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Good Gaming Microphone – The Blue Snowball iCE Game Tested

Hello from GGPC NZ! This is our first in a new hardware testing while streaming series

The method is a pretty simple one, we’re going to be checking out a range of gaming gear in live streams to see what it’s like – videos are unedited, straight up live tests.

A quick note on why you’d want to have nice direction mic like this one from GGPC Warlock – “not only is the sound quality great but with a little time spent tweaking the position you happily chat away while gaming without having the sounds from your keyboard blasting over the broadcast :)”

For our first test, NZ Twitch Streamer SCRAXER has kindly helped out by taking a Blue Snowball iCE microphone and used this in a quick match of Player Unknown Battlegrounds. From here the microphone will do the rounds visiting three different gamers in total, no instruction is given to any of the gamers involved and as each has a go with the Snowball iCE we’ll begin linking to each players experience within our PC Gaming Blog here at GGPC New Zealand.

Via Scraxer: Setup for the Snowball iCE was pretty straight forward, plug and play with a single USB connection. The microphone does need to be quite close to you to pickup voice communication clearly and I highly recommend getting a scissor stand & pop filter if you’re using this mic while streaming games. Once you’ve got the microphone into a good position you can speak quite softly and still be heard clearly, it’s one-directional audio input means if you look away and talk it often won’t pick this up. I was seriously surprised by the recording quality of the Snowball iCE, considering it’s a pretty low price option among the range – looking forward to testing more!

The Snowball iCE then made its way to visit Dhyana from www.attackongeek.com!

Via ATTACK ON GEEK “In order to provide quality content as a podcaster, web-show host or even a video-game streamer, the quality of sound is especially important. Gone are the days of fiddling about with built in PC microphones, which provide only the bare minimum when it comes to quality. Now there are various high-end sound recorders and microphones, along with a plethora of sound mixing software, which are able to provide the best possible audio quality. However, despite the range available, only a few are actually simple and easy enough to use.”

Check out the full Blue Snowball iCE Microphone review from ATTACK ON GEEK here

From here the Snowball iCE made its way to Gabbu 🙂 She’s already started streaming with the mic and you can check out more live streams coming up this weekend – we’ll update with all the latest good stuff as her testing continues!

Via Gabbu: I played around with some configurations and found when the mic was behind the keyboard, typing sounds were too harsh, so having it in front was best. ideally, a floating boom would be the best option just from a space perspective.

Gabbu has kindly saved a replay of her gaming session while playing and chatting away with the Snowball iCE on her desk, click the image below and check it out!

GAME ON!

Good Gaming PC NZ – GGPC Twitch Tests Begin!

Here at GGPC we’ve been happily using our Youtube channel for just over a year now (approaching 2 million views fast!), uploading hundreds of in-game performance tests as we try out all the wonderful graphics cards for ourselves and we absolutely love it, it’s through this channel that we recently started getting requests for info around what the performance is like when streaming – specifically lot’s of people wanted to know more about Twitch but until recently the quality options for that have been more suited towards console gaming than PC so we only tested things out case by case.

Now that Twitch has rolled out their enhanced video and streaming playback, upgraded to include 1080p/60fps support – we’ve jumped in officially to join in on the fun!

Eight of us have created new accounts with a fun quest to kick things off, we’ve got a lot to learn but love gaming so it promises to be good \o/

We will be hosting all the individual gamers on our main GGPC NZ Twitch channel as well, because we each have our own favourite games to play and rather unique gameplay styles it’s going to be a fantastic mess featuring everything from Monster Hunter Online to Star Citizen and Hearthstone. If you’re wanting to give streaming a go for yourself we highly recommend using Nvidia Experience to connect to Twitch, it works in a very similar way to the Shadowplay function we’re all familiar with and is wonderfully easy to use.

GAME ON!

 

 

Good Gaming – ONE FOR ALL LEE SIN!

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Bubba Kush is at it again with another killer montage to check out with some insane Lee Sin plays from League of Legends!

For those just tuning in Bubba’s main champion is Lee Sin – The Blind Monk and all the gameplay and capture is done on a GGPC custom gaming pc which has pretty similar in specs to the new Paladin but with a blue NZXT H440 Chassis (as requested :P). Soon we’ll testing out our latest Dark Knight eSports NZ edition with Bubba to see just what this latest machine is capable of \o/

Until then, enjoy some sweet sweet gameplay below!

