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    • A Witcher deserves his rest.

      9 months ago

      PhoenixFilms Community Hunter, Austin

      Almost 2 years ago, I bought Witcher 3 on launch day. In fact, I bought it on my last day in Dallas, as I was heading to Austin for my internship. I knew it was a game I would like, because it had all the elements in a game that I usually like. What I didn't know was how much this game would mean to me.

      Since this game came out, there's been events in my life that have been a roller coaster of emotions. During that summer it was released, every day I would go back to my rented room and play more of it. Hours upon hours I poured into this game, and every time I thought I was close to the end, or had run out of things to see, it would give me more. This world was alive, and my work as a witcher was never done, and my daughter Ciri was counting on me. All the while it gave me many incredible characters with depth and personality, and I played it all as Geralt. Even the sidequests felt like they had the same weight behind them as any main story quest.

      I've played it on and off over the past 2 years, and I finally got around to finishing the final DLC, Blood and Wine. The Beast of Beauclair has been dealt with, and it's high time for Geralt to finally settle down and retire at a place to call his home. And my old friend Regis, a vampire, tells me words that are the perfect bookmark for the Witcher journey...

      "We have witnessed - and, in fact, on several occasions incited - many great and weighty events. After all that toil, I believe we deserve a bit of a rest."

      It's been an amazing journey. I'm going to miss you, Geralt.

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    • Sunday(?) Update! .....Listen...

      9 months ago

      PhoenixFilms Community Hunter, Austin

      So I was out of town last week filming some NCAA basketball tournament up in north Dallas, so I didn't have an update last week. Then this week I had my hands full catching up on work edits, so only had time to edit one video for my channel. So let's play catch up.

      Only video up on my channel this week is more Golf with your Friends with @DBenitez87, @KyleDoesGTA, @ShaneFromPR, @Traversian, and @maggosh. David doesn't like us just saying "Listen".




    • Friday Update! Ultimate Chicken Terrorists

      9 months ago

      PhoenixFilms Community Hunter, Austin

      A little early. Got two videos up this week. One is a single camera and one is a multi-cam let's play that had a whopping 9 people playing. 9 audio tracks, 6 camera angles (only used 4 due to my computer grinding to a halt). It was a great experience editing it, even if sometimes it's hard to understand what's going on. I tried to bring overlapping voices down where I could. Gonna keep trying to do these multi-cam let's plays more.




      Also, I don't have any schedules, but I may be trying to stream more in the future. I know I've said that before, so don't quote me...

    • Friday Update! Trouble with Terrorists.

      9 months ago

      PhoenixFilms Community Hunter, Austin

      More shenanigans caught on video. Sorry I haven't been uploading videos regularly on my channel, been really busy with work and playing Tales of Berseria.

      First up, got a huge group together to play Gmod, Trouble in Terrorist Town. I originally had 6 video angles of these games, but my computer slowed to a crawl trying to edit it, so I had to only use 4 angles. There's more videos from this session coming, so sorry about having so many people talking at once, haha. I'm definitely going to be having more Gmod videos coming soon.



      Community!

      A Few videos here. First is an awesome Why You Should Play made by @DBenitez87 and featuring our group from the let's plays.


      Next, @KyleDoesGTA put us through ANOTHER Game of Death map, this time much longer and more sadistic. You may remember the first playthrough of Game of Death was uploaded on my channel after community video came out.



      See you guys next week!

    • Friday Update! Throwing Our Shoes Into Danger

      10 months ago

      PhoenixFilms Community Hunter, Austin

      Hey guys, so I missed last Friday's update cause of being busy with work, so I had only had one video, so let's play catch up, shall we?

      First, if you haven't checked out my Highlight video in my previous post, here it is again, I'm pretty happy with it.


      And now for a new video I did with quite a few people. Me, @aclarkislost, @KyleDoesGTA, @DBenitez87, @Traversian, and @MrPrawes threw our shoes into danger in Half Dead.


      Also, the Golf with Friends crew is back for more, this time in the haunted mansion.


      COMMUNITY:
      One co commentary this week (last week, technically). @Dr_Boomerang and I prove that we really aren't better than AH at trying to play Bike Bat.

    • Ashes Rising Gaming Highlight Compilation/Funny Moments

      10 months ago

      PhoenixFilms Community Hunter, Austin

      Didn't have a Friday update last week cause, well, I didn't really have anything but one video. Sorry, work. But I'l have that one video added to this week's Friday Update. However, this is a special journal post. It's been a while since I've put together a highlight video on my channel, so figured, why not put a new one up. Sit back and have a laugh.



    • Friday Update! It's Morphin' Time!

      10 months ago

      PhoenixFilms Community Hunter, Austin

      Only one video on my channel this week... sorry. But hey, it's Power Rangers!


      I also did a re-edit of the Power Rangers trailer. not a big difference, but i removed Kanye singing in it, so it instantly made it better.


      COMMUNITY!

      Did a co commentaries competing with @̶a̶c̶l̶a̶r̶k̶i̶s̶l̶o̶s̶t̶  @KyleDoesGTA in Totally Accurate Battle Simulator.


    • Friday Update! All Things Zelda

      11 months ago

      PhoenixFilms Community Hunter, Austin

      So I'm definitely pre-ordering the Nintendo Switch, just to play Zelda Breath of the Wild after that awesome trailer.

      While on the subject of Zelda, I checked out a fan made tech demo of someone recreating Ocarina of Time in Unreal Engine 4.




      Community! Couple of videos I was in this week.



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    • Friday Update! Vid.me and the "Kill Your Friends" crew.

