NES game racing
I'm not sure if anyone is interested or has the slightest idea of what I'm talking about so I'll leave a video here as an example. http://polsy.org.uk/...group-1-5324883
Essentially, a group of people get together and try to finish the game as fast as they can, fastest times win. I've really enjoyed watching these videos so I've been tinkering with my video editing software and I've managed to get it so I can put four videos in a 2x2 grid like the one shown in the video. I don't have any terribly fancy editing stuff so it'd pretty much just be 4 videos right next to eachother (if I can figure out how to add borders for spacing I'd do that as well). What'd happen is people would get together at a set day/time and record their race attempt at the same time in a recorded skype call. Once that's over you would send me your race footage and recorded call (or I'd just record the call depending on what happens).
I already know of a good emulator for recording and skype recording software which I will link after I find out if people are interested enough. Obviously, you can participate even if you don't have a mic for skype or something. Currently, I'm thinking the first race would be Mega man 2 since it's probably the most played/easiest to get into. I'd like to do Mega man races first because the games are really well suited to racing and some have some nifty tricks for speed running. If you would rather race a different Mega man game please post a suggestion and we can do whatever is most popular. Once I know this is going to work we can try to do races of other NES games and eventually SNES games. Remember anyone can enter you don't have to be a speedrunner or even familiar with the game, just have fun playing it!
Right now I just want to see how many people are interested so please post if you'd be up for doing something like this and would be willing to be in a test race as I haven't gotten the chance to test out the setup in a real race situation.
List of software:
Emulator FCEUX: http://fceux.com/web/download.html
Skype call recorder: http://voipcallrecor...e_Call_Recorder (don't worry too much about getting this one, I will likely record the calls)
Mega man 2: http://www.coolrom.c.../Mega_Man_2.php
How to record your footage so I don't go nuts trying to use it:
Go to config -> video
Make sure it's set to custom and 320 x 240
To record, go to file -> AVI/WAV -> record AVI
Name your file something so I know whos it is (your username will work)
For compression, please use the Xvid MPeg-4 codec
Configure -> set the target bitrate to 2000 or so, this affects the video quality. I'd say 1000 is a bare minimum, anything lower will make it hard to watch and anything higher than 2000 has no noticeable difference with a NES game (feel free to go up to 4000 or so i guess)
When you're done recording, go to file -> AVI/WAV -> stop recording
Upload your footage to mediafire or some similar site and send me the link
Note: DO NOT turn off the sprite limit/tick on "Allow more than 8 sprites per scan line" This can cause desynch in the video and in general isn't considered legit.
List of races: