Thursday, 20 October 2016

BattleStrats Vs Aksis - A Strategy Refined

Perfect Practice Makes Perfect
As per the BattleStrats mantra, we have been honing our Aksis Phase 2 strategy. Collectively we have now got a very firm grasp of the fight and we can knock the Normal mode fight in one go!

BattleStrats Aksis Phase 2 - Strategy Overview & Kill

The most important points to consider here are:
  • Jordy had NEVER even attempted this fight before
  • We made a handful of mistakes but still succeeded
  • Explaining the strategy and killing Aksis took us less than 20 minutes
Practice (or rather deliberate/perfect practice) has been the secret to our success. Let's look at how exactly we practiced...

Sunday, 16 October 2016

Aksis vs. BattleStrats - A Retrospective

Introduction
BattleStrats has conquered Aksis. He tested the abilities of each of our players and the effectiveness of our team's communication. We passed this test but there is still much to learn. Our three main areas of focus are:
  1. What did we do well?
  2. Where did we stumble?
  3. How can we improve for the future?

The Plus Points
The biggest takeaway is that the clan is improving. We managed to kill Aksis on our first try with 5 players in the team had never killed Aksis before!
BattleStrats Aksis Kill - Black Spindle FTW! 

The main takeaways from that final successful run are:
  • We communicated empowerment really well
  • Everyone had the right gear/abilities to take down Captains
  • We had consistent slams on Aksis (which maybe a function of us not being tired)
  • Team DPS was solid enough for us to clutch us through missing a damage phase
  • People stayed alive

Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Trimming Videos On YouTube

This is a really quick and simple method of cutting/cropping videos that you have uploaded to YouTube (from your PS4 or any source).

Trimming/Splitting Videos On YouTube - Uploaded From Your PS4  

I prefer editing videos this way rather than faffing around with other tools such as the SHAREfactory on PS4. By doing this directly you can always quickly share whole clips from your PS4 without getting completely dragged out of the game :)

Saturday, 16 July 2016

Pokemon Go APK Install Instructions

For all those that can't officially download and play Pokemon Go on their Android devices, here is a quick video tutorial on how to get it up and running.

Download & Setup Pokemon Go On Android  

I've been having a load of nostalgic fun with it and I was inspired to start recording videos for it. After some quick searching I managed to stumble upon this absolutely awesome screen capture application: Shou

The app is meant for live streaming as well but I find that it is a very easy to use to record your screen to your local SD card.

Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Flappy Whale v1.3.0 (Animated Whale)

It has taken us this long but our Flappy Whale is now actually flapping when you tap :D Play the game and check it out yourself by clicking on the show button below!


Flappy Whale! v1.3.0 - ewry games

We toyed between the idea of having the Whale constantly flapping or having it flap only when you tapped. In the end we liked having it flap whenever you tapped as it provided extra positive feedback to the player. Note the Whale will remain stationary as it plummets, reinforcing the need to tap/flap.

Animating the Whale and the glowing rocks has really given me a profound respect for the intricacies involved in animation. It's fun to see how a handful of static images can produce motion but incredibly painful to tweak all the timings to produce the perfect effect.