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This has been bugging me for a long time. Most Smash streamers use the L-shaped layout for their streams. L-shape layouts are meant for 4:3 SD games like Melee or PM. Smash Wii U is a 16:9 1080p game with smaller characters than normal fighting games.

The white border I’ve created here is the max amount of space you can cover the game by without detracting any information and also keeping symmetrical. This is how you guys should be streaming a 16:9 video game. I get that some people like to keep themselves casual but it’s clear a lot of streamers just don’t know what they’re doing. So I’m going to list some obvious things to watch out for when planning your stream layout.

  • Social media links don’t belong on your stream. You have all the space below the stream. They don’t have to be on your layout.
  • Do not list the last 200 people that donated. Scrolling text is good. 
  • set your webcam’s resolution to 4:3. 720p webcam resolution eats up a LOT of your computers resources. If you have audio lag or cracking/popping on your stream, this is very likely why.
  • Have a layout designed specifically for when matches are going on and for post/pre-match. The match layout can be minimalist while you can fill all your information/sponsors you want on the post/pre-match layout. This is the most professional advice I could offer.
  • putting your chat on screen is kind of silly but again stick that shit onto a layout meant for pre/post-match. The reason it is really bad for being during a match aside from space is it creates a lot more movement on screen, meaning the stream is going to get really blurry and artifacts will be noticeable and it’s just a mess.
  • 1280x720. 3500 kb/s. 60fps. This is the Twitch standard. If you can go higher and don’t care about Twitch’s limits (cause they don’t seem to enforce them too well) then 1980 x 1080. 4000 kb/s. 60fps. If you can’t stream at this high bitrate, lower your resolution as well. 
  • It’s okay to shrink the game down a little bit, but remember that the games that L-shaped layouts are even meant for are up-scaled to fit into the L-shape. Meanwhile, you guys are shrinking your game.
  • Make sure you have the right microphone set in your program. I’ve come into a lot of streams of people with their USB mics or headset mics clearly present in their webcam however the stream is clearly using some webcam microphone or built-in mic. 

I hope this helps people out. Please share this post with anyone who’s looking to/actively to stream Smash Bros Wii U or just stream in general.

That Random Scene in 358/2 Days

Okay so I can’t find the post but I remember long ago someone asking (if you’re still here bless your heart) about the scene in 358/2 where Xion dreams of the Riku and Zexion confrontation. Well I was going to ponder over it but I never really got a change to just sit down and do that. However I did get a chance to ask someone else their thoughts so I figured since it’s been a year I should just swallow my pride and post those. 

There are two possible answers to this question

The Non-Fandom Answer: Nomura thought it would play into Xion’s conflict of ‘who am I’ (Not only do I have Sora’s memories; I have Riku’s as well?  Who am I???). It also gives the player a sense of how Xion feels. When we first watch the scene we become confused and somewhat distraught because it seems to come out of no where. Similar, Xion is confused about who she is and distraught over what to do. 

The Fandom Answer:
(Via freeshooterxig)

Only reason I can think of is that while on Destiny Island, she passed out and was picked up by Riku. Built as a puppet, her purpose was to sample memories of Sora’s/Roxas’s and make them her own strength and power. However, Sora is linked to a lot of people, so inturn Xion looks like Kairi + Sora. At the same time, she can look like Ven - yada yada yada.

Its fast, and not really explained much, but I honestly think she might have just sampled Riku while she was with him for that short period of time. If only due to the fact that she saw his memory of guilt from CO, one of the major instances that was causing him not to actually meet or run into Sora, until his darkness was fully under control. More or less a driving force, or one of the stronger memories that he went through in his determination that he needed to defeat his own darkness - Xion was somehow able to pick up on that, because she’s tied to Sora’s Heart as much as Riku is.

Or.. that’s about all i can figure

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NOTHING FITS AND EVERYTHING IS GREAT. (Xeha your clothes are so warm and they smell like you~)

Sora I believe if I even attempt to wear this jacket I will tear it apart. (Your clothes smell like you as well, that is to be expected. They are also almost unbearably tight)

Ha ha, I can always get another one! If it rips, it rips.

If I am going to be destroying any of your clothing, it will be by… other means.

Huh?

… I’ll explain when we get to that bridge.

You make no sense sometimes.

Heh, I don’t blame you for getting stuff wrong. Kingdom Hearts is so complicated and there’s stuff in their own canon they don’t get right (like between 1 and future titles).

By the way, here’s a really cool video someone did linking Riku’s, Terra’s and Ansem’s stories together nicely:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cMEdCb1ve5o&index=16&list=LL2ezqwUKRldxfUo3t7sj90A

Dragon admin: Sorry I didn’t reply to this earlier I’m a lazy, procrastinating, impulsive, college student. But thanks I appreciate the sentiment. 

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What does “NSFW” even mean? Not Safe For Weiner-dogs? Non-Soluable Fish Watching?

… Sora it means “Not Safe For Work”.

Oh, well, I guess my job is saving the universe so…? Wait what’s not safe for saving the universe? Leaving the fridge open- no… um, sliding around in the Gummi ship’s control chairs? But that’s so fun…

Xehanort I didn’t know you could look so red.