Podcast is returning, with a fresh start!

Great news everyone! The podcast is returning. If you may recall, myself and a few friends had a podcast called RAGE ‘N’ PLAY Podcast many months ago. After my health wasn’t really allowing me to feel good at all, I sort of stopped wanting to do it. Time passed, we would occasionally bring it up here and there, but finally we’re going to be starting again. This time it will be a fresh start. New name, as well as a bit more structure to our broadcast.

Yes, Analog Input will be the name of our podcast. The logo itself may change over time, or even before we begin our first show. It will be hosted by Johnny (ViralRak), Erich (FPSErich), and myself.

Soon, I will set up a section on the Skillpoint.tv Forums for everyone to post in and comment on past shows. You can also give us suggestions on things you want us to discuss for upcoming shows. All you have to do is register and you’re good to go! I’ll update this post once I have the section created.

Analog Input will begin it’s first show on February 18th, 2012 at 3pm EST (give or take 5-10 minutes). You can watch us LIVE on my Twitch.tv channel, or if you miss it, you can watch/listen to us on YouTube and/or iTunes once we get everything set up properly! Also, here’s our Twitter if you’d like to follow that to stay updated.

We hope to see you all there!

Status Update – 12.2.11

Some of you may have noticed my significant absence on practically everything around the internet. I’ve decided to type up this blurb to hopefully explain things a bit to everyone.

Over the past month, I’ve been feeling progressively worse with my health. As of today, my medication has been increased again, in hopes that I won’t have to have to go to the hospital to have injections regularly. If I get to that point, I doubt you’ll see even less of me. I feel bad all the time, constantly running to the bathroom, and can’t even really find the time to enjoy video games. Trying to play/enjoy a game when you’re constantly in pain is very difficult.

As for my broadcasting, I don’t really know what to say. I once loved broadcasting, and found myself doing it for 8+ hours a day at one point. Now I can’t have fun with it for more than an hour without getting depressed. When casting, I don’t mind getting a low amount of viewers, as long as my chat is moving at a somewhat decent rate. I do/did it to interact with everyone and have fun with the chatters. Now the only cast you’ll most likely ever find me in is MAN’s because he is what I’ve always wanted to be. Let’s get real, we can all say we don’t cast for the number of viewers we may or may not get, but in reality there’s at least some little part of you that wishes you could get to that point. Twitch has become riddled with eSports and all this other nonsense that makes it practically impossible for the smaller broadcasters to make a dent. The question is, how long can I keep myself trying? Probably not much longer. I know there is a small group of people that does enjoy my show, and I’m sorry, but after 3 years of doing this I think it’s turned from dedication to ignorance. A lot of the support I once had is now gone, and most people spend their time in their own little clicks.

Skype… I’ve barely talked to anyone but a very select few in the past month or more even. I love talking to people, but I can’t handle it anymore. There’s either drama, me getting annoyed, people adding me to giant group conversations, or someone having an attitude towards me. So pretty much, don’t expect me to start very many conversations. I’m keeping to myself most anymore.

YouTube just died for me. I don’t have the urge to continue that, like I wish I could. It’s hard to find motivation in something that requires so much work, little feedback, and no reward. That’s just how my brain works, and I’m sorry if anyone thinks that’s selfish.

Now, as for Skillpoint, I honestly have no idea what’s going to happen with it. People on it are dropping like flies. I wish it would have, and could have, gone places. At this point in the Justin/Twitch community, everything is hard to do. My problem is that I’m a leader, and not a follower. The more I think about it though, the more I realize that I’m not a very good leader…

In the end, I’m pretty much just a failure at all I try to do. I’m depressed most of the time and I need my space, and time alone. I’ll always be around if I’m needed or wanted, but I’m not going to push myself into many, if anymore, things. You can kind of count this post as my official hiatus of everything on the internet. Feel free to comment if you have any thoughts to share (they won’t appear right away). I’m working on taking care of me, so all else is way down my list of priorities. I hope all this has shed a little more light on what’s been going on with me lately.

How Not To Suck @ Battlefield 3

I believe there is a lot for everyone to learn about this game. There are too many Call of Duty players that have picked up this game while they wait for MW3 to drop. If you’re going to play the game, please, learn how it works! This isn’t, nor will it ever be like, Call of Duty. This game takes real strategy, skill, and teamwork to pull off properly.