      11 months ago

      PhoenixFilms Community Hunter, Austin

      First off, big news... sort of. From now on I will also be posting my videos on Vid.me. It will all be on Youtube as well, but I became a verified creator on Vid.me, so you may see some things pop up early over there from time to time as well, in addition to everything from my channel moving over. Follow me! https://vid.me/PhoenixFilms

      Back for more in the Friday the 13th closed beta and Dead by Daylight with @KyleDoesGTA, @DBenitez87, @Traversian, and @Maggosh.








    • So 2016 was a thing...

      11 months ago

      PhoenixFilms Community Hunter, Austin

      A bit late, but I kinda wanted to write up a recap of what my 2016 was like, where I was, what I've done, and where I'm going.

      When 2016 started, I was probably at the lowest point of my life. I didn't have a job, no one was hiring me, even retail and delivery, and I felt extremely isolated. The people I had known in Dallas professionally had kind of moved on from me. I couldn't continue any of my own projects due to lack of money, and all the people around me, I didn't feel like I was one of them, or more accurately, I didn't want to be a part of them. The only thing that really kept me going was making content on my own channel, and being friends with all these crazy people in the Let's Play Community. When I say that doing those things and knowing those people saved my life, I might not be exaggerating. the point was, I felt more at home doing all of that and with those people then I did at my own home. 

      And so, I did something rash, and honestly, last minute. In the summer of 2015, while filming something for Rooster Teeth, I met some fans at the event. I talked with them and had a great time, even followed a few of them on Twitter. one of those people was Danzer, aka @Ijuycra. We talked online, and I had even traveled down to Austin to record a couple videos with him on my channel. In January, I had finally given up and asked if I could stay at his place for a few weeks, as I wanted to find a job down in Austin and move down there. I slept on his couch for awhile and those few weeks turned into 4 months. I owe Danzer a lot.

      During those 4 months I was a delivery driver for Favor, a food delivery service. I definitely didn't enjoy it, but I could set my own hours. I got a couple PA gigs while I was there, but I wasn't making anywhere near enough money. I continued to focus on making content from Danzer's couch. Then, one night, something happened that made me break down. While on a delivery, my car got booted, and the thugs outside the restaurant wanted over $150 to take the boot off. I wasn't making anywhere near that that night, and I only had $60 in my account, and Favor didn't help me out. I showed them on my phone how much money I had, and they took the boot off for $60, taking all I had. I had a major panic attack that night and could hardly breath. When I got back to the apartment, I broke. Being honest here, I haven't cried like that in a long time, and it wasn't just because of that night and the booting, it was just a culmination of a lot of things that had been building up both over the years, and particularly since last fall. I recorded myself, in tears, talking through my issues, mostly because Danzer was out of town, and I just needed to talk, so even though I knew the video would never be released, it helped that I pretended I was talking to an audience, making videos has helped me with so much. Remember how I said the beginning of the year was the lowest point of my life? That was a lie, it was right then, in an empty apartment, crying my eyes out, talking to no one.

      But then a weird thing happened... I got better. In a way, talking about things and getting all that off my chest helped. I won't lie and say that I approached the next days with optimism, I didn't, it took a bit to recover from. But it was after that that I found that I couldn't get any lower, so things could only go up from there. And it did. Shortly after that, I got a job as a freelance video editor for the Daily Dot, and it kept me busy and gave me a paycheck. I started making money and because of that, me and Danzer were able to move into a new apartment. At first, we moved into the place with @RJ, a really good friend of mine who was a part of my first videos on the AH Community channel. 


      Speaking of the AH/Let's Play Community, I say they're my family for a reason, because through all of this, they were a constant, and were a real community. At first we were a small skype group of a small number of the channel's creators. I don't know what compelled me to do it, but I wanted to bring on more people into the group. Because of this, I started the Discord server for us, and we quickly started growing in number, becoming more organized than the channel had ever been. It's been odd for a lot of the original group seeing so many new faces around, and it can feel like it's not the same, because the original skype group was a small selection of chosen friends in a private group. It's definitely alienating, but that same group is replicated other places, while the discord has brought so many of us together. I'm pretty proud of what it's become, mostly because of how it's brought so many creators and potential creators of the channel together, all of us very like minded, and even collaborating on so many of our own youtube channels.

      When the Extra Life Community Stream happened, we jumped at the chance. We created a whole Let's Play Community group, I bought parts to upgrade my computer just for the stream. While we couldn't use the name “Let's Play Community” or the logo, we still went ahead with our plans. We didn't get featured on Rooster Teeth's main stream, sadly, as ready as we were for that, but we still streamed for 12 hours and raised almost $500 for Extra Life. That may not sound like as much as other groups, but we were a small group, with almost no promotion, and we weren't featured on any other streams. Even so, we raised that much, and I couldn't be happier with how it turned out.

      So now, I guess I'm in a better place right now. I have a great place, a great roommate, and I've made new friends with like minds here in Austin that I didn't have in the first half of the year. I've even gotten a couple gigs editing for Zach Anner, who is an amazing guy, and it's been a great experience.

      I'm not in the best place, though. I love working with the Daily Dot, but freelance is freelance, and man, am I gonna get screwed with taxes. Hopefully I can find a place soon that's more permanent this year, but until then, I'm gonna have to keep eating cheap ramen and pizza.

      I won't say 2017 will be better, but holy hell, if it could just not be as bad as some of last year, I'd really appreciate it.

  • About Me

    Find me on YouTube where I post daily videos:
    www.youtube.com/c/AshesRisingGaming

    I also have short films:

    www.AshesRisingFilms.com




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