After around a year or so of recording a semi weekly podcast I decided after recording one final episode that I thought a monthly discussion would be better then trying for a podcast. Basically I thought that having one person to work with would be better then trying to keep finding a new guest for every new episode. This way also allowed for that type of content on the channel, but it would require a little less work then the podcast did to produce.
It was very easy to set aside an hour to just talk about wrestling, and follow an outline based on the amount of news that had taken place in between our videos. It is hard to transition from having such an organized video to really winging it, but we did it and even though it might've taken a couple of videos we got a handle on it. A part of burning out last year this is one of the series that went away, but with rebuild it's time to give somethings another look.
For those who don't know anything about this series, I decided to show how I would handle the move from the new generation to the attitude era. I have taken the slow approach to changing the weekly programming for WWE from family friendly to infusing a bit more attitude. However, I will not be shifting to the style of booking that Vince Russo was known for, because it's not my type of booking. I think wrestling should be portrayed in a certain way to not insult the fans or the sport of wrestling.
In this episode I show the aftermath of our last PPV and the recent mind games someone is play with Ric Flair. At this point it has been a couple of weeks since I recorded an episode of the series and it's not that I've given up on the series it's more I've just taken a break. With the current situation I've been working a lot more often it's been harder to set aside time to record especially with the other ideas that I've been thinking about recording. It's like I want to record, but don't really know exactly what I want to record and instead of just recording anything I recorded only certain videos. I will get back on track eventually especially with TEW 2020 out now some new content will be filing in some blanks soon enough.
After my computer crashed I had to settle on the original game from Grey Dog Software. It'd been a long time I had played Extreme Warfare Revenge and there is a massive learning curve with the game and normally around when you understand the game is when you get fired. It is very easy to do everything right in this game and still find a way to get fired for no real reason or without even trying.
In my opinion, this is a good game for people who just want a basic experience of what it is like to run the creative of a wrestling company. The next game Total Extreme Wrestling is a far more in depth look into the world of running a wrestling company and having creative control. I've always had an interest in the backstage side of wrestling and finding a game like EWR that would give me a taste of what it's like well I enjoyed it. Then finding TEW and the added depth that the game brought to the table was enough to make me want to try a new game and I loved it. I remember this video and it was great throwback, but I don't know that I can go back after playing TEW. Enjoy this trip down memory lane!!!
Recently, I began a series on YouTube were I search the web for a quote someone said and include it in a video and then pose the question what does it mean to you. It's meant to be a simple series with more of a focus placed on your opinion rather then mine like every other series on the channel has been to this point. Once I decided to change the name of the channel and break it off a little bit I knew that some new content had to come to the channel. I wasn't expecting to do a series like this, but after seeing these headlines I thought it would make for an interesting video for you.
Right now I will begin to branch off this series to other sports as well including MLB, NBA, NFL, NHL, UFC, and others. I will also still be focusing some attention on the initial series which focused on quotes that people have said. I know that this could do better with a different title, but I prefer uniformity over click bait titles and this was more of a test run then a full launch for a new series.
For the last five years I've had this site and have been developing this site from the ground up. The website has always been the main focus of my attention and YouTube has just existed in the background. YouTube has never really been given any sort of attention or the spotlight at all, because writing has always been my main focus.
How I view YouTube hasn't changed over the years I still view it the same as I did when I first started, because it isn't about the views especially if you aren't enjoying what you are doing. This is the reason that enjoying what you are doing and the content you are creating matters more then the views you get on the content, because people can see or hear that you are enjoying what you are doing and not forcing it. Views will come eventually, but helping get the word out will help the views come a little quicker.
Promotion or social media push will help expand views, but that is something that I haven't done at all in the last five years. Now I'm giving YouTube the chance to stand on it's own and try to establish a main brand name through YouTube to help not just expand the site, but give the videos more exposure they deserve.
After five years I felt it was time for a change and after how things went last year I knew I couldn't go back to the old structure. I got burnt out and needed to rebuild my interest in YouTube from the ground up again otherwise it would always be a question of why didn't I start over when I had the chance. Back in February I published my first YouTube video in two months and it was the return back to TEW. From the start though I was thinking about new content that would allow me to take the channel in a different direction.
At this point I don't know what the future holds, but I do know that this series is just my way of trying something extremely different. I wanted to make a simple video that was more focused on promoting a simple message and sort of a call to action. The extent of this series to educate you on a quote that someone said and attempt to get you to share your opinion on what you think the quote means. This is the first step in a different direction to not totally get away from wrestling, but to move to a more well rounded variety of content on the channel.
You can find the channel here
I can tell just by looking at the thumbnail of the video that this is not just an early video, but one that I filmed when I was still using my video camera to capture footage. See when I first started recording videos five years ago I would set my video camera up in front of my computer on top of well anything I can stack. It didn't matter if it was DVD's, pads, books or a mixture of all three as long as the camera was high enough to see the screen from a good angle. I didn't know a lot about screen capture software, audio recording, or microphones when I first started recording and it would take a while to figure that stuff out, but when I did you can tell the difference.
In my opinion, the style of recording made the videos look a lot different then other videos, but as with anything the style changes over time and it's made to look better and better. I just found the best software to record the type of content I wanted to record and don't need anything more. Last November, though I put recording videos on the shelf and I thought at the time that I would never go back to recording, but things changed and found a reason to enjoy it again. This is the main reason that I decide to start this section as I wanted to share what my journey has been like over the last five years.
After three years of How I Would I Book and Let's Play videos I wanted to try something different and try booking a company I didn't know a lot about. I made a mistake though, because the first time I saw the roster and tried l learn the names was when I was recording. Hindsight being 20/20 I should've looked over the roster beforehand and came up with a plan for the company. At that time though I thought that just winging it would work, but it didn't. In the end I only did one other episode of this series before calling it due to lack of interest from me.
Looking back at this upload is something special, because this turned out to be the last solo Let's Play upload until November of last year. At the time I was burned out and didn't really have any ideas any more for solo content to upload. From that point until November of last year I would only upload content with myself and another person in the video. I don't think we will be going back to the original format of Let's Play videos or concept in general, but it's always fun taking a trip down memory lane to see how far we've come in two years.
At this point I've been on YouTube for five years and I thought that since I've recently returned to content creating I thought I would go back and explain what I was thinking at the time of making the video. Of all the video series I did I was looking forward to this one the most of all, because I had been thinking about it for a while and planned everything out to in detail. In the end I didn't end up getting as far as I wanted in the Let's Play, but it was worth it in the long run as I was able to at least the start of the Invasion.
Over the years since the initial Invasion the idea of a re-booking the Invasion from a different perspective has been overdone to the point of exhaustion. Hindsight being 20/20 I know now that WWE did the best they could with what they had at the time even though some fans might believe they would've been better off not doing anything then what they did we all know that's not true. From the start though I knew exactly who I wanted to push and where I wanted to go with the overarching story. I remember discussing it with other players that I had planned Wrestlemania 18 when Wrestlemania 17 had just happened.
Even though at this point almost four years ago I had been playing TEW games for a while and knew how to play the game. I was very naive to the booking of wrestling and thought that I knew enough to book a solid show and just had to have a long term plan. Well this proved me wrong, because even with a "long term" plan at the start plans changed multiple times as the series went on and looking back now I would've done things a bit differently then I did in this series. One thing I would've done differently would've been slowly introducing WCW stars a different way and having some "rules" that came about because of the sale introduced on television. I would also allow the new talent the ability to do "worked shoots" if they felt confident enough to have the ability to gauge there characters and skills on screen. The real question is though How Would You Book the Invasion?