Using Gephi to Visualise Game of Throne’s

 

There are many visualization tools out there that can enable somebody to see data in a whole new way. The tool I used is called Gephi which allows users to create visualizations using datasets comprised of nodes and edges. I decided to use the tool to visualize the character relationships in a few episodes of the first season of game of thrones to show the characters with the most influence and to visualize how the story is told using a data set I made myself using Microsoft excel. The reason I made a data set in the first place was because Gephi was very specific about the files you imported into the software

Before looking at game of thrones or any topic I inspected different visualization tools. One of the tools I looked at called RAW was capable of taking in different forms data to create visualizations. I did not choose RAW because I felt the visualizations where too simplistic and bland. I choose Gephi because I liked the look of examples I found online and I found the UI offered good opportunities for effective data manipulation. Even though I picked Gephi in the end I had one major issue with using the program and that was actually getting data to use in Gephi. I looked online and found data that was in formats that can be used in Gephi but came with two more problems. The first being that Gephi is specific about what way the data is presented in different formats and the second being that anything I got to work wasn’t really strong data.

I found my best option was to create the data myself using a feature in Gephi to import two spreadsheets in the CSV format comprised of nodes and edges. At this point I decided to visualize the character relationships of the characters in the TV series Game of Thrones. What inspired me to do this was apart from being a fan of the show I thought Gephi best use would be in displaying the relationship of characters in a story. I decided to only visualize the beginning, middle and end episodes of season one as I believe it would give me a brief understanding of the relationships in the world and help me Identify the central character in the beginning middle and end.

In order to make a visualization in Gephi I had to create two spreadsheets one for nodes and one for edges. Nodes are items represented by a number and a label which is a name for the node. An edge is a single connection between a pair of nodes that represents the nodes having a relationship. To make characters interactions into nodes and edges I had to list the characters as nodes and the interactions of each character as edges. To get the information I went to a wiki for game of thrones where you can read the events of every episode. I believed if I gathered the data as I watched the show or read the book it would take too much time. In creating the edges I made them under the following criteria. If character was in a scene with two other characters that character would have an edge made for connecting them with each of the other characters in that scene. The other characters in that scene are connected with each other thus that scene can be represented in Gephi.

The following images are the four visualizations I created in Gephi using a layout known as ‘Fruchterman Reingold’. I kept this layout because I found it to be very presentable with the way the nodes are lay out along with making easy to tell the relationships. To make the information more clear in Gephi I did some actions to make the visualizations easier to understand. The first thing I did was make the node change size based on Average weighted Degree. The degree is a representation of how connected a node is, the greater the degree the node has the bigger it is in my visualization. I also did the same with the color so the nodes will be darker based on degree. I did the same thing with color for the edges and increased the edge thickness to make it easier to interpret.

Game of thrones graphs

 

The visualization labelled “episode one” is the first episode of Game of Thrones where the family known as the Starks are the main focal point of the episode. The Starks take up the most density in the display in terms of node size and color as multiple members of this group are in most of the scenes. The graph also introduces the Lannister’s and the King Robert Baratheon who are central to the episodes plot. The graph also features a group known as the Targaryen’s who are enemies of King Robert in another country which is why they don’t connect.  The three other visualizations are more interesting as multiple groups in all the visualizations are separate from one another.

 

Game of thrones follows different groups who are in different parts of the world during a time where there is political instability. As a result of this it is rare to see central characters interacting with other central Characters; this is shown especially in the bottom two visualizations. The visualization for ‘episode six’ is a good example  of what I am talking about as the four groups shown in the visualization are in for different locations in the world Kings Landing, Winterfell, the Narrow Sea and the Veil. These groups are shown to either to have a lot of interaction among st each other or have little interaction. The visualization does not tell us what the state of the relationships are but do tell us how close the characters are.

The following is combination of all the Nodes and Edges for all four maps using the ‘Fruchterman Reingold’ layout. The second image is the same visualization using the ‘Force Atlas 2’ layout since the visualization in the first image does not give a clear picture of anything other than who is the most dominant character.  The ‘Force atlas 2’ layout sets a distance for nodes based on how closely they are related to each other which is helpful to show my. The visualization shows multiple huge clusters of Nodes separate from one another with only a few nodes connecting these groups. This shows that even though there are many characters huge groups of them don’t communicate with the other groups.

game of thrones full graphwestoros graph

The group in the top right of the visualization are the characters in Winterfell and other places in northern Westeros who are strongly connected. This is due to most of these characters seeing each other as family while in the bottom left there is Kings Landing. In Kings Landing the characters aren’t as strongly connected as those in the north as these characters are both friend and enemy amongst each other. The bottom right represents the veil where a trial is happening and the top right is the edge of the narrow sea where an army is being built to take Westeros.

