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  1. I've noticed already that a few members have avatars mentioning how they are blocked from Everything Else such as gggmork and Technician, did the mods/admins set their avatars that way or did the members set them themselves?

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    2. Maes

      Maes

      FireFish said:

      Globalization... The emergence of a worldwide market, governments trading and cooperating


      Worldwide trade is just one of the aspects of globalization, had that since the 16th century I believe...

      FireFish said:

      and the rise of different cultures in all sorts of nations ?


      Each nation sort of had its own independent culture for centuries or millenia now, depending on how old they are and what they went through, and some did so in relative isolation, so no, it's not about that. More like a "melting pot" or "americanization" we-are-all-the-same effect. Or if you prefer, a vacuous commercialization of a vague "Ethnic" (of which ethinicities, really?) ... thing.

      Globalisation also means that the decisions of a voter in the USA will affect the lives of people thousands of miles away, quite possibly in a definitive way. Or the choices of a German voter may condemn tens of millions citizens in other country to a slow economic death over many decades (OK, I'm bringing in the concept of collective responsibility in a democracy, here, that's another can of worms). Or, the ideas of a long-dead prophet of a certain religion may bring socio-cultural changes in a far-away land, in ways that even he couldn't anticipate.

      What is really "new" compared to past centuries, or even WW2, is how quickly not only goods and people, but also ideas can move around.

    3. FireFish

      FireFish

      But, on an internet which attempts to force people to the sites and views of their own language, nation, and filter bubble (basicly most big search engines).

      Jumping on an airplane, starting a war, attacking something, sharing a religion... Yeah, its a lot faster now than 20 years ago. Hell... things even air on the news at the end of the day. ;-)

      Or... Lets do the Roman thing again and force everything to become like the west... thats a nice and bland world.

      /offtopic.

      I havent seen those EE ban avatars outside of blogs. Are those People still here or did they leave DoomWorld ?

    4. Maes

      Maes

      Some weren't active in other forums besides EE, so yeah, that's quite normal.

      As for the Internet...IMO, its biggest failure has been precisely the failure to "level" all countries to the same level of Western Democracy (which, as Winston Churchill had said, despite its flaws, was "the best of possible worlds"). It wasn't able to eradicate superstition, skews and kinks caused by local politics. On the contrary, it took market, political and law systems by surprise, and it still keeps on doing that.

      By surfing, one could initially think that we're living in some sort of globalized, Western-type democracy, with unified laws, unified politics, unified culture, unified economics etc. but that's far from the truth, and usually in quite unpleasant ways.

  2. I remember him being a part of the forum leaders here but now he's no longer on the leader list.

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    2. SavageCorona

      SavageCorona

      I'd read that ^

      I bet it'd be some really fancy looking hardback with 1 page in it with "DON'T." written in giant bold letters.

    3. Mithran Denizen

      Mithran Denizen

      Heh, I was strolling through my university's library a couple weeks ago when I randomly found one of Grazza's books in the collection.

      It got me thinking about how many names have come and gone on these forums over the years. Glad to hear you're still lurking with us, Grazza.

    4. Grazza

      Grazza

      Well, we (i.e. my company, Gambit) do have a book in our future programme called Chess Strategy for Kids, which might be suitable.

      If you desperately want something new(ish) by me, then there is a revised electronic edition of my Torre Attack book. There's a Kindle version (with a free sample, including a description of what is new), but I recommend the Chess Studio edition. It's not really a book for casual players though.

  3. Ever had those times a song regardless of how long its been since you last heard it somehow manages to pop up in your head without even trying to think of it, and keeps playing over and over?

    Just recently the Inspector Gadget theme song keep playing repeatably in my head even though I haven't even seen the show in over two decades.

    Is there any particular reason why this sort of thing sometimes occurs with peoples minds?

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    2. AndrewB
    3. FireFish

      FireFish

      Music is something odd, and it has been proven to ignite the memories in the brains of people with alzheimer or memory loss.
      But theme songs of shows one watched for days as a kid... damn those are tough nuggets, lol.

