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  1. Welcome to The Geek! Tell us a bit about yourself! Hello, Im a scifi geek (predominantly Whovian), dad of 3, husband and Twitch streamer gamer/interviewer. Awesome - so let's start with streaming! Who/what inspired you to start doing it? I was inspired by my good friend Thedoghouselive to stat streaming after seeing him start and being on his stream as a fellow gamer in his games, He helped me set my channel an stream up and has been a soundboards for me ever since. We also have your 'Geek Live' show - how did that come about? I stumbled across a streamer by the name of Vanjamme and his overlays and scenes were amazing, he was amazing and he had like 2 viewers, i felt he should be having a hell of a lot more in there than that as he was entertaining as hell, I chatted with him during the stream and kept coming back each stream and getting to know him, i started tweeting him out when he was going live and talking about him to others to get him some more coverage... I then had a thought of creating a feature on my stream showcasing streamers I've found that had nowhere near the people around then that they should have, so i invited him into my stream to join the game i was playing and was talking about him and to him to find out more about him and his stream, we called it streamer of the week and as it grew, we made it so people could nominate streamers to be interviewed, we went from questionnaire answers read out, to audio interviews, to a virtual studio with cam call interviews.. Nearly 2 years later that has now evolved to opening it out not only to streamers, but to other content creators, game devs, musicians, etc... This is now a fortnightly interview and has a new name Geek Live. If you could interview anyone, alive or deceased, who would it be and why? I would say the late Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia), because she was such a fun character and a great laugh! Good choice! What question would you ask her? If you were a real princess, what would your first Royal Decree be? What about 'The Geek' brand - how did you come up with it? I have always been a geek and a nerd, so instead of being just a PSN handle for my Twitch name, I decided to theme my channel in January 2018 and typed in TheGeek - waiting for it to give me ideas of what to have, but then it came back saying the name was actually available...NO WAY!! So I clicked yes and checked it 3 times to make sure it was real and I had the name.... then I had to rush to get all the graphical overlays and stuff done as I was still pretty shocked! What's something you wish you'd known back when you started out streaming? I wish I had known how to use my streaming software properly, so I could have done video interviews from the start, and not 5 months down the line before I had figured out a stable way of doing it! Lucky you! As far as long term plans are concerned, what are your goals? What would you like to achieve? I have no plans or goals to go for partner or anything like that, I just want to build a fun and friendly community and to grow my viewership to give my interviews a lively chat for the guests I get in. I actually prefer doing interview streams to the game streams to be fair, but it would be hard to keep the number of guests flowing to last very long, so I have worked out the best schedule of every Wednesday being my stream team group game, then alternating the Thursday streams to be interview one week then a solo play game or collab stream, to keep it fresh. Aside from creating content - what do you do for fun? I juggle hanging out with the wife and kids, playing PS with my friends and hanging out in other peoples stream chats, I work a lot of hours so its a fun thing to juggle! You're stuck on a desert island can only have three items with you. What do you choose? A photo of the family; a solar panel phone charger and my phone with unlimited data! Rapid fire question time - don't think just answer! What is your all time favourite movie? Back to the Future TV Show? Dr Who! Game? Battlefield V Book? Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Food? Pizza! Specifically - BBQ sauce base, cheese, pepperoni, ham, tandoori chicken strips, ground beef and sausage! Even better as a calzone! Did Thanos really do anything wrong...? Kinda... I can see the reasoning, but he went about it all wrong, if he had the power to pretty much do anything, why make half of all life dissappear bacause resources are finite, why not just make resources infinite? Are you part of any teams/networks that you'd like to give a shout out to? WE ARE HIVE!! PUGMUNITY!! GLASSJAW!! OTSS!! All are amazing communities which I have made a lot of lasting friendships in. And finally, when can we find your content? Website - www.thegeektwitch.co.uk Twitch - twitch.tv/thegeektwitch Twitter - twitter.com/thegeektwitch Instagram - instagram.com/thegeektwitch And that wraps up another edition of RS Meets! If you'd like to get involved, you can do so by completing the questionnaire here!