These visualization help solve one question that people have about game of thrones which is who is the central character? Based on my visualizations the most influential character in season one is Eddard Stark who is the hand of the king. Eddard Stark as hand of the king does most of the king’s work which includes making decisions and holding meetings while being responsible for advising the king. In reality it is a more powerful role than the king, in having such a powerful role Eddard is made the central character in the plot which is why in my visualization he has the strongest node. In my visualization for episode ten Eddard Stark is not present yet is still dominant when I put all the visualizations together.

My Datasets:

Nodes – GOT all nodes

Edges – GOT all edges

References:

Gephi – https://gephi.org/

RAW – http://raw.densitydesign.org/

Game Of Thrones wikia   – http://gameofthrones.wikia.com/wiki/Game_of_Thrones_Wiki

 

 

 

 

Computing in a School Cirriculum

I recently have been reminiscing about my leaving cert in secondary school and am now thinking about how two of my subjects barely apply to what I do now in college which is mainly a computing course. When I was doing my leaving two years ago my school did have a ton of computers in some rooms which was enough to hold two full classes during certain times of the day. If you wanted to learn anything other than Microsoft word you would have to do it yourself when you can in your spare time as a hobby.

In my school you had your three language subject, your three science subjects, your three business subjects. If you where someone who had any interest in computing you where always encouraged to do BIS (business information systems) as the teachers believed that was where the money was with computing. I wished at the time there was one subject that would teach you coding as a few schools during that time other then mine where giving such classes but they where not official. Computing as it was those two years ago was still seen as the weird hobby that was more a nuisance to education rather than a benefit.

At that time however other countries where only starting up with computer classes. As of today its the case that if you don’t have computing as a subject in schools you are not preparing students for the working world, your giving them a handicap against the other students they will be competing against for work. Currently many schools in the country feel the need to have computing as a subject after groups such as CoderDojo appeared presenting students with very unique skill sets. The education department have as of recently decided to include a new subject for the junior cert that will get students working on how to do task like coding to break them into the world of computing.

As a computing student I can see this being a success and a good way to encourage students. It will make it easier for students to consider a computing course when entering college. This was a problem cause a student had insecurities when entering the computing course when thinking about could they actually do what the course ask. The only problem with this introduction however is that it is not only a trial which means it is prone to changes and it will only be provided to a small number of schools in the country. In time hopefully all schools in the country will include it and in more time as a leaving cert subject.

 

Crowdsourced Participation on Zooniverse

 

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I recently had a look at Zooniverse which is a website that allows users to participate in many different collaborative projects. I browsed the site where a lot of the projects caught my eye. In the end I only fully collaborated in two of the projects “Operation War Diary” & “Chicago Wildlife Watch”.

When using Zooniverse I had to make an account to have input on the projects available which only took a few seconds. The site had many projects that required users of Zooniverse read something or take statistics. I chose “Operation War Diary” & “Chicago Wildlife Watch” as they were the ones that most intrigued me and were ones where I felt as a user I can do the best input. Other projects I found on Zooniverse had one of the following issues. The topic of the project did not appeal to me, the interface was not really good and some projects required the users to know some knowledge about the topic of the project.

The project “Operation War Diary” allows users to access the diaries belonging to soldiers on the front lines. The diaries come from national archives and have not been available to academics till recently. The aim of the project is to get users to transcribe the large amounts of data to make is usable for academic use. I found the project interesting as I am a fan of world war history and I see the importance this project has in developing an understanding of a key part in history. The users will read scanned diaries and highlight important pieces of information using tools provided. The types of information a user can isolate includes basic details like dates names and places to more specific details such as soldier Id numbers and ranks.

When using “Operation War Diary” I choose one of the diaries to analyse after going through a very informative tutorial. The diary I choose was a diary of a soldier who was stationed at a hospital in France in 1915. The first thing I did was tag the various dates on the page followed by any names I could see. The tags I used for names had sub tags that included the person rank in the military and their number and other minor details. By putting in these details I am helping academics gather a story about the soldiers under those names and number so that their entire story can be tracked through many other diaries. The other things I was able to tag where the patient numbers and events such as resupplies and casualties.  My only difficulty in participation was that I had a very difficult time reading some of the handwriting.