      Recently i had these haunting my brain...

      Power rangers theme.
      THE Spiderman theme.
      teenage mutant ninja turtles.
      Is-no-good theme.
      Dragonball Z theme.
      Yu gi oh theme. (from 1999 and early 2000 - yuuuu giii oooooh)
      The super mario world themes (super nintendo.)

      To many to list, but it has died out a lot lately.

    4. Cupboard

      Cupboard

      Darkwing Duck, goddamn. I can actually say I haven't heard that in maybe 15 years. It's one of those things which I know I used to watch, but kinda forgot about it even though it was pretty badass at the time.

      Also yeah yu-gi-oh is a repetitive one for me as well. I love the bass line halfway through the song ftw.

  4. I found $115 I had hidden away without any message to remind myself why, I wasn't so sure what to do with it at first but I eventually decided that I would buy some rum since I've never tried it before.

    Naturally I had no idea which one to get for a first timer such as myself so I asked the worker there for recommendations, I eventually ended up getting Captain Morgan spiced rum mixed with coke, it was only $20.

    I will be trying it later.

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    2. hardcore_gamer

      hardcore_gamer

      If you are into drinking the strong stuff I suggest you also try out scotch. JW black label is a good one which isn't too expensive. Though if you are only into mixed drinks I suggest just sticking with Vodka and rum.

      Personally I can't stand rum because it makes my stomach upset for some reason. I guess it's all the sweetness. Can't stand super sweet alcohols. Plus it makes the hangovers all the worse.

    3. Remilia Scarlet

      Remilia Scarlet

      I almost got some Captain Morgan tonight... but I didn't, and instead caved to a larger bottle of Kraken rum. I think I'm hooked on that as far as rum goes.

      Also got some tequilla, Irish cream, and picked up my bottle of Leopold Brothers absinthe that I left at my mom's house.

    4. dew

      dew

      Cpt. Morgan does nothing for me. I heard so much about Kraken that I was almost disappointed when I finally got my mitts on it. As far as rum goes, I'll never pass a chance to get some Diplomático, yum!

  5. I only just found a secret map in Quake II named Sudden Death accessible from Receiving Center which I never found since I got the game on the 12th of September 2006. My mind is totally blown.

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    2. TheUltimateDoomer666

      TheUltimateDoomer666

      I can't even remember exactly when I got my first copy of the game.  Bought it brand new in a store...a long time ago.

    3. leodoom85

      leodoom85

      Ah...Sudden Death. You have 30 seconds to pick everything you can...I discovered that level when I was trying to reach that place with a grenade-jump loooong ago...probably about 15 years ago?

    4. Marcaek

      Marcaek

      Disappointing map, Lost Station got my hopes up and in true Quake 2 fashion all the promise of the early game was dashed as it went on.

  6. I have decided to give Rise of the Triad: Dark War a try, but after looking around on the internet I cannot find any kind of source port for it so far.

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    2. BigDickBzzrak

      BigDickBzzrak

      ^ Perhaps, haha.

      My main point of discontention with the game is the fact that it's kinda, hmm, "delusive" in terms of gameplay.

      On the surface it looks very much alike with Doom and its relatively small and easy to navigate levels (talking about the original stuff here ofc). There's the gunplay, the fancy jump stuff and the insane enemies. Sounds merry-go-round eh??

      However at some point you realize that it is actually Wolf3D under the hood, and I don't mean just in terms of the game engine.

      Mazes mazes mazes mazes even when it's all a huge open area. Or corridors corridors corridors, everything looks absolutely identical and barely any possibility of distinguishing any particular location from any other location. I prefer my linearity.

      So in my playthru, I would end up spending up to 50 minutes (not joking!) just wandering around after cleaning the enemies up, looking for that one goddamn mandatory pushwall that I missed. IIRC this is especially expressed (and aggravating) in E3 and E4, where the levels get big.

