Skyrim Released As A Metaphor!

Yeah, it’s a bit of a running joke now that Bethesda’s The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim has been milked for all that it is worth. A game that was originally released in 2011, is still being ported to systems as new as the Nintendo Switch and in Virtual Reality (VR). The jokes are pretty scathing on the internet, but if people are still buying it, why wouldn’t you make the game available everywhere?

The thing is. I have never played Skyrim. I didn’t own a PS3 or 4 or Xbox 360 or One and for a long time I had an Apple Mac as my main computer, so gaming during Skyrim’s initial release was as far removed from the AAA games market as a Duracell battery bunny. But this port to the Nintendo Switch, is giving me the opportunity to play this game for the first time, 7 years after it was originally released on 7th generation consoles.

At the moment, I am currently playing Skyrim on the Everyday Reboot channel. It’s a bit challenging because I have never played it before, I don’t know where to go, where to trigger quests and side quests, who to talk to, who not to talk to, where to go and in what order. But the game is most enjoyable because of that unknown. It makes it more challenging because the game is set in an open world, but more rewarding when things pay off also.

I am looking at Skyrim as a metaphor for my life on YouTube so far, both on my own channel and as a guest at Short Lane Studios. Yeah, many people may have been doing this a lot longer, many people maybe fed up with certain types of videos, like they are with Skyrim, but if people are willing to watch and I am enjoying the process, why would I not do this?

I am still finding my feet with YouTube, and there is a sense of frontier-ism, a sense of the charting waters that for me are as yet uncharted. But this unknown, finding my feet and learning by doing through trial and error is as exciting as playing the games I do on the Everyday Reboot channel. I just hope that my audience are as equally positive about my experience so far as I am. Currently there is only one thing I require, patience as I start my journey both in game and on YouTube.

You can catch my The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim play through on the Everyday Reboot channel.

~Adam

Free To Play with TJ

Free To Play are the three words discussed most in the gaming community. As I type free to play games are dominating the market place. Fortnite, Dota 2, Hearthstone, Warframe, Paladins are just a few games that are popular at this moment in time.

But are these games really free?

Fortnite has recently surpassed $1billion in revenue, achieved through in game purchases. Though the game is technically free to play, currently I haven’t spent a single penny playing Fortnite, there is still a lot to buy within the game.

Fortnite’s model is one that I really like. Epic, the games developer states that all purchases, skins, items and abilities purchased do not reflect the in game performance. It still gives each player an equal playing field regardless if you spend £100’s or £0.

Paladins is a little different, they allow you to buy passes, and abilities that do enhance players abilities in game, and for a cheapskate like me I find it tedious and tiresome that players that you battle against can pay for abilities or characters in order to gain an edge.

However, all that being said. I am enjoying games in the free to play market at this moment in time. I think that Fortnite, though the most popular game at the time of writing, will plateau soon regardless of their constant tinkering and changes.

TJ and I have played Fortnite and Paladins, we were discussing maybe giving Dota 2 a try in the near future too. You can catch our Fortnite and Paladins play throughs at the Everyday Reboot YouTube channel.

~Adam

A word from Adam

Hi there everyone, Adam from Everyday Reboot here. TJ has invited me to write a few words about The Banner Saga, but we’ll get onto that it a minute.

First of all, I just wanted to say thank you to everyone who has visited, viewed, commented, liked and subscribed to both the Short Lane Studio and Everyday Reboot YouTube channels and socials since their respective launches. We started from nothing, and though nothing has gone viral, we appreciate all support regardless of how big or small (that’s what she said).

TJ has been working extremely hard to film and edit all the Short Lane Studio content, and to be apart of that is not only an honour but a positive experience that I am enjoying immensely. Though we have planned to make content together for years, I didn’t think we’d end up making regular content like this with so many factors against us, including the flood to the studio last year, but we’re here now ready and raring to go.

Now I have gotten the mushy sentiments out of the way, it’s time to get back on track as I am here to talk a little bit about Everyday Reboot. This week I have been playing some games. I started with Mini Metro, I’ve also played a bit of Fortnite too. But this week has been special, because I have started my first play through series of a game that I have been waiting to play for such a long time, The Banner Saga.

The Banner Saga is a Norse inspired tactical role playing game. The story is interactive, meaning the players choices and decisions effect the overall story arc. The game is hand drawn, has a wonderfully orchestral score and though an independent title stands out from it’s competitors for being different in more ways than one.

As I type this I have recorded a few parts already and I must say that I am really enjoying it. So, if you are unaware of this game, if you want to try before you buy, you should watch the series to get a feel for it.

~Adam

Street Photography – Manchester UK

On Tuesday TJ and I went to Manchester to shoot a short film about, Manchester. which you will be able to find on the Short lane Studios YouTube channel once it becomes available. While we were there I took some photography, street photography… taking this to the streets shooting… photographs.

I do have a passion for street photography; I find pictures in this style to be the most honest and natural. We live in an age where everyone has a camera, where anyone can manipulate a representation of themselves and environment in order to build a façade. Street photography eliminates this self-edit, where the mask slips and we obtain a glimpse of an accurate representation of a person and their environment.

The only problem with street photography is that you have to be a confident photographer. It takes a lot of confidence to take a strangers photograph, which I must admit I struggle with. What if a person objects to their photograph being taken? What if you offend someone? I try to be as unobtrusive as I possibly can, blending in with the environment. I mean, my objective is to take the most natural photographs I can, isn’t it?

Though we walked across the city centre my favourite place was the Northern Quarter. I love how old and unkempt it is, rough around the ages and a bit claustrophobic. It is an area also surrounded by some beautiful graffiti artwork and home to some great music venues and independent businesses.

Here is a collection of the photographs from Manchester. They were taken using a Canon 700d and a 50mm f1.8 lens.

~ Adam

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Movie Review – Logan

Hey everyone. Adam (the other half of Short Lane) has set up his own YouTube channel ‘Everyday Reboot’ for movie reviews, tech news, gaming and podcasts.

Below is his first movie review and first video on the channel. The video hit 120+ views in 12 hours, which is pretty awesome for a new channel. Take a look and see what you think. Make sure to hit the ‘Like’ and ‘Subscribe’ buttons and expect more videos from Adam very soon.

~TJ