Good Gaming PC – eSports Edition Live Streaming Tests!

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A good gaming PC should be able to play the games you’re wanting to play and with our latest designs in our lineup, the eSports editions of Paladin and Dark Knight, we wanted to make rigs that could not only play the games but also stream them simultaneously via Twitch, YouTube, Xsplit and other services. This of course means a lot of testing in the background to make sure things are GOOD! We’ve been quietly checking out several configs over the last few months and now that we’ve got things perfect (massive thanks to Bubba Kush for all the help with this!) it’s time to start sharing some game streams so we can check out things for together 🙂

Today at around 2pm (New Zealand Time) Gabbu will be live streaming a bit of Witcher 3 and League of Legends on the i7-6700K + GTX 1070 config, if you’re tuning in make sure to set quality to “source” so we can double check our settings are good, we’ll be increasing these throughout a series of tests on different internet providers and packages to get a feel for what’s possible over the various connection types in NZ. Once we’ve got a good feel for things we’ll begin capturing a series of new tests via our GGPC YouTube channel with settings used and any helpful tweaks so everyone can join in on this rather fun way to play games with people around the world 🙂

GGPC set quality to source

 

Good Gaming Gear – Logitech C922 Pro Stream Webcam

GGPC C922 Game Stream WebcamIf you’ve looked into webcams for YouTube channels or Twitch streaming before you’ve likely seen a fair few people out there recommending the Logitech C920, it was (and still is) a great option for capturing video while still being pretty affordable.

Now Logitech are bringing a new Webcam into the mix with a feature set that’s designed to meet the demands of serious streamers everywhere, the C922 Pro Stream makes it easy to produce clear, professional content. You can stream and record video in your choice of sharp, true-to-life 1080p at 30fps or a fluid 720p at 60fps to match the speed of your game. Uploads are fast and smooth thanks to built-in advanced H.264 video compression, freeing up processing power and network bandwidth to keep your game smooth while you broadcast.

It’s even packing a digital dynamic background replacement powered by Personify, so you can easily integrate your live image into the game on Twitch or YouTube without a complicated green screen setup. Automatic low-light correction and premium autofocus through a full HD glass lens adjusts to your movements and environment, so you have a consistent broadcast even in the dim, fluctuating light gamers regularly experience.

C922 Game Stream WebcamThe C922 Pro Stream could well be the perfect all-in-one choice for getting into streaming and although getting yourself a dedicated directional microphone is definitely going to make things even better the C922 does have built-in dual omni-directional noise cancelling microphones to capture stereo audio from every angle which is pretty good.

It also includes a fully adjustable tabletop tripod lets you record from the most flattering angle for your stream 😛

Logitech have also teamed up with gaming broadcast software XSplit and a complimentary 3-month XSplit Premium license for Windows is included so you can easily start streaming and recording your PC games with professional-grade tools and features right out of the box.

The Logitech C922 Pro Stream Webcam is available now and below is a quick test with the Personify feature, this and all the other goodness it brings with it this one’s sure to go down well with gamers around the world!  On that note we happily give it our GGPC recommends award – the Logitech C922 Pro Stream Webcam is GOOD!

Good Gaming – Lee Sin tips from Bubba Kush

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Quick tips for Lee Sin: Wardjump, Kickflash, Blinks & Runes

Wardjumping: Ward jumping is something that you have to practice, find which buttons feel the best with you, for example I use 4 for wards. I would encourage you bros to NOT use macros, shouldn’t need macros for pressing 2 buttons.

Kick-Flash: The kickflash is one of my favourites, this took me sooo long to get the hang of, all you need to do is practice and get used to the feels of angling the kick and when to execute it. Of course you will fail a lot, I fail kick flash a lot, its not something you land every time because you will fail it some times but that’s all progress of learning the kick flash. I will go into depth in my actual guide.

Ezreal/kassadin Blink Predicts: Although this isn’t really something you can teach, there is a trick that you can use that’s really simple – when approaching ezreal/kassadin etc wardjumping or flashing before Q predict usually helps, the wardjump or flash will startle them and force them to use blink when you want to, gives you a higher chance of predicting them. Although this doesn’t work every time and you can’t predict everything 😛

Jungle Runes:
+15AD +9ARM +12MR
+15AD +9ARM +7.50% CDR
+9.6AD +9ARM +7.7ARM PEN +7.50% CDR

Small tips but hopefully it helped 🙂

GG!