So Reality Check is a thing now. The What if Machine is dead, albeit only in name as the show lives on in Reality check. If you haven't watched it yet the show is all about the science of video games. So this could be taking a look at the psychology of video game society, analysing some fascinating item of Sci-Fi tech in a game, or even just fun thought experiments - See episode 5 when it goes live for an example of this.
Anyway, i wanted to start blogging about the process of producing the show as it turns out making these episodes is both hard work and a hell of a lot of fun. I imagine not many people will care, but for those that do, id love to get your input, hear your thoughts and also questions about the process, and just generally engage with like-minded people who also get excited just thinking about why console wars happen, if a human cordyceps fungus could kill us all, and what the Oculus Rift is actually doing to your brain (episode 4 btw).
Disclaimer - I'm a video producer. Video is the medium I'm best at communicating through i reckon. My writing can be good but it takes me time - and the whole point of these blogs is they are meant to be quick and snappy. Plus my spelling sucks. Thanks a bunch Dyslexia. So yeah, just get ready to ride the storm of written errors every time you read one of my posts.
So generally the process I'm going through at the moment is trying to produce each episode of Reality Check in two days. One day to research and script, one day to shoot and edit. Its a tight turnaround and already I'm noticing I'm struggling with that first day. Researching topics I am not familiar with is a long slog of a process. This weeks episode for example is all about why we collect things. Video games and video game memorabilia to be precise. I am no psychology buff but I'm fairly familiar with certain principles. So getting my head around what is already established regarding Hoarding behaviour has been a really interesting lesson.
Anyway, the point I'm getting to is that if anyone has any hints and tips for great research resources, or heck, even techniques to improve research practice, I'm all ears.
Oh, I'm also going to include in these blogs other bits of insider info - bloopers, pics of filming, other random science crap I see that inspires me to make an episode on a particular topic. SO to that end, if any of you have any ideas you would like to see Reality Check cover please please let me know. This show is going to be weekly for the foreseeable future so, I'm going to need a tonne of ideas.
Right, so that's blog one. I'm new to this process so go easy. In fact, here's an idea, let me know what you would like to see from these insider blogs. I'm open to all ideas. Except that one. Thanks for watching the show as always, and please share Reality Check with anyone who has even the slightest interest in science or video games.
Ill blog again soon, oh and in the meantime enjoy this http://i.imgur.com/czOmH79.png