself an XBox 360. If you want to add me, my gamertag is MikeNUrMouth but I only have Black Ops, MW2 & Portal 2 at the moment.

As for the poll, we had some cool results. The question was "At what point did you subscribe to Vigil Gaming?" and the results were as follow: 0-100 subs 42% (3 votes), 251-500 subs 14% (1 vote), 501-1000 subs 14% (1 vote) and 1001-1500 subs 28% (2 votes). It's cool seeing the spread of when you all subscribed. This months poll asks: "What console do you play more of?" with XBox 360, PC, PS3, Wii and Other as your options.

See you all later!