Community Spotlight: Holding out for a Healer (Machinima)

One of my favorite things about returning to the world of Azeroth has often been catching up on and discovering new, amazing machinima, machinima like Holding out for a Healer a collaborative effort between Kruithne (Song/Machinima), Sharm (Vocals/Mixing), and Letomi (Choir Vocals). Give it a listen and, since you will undboutedly love it as much as I do, give it a download so you can regale your coworkers and guildmates with a ballad of your restorative superiority.

Raiding with Voice Recognition (Nighthold)

By popular request, I have created and uploaded two YouTube videos from our Normal Nighthold adventures this week: Elisandre and Skorpyron. Because it was important to observe the voice commands I was using, I was unable to exclude our voice chatter. (I believe that to do so, I would have to install a second soundcard, but someone please correct me if I’m wrong.) These are not the only videos that I created, but I have a tendency to die to stupid effects during our Heroic runs, due to the inherent latency of voice recognition. Please comment below with any questions you have.

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Vocola: Part 3 — Movement, Mouse, and Camera

It was obvious pretty early on when setting up my configuration that spellcasting was not going to be my biggest problem; movement was. Because while using abilities and casting spells, opening and closing interface panels, and even targeting other players are very binary actions, it is infeasible to play without the analog mouselook feature (I tried). I have had good luck using a SmartNav: EG head tracker at work, an assistive device I had purchased out-of-pocket to reduce my use of the mouse as a software developer. This camera tracks the movement of a small, reflective silver dot that you wear somewhere on the top of your head. That movement is then translated into mouse movement on-screen. Once I was certain of its efficacy, I requested that my work buy one for my use at the office so that I could take the one I had purchased home.

To hopefully pique your interest, I have created a short video of me demonstrating all of the techniques in this post:

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