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    posted a message on How To Record Minecraft Gameplay With NO Lag?
    ... now that's a bit of an odd resurrection there... simply put, there is no way to stop a performance hit when recording, it's just the nature of the beast (realize, you're essentially creating and writing a LOT of data every second of recording - that's gonna hurt any system's performance).

    The most basic thing that a lot of people overlook is going to be harddrive read/write speeds - that is why most serious (or even hobby) game recording rigs run dual harddrives - a play drive and a record-to drive. This cuts away one of the most major overlooked bottlenecks. While ram, processor, gpu, etc. are all very important, they're also very obvious (and sadly are only part of the equation - the 'creating' end... you still have the entire half of shipping/storing all that data on the fly as you play). This is also why a lot of people can record with seemingly 'crap' machines (hell, when I first started I was recording reliably with a Athlon 64 X2 4600+, 2gb ram, with a GeForce 8600 GT 512mb - I've upgraded since then, but yea)
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    posted a message on Recommended mic?
    Pop Filter: Essentially a wind-break, it reduces the likelihood of 'p','s','t','k', etc. sounds peaking out your mike, helping even out the sounds in your recording. you can make them at home from some nylons and a small frame.... or you can buy them - all the way from cheap ones (like what I use), to expensive multi-layer ones. Just remember, the more windscreens, the more it will block your audio too ;) (though the impact is minuscule usually)
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    posted a message on Recommended mic?
    If money's not an issue, there are superior mics to the Blue mics... especially as you approach the more professional podcast/recording microphone setups. Though yes, if money's not an issue, out of the two, I'd go for Blue Yeti (there's a few versions... if you're doing it just for LPs and nothing else, the USB one would be ideal... the other connection type is more for recording with a mix board)
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    posted a message on Recommended mic?
    For my recordings I have it on a boom stand, about 20 cm away - though is should still record pretty good at the 40-50cm distance though (as with many mics, the closer you are to it, the richer the sound will generally be)
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    posted a message on Recommended mic?
    I'm not a guru with it... but I can highly recommend the Blue Snowball (about $65 USD) as an economy stand alone mic (can record directional or ambient is one of the reasons I bought it as well) - it's admittedly not the top of the line mic, but as far as USB mics go, I've found it extremely solid, good quality, and fitting pretty much all my needs for LPs thus-far.

    Though I should note, compared to the audio you have right now, it's only going to be so much of an improvement (your audio as it is, is pretty good, a snowball may take it from a 7 to an 8.5 basically)
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    posted a message on What games can you recommend?
    Hmm... Mass Effect vs Deus Ex... I personally would actually lean towards the Deus Ex franchise being closer to your criteria.

    I'd chime in, but a lot of my 'best games of all time' list, is games on now defunct systems ;) - or that are exceptionally hard to find, most newer games feel a lot shallower in content (though admittedly have better graphics, and a few have better gameplay as well).
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    posted a message on Tips & Tricks for Building Spectacular Structures with Your Own Style
    ... Creativity is 'trained' by experiencing various things... nothing we do is 100% original, the 'originality' part of it is how we translate and utilize the information. So Thorin's suggestion to send them to the creative sections of the forums, is actually a good one. Even the most creative individuals developed their concepts through this method of 'experience and interpret' (goes across the board, from building in minecraft, to painting epic oils, to writing novels, and even inventing 'new' technologies)

    That said - 1,3,4,and 5 are really good pieces of advice... #2 is also a bit of a tentative 'good advice' - "just doing" is great for creating ideas, and exploring concepts... and I do it a lot, but don't ever negate the fact of a well planned build either (generally I'd say do 9/10th 'just do it', 1/10th 'planned project')

    #6 is a given lol... if you're wanting to build, you're wanting to express an idea :P

    #7 is a repeat of #1 ;)

    (I should note, my cathedral and my prison were examples of 'planned/semi-planned builds', My build, still in progress, called "Alabaster city" though was an 'organic' build, just building on whims... both can be quite nice, and successful)
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    posted a message on Best Free Screen Recorder, video editor, audio?
    don't worry about views/subscribers at first... find out if you enjoy creating content :) - views/subscribers come with time and patience (and being part of a community) - the most popular 'free' setup is either Bandicam Demo/Virtual Dub/Audacity (Video, Edit, Audio respectively) -or- Camstudio/virtualdub/Audacity ... obviously pay options are obviously going to serve you better (the first thing you'd want to buy is the video capture software - something like fraps, dxtory, or pay versions of stuff like bandicam or playclaw).

    If you enjoy making content, and make good content, subs/views will come - how many and how fast is a bit more 'luck' based.
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    posted a message on Default Launcher Size
    The Magic Launcher mod/tool/thingamajigger is what I usually use (the FTB launcher allows it too, but yea, that's for using the FTB packs lol... )

    Magic Launcher Thread
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    posted a message on What recording softwares to professional "Let's Players" use
    Wouldn't say "all", there's a number of fairly big LPers/Gaming Personalities (100k+ subs) that use DxTory as well. (TotalBiscuit is the first gaming personality to come to mind, when it comes to people who recently made the transition to DxTory)

    Every software has its perks and flaws - and solution for user A isn't always the best for user B
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