  2. Hey EyeBallPaul! How's it going? Tell us a bit about yourself! Where shall I start? My name's Paul and I'm from Dagenham in Essex. No, I don't like TOWIE and no, I don't know Joey BLOODY Essex! But seriously, I'm just a chill guy who loves a good laugh and meeting new people, going to game expos and, of course, playing a variety of games. I work as a carer at a nursing home, supporting people suffering from dementia and I love it. Fun fact: Where I lived in Dagenham is where the Ford fiesta was built hence the nick name 'Dagenham dust bins'. I played for West Ham Juniors between the age's of 10-12 and I was an extra in a film alongside Martin Delaney called 'Amar Akbar and Tony' [it's on Netflix]. If you wanna know more about me and my personality pop over to my stream. So how did you get into streaming? I started to watch a lot of TheRunningManz [TRMZ] on Twitch playing DayZ and, after a while, I was hooked on the whole social interaction. I'm very social person myself and thought what better way to make new friends and interact with people with the same interests! It excites me, plus I like making others smile and laugh, both at me and with me - because who doesn't right? Besides if my streaming inspires more people to it then that's cool too. You've been doing it for some time now, what do you wish you had known when you'd first started out? I suppose I never really knew how much time and effort it would take to get the right setup for a live steam i.e graphics, linking software/websites etc, not to mention all the networking that's involved, because I'm more of a face to face kinda guy! I struggle to sit and type my thoughts and opinions down. You don't always have to play the biggest and best games to find your audience sometimes all it takes is playing a lesser known game that people are interested in and grow from there, but the biggest thing i wish i knew before I started would be having to find time to sit and stream for 4-5 hours and have a proper schedule in place that suites not only for me but the viewers. How did EyeBallPaul come about? That's easy! I'm originally from Dagenham, and when I moved to Preston with my partner Hojack, most of, if not all, her friends (who I like to think are now mine as well) started calling me EyeBallPaul [in a high pitched voice], so when i decided to start streaming it was kind of a no brainer! Although Paul's Deep was also thrown around at one point whilst on a drunken night out on a train from Manchester. What about your goals? What would you like to achieve, either IRL or with your brand? IRL - I currently work as a care support worker and the plan is to go college then Uni and train to become a nurse. Streaming - Whatever happens, happens! I'm just gonna do my thing and see where it take me. I would love to use Twitch as a platform to raise money for charities, especially for those directly related to dementia care, that to me would be great. Aside from streaming, what do you do for fun? How do you relax? Playing video games with Hojack, going to the cinema, having a few drinks with her and our friends. It's a classic desert island scenario - you can only take three items with you. What do you take? A phone, a strong WiFi connection and some tissues.... Rapid fire time - don't think just answer! What is your all time favourite movie? Goodfellas TV Show? Game of Thrones Game? Call of Duty - before it was cool! Book? I don't read many books - my specialty is game dialogue and loading screens! Food? Indian. South Indian Chilli Garlic curry from my local curryhouse! Are you part of any teams/networks you'd like to give a shout out to? TheForge, TeamBeanie and WeAreHive! Promo time - where can we find EyeBallPaul? Twitter - @eyeballpaul Twitch - @eyeballpaul I'd also like to give a shoutout to the guys behind the 'Down The Badger Hole' podcast - a couple of close, funny friends of mine who like to cover random topics, current affairs and try to outdo each other for the title of 'Shittest Gift.' Well worth checking out!
  3. Welcome @Franchize1140 - great to have you on at last! So, for the uninitiated, tell us a bit about yourself! I am Franchize. I have few titles including Master of Civil Engineering, Professional American Football Athlete, Self Proclaimed Nerd, Leader of Nerds and Entertainer. Many will know of you as Franchize1140, home of FranchizeTV, the infamous Francheezy and Franchize-Approved tag! Where did it all begin? I was actually inspired by Dota 2, if that makes sense. I watched a lot of Dota eSports, and then personalities, so it made me think I'd be capable of doing it successfully....should be easy, right? I thoroughly enjoy just trying to be creative and silly in ways to hopefully make people laugh, and forget about the struggles of the world, stresses of life etc. Most of all though I like bringing people together to game with one another. We all have the same interests so it's always good fun. No matter how good or bad you are. I decided to make FranchizeTV because I just enjoy getting to know people. I always find afterwards I have this far better connection with the person than previously. I am one of a billion lives, I can't experience all of the world, I don't always enjoy everything but others do but it's great to see that passion in them and to see the world through their eyes. If you find the one thing someone is truly passionate about then you can easily get them to talk about it for hours. If you could describe yourself in only three words, what would they be? Creative. Friendly. Competitive. What about the brand - how did that come about? Franchize was actually the shorting of Face of the Franchise which I self dubbed myself at american football. Naturally people thought against it which only made me want to use it more. Originally that was my twitch name until I realised I needed to shorten it! I wanted to keep streaming separate from IRL so I added the z since I already made franchise on twitter. Also, the Z makes me seem cooler... Francheezy wasn’t really me. When I raid some people, mostly Americans, they miss read Franchize and Francheezy. Well people bought it was hilarious. I’ve just started trying to turn it into an alter arrogant ego. Shall see how it develops and goes. 100% legit. Aside from content creation, what do you do for fun? Currently I am in Prague playing American Football semi-professionally. So from practice, gym and games it's a great chance to focus on something else as well as keep my body in a good condition. Nice! So if you could turn from semi-pro to pro, who would you like to play for? As much as I love my Texans I’d have to play for the Patriots. They just know how to make the most of people and you can believe in the coaches. What about your goals? Where would you like to end up? I would love to get into esports if I could. Either as a personality or behind the scenes. For some reason I just love bringing people together to play against one another competitively. There is just something fun, even the hard work and stress of it. Gaming as a competition is a great spectacle so to be able to bring that to the world is just great. As for IRL, this is a tough one but I suppose just keep trying to improve physically, stay fit and healthy. Probably should really become a chartered engineer once I return to full time work... Franchize looking to make some ground Classic desert island scenario. You can only take three items with you - what do you take? Gun, one bullet and rum. It worked for that one guy in the cinema... Rapid fire time! What's your all time favourite film? Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Secret of the Ooze TV Show? Bones Game? Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare Book? Dresden Files (complete series!!) Food? Pizza! Did Thanos really do anything wrong? He was wrong because he could produce more resources. However, his logic of there are slowly becoming too many mouths to feed is a real issue in the world. We are using up to many resources, damaging our planet and we are not doing enough to prevent future failures Are you part of any teams/networks that you'd like to give a shout out to? Why thank you. I actually lead a community called the NerdsBasement. The idea behind it is when gaming was starting out LANs were the rage. There wasn't a better meeting point that the cliche parents basement to nerd out, game and chill. Well now we have the internet so why not create the virtual basement for people to do the same. This includes myself and my team coming up with creative ways to get people to game together as well. Especially some classics. If anyone would like to find out more, you can join the Discord server here Promo time - where can we find Franchize and your content? I can be found at either twitch.tv/Franchize1140 where you get to see all my antics, beautiful face and T-Shirts I bought off Facebook! For everything else there is twitter.com/franchize1140 where I like to share what I am up to, what cool things I see others doing and random gifs I ever made or found amusing. Oh - and Nerds' Basement on Twitter! That's all for today! If you'd like to get involved with 'RS Meets,' do please get in touch either via DM or through this link!