The second project I got involved with was “Chicago Wildlife Watch” that ask collaborators to look at photos captured in certain areas of Chicago that have been affected by urbanization. The users must look at a photo and if they see an animal weather it is a small bird or a raccoon they must add a tag to the photo for that animal. The photos are captured on motion cameras that are deployed multiple times during the year for the purpose of capturing the local wildlife.

In my participation for the project I was shown a photo that was taken from one the cameras. Since they are automated motion cameras my job is to go through the photos and say if there is an animal in the photo and what animal is it. A majority of the photos given to the users to look over are empty as they were photos that where taken as a result of something else moving other than an animal such as a branch. Through my participation I have contributed in the sorting of these photos to make the data within them easier to access for researchers interested in the distribution of animal species in different areas in urban Chicago.

In the use of the Zooniverse I learned that collaborative projects could be very appealing depending on what they ask of their users. If I were to make my own collaborative project in the future using something like Zooniverse I would think of the following based on my own experiences. The task given to users should not require users to have an equal level of understanding as the people behind the project. The point of a collaborative project is that users are any member of the public and not someone of a certain profession. Some projects failed in this category as they assume all users to be of a certain profession and have made it difficult for a majority of users to participate in their collaborative. If my project was to create an archive for a certain group of documents, I would have it so users can point out that key data in similar fashion to how it was done in “Operation War Diary”.

Storify: Critical Review

I have used stuff like WordPress and Drupal in the past to post content online with my best post tending to be the stuff that goes on a step by step approach like a story. I recently in last two months used Storify which had its ups and downs but overall I enjoyed my use of it. Storify is a blogging style site like WordPress you can sign up for free to post your own content. Storify feature a unique search mechanism that I haven’t seen in other such services but It has its flaws in terms of performance.

The purpose of Storify is to write content in the form of a story and display that content with various resources. With Storify you can type what you want much like you would using a word processor followed by using a search mechanic to display content such as image, tweets, gif etc. to parts of the story. In presenting information in a story like style you are not only trying to inform the individual reading your content you are also trying to change how they act in relation (Bruzzese, 2012). With Storify you are expected to provide a beginning, middle and end to have a change of events to keep the reader interested.

The thing that makes Storify different is the mechanism to search content and drag it into your story. If you are searching a topic Storify will display some tabs which will be under a category of info under your choosing. This could go for tweets which can be searched for based on what word you search for. I believe this is a good feature of Storify but it has some serious flaws based on my own experience of using it. The search does yes get very good stuff sent back to you but it can get a lot of useless items as it is something not said by an expert who can make a story more stronger and believable (Widrich, 2012). This is because certain search types only display content that is less than ten days old and I have my problems with this since it limits what I as a user can gather. However if I found the source link for something that was ten days old I could use that link to create information I can drag into my Storify, this does require I use search engines instead.

I could be missing in the search one of the best sources of information out their cause it was eleven days old. The main reason this system bugged me is because I deleted one of  items I searched and was unable to get it back as I found it a month earlier. However even though I find it problematic there are some good points to it like the content that can be found is likely different every day, since it is recent it is probably a good source of information since it’s up to date. The only other issues I have found with the Storify would relate to the interface however it still performed well.

I made a piece using Storify about robots and archaeology and how I went about it was that I wrote my stuff in a word processor. I used a word processor because when you write paragraphs in Storify you can either write it together or in separate blocks. The option of separate blocks is a better choice since information you find using the search mechanism can be put in between your paragraphs. However if you do it this way it could be a bit frustration depending on how much you are writing and how many pieces of information you are dragging in to your Storify. What I mean by frustrating is that if I want to change something or read over my work. I would have trouble since you have to use a slider to look over your page; this in turn includes having to load in the blocks which take their time.

 

The people who would best use Storify would be researchers who can use the search mechanism to find information around a recent topic. People who are into writing news stories would get a kick out of Storify since it is very adaptable to a news type of storytelling.  I had my issues with Storify but it did prove a useful tool in terms of content creation and information gathering. I will probably use it again in the future to make some more content and to search for recent items on a topic I am researching.

