AetherCon Guest Survey
We ask that you join us at 15 minutes prior to show time so that we can make sure to establish a solid connection with you before the recording begins. That way we aren't trying to resolve any connection issues while people are watching.
You will be sent a link in your email that looks like this…
When you click the link, it will launch Hangouts and you’ll be in the room. Do not share this link; anyone clicking on it will be in the Hangout with you.
While there are many browsers and devices, not all are equal in Hangout's eyes. I STRONGLY suggest you test whichever you intend to use prior to your appearance if you’ve never done a Hangout on your setup before don't remember how to, please click HERE.
Browser: Since they changed the API, Chrome is the only reliable browser that works every time. Firefox may work but you need the latest version and even that is iffy. Explorer and Safari may work but it takes some tweaking. Please resolve this prior to your appearance if you must use either of these. Edge does not work as far as I have seen.
Smart Phones and Tablets: We don't prefer you use a smart device but they do work. You'll need to download the Hangouts App. Please try to make sure you have a strong wifi signal, use the screen in landscape mode (wide, not tall), use headphones/earbuds, and use a stand or prop it up. Please don’t hold it in your hand, otherwise our viewers will get seasick.
Headphones/Earbuds & Microphone
You should all be using headphones/earbuds. Otherwise you might get echo. If you have a good mic please us it. If you’re using a built-in mic it will still work but you will not sound as good and you’ll need to stay close to it. If you’re using earbuds with the microphone built into the line (like apple buds) please be aware that as you move your head around, the mic drags across your clothes and creates noise. It’s not horrible but it does affect your quality.
This is a video show. Webcams have a tendency to get grainy in low light so please try to have ample light in your room.
If you can hook into a LAN line, that would be best.
Tablets and phones (smart devices) seem to work better than desktops with WiFi. If you are using a smart device and are on WiFi, it’s probably not a big deal. I would ask that you test it with a friend ahead of time to see how you are coming through.
If you want to test your streaming speed, go to http://speedtest.net. Your download speed should be no less than 3.2mbps and your upload speed should be no less than 2.6mbps to stream in HD.
If your streaming quality is not sufficient due to connection speed you may notice bad quality from others on your end of the Hangout or they might mention that your quality is not good. You may need to lower your quality one tick on the Hangout (see Problems section below).
Multiple People in the Same Location
If two or more people are logging in from the same location, you’ll need to do one of two things.
Use the same computer. If you can use an earphone splitter so you can all use earphones, that’s the best. If not, it will probably be okay. We’ll get some echo but it’s usually alright.
This is preferred so that you can all use headphones. However, you absolutely need to be out of earshot of one another. If not, it creates an echo and feedback and pretty much makes the appearance unwatchable.
Introduction: Host and guests names and “From” (typically your company or project, or your website).
Interview (60-80 min): This is where we talk to you all about... You. We will make sure to hit all of the points you want to cover and avoid all those you do not. We want to focus mostly on the stories behind the creators. How you got into gaming, game design, influences, and wacky gaming "war stories" of being a game designer. Above all else, we want you to have an enjoyable experience. While not the focus of the show, you will of course be able to do some product push and if you have product that you'd like to show off, please make sure to have it handy.
Wrap Up: There's no need to worry about plugging your website or giving out links because we'll do this as part of the show wrap up.
This form will serve as an opportunity for us to collect the most important information about you, the guest, and how we can best include this information throughout the show.