  4. The whole world seems to be taking on content creation in some form or another, be it streaming via Twitch/Mixer or Youtube, podcasting and blogging or design and cosplay. It's a massive, emerging market and you want in. We completely understand! So we had our resident Hero - @TwistyShape - come up with some hints and tips to help you develop your brand, increase your footfall and get your foot in the door! 1. Social Media Networking Networking forms the very basis of creating your brand - and you need to learn how to do this! If you pick up anything from this article, this is it! Twitter is your strongest tool! Learn it, use it and network your socks off! Don't just post about "your stream". Let people into who you are as a person, as well as your content. Tell people about you, what you like to do - reach as many different people in as many different walks of life as you can. Instead of waiting for people to interact with you, go forth and interact with them! Shake a few nests and create positive energy and you'll find people drawn to check you out! Networking is key to growing your brand. 2. Failure to Prepare? Prepare to Fail! Have a plan, don't go into Twitter or discords with poll after poll after poll. Trust me I learned it myself the hard way. People may vote but won't watch, draw a venn diagram if you want, games you enjoy, games you want to play and games that aren't TOO saturated. Telling people who you're gonna "Get your grind on" in FortNite, will not draw an audience because there are already literally thousands of creators offering the same but, if you're doing this as a hobby and don't care, put it entirely into the "games you enjoy" circle. An ideal outcome would be a happy medium of at least 2 of the circles! Prepare your scenes ahead of time. Production value is everything! Take a few moments to check out other successful streamers. What is it that makes them successful, what is it that draws their particular audience in? What can you offer - what's your unique selling point? 3. Figure out why! Hobbyist? Career? For kek? Because it beats playing alone? Figure out your why and use that to work out how much effort you want to put in. If you're a hobbyist and put in an hour or so a week, on top of when you're actually live, don't get upset if your community and viewer base doesn't grow. If you want to develop a career, you can't treat it as a hobby. It's a business first and foremost, and requires all the effort running a business takes. Treat it like a hobby and you'll be in for an unpleasant surprise. Work out what you want to be! Ideally avoid falling asleep on camera... 4. Quit Yo Jibber-Jabber Learn to chat about everything. Make sure its a happy medium of the game you are playing and of you as a person. Too much chat on the personal side, and those people watching for gameplay will GTFO. On the other hand, too much game-related chat and you will lose those watching for the entertainer's value. Take League of Legends for example; I'm telling people why I picked this Champion in my game today, what items I'm building and why there's a funny anecdote that happened in the previous game a few days ago"! Always be ready to make a joke at your own expense and have a list of go-to topics. Food. News. Weather. Movies. Just avoid politics at all cost! People love those topics and will always get involved in them. Think about it. I bet you can chat for days about your favourite pizza, band, or horror film. Most importantly, make sure you enjoy what you do. If you're not enjoying it for whatever reason, your audience will notice straight away!! If you'd like to hear more from Twisty, be sure to follow him on Twitter and Twitch: https://twitter.com/twistyshape https://twitch.tv/twistyshape https://embergamingnetwork.com/communities/58-hall-of-heroes/
  5. Well hello OBBICH! Tell us a bit about you! Hey there! I'm Rob and my life seems to revolve around gaming both at home and at work; I'm the Store Manager of GAME in Shrewsbury and if I'm not already playing games in my spare time I'll be streaming them while walking on my treadmill. That's an awesome idea! So who/what inspired you to stream? Why on a treadmill? I never really wanted to be a streamer. Even though, just like everyone else, gaming is in my blood and a lot of close friends were pushing me to give it a shot. It was actually SpecialEffect that inspired me to do streaming with my first 24-hour gaming marathon. GAME really gets behind SpecialEffect in February for GameBlast and I read on their website that a lot of people do gaming marathons to help raise money for the charity. This was my first ever stream let alone gaming marathon, I remember feeling quite anxious and not wanting to let anyone down for not finishing the challenge or end up on camera falling asleep! I was proud to finish my first stream and raise £870. That was it for an entire year until the next GameBlast where I did a joint 24-hour marathon with my wife which lead me to doing something big for my third year fundraising for Special Effect: I decided to walk a marathon while gaming. I finally decided to take this online and started regularly streaming from the beginning of this year and train for the big day in February and since then I've been streaming at least three nights a week. twitch.tv/obbich An amazing effort. A lot of new streamers (myself included) struggle on their first live stream, but you do a 24 hour stream AND raise a huge amount of money! How did you network the event and gain viewers on your first outing? Looking back I don’t think I really put myself out there too much. I used the usual social channels; Facebook and Twitter just during the week’s run up to the charity stream. In terms of viewership I was really lucky, starting at midnight I picked up a lot of people from the word go but they weren’t necessarily donating. Another problem I had/have is that streaming through a PS4 has a lot of drawbacks, if you change the game the stream ends which wasn’t ideal but I did manage to reach out too a lot more people that way. At the end of the day it really was all down to my close friends, family and people who I’d met through working for GAME be it colleagues or customers. Was there anything you wish you'd known/done prior to that stream? Hmm... I think with the limitations of the PS4 streaming (no overlays, alerts to name a few) I would of preferred too have streamed through a PC. I should have done my research and watched a few Twitch streamers to get a better idea on how to interact and keep conversations following even when no one was potentially in the chat room. How far through your current marathon are you? How far on average do you walk each stream? I completed the marathon on the same day! I started from 9am and finished just before 6PM. I walked well over the 42.195KM to qualify it as a