      Furthermore, the boss fight. Absolutely mind-blowing mechanism. I'd be genuinely AMAZED if anyone back in 1995 was able to figure this out on their own. I mean, it's definitely a step ahead of every other contemproary game with their "JUST ANOTHER ENEMY WITH 10X MORE HEALTH AND 10X STROGNER GUN" (e.g. Doom, Wolf, also Duke I think) , but maybe the step was... too far ahead.

       

      PS all ROTT ports crash all the time for me. 

      @Coraline you're our only hope, don't disappoint

    3. Avoozl

      Avoozl

      Ah, so there was source ports, they just didn't turn up in my google search for some reason.

    4. KVELLER

      KVELLER

      @bzzrak What in the hell are you supposed to do at the end, anyway? I got there, got stuck, and called it a day. Haven't touched the game again ever since, and I don't plan on doing so, either.

  7. I won some light wine a few days ago and because it was my first I pretty much enjoyed it, it was Brown Brothers Mascato white and light wine with 5% alcohol, today however I decided to try red wine which happens to be 10% alcohol and I pretty much got tipsy and then drunk from it unlike the first wine I had.

    I can safely say now I enjoy wine and will try as often as I can to get more.

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    2. Snakes

      Snakes

      Barleywine > Wine

      But that's just my opinion or whatever.

    3. Remiel
    4. dg93

      dg93

      lol I remember my first alcoholic beverage.

  8. I can't yet figure out how to add coloured fog in GZ Doom Builder, anybody have any tips?

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    2. Phade102

      Phade102

      No problem, its not very clear really, I had to play around a bit. The other option above just sets the default colour for the sector, its a more artifical effect, so that when you enter a sector your weapon will change ot that colour and such. Good luck with your maps!

    3. Avoozl

      Avoozl

      I am mostly just testing custom textures along with a kind of scene with fog, but thanks for the well wishes.

    4. Phade102

      Phade102

      Well I hope it gives you some inspiration for a future map. I added fog to an old map I did yesterday and god it made a beautiful difference.

  9. I logged into youtube and when I opened the video manager link I noticed every single video of mine had 5-6 new dislikes each, quite a few of the videos were fairly new which had no ratings until the disliking happened which made it obvious, I looked through the video analysis thing and according to it all the dislikes were all issued at the same date by the same country which was UK.

    I guess someone just didn't like any comments I may have made on other videos and trolled me with a mass disliking spree, I really don't understand why people even go through the bother just because of something they probably didn't like.

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    2. Avoozl

      Avoozl

      40oz said:

      Likewise, do you really value your likes?

      Not really no, but sometimes I do get curious and look at them.

    3. printz

      printz

      Do hate bots exist?

    4. Krispy

      Krispy

      printz said:

      Do hate bots exist?

      If they do, then it's already over.

  10. I don't know how to feel about it but 30 is such a long time. I have decided to push for change in my life at this point and try to better myself from any past mistakes, I am also going to try to eat healthier whenever possible and try to reduce stress and depression by doing something more constructive with my life rather than just sit around on the computer all day. I may even try to get my license and a motorbike like I have been thinking of getting for a while now.

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    2. Avoozl

      Avoozl

      Yeah it is my birthday and thanks.

      Thanks for the kind words everyone, they're pretty uplifting at this time.

    3. Tristan

      Tristan

      Happy birthday and good luck!

    4. geo
  11. So I found a pack of Ocarina of Time textures and decided that I wanted to make a Doom map with its Shadow Temple textures, however some of them are a little too small, and I can't just simply resize them in one of my few graphic softwares as I fear it will make them look a bit crappy. I don't really know what to do at this point.

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    2. Decay

      Decay

      When I made AeonDM map 11 I used textures from here: http://www.emutalk.net/threads/51481-Zelda-Ocarina-of-time-Community-Retexture-Project-V6-Development-Topic

       

      However, it is incomplete and unlikely to be completed. All the textures are on my old, dead HDD, I'll have to retrieve them someday, but I don't think Shadow Temple was done, like, at all, I drew mostly on the Spirit temple and Fire Temple. I had to resize all textures/flats, I used MS "Photo Manager" that came with Office 2007. Didn't lose any noticeable integrity.