  • Start with the class you’re most comfortable with. You’re going to want to do well early on so you  can get better weapons as you move on, so pick what’s best for you. Later on you can switch it up  once you get a feel for how the game mechanics work.
  • DON’T CAMP, ESPECIALLY IF YOU’RE ATTACKING. I’ll never know why attackers feel the need to camp  back and pick their noses, but it needs to stop. No, I’m not saying you can’t snipe, but what I am  saying, is that you at least need to occasionally push yourself closer into the objective. On  defense, this isn’t near as bad, as obviously you need to partially camp to defend your objective. I  don’t advise doing this, as you’ll just get killed shortly after they realize where you are. I don’t  recommend staying in one spot for more than 3 to 4 kills.
  • Be aware of your surroundings. You sniping? Trying to pop someone in the distance? Well if you  are, be sure to pay attention to what’s going on right by you. If someone just got gunned down on  the other side of the way from you, HELP YOUR TEAM OUT. Don’t just sit there doing your own thing.  This is especially important if the objective is being captured/destroyed. Do something about it,  don’t just think, “Oh, someone else will take care of it.”
  • Fullfil your role. Playing Assault? Then please, heal your team mates and revive them. Playing  Support? Give your team ammo when they need it. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve needed ammo,  and every support guy in site that I try to get some from, just runs off and doesn’t care. Think  about your team, not only yourself. Playing Recon? Plant some motion trackers and maybe some mobile  spawns. Playing Engineer? Take out/repair some vehicles.
  • Do not pilot a vehicle if you don’t know how to use it properly. You will need to train yourself  to fly/drive things are some point, so either do it early on in your Battlefield 3 ranks, or just  let others take the wheel. And PLEASE, don’t just fly a chopper over somewhere and bail out if  you’re flying. You’ll most likely end up killing a couple team mates because of your arrogance.
  • TEAM WORK IS KEY. I’ve already addressed a lot of this stuff in previous points, so be sure to  read them and learn them.
  • Don’t just focus on one thing. Say you’re on your way to plant a charge on the M-COM station, you  see an enemy engaging in a firefight with a team mate. Stop for a moment to go help him, unless he  looks like he has things under control. You need to be able to make decisions on a dime, and weigh  the pros and cons of each action.
  • Cover is your friend. Don’t just run out in the open, take a strategic route to your destination.  A few shots will take you down, and if you’re seen, you most likely aren’t going to survive your  sprint.
Note: These tips may be added onto in the future. Also, these are mostly directed at those who play  Rush, so some things would be slightly altered for Conquest/TDM.

Starting From Scratch

As many of you (that actually visit occasionally) probably have noticed, the site is pretty much… Gone. This is due to two reasons. One being that I was not originally hosting the website myself, and had it transferred over to me, and didn’t migrate the information for my second reason, which is that I wanted it to be a fresh start. I did, however, save my video game list, as well as all the reviews that were ever posted on the old site. The reviews will be added later on when I find a good way to add them into the site.

Moving on to other things. I have started slowly moving from broadcasting on Twitch, to making videos on YouTube. I will be broadcasting a bit the next few days though, if my health approves of it, to participate in Scares 4 Charity, organized by Rencamo. From there, I will be continuing my Let’s Play videos of Super Mario Sunshine and Mirror’s Edge when I find the time. If you haven’t already, I do suggest Subscribing to me on YouTube, hehe.

And lastly, for some odd reason, I’ve felt the need to do some video game coaching. I feel as though there are a lot of “gamers” that don’t really deserve said title, but want to deserve it. Yes? No? Maybe? I’m not really sure if it’s a good idea or not. Regardless, I think I’d do well at helping others improve on their skills, if you can call them that.

Well, that’s just an update about me as of lately. Hope someone actually reads the stuff I do. I’ll try to get into writing more as well, so keep an eye out. Love you all, have a good one.

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Michael 'Dusty' DeLozier

Broadcaster, LPer, writer, podcaster, and overall hardcore gamer. You can find all my work, updates about my life, reviews and random articles here. I'm 21 years of age, been doing all this stuff for many years now. I hope you enjoy my content! <3