marathon playing Fortnite for the entire time raising £1,137. I usually aim for 10KM minimum, that way I usually get well over an hour or two on stream and the treadmill. A phenomenal amount raised - congratulations! What about Gameblast - can anyone get involved? Absolutely anyone can do GameBlast! It takes place every February and it’s the largest UK annual charity gaming marathon weekend. You can do a gaming event or your very own marathon whatever takes your fancy, it’s all about raising money for Special Effect and having a good time while doing it! If anyone’s interesting I’ll share the link so that can get involved next year: https://www.gameblast19.org.uk/ Rob fundraising for SpecialEffect So what's the story behind OBBICH? I wouldn't like to say it's a brand, I go OBBICH online and label my streams under Fitness X Gaming just so people can differentiate between a regular stream and myself on the treadmill. What about your goals? What would you like to achieve, either IRL or online? I'm hoping to lose weight! In my mid thirties now and wanted to get a bit healthier, I've gone vegetarian and needed to getting physically fitter too, this was the perfect answer to that. I'd love to meet more people through my streams, I love the idea of having a community of regulars popping in as I see so many times in other peoples stream. Anything else would be a bonus, one step at a time. How do you spend your downtime? If it's not more gaming then I'll be enjoying movies. I absolutely love going to the cinema and try to go as often as I can. Rapid fire questions! First thing that comes to mind is your answer! What's your favourite all-time movie? Shaun of the Dead TV Show? The X-Files Game? Final Fantasy VII Book? Graphic novels count, right? Scott Pilgrim and the Infinite Sadness Food? Mexican! Amazing flavours and spice, plus plenty of cheese! Was Thanos wrong to do what he did? Mate. I get that what he thought he was doing was right but ultimately I still think no one person can make that decision and ultimately is wrong on many levels. Promo time - where can we find OBBICH? Twitch.tv/obbich for all your streaming needs @NobbyWalker (Twitter) @OBBICH (Instagram) If you'd like to get involved with 'RS-Meets,' please drop me a DM and complete the questionnaire here!
  6. Today we meet Forge regular ShinobiNando and talk unboxing games, being a Youtube creator and cosplay! Hey ShinobiNando! How's it going? Tell us a bit about yourself! My name is Fernando but most people would know me as ShinobiNando, Shino or Nando. I am a Canadian living in the UK, and started content creation about 2 years ago! I started on YouTube where I unbox many of the Collector's Editions I'm addicted to buying and then started streaming 6 months after that! Check out that Resident Evil 2 loot! Shino it is! So, as I understand it - you're a cross between a Youtube content creator and a streamer? I'm actually a horrible streamer when it comes to knowing the who's who of Twitch! I only found out about Dr. DisRespect and Ninja AFTER I started streaming myself! I never really watched or enjoyed streams before I started to do it. A few friends suggested doing it because I was such an achievement collector. Luckily, I'm a chatter box, I auditioned to stream for Xbox UK's stream team GameMasters and I got a slot! Our local Microsoft rep gave me the good news (I knew him from working at GAME!) It was a joint project between the 2 - The rest as they say is history! Which do you prefer doing? How come you chose to stream on Twitch, after starting out on Youtube - which also has a streaming platform? While streaming is easier than creating videos, I prefer doing content for YouTube. It's amazing what you can do from a home editing software and I like the fact that the videos are there so your audience doesn't really miss out! I did in fact stream on YouTube for a year before going to Twitch. The main reason was it can really clog your channel. Where I did edited videos as well as streaming, it made the channel look really messy and hurt it overall. Did you have any role models on either platform to draw inspiration from? None for streaming strangely enough, I don't know or watch any partners or big affiliates. For YouTube oh yes plenty. An obvious one with the skits and effects is 'Angry Joe,' it's partially where the inspiration came from! 'Boogie' is a big inspiration especially as an overweight and older creator. Also 'Jim Sterling' and 'Jeremy Jahns' for reviews. If you had to choose only one medium to create content for, would stream or make videos? As much as a I come to really enjoy streaming I'd probably give up twitch first. Out of the two, YouTube has been the bigger platform, I'm currently at 1000 subs and over 205000 lifetime views. It would be, IMO, much harder to start over on YouTube. Also a LOT of effort and time went into my videos, where for me at least, twitch is something I chill out to do, hit live, post a link and talk to some cool people! Venturing into Reaction and Breakdown trailers From what I hear on the grapevine - you also like to do Cosplay? I always fancied cosplay. When I was younger and in shape I was too nervous to do it as I didn't have many friends that were as geeky as me. Now my weight holds me back, I'm annoyingly one of those that doesn't feel like I shouldn't cosplay a character I don't look like. I loved doing Nathan Drake, Mario and am looking to do more in the future. I would love to see a classic Dr Mario! ShinobiNando is a pretty unique brand name - how did you come up with it? Well I always play the stealthy rogue characters. If I can sneak around, back stab or avoid direct conflict that's the character or play-style I'll go for. What's more stealthy than a ninja? NinjaNando sounded too on the nose so I choose ShinobiNando. Plus it was a throwback to an MMO character from City Of Heroes. What about goals? What do you hope to achieve with the brand? I would love to get big enough to showcase more on my channel or get invited to events! I have worked behind the scenes when I use to do events at GAME and I liked the idea of showing a personal or another perceptive on them. MCM London was fun to vlog behind the scenes! While I'm not looking for fame or fortune, to turn this into at least a part time job would be amazing. Again more for the opportunities. If I can help my fellow Collectors avoid or find editions or collectables they would miss then I feel I have done my job. Same with my reviews. The best comments are the ones where people say they watched a movie for the first time in the cinema in ages, or bought/played a game they might have skipped and thank me for it as they really enjoyed it! Mmmm.... collectables.... Yeah I imagine that is a pretty awesome feeling! So how do you relax at the end of the day? I was a on and off martial artist for