For the first time in what feels like forever the whole gang is in the hizzy for Episode #104 of Jumping the Shark. This week we officially ditch the two-part “What We’re Playing” and weekly topic format in favor of a bit more free-flowing discussion that we think will revitalize things a bit. This week it’s our semi-traditional games of 2012 kick-off as we talk about everything we’re looking forward to this year, from the newly announced X-COM title from Firaxis to Bioshock Infinite, from Quantum Conundrum to Luigi’s Mansion, from Mass Effect 3 to Darksiders 2. We’ve also got a little chatter about everyone’s new iPad addiction, Ascension. Danielle gets groovy with Dance Central 2. And, in the midst of taking Skyrim out for a pleasure cruise, Bill and Brandon can’t help but wonder just why total strangers are asking them to deliver yet another message. All this and more on this week’s rendition of Jumping the Shark!
The embedded feed and some editing notes are up after the break…
With strong desire to get away from editing the Skype feed, which has been the reluctant (but very necessary) choice since the end of summer, I made some time this week for a multitrack edit. Among the pains that drag out editing time when going this route are balancing the volume between individaul tracks and dealing with all the hitches and scrapes in everyone’s audio, which are much more noticeable when you’re looking at four individual tracks instead of one mixed track. Now, most of these bumps you’d never notice when listening, but my problem is I can see them. This leads to an obsessive compulsive desire to silence every bit of “noise” whether it’s notable or not and that tacks on a lot of editing time. I’ve tried to keep those OCD tendencies under control this week by leaving anything in that didn’t actually stand out to me over the headset, while also trying some corner cutting for balancing everyone’s audio together that will hopefully simplify that process a bit (a longer story).
I still haven’t listened to the final product, so for those of you so inclined, I’d like to hear from you whether you notice an improvement in the audio quality this week over what you’ve heard the past few months. Is anyone too quiet or too loud? Is there anything else that jumps out at you? Background that is more or less notable? No notable difference at all? The comment thread awaits your input!