Funny you should mention that, because it's more or less what I intended to do anyway - a completionist LP of OOTF & TAG, aiming to show off as much content as possible.
A lot of said content won't fit neatly into the main LP for narrative/pacing reasons (eg. showing off the game mechanics, glitches, quirks, "behind the scenes" stuff, some player-created levels, multiplayer, etc.), so there will be also a bunch of bonus videos.
Also planned for the bonus content: brief commentated demonstrations of a few other games with a broadly
similar premise; something on the order of 10-30 minutes per game: highly condensed, because I'm not doing that to show off their plots, just the gameplay.
As of right now, I can think of 4 such relevant games: Divinity 2:DKS, Skyrim (w. Dragonborn DLC), Divinity:DC, IotD
I intend to do subtitle commentary for the main LP, but the bonus videos will have voice commentary for the most part.
It goes without saying, but it'd be also nice to do a bonus update or two showing off your progress on OpenOOTF.
It doesn't have to be anything fancy; a simple "guided tour" through the (mostly complete) levels would be perfectly fine. Even if there are no enemies/NPCs, triggers etc.
All that's really needed, is to make it like a "Potemkin village": if it looks good up front (and shows obvious potential), then the rest matters little for the purposes of the demonstration.
I'd say that the bare minimum functionality needed to make such a video exhibition viable, is as follows:
- level geometry largely complete (already mostly done AFAIK?),
- reasonably "polished" movement animations for Rynn and Arokh (no flying around as a rigid model, please... it'd look really jarring),
- working attack animations would also be nice, but not really essential (especially due to the lack of enemies) - and likely too much to ask for at this point, anyway.
of work and preparation is needed to make the end result of the LP be of a good quality.
There are some low-effort LP's of OOTF floating around already - for example, Zergem has one on his YT channel. It's not really bad
in an absolute sense, but it really doesn't do the game justice; it's pretty clear he didn't even read the game's manual (also, obviously hasn't done a test run first, either).
Even if I had wanted to, I couldn't have feasibly done the LP much earlier due to hardware limitations: my old computer, already quite ancient by today's standards, isn't really capable of simultaneously rendering the game AND recording fullscreen full-resolution HD video; in fact it struggles to merely play
1080p HD video!
And forget about PS2 emulation & recording at any useable framerate on that hunk of junk. In theory I could record it like a TAS
, in PCSX2-rr, and then have it rendered frame-by-frame, at a highly reduced speed, into a 60fps output HD video (which is a normal procedure for recording videos of TAS'es) - but attempting to LP TAG like that would take the patience of a saint!
Never mind that PCSX2-rr also has brutal
TAS desync issues.
My new rig is a vast
performance improvement; easily up to the task.
I'm still struggling with getting all the software up and running, though - it's a whole lot of "huh, never seen THAT kind of error before...
On a different note - I can't remember how exactly I happened upon OOTF in the first place, around a decade ago, but it was totally random (either that - or it was fate, as some may prefer to call it).
All that I'm certain about is that it involved being very
bored, and idly chaining through YouTube's "related videos" to see if anything interesting turns up. I think it was one of the innumerable "top 10 X about/of Y
So I saw the bit about OOTF and I was like "wait... WHAT?
". Downloaded the demo and fired it up - and I didn't need any more convincing than that.