years, which probably also influenced the name. I practised Kung Fu, Tai Chi, Ninjutsu, Karate, Tae Kwon Do and even dabbled in Capoeria! I got injured a few years ago and now have a chronic infection that fatigues me, so unfortunately I've had to put it on hold. I really enjoy movies and the cinema experience! Especially super hero movies or horror films. I'm really looking forward to Burn Bright as it combines the two. It’s a classic desert island scenario - you can take only three items. What do you take? Oh god... I dunno! Everything I enjoy uses electricity... Umm a sword... A lot of rope ... And a bow with arrows? A...a sword?? Why not! Lots you can do with a sword! Ya never know when one might need a sword.... Ok! Rapid fire time. What's your all time favourite movie? My mind is a blank! TV Show? I dunno.... Game? Umm.... Book? Haven't read one in years! Food? Changes everyday? Haha great answers! Are you part of any teams/networks that you'd like to give a shout-out to? Not really, I float between a few including Forge! I use each Discord differently. Ember and the Forge, I find are great places to ask for creator help and opinions, or vent frustrations that only fellow streamers/YouTubers would understand! Promo time - where can our readers find ShinobiNando online? www.youtube.com/ShinobiNando www.twitch.tv/ShinobiNando @ShinobiNando on Instagram and Twitter!
  7. In the first of the 'RS-MEETS' series we have @JoeR247. Joe is one of those people who always seems to go out of their way to help someone and, surprise surprise, was the first to reach out and volunteer for this segment! Part of JoeR247 Empires Tell us a bit about yourself! What do you do? I am JoeR247 of JoeR247 Empires. I am and have been predominantly a Twitch.tv streamer since December 2017. I also dabble on YouTube with exports of streams, and frequent Clip/Highlight montage videos. I'm a variety streamer, having started out streaming games I loved growing up, and have since branched out into more and more games, indie or Triple A and everything in between. What’s the story behind your brand? How did you come up with it? JoeR247 isn’t really a fancy name. I took aspects of my real name and tried to make and Xbox Live account back when the 360 came out. I tried a few combinations but all were taken. Xbox then suggested JoeR247 and I rolled with it. Here we are in 2018 still rocking it. Only now I have a logo, clothing with said logo on, 500 stickers, a Bottle opener engraved with JoeR247 and a website/Twitch/Instagram/Twitter/YouTube channels all branded up to the hilt with my design. So you're a content creator? Yes! I stream every other night, UK evening times and afternoons on weekends! Done so ever since December 2017 and I have loved every minute of it. Safe to say it is one of my new passions in life and when not sleeping I am generally working on or thinking of new ideas for the channel. In terms of my streams, I mainly stream video game content. I started with Football Manager and Battlefield 4, games I played at the time. The first ever stream was just Football Manager as a test that my PC could run it. Just the game, no Mic, no Cam, no overlays, no panels or anything. After that, I tried some Battlefield 4, with an old Mic headset I had. I did a stream for an hour, did alright in the game and tried not to be shy (this was all new and weird to me at the time…). I come to watch the VOD back. I was muted…. The game capture screwed up. You could only see ¼ of the game screen. FML… Back to the drawing board. I invested some money in the PC, got a basic cam and made some overlays and started a Lets Play of Need For Speed Most Wanted from 2005 and Theme Hospital. Some Classic games from my Childhood. Things started to pick up from there. Before I knew it, it was January, I had 50 odd followers and got the invite email to be a Twitch Affiliate! Right now, I’ve completed a few Let’s plays of different games, Need for Speed Carbon, Pokémon Soul Silver, Burnout Paradise, Forza Horizon 3, COD Modern Warfare 1, LEGO Star Wars, GTA V, Driver San Francisco, Cities Skylines and Two Point Hospital. What would you say has been your highlight? My proudest moment so far, was being involved with SEGA Europe and Two Point Studios on the Launch day stream of Two Point Hospital, and being hosted on the Official SEGA Twitch channel. I had been in constant communication on Twitter with the official page of Two Point Hospital ever since they revealed the game and kept being involved and interacting with them. Eventually, 2 months before release, they contacted me about going to London to SEGA Europe HQ to play a preview of the game and record an Interview with the developers! I booked some time of work and made arrangements to get to London and back! On the day, I turned up, met some real famous content creators (aka 2 million subs on YouTube style famous) and got to play this game I had been secretly wanting ever since 1997 and record footage of it. Eventually, they asked if I wanted to go interview some Developers. Little old JoeR247 vs a proper game dev… recording with just my Mobile phone… The video is on my YouTube if you want to see it, but I wish I had a proper Mic… Anyway awesome day at SEGA, took my photo with Sonic and then went away. I then got given an early access Key of the game to stream and then go invited to take part in the Launch day stream. Me on at 10pm on the SEGA Twitch channel following a big Twitch partner. Doubt I’ll ever do anything like that again in my life. It was amazing. Shout out to SEGA for inviting my 400-500 follower channel to their awesome event. Getting a host from the Official SEGA account is always a win! Who or what inspired you to take streaming up? I had always been a big fan of YouTube and gaming content online, but never had the confidence or tech or good upload speed to even consider it. Eventually, I moved house to a home which had Fibre broadband and a good upload speed. I had my gaming PC and was falling out of love with Video games. I decided to give it a try and see if I could get back into gaming. It worked. I had watched channels such NerdCubed, ManyATrueNerd, DoctorBenjyFM, Two Best Friends Play, Funhaus for many years and wanted to see if I could do it too. I gave Twitch ago as I though it was the easiest method. No recording, editing and uploading videos, just straight Live recording. How hard could it be… What are your goals? What do you hope to achieve - IRL or online? I don’t really have goals other than to keep having fun and getting to know and meet more people in the gaming community I can spend a good time with. Obviously getting to a stage where I can do this full time is the dream, but I can’t ever envisage that happening so I just concentrate on making the best most fun content I can make and grow my community. Do you have any advice