Video Remix

I myself have been an eSports fan for a few years now, which is in part what inspired me to make this remix. The usual game I watch is Super Smash Bros. and I have always looked at that game as a sport but I never really got into any of the other larger eSports like League of Legends or Counter Strike. This inspired me for my remix to try to look at as many different eSports as I could to try to get a full scope of the scene, as it is easy to say that one particular eSport is a sport, but what about all of them? I was able to quickly find resources, as the eSports scene is entirely online so finding resources was easy, but because every tournament is streamed, then archived online, there is quite literally millions of hours of footage that I could use. I narrowed it down clips that best isolate speaking without much background noise or music so that I could add my own over top of it. This leads me to my choice of music, which was easy, since I wanted there to be build up and alternations between soft and intense sections and 65daysofstatic is amazing for that. There were also a few straggler videos where I just wanted a particular phrase said aloud, such as the sports definition that I sourced from what looked like someone’s high school project, but most of the videos were made by large eSports companies.

My intent for my remix was twofold. First, to expose people to the world of eSports who may not have ever seen it before and give them a sort of crash course to hopefully spark their interest and get them to watch a tournament. Second and most ambitious is to convince people that eSports should be considered a sport. I set my video up in a way where I could imagine my viewers being anyone, as the introduction is a short definition of eSports so by the 30-second mark, anyone who wasn’t aware now is, and anyone who already was familiar didn’t have to spend too much time to get to the meat of the video. I assumed that if the person watching this video is either able to find my website or able to find it on YouTube, that they are technologically aware enough to understand eSports so the remix being hosted on the internet is inherently a weeding out method for anyone who many not understand the remix. This also sets me up directly to an ideal audience, as eSports is always streamed online, so knowing someone can access my video it means that they would also likely be capable of streaming a videogame tournament.

The main rhetorical strategies that I used were cuts to make people say phrases that they originally didn’t and putting videos in contexts where their original meaning is skewed to support my argument. I also tried hard to pair sound with video, ensuring that the images seemed exciting when the music was exciting and often even lining up music and video where things are happening to the beat. I even overlaying non-related videos over clips with audio to give them new meaning. I also edited the song with fades and cut it down manually to a shorter run time to work better for the remix form.

The hardest part of this remix was technological in nature, as my computer could not handle the program and work load that I subjected it to, so I have remade this remix four separate times on three separate computers. Other than technological, it was hard to sort through and organize every video, and I found more videos than I ended up using, so I had to narrow down what videos went best together and which ones didn’t. Luckily, despite the misfortune that was restarting the remix a few times, I was able to slowly get a sense of what clips would work when and what clips wouldn’t work for my argument.

I would say my process was much more draft based. I would make a rough draft, scrap it (sometimes unintentionally), then start again. This helped me sort through what I liked and what I didn’t like about my remix and I was slowly able to refine it to a finished product. This is different from my usual style of work, like for example, when writing a paper I would never write up a whole draft and then get rid of the whole thing and start over again. Yet with the remix, sometimes it was just easier to start with a clean timeline and look at the remix with fresh eyes. The structure and flow of the remix were similar to how I would write a paper, starting with an introduction, turning points, argumentative statements, counter points and others. Though the order is not exactly the same, I still found the crossover of similarities quite fascinating. Overall, I had a blast making this remix and honing my video editing skills was extremely valuable.

Videos:

Music: Radio Protector by 65daysofstatic

Screenshots:

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/esports-burnout-in-video-gaming-cbsn-originals/

https://qz.com/work/1509134/esports-players-are-burning-out-in-their-20s-because-of-stress/

http://www.espn.com/esports/story/_/id/24427802/mental-health-issues-esports-remain-silent-very-real-threat-players

thank you friend

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