A Plogbost About What's Been Going on With Vidy of Gemes
Heyyah, this is brightentayle, professional dumbass and gfx/msx contributor to a dozen indie video games you might've never heard of, like Multidude, Sector: Invasion, Captain Drexx, or this little futuristic racer called BallisticNG (which you can buy on Steam right now). Also, I'm still a mod on most things related to Bootleg Games Central, particularly its' Discord server. And I've used to maintain @vidyofgemes on Twitter – which is basically my screenshot folder with all the goofy video game stuff in it, rolled into a neat tapeworm of a timeline.
But yeah, see, uploading stuff to Tweetdeck manually is a fucking chore. Thing behaves extra clunky, scheduling tweets in bulk is a chore, no 24-hour time formatting at all, and the posting time doesn't carry over from the previous tweet you've pre-published. Also, it belongs to Twitter, who I don't even want to as much as support anymore – I've already moved to Nitter just to spy on a few accounts I still care about, but that's it.
Yeah, Vidy of Gemes is not a bot. It's 85% handcrafted.
I gave up on Twitter and moved over to Mastodon. Mastodon is not a whole lot better than Twitter, sure, but for what it's worth, it is part of the Fediverse: a series of self-hosted services that allow you to, in layman's terms, have a Twitter account and use it to comment on a YouTube video without having to make another account on top. People hate hoarding accounts. Not me, but that's how people feel usually.
Too bad @vidyofgemes, a gimmick account with 2000-ish followers and dropping down definitely will not maintain myself. So, in order to survive anyhow, it has to be a bot.
And not just a Twitter bot.
Too bad my list of ambitions is kinda ridiculously high at this point, and I have a job, and also none of the dedication to go through all of it, but rest assured, I will get there eventually.
So What Is It Gonna Be?
I have a kinda faulty Raspberry Pi 3B (non-plussed) lying around that I'm yet to use more as a server for my Discord-to-IRC bridge. I've said “kinda faulty” because it keeps giving me the undervoltage warning no matter what, even with a proper-ass power supply. From what I've seen, though, it can pull it through.
My first paycheck from my new job should probably warrant me a 256GB microSD card to host everything I will need in the nearest future. I have a shortlist of overly ambitious plans, which may take time to implement:
- Have a @vidyofgemes Mastodon bot as well
- Install my own Mastodon instance just so I could host @vidyofgemes from there and also do conversations from the comfort of my own Corporate Branding™
- Install my own PeerTube instance, just so I could pursue my V-Tuber™ career
- Develop my dumb placeholder (and non-self-hosted) website just so it could include a portfolio and everything, all at https://mnk.systems/
I'm not sure how good I'm gonna be on (unlimited) bandwith and also on attaching stuff to an existing domain that already hosts a site – I'd probably need an extended vacation to figure all of it out and make it work.
Wait, Did You Say You're Gonna Start a YouTube Series?
Yeah, I didn't do YouTube stuff for a while. I guess the last time I've uploaded something more substantial was back when YouTube wasn't ContentID-laden. I've still been using it, though, to watch many a videos. And god knows how many youtubers I've been inspired by, but now I want to dedicate some of my time to doing a video series about me rambling on video games. I have a number of people still subscribed to my channel even though it doesn't have much going on, so hey, why not?
There's something alluring about the idea of me doing voiceovers on top of music from shitty NES vidya and that one picture of Doraemon having an existential crisis I made a while back (it is now basically a Bootleg Games Central meme). I still have a lot of obscure games with funny stuff going on to talk about – and, I mean, that's entirely in line for Vidy of Gemes. Actual narration (I hesitate to call that “reviews”) about real video games existing in the wild.
Most of it is gonna be slavjank. Hell, I can even tell a few things about the developers, or whatever I can find on them on the interwebs.
I'm still gonna main my PeerTube instance, though, because of all of the obvious things going on. Copyright claims, a highly abusable system that can put moral guardians and large corps on top of actually creative people... well, yeah, I guess there is a good reason as to why YouTube is the world's second most popular search engine. And it's as heavily regulated by Google as Google.
But Why PeerTube Exactly?
Just to address some of the concerns, PeerTube's watchable with an app! If you've got an Android device, go get NewPipe. Go get it now. Ditch this fucking godawful official YouTube thingamajig as soon as humanly possible.
Also, PeerTube's a federated service. Again, layman's terms, have a Twitter account, use it to comment a YouTube video, just replace the former with Mastodon/Pleroma/whatever and the latter with PeerTube, and you'll get the idea.
On top of that, in my videos, I might approach topics that might be non-grata for most of the centralised net – not just for minors, but also for an average social media dweller with an LGBT flag in their profile. Bear in mind: I'm not a 4chan dweller, and I'm not the one to go against the minorities simply because they're queer, but moral guardianism and cleansing the interwebs of The Unpure has gone so far I genuinely believe we as a humanity in general have went below the bottom of the barrel. You know, #NukeAmerica and shit. And even taking long breaks doesn't really help me forget about it.
That's the short version of how I feel about it all.
Edgy jokes aside, the plan's gonna be as follows: videos with pristine everything will be uploaded to PeerTube, videos that are edited to not have potentially icky or bot-unpleasing stuff go on YouTube. Those won't be monetised, but I may also drop that idea and get a few pennies extra.
One thing for sure: no sponsorships.
Uh, yeah, I guess that's it. I hope it clears some things up. As soon as I get some free time and the equipment needed, I'm gonna start doing the content machine setup of my wet dreams and keep pushing it until I get bored. At least the bot's still gonna be around.
If you have an account anywhere on the Fediverse, just copy the link of this article into the search bar! Hey, I'd be up for chatting.
Otherwise, you can also find me at @firstname.lastname@example.org and @email@example.com, if you wanna.