for people looking to take up streaming? Just do it. Research as much as you can and take it one day at a time, one stream at a time. There is a reason they call it “The Grind”, but it can be a fun grind. Never focus on the numbers and just concentrate on making bonds with viewers and other streamers. Spend 60% of your free time Networking and 40% actually making content. Obviously, make sure IRL always comes first and try to avoid burnout. If you get negative comments or trolls, ban them and move on. I’d rather have 0 people in my stream than 50/100 trolls. Concentrate on being entertaining. Imagine you are broadcasting to millions, even if nobody is there. Nobody wants to listen to silence so keep talking, describe what you see, what you are doing, why you are doing what you are doing. Ask questions in hope that someone lurking would answer. There’s millions of guides and resources out there filled with loads of knowledge, just don’t be shy. Go join a team or community and network until you can network no more! Streaming aside - what do you do for fun? I am a nerd/gamer/geek. I do nerd/gamer/geek things. I do TV boxsets, I do film, I go socialise with friends and family. I enjoy visiting game and comic cons. Just your bog standard pop culture enthusiast. I recently also got a posh camera so I’m still trying to work out what all the buttons do from time to time as well – when the weather is nice… in the UK… So not that much really… It’s a classic desert island scenario - you can take only three items. What do you take? Phone with unlimited data and Twitch/YouTube apps Solar powered Power Bank Big bag of WhamBar sweets Rapid fire time - don’t think just answer! What is your all time favourite: - Movie? Shawshank Redemption - TV Show? Game of Thrones - Game? Theme Hospital - Book? The Secret Footballer - Food? Chinese Takeaway – Chicken Green Peppers and Black Bean Sauce, Salt and Pepper Chips, Egg Fried Rice, Spring Rolls, Prawn Toast and Prawn Crackers. Nom Are you part of any teams/networks you’d like to give a shout out to? Urm, I am Co-Founder of WeAreHIVE. We are a community which I started in June/July 2018 with fellow Streamers BekahBear101 and CKiiDD. I have loads of awesome friends in their, streamers, youtubers, musicians, artists, you name it, we probably have it. Plenty of resources for helping you grow and network and make friends for life! I got to meet up with loads of them at UK Gaming convention EGX 2018 which was amazing to finally do! So yeah, @WeAreHIVE, on twitter for all the details. I enjoy being part of the Swarm But I would say that, I’m slightly biased What’s next for you? Just keep on the “Grind” and keep having fun doing my weird hobby on the internet. Keep finding new people to game and talk about gaming and all things pop culture with, and maybe, just maybe, one day get that little Purple tick next to my name in Twitch. I can dream right? Promo time - if you have an online presence, where can you be found?? Time for a Link dump! If you’ve made it this far, well done. If you’re mad enough to want more JoeR247 in your life – I salute you – then click these links Website – https://www.JoeR247.com Twitch – https://www.twitch.tv/JoeR247 Twitter – https://www.twitter.com/JoeR247 YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/c/JoeR247 Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/joer_247 Lots of Love Joe JoeR247 Empires
  8. So. @wochinimen - tell me a bit about yourself! What do you do? My name is Alberto, Italian by birth but have been living in UK since 2011. I own a tabletop gaming shop in Chesterfield. In my spare time I mostly play MMOs, first person shooters, and card games, but my interests are vast & span across multiple genres (except horrors, I don’t like jump scares!) I try to stream every day at least once! At what point did you decide that you wanted to open a shop? I decided that I wanted to open a gaming shop when I was 11. I’m 38 now – so it was a long build up! What’s the story behind your brand? How did you come up with it? The name ‘Wochinimen’ comes from my first World of Warcraft character, a Tauren Shaman and it means “I eat you” in chinese (wo = I chi = eat nimen = you). The “chi” part pronounced the same of the “chee” of cheese! This then created the “Wochimonster” which is the mascot of my channel now! The Wochimonster! I like it. So how often does the Wochimonster come out to play IRL? Do online and IRL personas clash? Most of the people watching me are also my customers, so yeah – the two personas do come together quite often. Especially if I am playing ‘Magic the Gathering! So you stream? What inspired you to take it up? Yes I stream! Mostly as relaxation therapy and to entertain my wife and friends! I started with the inbuilt Facebook go-live for Diablo 3, back in December 2017. People enjoyed it so I decided to invest in a second monitor and opened an account on Twitch. I reached affiliate in March 2018 and have basically streamed every day since then! Do you have any advice for people looking to take up streaming? If anyone want to make streaming as a full time job, they shouldn’t expect to become the next big thing with the snap of a finger. There is a lot of hard work, networking, media managing and money investment involved. It is a serious thing even if is just “playing video games”, but everything in the long run pays off. Do not try to imitate other streamers, be yourself! What are your goals? What do you hope to achieve - IRL or online? Growth and a bigger audience are the main goals, Partner status is way out of reach (at the moment) so I settle for goals I can achieve What’s the thing you enjoy most about what you do - IRL or online? My IRL is my day to day work in my shop, I love it but the escape in the video game world is what relaxes me! What do you do for fun? Boardgames and Roleplaying Games in my shop in addition to the video gaming I do at home! So as a self-confessed board game fanatic and shop owner, you must have seen thousands of different games. But which are your favourites? - Pandemic Legacy Season 1 - Carcassonne - Gloomhaven A wild Wochinimen in his natural habitat.... Rapid fire time - don’t think just answer! What is your all-time favourite: - Movie? Matrix - TV Show? Scorpion - Game? World of Warcraft - Book? The Lord of the Rings - Food? Fried Chicken Are you part of any teams/networks you’d like to give a shout out to? I am part of the admin team at #TheForge - a great place to talk about geek stuff, and meet likeminded geeks! We also have a sizeable The Division 2 clan, so if anyone wants to join in - give me a shout! What’s next for you? A stack of decks of Magic The Gathering I have just built! Promo time - if you have an online presence, where can you be found?? You can find me at https://twitch.tv/wochinimen, and my twitter handle is @wochinimen!