       

      Word of advice though, prepare for really bad palette translations and very awkward structuring. Dragonfly is also right you'll find you have to do a lot of mixing and matching from various parts. You'll also have to do a ton of actual texture editing and lighting work in the map to make it look half decent. Lighting is literally the most important thing to make or break these textures unless you make a palette specific to them. It also really suffered in software vs OGL, I highly highly recommend using some port that supports true color or OGL.

       

      Here's some screenshots. First 3 are software.

       

    3. Avoozl

      Avoozl

      I got mine from here which seems to be the next version of the same set: http://www.emutalk.net/threads/55307-Zelda-Ocarina-of-time-Community-Retexture-Project-V7

    4. Decay

      Decay

      Oh neat, didn't realize it had finally updated, it had been quite some time since I had retrieved them... Provided the format is the same, all the textures were pretty well within their named folders unless they had appeared somewhere else in the game first.

       

      As I'm sure you've noticed, the textures are also quite fat in terms of weight and actual size, so you will still likely have to do all the texture editing manually for doom, and pray the palette doesn't have its way with the textures.

  12. I just bought this (scroll down): http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/ALIENWARE-ANDROMEDA-X51-i7-3770-Upto-3-9GHz-1-5GB-GTX660-8GB-RAM-2TB-HDD-/261594464313?pt=AU_comp_dekstop&hash=item3ce83ec039

    Because my current 5-6 year old PC is aging away and has already started to show worse signs such as a failing PSU and loud CPU fan I desperately needed a new PC and this one seemed pretty good for the price, I would very much like to know if I made a good choice or not.

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    2. Avoozl

      Avoozl

      Well it looks as if simply upgrading to the 970 won't be easy, after looking up a lot of threads on the same model of computer I bought (the Alienware Andromeda X51) there's not a lot of space for a new card such as the 970, it can be freed up by moving the fan but there's still the matter of the power supply needing to be replaced for a more capable one.

    3. Blastfrog

      Blastfrog

      Could've gotten better for the same price had you built it yourself.

    4. Avoozl

      Avoozl

      It was around $1000 which I thought was good enough for a refubished Alienware.

  13. I hate these Kleer Skeleton's in Serious Sam 3, they can be very annoying to deal with even with powerful weapons. They are like Demons/Pinkys on steroids.

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    2. Albertoni

      Albertoni

      Rocket launchers aimed at the floor, my friend. If life doesn't give you grenades, but gives you rockets, turn those rockets into grenades.

    3. GarrettChan

      GarrettChan

      @R1ckOh yeah... totally forgot about the secret exclusive weapon...

       

      @AlbertoniNice sentence, love it. Just in case you're not joking, hitting the ground with rockets doesn't deal much damage, and you have a risk to "launch" the Kleer towards you, but it's difficult to compare because there's no such thing in 3.

    4. Albertoni

      Albertoni

      I was half joking and half giving an idea. I don't remember much of SS3, sadly.

  14. I just listened to Kashmir by Led Zeppelin, I think I may like this kind of music now.

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    2. Obsidian

      Obsidian

      I still remember Kashmir.wad. :P

    3. Doomkid

      Doomkid

      The Lemon Song!

    4. Tristan

      Tristan

      Oh cool this means I get to plug Rainbow's Stargazer again, second time in two days. It's pretty to similar to Kashmir (but better, imho) \m/

       

  15. Ever since getting my first smart phone (S5) I haven't yet used it for calls nor added any credit to it but I have been using internet on it via free public hotspots, none of these hotspots are located near my home.

    However last night whilst in bed my phone randomly vibrated and I checked it and saw my Ebay app gave me a notification of a seller message I've already seen while on my PC in the previous evening, I opened up Ebay and it worked, then I checked various other sites as well as the youtube app and they also worked.

