Armchair Arcade Enhanced is Now Live!

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Unfortunately, I jumped the gun a bit on declaring everything "fine". Oddly enough, at my regular job, it has still not caught up with the changes, so I was working from the old Website and ONLY seeing that when here. I've disabled all the old stuff now so hopefully there will be no more confusion. I also tried to move all of the changes on the other site to this new site, so everything should be caught up now. Hopefully my work location can catch up by Monday, because I can't even check my e-mail there due to the delay. Anyway, below is the message I had put on the old site when I thought it was the new one, hence the confusion... (I'm using LogMeIn Pro right now to access my home PC at work)

Well, following up my now non-existent blog post from yesterday entitled, "Armchair Arcade Deluxe Collector's Edition", it looks like the switchover to our new host went without a hitch. The reason why yesterday's post is non-existent is that the site on the old host was still being updated while the nameserver stuff caught up, but it looks like everything flowed through nicely. So now we have unlimited everything with Hostgator. I was so impressed with the truly seamless switchover (we're talking new site, old site, e-mail addresses, etc.) that I signed us up for their affiliate program, so if you wish to check them out, use the banner below (I'll probably move my personal sites over as soon as they're up for renewal as well). We're going to kick the tires until our monthly renewal next month and if all goes well, we'll sign up long term. We still have the site (no longer updated naturally) at the old host as a backup plan and that will be active - assuming all goes well - until that's up for renewal again, at which time we'll cancel.

So, in simple terms, what does this mean for everyone? Basically that we no longer have to worry about hosting images and files on our Website. We can record podcasts and store the files here, which can automatically be polled by iTunes. We can store large PDFs of manuals and scans. We can incorporate more images. Etc. The sky really is the limit now.

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Matt Barton
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Funny you should mention

Funny you should mention podcasting, as I've been looking more into that lately (especially in terms of iTunes). I'm still not quite sure how it would work with video--there's going to be big downloads unless you really compress it.

If I had more time I'd try to make an audio podcast to complement "Matt Chat," maybe a more informal show with more talking about games rather than running commentary. Still, seems like so many of those out there; hard to imagine how yet another one could make an impact.

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I still want to do an audio

I still want to do an audio podcast, something akin to "The Armchair Arcade Week in Review" (THAAWIR). Keep it short and just cover that past week's top stories, tell some of my own stories, etc. I'd do it for fun. If people listened, great, if not, no big deal. The key is to keep it short and sweet, do it on a regular schedule and make sure that iTunes is set up to automatically poll it. I'll probably record a few episodes first, then maybe start publicizing it after the third episode once I work all the kinks out.

I was also entertaining doing something like Shane does, which is record his shows in his car on the way to work. I've been thinking about doing that for years. That may be the best way to attempt something like that. I don't know.

As for video podcasts and the iPhone/iPod via iTunes, you can always put into MP4 format and a screen friendly size. That should allow for quite a bit of compression and still keep the quality high and it would work very well on the intended devices. That could be a big audience boost.

We also have the $50 credit in Google Adwords, don't forget, for signing up with Hostgator.

Anyway, the point is, we can start thinking about things now that we really couldn't think of before. We can even create sub-sites and make use of sub-domains (like www.videogamesandcomputers.com). Hell, I could even subjugate www.billandchristina.com and www.mythcore.com to be on this same server. It's not like they're high traffic. Lots of options there.

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What I may do is if I'm the

What I may do is if I'm the first one to create an Armchair Arcade iTunes feed, I'll just make it generic so we can put any "shows" we want there, be it audio or video, then anyone subscribed would automatically get them. We'd just need to upload our stuff to the same folder on the server (maybe a "Media" folder).

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Careful with the podcast

Careful with the podcast feed, if people are used to audio (5 MB?) they get ticked when videos start coming through (250 MB?) It happened with a photography show I used to listen to.

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Great point!
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Careful with the podcast feed, if people are used to audio (5 MB?) they get ticked when videos start coming through (250 MB?) It happened with a photography show I used to listen to.

You're absolutely right. Cnet does that and it bugs me. When ready we'll create one for audio only and one for video only. Same thing on the server.

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Matt Barton
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I've never been a fan of

I've never been a fan of "quick and dirty" style podcasts. Just seems like if I expect someone to take the time to listen to the show, least I can do is try to have some kind of plan and some decent editing. I'd rather hear a 3 minute podcast done right than a 4 hour one done poorly.

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Depends
Matt Barton wrote:

I've never been a fan of "quick and dirty" style podcasts. Just seems like if I expect someone to take the time to listen to the show, least I can do is try to have some kind of plan and some decent editing. I'd rather hear a 3 minute podcast done right than a 4 hour one done poorly.

Indeed, though it depends on the content and the context. Some of the casual chatty ones like "GameRADIO" are quite good. It's a contrast from the slick ones like Twit, with ads and what-not. There's room for everything.

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As a side note

Thanks to the change to the new server, I am no longer firewalled out of armchair arcade at work. I wonder how long it will last...

Facebook? Twitter? 1UP? Engadget? Joystiq? No problem.

Armchair Arcade? Firewalled. Reason? "Violence."

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