  9. Tell us a bit about yourself! Well I'm @geekforgamingdk, I'm 42 yrs old and father to a beautiful 15 year old girl. Going to get married to my long term girlfriend some day, we hope. I like to think of myself as a gamer extraordinare. You get gaming, streaming, fun...but, with years of hard-earned experience! I also hope to get out with that personal experience to teach others that there´s more to life than just what they see. You're a streamer? Who/What inspired you to start doing it? What do you enjoy most about doing it? Lady [my fiancée] did actually. I love gaming and she had just found out about streaming, and watched it virtually 24/7...so she encouraged me to try it! I enjoy talking and having fun with others - especially with the chance to make people laugh and smile! That, and the fact you get to meet so many new people! What's the story behind your brand? How did you come up with it? I have always been called a geek/nerd and what ever. In the last few years, I've started taking it to heart and decided to incorporate that into my gaming and branding. I love games in all shapes and sizes. Oh. And I'm Danish! What are your goals? What would you like to achieve? My goal? Well I've already hit my first goal. Being a part of a streamer/gamer community. I LOVE to make people laugh and smile. So given the chance to entertain - on a bigger stage. As in seeing 50+ on my stream having a good time...just once. That would mean the world to me. IRL - I have two things I would love to do: 1) Go to a convention. Comic-con, Twitch-con; it doesn't matter which - I just want to meet like minded people and have fun! 2) To watch Tottenham Hotspur play live! Aside from Content Creation - what do you do for fun? How do you wind down? I cook and bake. I LOVE standing in the kitchen. Just having fun trying out new stuff with some good music in the background...Best feeling for me. I love trying out new recipes - whether it´s a pie, cake, dinner or dessert, it does not matter. As long as i know that people will enjoy it. It’s a classic desert island scenario - you can take only three items. What do you take? Lighter. Knife. Spotify. You mentioned earlier that you were part of a Community - would you like to give a shout out? I'm part of the Forge and TeamBeanie! Rapid fire time - don’t think just answer! What is your all time favourite movie: Stand By Me Favourite TV Show: Supernatural Favourite Game: Cards Against Humanity Favourite Book: 'My Father's Glory and My Mother's Castle' by Marcel Pagnol Favourite Food: Burgers. Denmark style! Promo time - if you have an online presence, where can you be found? Twitter: https://twitter.com/geekforgamingdk Facebook: https://facebook.com/GeekForGamingDK Twitch: https://twitch.tv/geekforgamingdk Youtube: https://youtube.com/viksfar [Gonna start up a Geekforgamingdk there also, but haven't got that far yet]
  10. Hey Rabenkatze! Welcome to RS-Meets - tell us a bit about yourself! Hello! My name is Ulrike Katalin Zsikin aka RabenKatze, a German-Hungarian female who lives in Germany with her very noisy but fluffy cat, Lily. I´m also a self-taught artist and love to create art through different mediums - especially when making art for others - I love putting smiles on their faces! Say hi to Rabenkatze! Different mediums eh? That sounds...complex?! Well, different art mediums like digital art, traditional pencil, paint illustrations etc, but I also like to work with craft mediums and other stuff to show my creative mind. Most members of my family are also very creative people so you could say I grew up in a creative environment. My older sister worked with the Bauhaus and has done many outdoor projects. My half-brother is a hobby illustrator and some of my cousins and uncles love photography. My mother likes to sew and craft and I could go on and on. It felt natural! As long as I can hold a pen, I can draw and create. Wow. A family of artists - that's definitely a nurturing environment! And you stream as well? Yes! I started streaming to share my art with a new audience, as well as to practice my English conversation and above all, to meet new people! One day, I just woke up and wanted to give it a go. So far so good!! I think my English is quite good, but I never really get a chance to speak it in over here. Streams are definitely helping and I'm getting lots of positive feedback ^^ It's a big confidence booster! So how did Rabenkatze come about? How did you come up with it? My brand name RabenKatze means Raven Cat. Two of my favourite animals - ravens and cats! But in my name, I like to think the Raven stands more for the colour black so its a black cat. In Germany, we have a saying - "Rabenschwarz" (Ravenblack) to describe something very dark, like the feathers of a Raven. So I combined it. Nothing more really to say about it ^^ Nice! Rabenschwarz, I'll have to remember that! What about your goals for Rabenkatze? What would you like to achieve? I would be really happy if I could get my art out to even more people, and develop more support for my art and myself. My next goal is to open up a Online Shop with my own Designs, but that needs time and I will have to work hard to get there! Some of Rabenkatze's custom designs for @Sakuru93 Aside from content creation - what do you do for fun? How does Rabenkatze wind down at the end of a busy day? Sometimes I like to play video games like World of Warcraft, Stardew Valley, Pokemon, My Time at Portia etc. Other times, you will find me watching other Twitch streamers, scrolling through Youtube videos, Netflix or just reading something in the bath! Next month I will be going to Düsseldorf to join in their annual 'Japan Day' celebrations with an old friend! There's a big Japanese community in the city and they celebrate culture exchange - lots of Japanese food, themed shows and a huge firework display! I can't wait! It’s a classic desert island scenario - you can take only three items. What do you take? Sketchbook. Pencil. Water. Rapid fire time! Don't think, just answer! What is your all time favourite movie? 