    I am quite perplexed as to why this is happening, it has also happened once before when I tethered my Nokia 2690 a few years ago although it was very slow.

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    2. Cupboard

      Cupboard

      then you are using the wireless signal from your home's internet router perhaps?

    3. Avoozl

      Avoozl

      Well it looks as if it will no longer do it anymore, it has gone back to the same insufficient funds message.

    4. joe-ilya
  16. I have finally dropped soda and am drinking plain spring water, I got started with a 24x600ml pack and am going to go from there.

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    2. Dragonfly

      Dragonfly

      Year, not rear. Phone autocorrect combined with no edit button. Ew.

    3. Nevander

      Nevander

      I want to as well but Mountain Dew is just too delicious.

    4. Avoozl

      Avoozl

      The only problem so far is I seem to be more tired than usual now, it might be withdrawal but I don't know honestly.

  17. I want to try Batman Doom but I have no idea which source port would work best with it.

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    2. Avoozl

      Avoozl

      Okay, I will give ZDoom a shot.

    3. Coraline

      Coraline

      3DGE has a special version of Batman Doom by CeeJay:

       

      http://www.tdgmods.net/smf/viewtopic.php?f=26&t=2667

       

      Check it out :-)

    4. Tracer

      Tracer

      I tried it with Skulltag a few years ago and was less than impressed.  I haven't used skulltag since then.  I only use GZDoom anymore, and I haven't tried it on there.  I remember it being buggy as hell.

  18. I really need an excuse to play Diablo II again, I'm going to have to find someone to play a co-op game of D2 with.

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    2. Dragonfly

      Dragonfly

      I would be interested. I've never played past Act 2, despite loving the game. Something always finds a way to stop me playing and then I either get back into Doom mapping or something else, heh. The only issue you and I would have of playing coop is:

      - Timezones

      - I work shift work, as in, different hours every day / week.

    3. Ichor

      Ichor

      Excuse 2: Ladder resetting next week (30th).

    4. Avoozl

      Avoozl

      Star Trek Online the game I usually play is currently on an extended maintenance of 8 hours now, perhaps this would be the perfect time to fire up D2.

  19. GZDoom's fog doesn't work the way I want it to, there is only one set kind and no alternatives unfortunately.

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    2. Nevander

      Nevander

      Make sure you are setting fogdensity in MAPINFO. This property "fixes" fog so that it gets applied evenly across all light levels. Normal GZDoom fog behavior is rather odd.

    3. Avoozl

      Avoozl

      I wanted a fog which shows at a distance rather than fill up the whole room like the default fog in the source port.

    4. Dragonfly

      Dragonfly

      This could be simulated with some linedef trickery - have it so the fog is set when you cross a linedef at a distance, perhaps? You may be able to play with it enough that it has a 'gradual fade' effect. Alternately, if you're willing to get super advanced about it, have a script running that checks your distance from a hidden / invisible actor at the point of the fog.

       

      You could also use translucent, solid-colour midtextures which are activated the same way as the abovementioned idea.

  20. I never would've thought that I would enjoy games like Serious Sam 3 but I have come to like it now and have found myself immersed in it unlike any other game for quite some time, of course there are moments which psis me off and I just quit the game to return to it another day but I am really enjoying it so far. There's so many similarities to Doom in it.

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    2. R1ck

      R1ck

      I once invested myself some times on learning the engine when they're released the source code for their first engine. I love Serious Sam, the game brought me into Gaming at the first place. but the monster AI is really kinda unfair tbh.

    3. Phade102

      Phade102

      I like to think of Dooms slaughter wads as being similar to serious sam. its a solid game. You should try the HD First encounter and HD Second encounter too. They're obviously a bit dated, but they are insanely fun.

    4. Avoozl

      Avoozl

      I am actually quite fine with old games so I wouldn't really care if they are a bit dated.

  21. Well it just reached my 28th birthday today, but I'm feeling much older than I actually am, nothing much has happened so far but maybe my mother will visit today, I did get a card from my grandmother in the mail with $30 included.

