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Descent videos

Posted: Sun Aug 20, 2017 6:38 pm
by kakhome1
Not sure if this topic may exist in another forum, but just thought it would be nice to have a thread for anyone with Descent videos they'd like to share, as well as for related commentary.

I've been recording Descent myself lately for the first time with a cold start (might exempt Level 25 here though), casual, Hotshot, no saves playthrough of TEW in progress:

https://m.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLT ... Xe9fNVzhDq

All commentary is welcome (either here or on YT)! :)

Re: Descent videos

Posted: Mon Aug 21, 2017 8:32 am
by LightWolf

Re: Descent videos

Posted: Sat Oct 07, 2017 1:23 pm
by AlexanderBorisov
Anyone knows how to make youtube videos easier to find in Google or other search engines? Still have problem finding my own videos by keywords like "Descent", "Enemy Vignettes", "level 12", "Insane difficulty" etc.While I cannot find other's videos by similar keywords easily. I specified meaningful name for the video and good set of keywords for it. Here is the video.

I am going to start uploading my Inane difficulty walk-through of Enemy Vignettes and Lost Levels for D2 (along with some old cold-start videos for CS and TEW) as soon as I find a way to solve this problem

Re: Descent videos

Posted: Sat Oct 07, 2017 3:32 pm
by LightWolf
The best way is to crack Google's relevance algorithm - however a video (rightly IMO) discouraged that practice. The only other way is to boost popularity for the videos.

Re: Descent videos

Posted: Sat Oct 07, 2017 6:46 pm
by DarkFlameWolf
People are doing insane runs of my levels? You people be CRAZY! :lol:

Re: Descent videos

Posted: Sat Oct 07, 2017 7:50 pm
by ShivanHunter
Your levels are the best :D

As for videos, they're not mine but my recommendation would be for Calmarius (now CalmariusDescent)'s very high-skilled playthroughs - Insane, full rescue/no death/100+ HP at exit. He's done D1, D2, Vertigo, LOTW, Vignettes, and TEW and is currently working his way through everything on the DMDB. Currently in the midst of the Anniversary Edition Level Design Contest stuff - got some real 1996 architecture in there :P

Re: Descent videos

Posted: Sun Oct 08, 2017 1:34 am
by AlexanderBorisov
Well I found that a) my channel is still not Verified b) There are less than 3 public videos. Maybe that's why it is not still searchable. Hope this will go be fixed after I'll do verification and upload more. Will start from Lost Levels however; then Enemy Vignettes (finished Insane full rescue no death no save runs for both).
I agree completely, DFW levels are among the best i've played, as are Sirius and Darkhorse's. Especially if you want some real challenge. About Calmarius, I'd like to see how he will manage LL and EV on cold start! Or AF. Well, even non-cold start! Also I'm looking at AE stuff he posts, unfortunately the level design is much inferior even to First Strike IMO (except maybe Grant's levels and Colossus).

Re: Descent videos

Posted: Sun Oct 08, 2017 2:04 am
by ShivanHunter
Yeah those levels are from around 1995-1996 (as is the LOTW stuff). That was the era where you'd get CDs like D!Zone with "thousands of levels!" many of which crashed the game or had no exits or things stuck in walls or geometry that rendered the level unplayable. It's not hard to believe that the AE/LOTW stuff really is the best that was available around that time. Also I think the tools were much more primitive - I don't recall much about messing around in DMB except that there were many, many crashes.

Good luck with Youtube m8! I just searched "Descent enemy vignettes" (without quotes) and you were the first result so it looks like you're all good. :)

Re: Descent videos

Posted: Mon Oct 09, 2017 5:25 pm
by AlexanderBorisov
Here is the playlist with my Lost Levels for D2 Insane no save no death full rescue runs (with weapon mods off starting from level 5).
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=P ... oWP4l_kDY3
Only 2 levels uploaded now, but I plan to upload a few every day (they are already recorded), and also add another playlist with similar Enemy Vignettes play-trough very soon. BTW I did not found any Insane of even Ace difficulty walk-thoughts of Lost levels and virtually nothing on Enemy Vignettes on youtube! So hope it will be interesting to watch.

Re: Descent videos

Posted: Mon Oct 09, 2017 6:43 pm
by kakhome1
A lot of missions lack a high-difficulty walkthrough. I think the major ones Calmarius did like TEW and the original Vignettes for D1 set are actually more an exception than a rule. I can't think of any other major unofficial missions that have one off the top of my head, though I can't guarantee I'm not forgetting about one. It had actually led me to think that perhaps Insane (or maybe even Ace) is hardly ever even played in Descent (II).