 

References

Widrich, L. (2012, May 12th). The Science of Storytelling: Why Telling a Story is the Most Powerful Way to Activate Our Brains. Lifehacker. Retrieved from http://lifehacker.com/5965703/the-science-of-storytelling-why-telling-a-story-is-the-most-powerful-way-to-activate-our-brains

Bruzzese, A. (2012, December 10th). Tips for Effective Storytelling at Work, The Fast Track – Intuit QuickBase Blog. Retrieved from  http://quickbase.intuit.com/blog/2012/12/10/tips-for-effective-storytelling-at-work/

Critical Discourse in DH my thoughts.

Recently I read a piece by Fred Gibbs called “Critical Discourse in Digital Humanities” where Gibbs examines how Critical Discourse applies in the Digital Humanities. Critical Discourse means both Criticism and Debate, criticism being saying something negative about something while debate is where two people argue over a topic. In the paper Fred says he was asked where the Critical Discourse in the Digital Humanities is. Gibbs has trouble figuring it out for him thus discusses it in the text. In the end Gibbs appears to believe that there is not really any one criticizing projects other than peers who do so slightly.

One of the arguments is that peer reviews is not good enough and allows people on the outside to not understand the projects as well as the people who made it. I believe this is not really true as we are trying in the digital humanities to give people outside of digital humanities an easier way of learning things through our projects.  A second argument is that the work done in the digital humanities is not good enough for evaluation due to our methods. I’m against this as well as I believe if someone cant evaluate something its either because they are not good at evaluating or they are not really interested in what they are evaluating. The third argument for is that Digital humanities needs its own reviewing system for criticising material. I am neutral in this aspect because I am not against someone coming up with a style to criticize projects but I am against meeting criteria that could change how a Digital Humanist goes about their work by establishing limits. Limits imposed by Criticism can affect the creativity and enthusiasm of the writer in Debates in the Digital Humanities Jamie Bianco states “All Criticism tends to shift the interest from the work of art to something else” where the way we criticize can just as likely change the entire project and how we interact with it.

The whole thing with critical discourse puts in the question on is Digital Humanities a different thing to the Humanities? I believe he is putting into context is Digital Humanities really humanities at all is it just a separate subject that has nothing to do with humanities. I disagree as I believe that digital humanities are a subject that tries to be an improved system for humanities, a upgrade not a competitor. In the field of science and technology we strive to improve our current methods with new ones and I believe that is what the digital humanities are.

I believe Criticism is a factor that ensures improvement in the next round of projects. I don’t think that a lack of criticism in something is a bad thing but if there is not criticism at all then there is a problem.  A person in charge of a project is responsible to get their project to the right people to get most accurate feedback available. If you are not getting any bit of criticism after that then there is a problem. Gibbs goes on to point out MLA guidelines for projects and discusses some interesting guidelines like Transparency and Reusability of the project. Those and other guidelines are all things people would think about while working on projects anyway. The one about transparency is the one people are most likely to break. I come across a lot of text where the author of the book assumes people know what they are talking about so leave no real description of their topic in the beginning.

Fred Gibbs 2011 – Critical Discourse in Digital Humanities

Jamie Bianco 2012 – Debates in the Digital Humanities: This Digital Humanities Which is not One

Crowd sourcing: a phenomenon of co-operation

I recently read a blog post by a Digital Humanities lecturer named Stuart Dunn who wrote in his post an overview of the academics in crowd sourcing. He also tries to make the post a guide to making an academic crowd source based on his own experiences.

Crowd sourcing is where members of the public contribute to development of a large project. The purpose of allowing the public to contribute is to complete a task quicker and more efficiently. Dunn clarifies that there are two types of crowds sourcing one being for profit and the other for knowledge. Private companies looking for profit will use crowd sourcing to complete task that require a lot of funding and time to do if they employed a small group of people to do it. Academic crowd sourcing which is what Dunn focuses on is for the purpose of creating knowledge or making knowledge available to the public.

I have taken part in academic crowd sourcing before such as open street map which is in my opinion an example of academic crowd sourcing gone right. In other cases academic crowd sourcing could go from good to bad depending on various factors including those that Dunn describes in his post. One of the obvious factors is the contributors who are creating the knowledge. Dunn says that contributors are either the norm that do it just for a short amount time contributing to not much while the other is what Dunn calls the super contributors. The super contributors are people who are dedicated to contributing to the crowd source project. Their dedication would be the result of interest in the project, the community surrounding the project and how easy it is to contribute.