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    2. Mithran Denizen

      Mithran Denizen

      Of course you should, but I`ll join you anyway. Happy birthday. =p

      Not that I know what your dollar is worth these days, but what are the big plans for the sweet $30 windfall?

    3. Blastfrog

      Blastfrog

      Ah, shit, I'm sorry. I don't check blogs often enough.

      If I had seen this thread in time I would've wished you a happy birthday. Well, have a belated happy birthday in this case! :)

    4. Cupboard
  22. Well it has just reached Feb 11 here in Aus so it's my birthday and I'm only one year away from reaching the third decade of my life, I already feel quite old.

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    2. Chezza

      Chezza

      Have any mates with spare time? Between my group of friends and brothers we always fork out money to host a reasonably good 30th night. Mine is not until a few more years though.

      We don't do anything crazy, it's usually a killer feast with good drinks to boot. I hope you get do something special, it's uplifting.

    3. Avoozl

      Avoozl

      Well my father ended up ringing me and came to visit and accompanied me to the nearest pub for a steak and chips so it ended up being a good evening.

    4. Azuruish

      Azuruish

      happy birthday!

  23. I had to reinstall my computer due to a brick but after reinstalling everything I have forgotten how to switch YouTube back to the previous layout.

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    2. Avoozl

      Avoozl

      Well it worked for me before, I don't see why.

    3. Remilia Scarlet

      Remilia Scarlet

      Try adding ?disable_polymer=1 to the end of the URL.  Like:

       

      https://www.youtube.com/?disable_polymer=1

       

      or

       

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K-BweXKhUYU&disable_polymer=1

       

      Use the & if there's already a ? in the URL.

    4. Avoozl

      Avoozl

      Also thank god I recovered all my browser logins and bookmarks.

  24. Decided to get back into Doom since it's been too long for me, I am also looking to improve my ability to make maps and I have come up with some custom industrial textures which I want to see how well they would work with a test map.

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    2. Doomkid

      Doomkid

      It looks like, in mapinfo, you'd simply type:

       

      sky1 sky1 (number here)

       

      when defining the sky for the map. 0.01 being a slow scroll, for example.

    3. Avoozl

      Avoozl

      I did forget to mention that I am using GZDoom Builder and the map is going to be in UDMF. I don't know if mapinfo works that way with just any texture.

    4. Ichor

      Ichor

      When I updated GZDoom to 2.4.0 (this was before 3.0.0), I was using the skies definitions in the MAPINFO with the old format (i.e. 20 instead of something like 0.2). When I played my maps, the skies were scrolling at insane speeds.

  25. I have been meaning to get into doing "Let's Play" videos and well I found out from other LPers that the Blue Yeti microphone was one of the best to use, I found one for around $172 AUD on EBay and I am wondering if it's worth it for that price.

    I mean it seems a bit steep for just a microphone but I guess it's something to do with the current currency exchange rate for the USD to the AUD as I have heard that the same microphone is around $75 in the US.

    Any thoughts on it and if I should buy some other microphone instead?

    This is the microphone I which I want to buy: http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Blue-Microphones-Yeti-USB-Condenser-Microphone-for-Mac-PC-/361391014352?hash=item54249541d0:g:ivsAAOSwe7BWu~yK

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    2. deadwolves

      deadwolves

      It's a bit pricey for youtubing, plus don't most YT players use headsets? You could probably find one for gaming for around $50 USD. Have a look in your local electronics store. That mic sounds more for hobbyist/semi professional work like film or radio.

    3. ClumsyDoomer

      ClumsyDoomer

      First of all, in my opinion, it's never worth wasting money for "let's plays" (unless if you've already got a large fan base). I'd suggest buying a headset, too, though. That microphone will only pay off if you're a vocalist.

    4. Avoozl

      Avoozl

      I guess I'll just have to get a headset then as you guys are saying, one LPer who told me about the Yeti mic said that headsets generally aren't that good to use for LPs but whatever.

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