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WIP #009: VanillaTV – Why not Zoidberg?

Posted by on August 30, 2011 | No comments

As the Multiplay iSeries LAN i43 draws to a close we catch up with Comedian to find out if it all went as smoothly as he expected. For Comedian and all the crew from VanillaTV.org this had been a harrowing few days. A continuous stream of casting on Friday and Saturday lead on to the dramatic final match on Sunday morning. The sound and computing rigs VanillaTV used were a hodge-podge of tried and tested mixed with borrowed and even gaffer-taped equipment. Possibly the most successful idea Comedian brought to this event was the Cheerfuls. The premise was to simply hand out card and marker pens then ask the crowd to draw a images to cheer their teams on. On the day this unexpected opportunity for crowd participation brought out the cheeky and creative streak in the audience and made the Team Fortress 2 final one of the most fun experiences of the weekend.

Intro/outro sampled from Daddy_Scrabble's "Monkeys have arrived". Used under CC License

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WIP #008: VanillaTV – nice shoes

Posted by on August 19, 2011 | No comments

 

In the build up to i43 I sit down with Comedian, previoulsy of TF2TV, now of VanillaTV.

In the last few weeks there has been a staff shuffle; Shox is going to pass his role as ‘right-hand-man’ over to the floor manager, Leftism. Comedian has faught to maintain the Open Mic project, he explains the importance of the constant hunt for new talent and this sentiment is reflected too in VTF2’s open call for writers.

Most importantly this week sees the preparations for Multiplay’s i43, the biggest eSport gathering and LAN party in the UK. VanillaTV are going to be bringing the fource of four men and hope to introduce Cheerfuls, previously seen in StartCraft audiences and a unique promo item.

Intro/outro sampled from Daddy_Scrabble's "Monkeys have arrived". Used under CC License

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WIP #007: VanillaTV – Byte me

Posted by on August 2, 2011 | One comment

VanillaTV stands as proof that a lot can happen in 3 weeks. The eSport community is pumped so full of dedicated and inspired people it can seem that they’ve each crammed 50+ hours into every day. Since our last conversation, Byte (lead vtv developer) and his team have been working hard to realise the dream of a single location for all the TF2 comp matches to be seen.

While it takes a huge cast to get this show running, Byte sees his crew as filling four core group roles, with a special fifth catagory for Torden alone.

Floormanager – looks after casters/web posts/on the day, ensuring everything happens where it should (leftism). Directors (or Streamers) – the cameramen who present the feed for each show. Casters – a strict policy of quality is maintained on main casters and co-casters. News/Article posters – able to pump out the bulk of the site news and written posts (Atrox, Trell, Torden, Shox). Designers – a role for Torden.

They have been able to stamp their brand on the feeds through use of a customised HUD and bring to life some nifty site features such as the VOD archive and the Streaming plugin.

New public servers are their gift back to the comp world. A place for players from around the world to hang out and practise their DM skills.

Intro/outro sampled from Daddy_Scrabble’s “Monkeys have arrived“. Used under CC License

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