Well this just sucks.
Maybe you were wondering where your Thursday post was last week? We recently finished up Black Desert Online, and it’s time to begin my next series. It’s supposed to be on Grand Theft Auto V, with a bit of a retrospective on the series as a whole. That’s still the plan, but I’ve had a setback.
How my workflow goes is this: Usually I play through a game a few times before doing a review. On my final playthrough, I’ll have Bandicam record all of the game footage. Then I write the review. Then I go back over the footage and gather up the screenshots and edit the whole thing together into blog posts. It’s a pretty good system and it’s served me well for the last couple of yearsBefore this, I used to take individual screenshots when it seemed like a good time. But I tended to miss a lot of stuff that way. Now I’ve got a few TB of storage so I just record everything..
A few weeks ago I went to begin gathering up images for Grand Theft Auto V and found that most of the footage was corrupted. Worse, the odds of a video being corrupted seemed to be directly proportional to how annoying it was to obtain. Ten minutes of me dicking around as Trevor, blowing up cars? That footage is fine. The fifty minutes of me doing that one block of missions I really hate? Gone.
Things got worse last week. VLC (my video player) has an option to automatically repair corrupted files. I turned that on, and it looked like it was helping. I’d open up a file, it could give me a three minute progress bar, and then the video started playing. I scanned through and it all looked good.
It wasn’t until I’d “repaired” a dozen files or so that I noticed the fixed files were a lot smaller than the broken ones. It turns out the auto-repair feature just truncates the file at the first sign of trouble? Great. Thanks for that. Now all the “repaired” files are the first 90 seconds of a 20-minute mission.
So now I don’t have any screenshots. Thankfully GTA5 offers a “replay mission” feature, so I don’t have to play through the entire game again. On the other hand, even with the ability to replay it’s still going to take me a lot of hours to recreate the footage.
But big deal, right? I supposedly like the game. What’s the harm in replaying a few missions?
Slight spoiler for my upcoming series: I really, really hate the torture scene. The first time I played through it, I nearly turned off my PS4 in disgust. I found the entire sequence to be juvenile and revolting. Once I was done I thought, “Shit. I’m never doing THAT again.”
And then I replayed the game on the PC in preparation for this series, and had to sit through it (and participate in it!) a second time.
“Okay, that was the last time for sure!”
And now here I am, facing a third trip through this obnoxiously wrongheaded and childish attempt at “political commentary”. (At least, I THINK that’s what the author is trying to do. If you think they’re trying to do something else, that’s fine. Whatever they’re trying to do, it doesn’t work.) I’ve been putting it off for the last few weeks, which is why I missed my publish date last week.
Yes, I could probably get the images I need from YouTube, but some people are REALLY sensitive about that. (YOU STOLE MY FOOTAGE!) You can get around that by asking permission, but I’m not really interested in emailing the randos of Youtube and asking for permission to use single frames of their videos. Most importantly, when you’re doing negative commentary it’s really important to use your own screens because otherwise dissenters will accuse you of not actually playing the game.
So that’s where we are right now. Sorry for the delay. The dog ate my internet-homework.
 Before this, I used to take individual screenshots when it seemed like a good time. But I tended to miss a lot of stuff that way. Now I’ve got a few TB of storage so I just record everything.
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