The super contributors relate to another factor Dunn thinks is important with crowd sourcing which is the addition of a forum to the website used in the crowd sourcing. Forums create a community for the crowd source allowing users to interact with one another and exchange knowledge as “crowdsourcing is reconnecting workers with their work and taming the giants of big business by reviving the importance of the consumer in the design process” (Brabham 2008, 84). I see the importance of a forum as every big website these days has its own forum. I usually end up in a forum looking for help with something technical so I personally know how useful they can be for people. Dunn says the most important thing about the forum is that it keeps the crowd source going after the group behind the project are done so that the project can go on.

The third factor is funding by universities for academic crowd source. To get funding from a university you would have to convince them that results are possible. Dunn highlights that universities are not keen on crowd sourcing because members of the public are likely not qualified academics. This usually results in funding being short if they do go through with it but the chances of success are lower. I don’t think this factor is important seeing as the point of crowd sourcing is to have the public do work that you are not going to pay for, Dunn even mentions that a lot of successful academic crowd sources go without funding supporting my opinion.

Daren, C.B., (2012) ‘Crowdsourcing as a Model for Problem Solving’, Sage Publications, pp. 84

Stuart Dunn – “More than a business model: crowd-sourcing and impact in the humanities”

The Single Story A.K.A Not The Whole Story.

I recently watched a Ted talk where the talk was given by a Nigerian Novelist named Chimamanda Adichie who is a Nigerian Novelist. In the talk they discussed what was known as the danger of the single story.

The single story is a story that represents a person before you meet them based on various things about that person that can include country of origin and race which is what is mainly discussed in various forms of media. Adichie begins talking about the books they read from childhood that where British and American in origin.  These stories become then what the author identified to in their early years until they read African books. The African books were very different to the books they previously read because they only knew stuff of Nigeria from British and American text. In the text their people are poor and uneducated and need a white character to pick them up.

This development in her childhood creates a single story for others in her society, when she encounters them they are yes poor but not uneducated or useless. The same happened in here later years in Mexico when she encountered Mexicans. The key factor is she had other opinions of them before she met them which were negative only. The single story as seen is negative opinion for all powered by continuous negative stories. This fits with what the French historian Voltair once stated “The history of human opinion is scarcely anything more than the history of human errors” (Kreiger 2007, 112).

According to Adichie the single story is powered by when it was told, how many times it was told and how it was told. In this respect I feel Adichie is truly correct with this concept of the single story because I myself see examples of it every day.  As of the time I write this there are multiple single stories about immigration in Eastern Europe, law related problems in America and locally homelessness. I see people every day recently talk about people as they have heard from multiple news stations who only focus on the negatives. The stories I hear are every day being told multiple times by many news stations and told in various ways each day that are majorly negative.

I would try to avoid the worst of it but you can’t escape the single story if such scenarios exist around you in a time where the internet is vast enough to give the news to all. I believe I am prone to the single story and have fallen for it based on what I read, see and hear on the screen each day each week.  The single stories create what I believe is a negative stereotype that I see as unfair by the way it manipulates people’s minds to believe some are only capable of creating problems for themselves and for others.

I feel that the single story is virus like the cold that spreads from person to person. I believe that the cure would be to actually talk to the people being victimised and know how they truly feel. The true problem is I believe that once you are cured you are only going to get sick again.

Voltair Quote – Richard Alan Kreiger  (2007) “Civilization’s Quotations: life’s Ideal”,  Algora Publishing , pp. 112

Ted Website

The “Cyborg Manifesto” My Thoughts.

I recently read a paper known as the “Cyborg Manifesto” by Donna Haraway which discusses the topic of us one day becoming cyborgs. The paper is about 30 years old and very hard to read due to the way Haraway wrote it out. The way it is written out leaves it open to many different interpretations for the reader. This leaves some terrified about the possibility of cyborgs while other fascinated. While I am scared of the world of the cyborgs I am bit more fascinated in some aspects of the world of the cyborgs Haraway has described.

Firstly after reading the cyborg manifesto I was intimidated by the cyborgs described by Haraway for the reason that if we became cyborgs we would lose aspects that would make us human. In the manifesto it is said that a cyborg society is the ultimate control. This factor is what terrifies me about the human race becoming cyborg because it is said ultimate control is possible due to certain human traits being removed to ensure control is kept which was also noted to in the manifesto as a possibility. Even though the article does make the cyborg society look sinister to me I can’t help but compare it with our times where we cause bigger problems due to the traits the cyborgs would remove. Haraway made some notes on how our society has its own bad’s and after reading I have come to reflect on these.