Re: Descent videos

Posted: Tue Oct 10, 2017 7:50 am
by Alter-Fox
Well, considering by and large and everything, Descent II is hardly ever played.

But yeah. I don't think anyone here can really speak for anyone else. Because a lot of these people are pretty private folks who don't like to record videos of every little thing.
And yes, on the internet that's basically sacrilege, but it is what it is.

Re: Descent videos

Posted: Tue Oct 10, 2017 4:32 pm
by AlexanderBorisov
Here is my new list for Enemy Vignettes Insane no death no save play-through.
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=P ... lymer=true

Re: Descent videos

Posted: Thu Nov 16, 2017 4:53 pm
by AlexanderBorisov
Two new playlists with videos started (all Insane difficulty no death no save full rescue as usual):
Plutonian Shores Demo
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=P ... NCYsXPDkUn
D2 Counterstrike 100% cold-starts for diffucult levels
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=P ... aCTbKXHstQ
LL uploaded up to L17 now (even managed to record two boss levels - 4 and 16 - on Insane without saves that I thought were nearly impossible to do), EV up to L13.

Re: Descent videos

Posted: Wed Dec 13, 2017 5:43 pm
by AlexanderBorisov
New playlist for Obsidian (Insane no death no save as usual). All vids are recorded, will upload regularly.

Re: Descent videos

Posted: Sun Dec 24, 2017 4:28 pm
by AlexanderBorisov
Another playlist added - Entropy (by Luke Schneider) - Insane no death no save, secret level included.

Re: Descent videos

Posted: Sun Dec 24, 2017 7:59 pm
by kakhome1
New playlist for me as well, single levels and short missions for Descent (II):


Ignore the highlighted video past 19:20, for some reason the recording software didn't stop and I didn't catch it immediately.

Re: Descent videos

Posted: Mon Dec 25, 2017 9:50 am
by kakhome1



Re: Descent videos

Posted: Mon Dec 25, 2017 9:24 pm
by kakhome1
Even more for today...




Re: Descent videos

Posted: Tue Dec 26, 2017 3:17 pm
by Alter-Fox
What are you using for midi? It sounds like a Yamaha keyboard more than anything else I know of.

Re: Descent videos

Posted: Tue Dec 26, 2017 3:18 pm
by kakhome1
MIDIYoke + VirtualMIDISynth + savihost

Also all commentary is very welcome, either here and/or on YT :)

Re: Descent videos

Posted: Tue Dec 26, 2017 11:24 pm
by kakhome1
Latest video. This is for Obsidian playthrough - not a single level video:


Re: Descent videos

Posted: Thu Dec 28, 2017 1:03 am
by kakhome1
Played on Ace (for now)!


Re: Descent videos

Posted: Fri Dec 29, 2017 12:46 am
by kakhome1



Re: Descent videos

Posted: Fri Dec 29, 2017 6:02 pm
by kakhome1

Re: Descent videos

Posted: Fri Dec 29, 2017 6:28 pm
by AlexanderBorisov
Alter-Fox wrote:
Tue Dec 26, 2017 3:17 pm
What are you using for midi? It sounds like a Yamaha keyboard more than anything else I know of.
In fact it is the same Yamaha S-YXG2006LE software synth that I use myself. Actually Yamaha is my fauvorite brand of synthesizer even "in hardware" (liked it way better than Casio for example). Never played Roland and any studio electronic keyboards or synths, however, prefer old fashioned acoustic piano, because I mainly play classical music for my own enjoyment.

Re: Descent videos

Posted: Fri Dec 29, 2017 8:18 pm
by kakhome1
Now this one is tough! Acolytes, Legionnares, Golems, and Komodos galore! Plus Pipers and Terapiners. I can't even remember any other robot types at all except the (very special) matcen in the Reactor room and the area that includes all the Mantids, visible from the start. At least no robots that haven't been introduced in the main mission yet (Kalki, Bolas, Warlords) and no mini-bosses.

Missiles were disposed at start of run to emulate cold start.


Re: Descent videos

Posted: Sun Dec 31, 2017 9:29 pm
by kakhome1



Re: Descent videos

Posted: Tue Jan 02, 2018 8:31 am
by kakhome1