Literally three days after moving from Southern California to Las Vegas, I got on a plane and went straight back to California to visit Hollywood and Burbank for Tempo Storm’s Fortnite team’s onboarding. (Yes, I could’ve just chosen to move after the onboarding, but then I would’ve had to miss the Esports Arena Las Vegas grand opening, so that posed another problem. On top of that, we ended up postponing this Fortnite event by a week, so I was actually originally under the impression that it would happen before I moved.) I was hoping to turn this entire trip into a vlog, but unfortunately, I committed an idiot and literally forgot to bring my camera battery charger. I explain it in greater detail in this video segment, but long story short, this is the only video footage that I have from the event: That video above were from travel day, as well as the early morning before the first day of onboarding. Yes, we ended up just eating at Denny’s, and our players all successfully made it from the hotel by crossing the street without any fatalities. The first day was mostly composed of video interviews and photo shoots – we wanted to get as much media footage of the players as possible so we had some stuff to work with when creating features and segments. Our executive producer Doug was the one who primarily ran most of the interviews, while our photographer Bills captured head shots: Later on in the day, Greg Grunberg stopped by to direct a pilot episode of a talk show with one of our players. To conclude the day, we went up to the Observatory to enjoy the view of Los Angeles. The second day was show day. We had the players participate in a 10-in-5 challenge, where our team had to get 10 wins in 5 hours. We didn’t realize how easy it would end up being for them – they blasted through with 10 wins in a row in right around 3 hours, then spent the remainder of the time doing silly stuff to entertain the audience, like queuing up for 4-man squads the splitting up half-and-half to wipe out everyone else on the map and meet in the middle. The evening concluded with some group photos, followed by a trip to all-you-can-eat Korean BBQ and an escape room.
(Full album: https://www.flickr.com/photos/adamparkzer/sets/72157689199589840)
Remember a little while back when I went rock climbing with Tempo Storm’s Heroes of the Storm team? After we were done, I went back to one of the players’ apartment to film some more stuff while I was in the area. One of the segments we filmed was of Jun, the support player, cooking some Korean-style beef sirloin. I finished editing the clips together last night, and the video went live on the Tempo Storm Heroes of the Storm YouTube channel earlier today.
For what feels like the tenth time in the past week (it’s actually only the fourth time in the past week), I went back to Esports Arena to cover an event – this time, SpeedRun Arena with one of Tempo Storm’s broadcast personalities, Trihex. Of course, I don’t go to things unless I’m being productive, so I have a photo album of the full Speedrun Arena event. Here are some highlights: I’m also filming video footage for this event as well; I’ll be editing all that together into a vlog over the next day or so, and post a link to it here when it’s ready. Edit: I’m done editing, and the vlog is up – check it out embedded below, or on Tempo Storm’s Twitch channel.
I had some appointments to go to in Las Vegas, so I spent yesterday driving there, today attending meetings, and tonight driving back home to Southern California. I can’t drive long distances without getting motion sickness, so I took regular stops on the way to Las Vegas. I was traveling alone, because it’s a lot more convenient to do things on my own schedule rather than having to sync up with a travel partner. So, to keep myself occupied, I vlogged a bit on the way there and told some stories to my camera whenever I was stopped to take a break. This wasn’t exactly produced with an intent for public consumption (but rather, more so to keep myself entertained and to keep pushing myself to create things), but if you’re interested, here’s the vlog with my stories:
Source: http://youtube.com/watch?v=pkGsqlIOrXc&list=PLRz2JWFFHXPe0dE7zosqHLbxgrppwgeeg Today’s episode of Storm Psychology, a series written by Corey Tincher exclusively available on Tempo Storm’s website and YouTube channel, is on confirmation bias. Confirmation bias is the tendency for people to search for and interpret information in a way that favors their pre-existing beliefs, while not giving proportional consideration to alternative and conflicting possibilities. If you’ve ever seen an ally do something, even though there was clear evidence that they shouldn’t, they were most likely suffering from this phenomenon. This video goes over how it affects Heroes of the Storm, and what you can do to avoid falling victim to it.
I finally made another video for Tempo Storm, this time about the diffusion of responsibility. If you’re not familiar with the Storm Psychology videos, it’s a series originally written in article form by Corey Tincher for Tempo Storm, where he picks out a psychological concept, connects it to Heroes of the Storm, then explains how you can either take advantage of or avoid falling victim to the topic. Diffusion of responsibility is a phenomenon where people are less likely to take action when in a group. (This video also features a guest appearance by my sleepy dog at the end.) Source: http://youtube.com/watch?v=1MihYpMhNww&list=PLRz2JWFFHXPe0dE7zosqHLbxgrppwgeeg
I hadn’t made a video for Tempo Storm since before the holidays, so I decided to record one a few days ago, and released it today. Today’s video is about the eight most common mistakes that players make in Heroes of the Storm. I talk about what the mistakes are, why they’re bad, and what you can do to avoid making them in your future games. Source: http://youtube.com/watch?v=IKsgVXZH9ks&list=PLRz2JWFFHXPfp7U6spkl8K1HyM8K2dTC0 The content of this video is based on an article originally written by Aliette on Tempo Storm’s website: “Top 8 Mistakes that Players Make” Most of the content I use for videos is written by Corey Tincher, but I decided to mix it up a bit, because Aliette writes some good pieces as well. I’m working with her to see if I can guide her into writing more content suitable for video consumption by a wide and generic audience. Until then, I’ll be working with some more of Corey’s articles – the next video I plan on releasing is the third part of Storm Psychology, on the diffusion of responsibility. Hopefully, that will be done within the next week or two. If you have any questions about the content, suggestions about production, or requests for specific topics, feel free to leave them in the comments. I check YouTube video comments regularly, and I receive email notifications for comments on my blog, so chances are, I’ll see your message.