The Cyborgs might sound like restricted creatures but compared to us they are more logical and are possibly more attached to nature then we are now. The “Cyborg Manifesto” discusses a lot about feminism in terms of cyborgs because gender equality means not basing someone’s ability’s based on their gender. A cyborg as stated by Haraway will not judge the abilities of other cyborgs based on gender because it would not take note of gender. I agree with all these statements and I note that cyborgs are the better as we still have issues with gender equality in times we live in now and more so in the times Haraway wrote the paper.

It was also stated with gender cyborgs do not judge another unequally based on race, religion and history. I think this is what is personally best about the Cyborgs because that type of thinking does not cause problems or conflict in relationships. I see the communication of the cyborgs like our social networks today which are a collection of minds that discuss topics and correct each other. The social networks I see as an example of ourselves becoming more like cyborgs because when someone states something that is not logical or morally wrong the majority would state why it’s in the wrong. I see the cyborgs having a society without opposition or where opposition can’t survive like in the social networks as I stated. As stated by philosopher Eric Fromm “The danger of the past was that men became slaves. The danger of the future is that men may become robots. True enough, robots do not rebel.” (Fromm  1956, 360)

This whole Idea is what fascinates me most about them but it is also what causes concern. The fact that there is no opposition means things can’t really change either or humane actions might be avoided in certain situations for the more logical approach. I think this is in the case of a decision where luck, chance and risk is involved to get something good but with a loss if there is failure. I can see the cyborgs not making that type of decision rather avoid it and that is another issue of the cyborgs I could see happening.

The Cyborg Manifesto – Donna Haraway

Quote – Eric Fromm (1956) ‘The Sane Society’ , Henry Holt and Company, pp. 360

D3DGear (Game Recording Software) Review

These days gamer’s are hitting it big with the use of website’s like You-Tube & Twitch to post or stream there best moments in games. All these people would use different types of software to record their game play to get their videos to be the best quality possible. D3DGear is an example of one of these software applications for recording games and I bought it a month ago since I am interested in recording.

I have so far used D3DGear to record about 20 hours of game play footage from various games that include Hearthstone , TF2 , Resident Evil , Garrys Mod, Metal Gear Solid V and the Star Wars Battle-Front beta, First I will get into the interface of the software.

The interface of D3D is pretty simple despite all the features and setting. The settings you can alter include quality of the footage, frames , resolution, audio and other various things in terms of recording. Voice recording is included as long as you have a microphone. The software also include streaming capabilities that are easy to change to due to simplistic design of the interface. To be fare I think people who are very new to this kind of software might be a bit confused with the interface if they are unsure of the meaning of some of the settings but if you know your computers it should be fine.

The streaming is very straightforward if you know what is involved with streaming to websites like twitch. You must have a good internet connection for streaming games so if you are planning to stream be sure of that before buying the software. Apart from streaming and recording of games D3DGear also can measure benchmark and it can also be used to record your desktop. Recording of the desktop is handy if you plan on making videos that involve teaching people how to use computer, programming and how to use other types of software.

So the important question for the gamer’s is how does D3DGear run with games. D3DGear unlike other recording software doesn’t take a lot of resources away from your PC so the main factors are if the hardware on your computer is really good and how optimized is the game your playing. Games like TF2, Heartstone and Garrys Mod record effortlessly due to the low requirements on those games. Metal Gear Solid V and Star Wars Battle-Front beta had about three frames dropped but those games in my opinion ran greatly in my opinion. DayZ and Resident Evil was where there where complications.

DayZ still is not optimized I feel but when I used the D3DGear on the game it dropped by around 20 frames which forced me to bring my settings to low but that did not help much. The Resident Evil game Revelations 2 which was already suffering before I used the recorder crashed during key moments in boss fights. Considering Star Wars Battle-Front was a beta not a finished game I feel it really depends on the game how performance works with the recorder.

The only other problems I found with the recorder is the lack of a face cam setting cause I know a few gamer’s who see that as a deal breaker when getting this software. The last problem I have with this software is the amount of disk space the videos it produces takes up which can be after ten hours of recording over a hundred gigabytes. To edit the video clips for YouTube upload you will have to get a movie making software separate to D3DGear.

Overall D3DGear is a good recording software for playing most video games and offers flexibility to the user. It offers a lot to the user if they are gamer or a fan of messing with computers. If I make later post I might use the recorder to make some video content.