10 Things I Hate About You TV Show? Sailor Moon! Game? The Legend of Zelda Book? Watership Down Food? Any kind of soup! Are you part of any teams/networks you'd like to give a shout out to? I´m a happy member of the Ember Gaming Network and the Hive. But I'd like to promote my current art project. I recently started up with some friends on DeviantArt called "Color4Everyone". Its about spreading creative freedom amongst young artists and fighting against "Cringe Culture" in the art community. I'd also like to share this amazing podcast some friends of mine run: https://golurkyourself.libsyn.com/website Promo time - if you have an online presence, where can you be found?? Here is my Link-tree link to all my social medias/ Websites: https://linktr.ee/rabenkatzeartstudio. You can also reach me here : https://www.deviantart.com/raben-katze/gallery/66118580/Commission-works Works for @DeadHeadDraven
  11. Back with a bang after a short Easter break; today we're meeting @bravster , international man of mystery and voice-over artist extraordinaire! I've known Brav for some time now, since the early days of BNN, and have been looking forward to getting this one on paper for some time - enjoy! Bravster! Welcome! Let's start with a bit about you. Well, I'm Bravster or Steve whichever takes your fancy and I'm a voice actor. A voice actor eh? That sounds fun! How did you get into doing that? What do you enjoy most about doing it? I was inspired after the late 80s and 90s cartoons with the array of odd and differing characters that were created at the time. Things like Johnny Bravo, Dexters Lab and lots of early Anime. Not to forget my first love - gaming, Voice acting in gaming, I could talk for hours on the subject! I love really getting to grips with a character whenever I'm asked to work on a project. I love that I'm able to be free and have fun with what I'm doing, be it a larger production or something relatively small scale. Voice acting allows me to be as imagineative as possible and really embody the characters and worlds they inhabit, from castle ruins and dank dungeons to cyber punk neo fantasy - it's all appealling and great fun to me! I love really getting to grips with a character whenever I'm asked to work on a project. How do you go about doing that? It depends on the character. Most of them I will try and get into the headspace of the character and think about how I'm similar, or even how I'm different to that person in particular, usually this helps as it gives me something real to draw from. Most important to me is to really feel like "I am this character." For example, if I'm playing a sneaky goblin, I will hunch myself to his height and contort where I need to. If he has a bad leg, I'll give myself a limp - really try to embody every aspect of that character. As for the emotional state, I think about what I'm most scared of and what my biggest dream is, be it riches or any other motivation. There has to be an element of belief and honest to every character or it simply does not work. Bravster - aka Chatfield Voice If you could take part in any gaming series as a character, which would it be? Do you have a favourite character? There are two series I would LOVE to be a part of: 1. Final Fantasy. I would love to be in a Final Fantasy game, there's just something about the worlds Squareenix create that speak to me, and they were one of the first series I really fell in love with. Even as a child I would give the characters voices as I read the text on screen. 2. Warcraft. Blizzard set the standard for voice acting in their cinematics and I was privileged enough to spend some time with Senior Casting Director, Andrea Toyias, who brought ou the best damn 50 year Wizard I've ever done! As a fantasy fan, I love the idea of being an orc or a dragon and Warcraft really speaks to my love of all things Tolkien. Choosing a favourite character in gaming is a lot harder, as there are so many good ones! I think I have to go with Clementine, from Telltale's 'The Walking Dead.' Melissa Hutchison's performance was outstanding and Clem is just such an amazingly well rounded character. What about voice acting role models? I have a few. Matthew Mercer is a god in the field, his range and clarity is something that I quite happily aspire to! Chris Sabat, who voices both Vegeta from Dragon Ball and All Might from My Hero Academia, is another very strong contender. And of course who could forget Andy Serkis, up there in my books for his works on Lord of the Rings, Planet of the Apes and King Kong. Melissa Hutchison for the reasons previously mentioned. There are plenty of others but honestly I see them all as valued colleagues and masters in the acting field. Cool! So let's talk about your brand. How did you come up with it? Chatfield Voice - I always hated my last name but I guess its finally good for something that's vocal related. Kinda has a nice to ring to it. And the Brand is me, full details on this are available on my website www.chatfieldvoice.com. Check out the Chatfield Voice website here What about goals? What would you like to achieve as a voice actor? My goal is to be able to live as a voice actor as my main job, not having to dip between multiple employment. I'll get there but it'll take time and I'm rarely a patient person. What kind of jobs would you see yourself doing in order to live that dream? That's a very long and complex question!! Ideally I'd love that one break away job and be noticed right away, much like anyone else in the industry. Realistically I need to continue to hone my craft and put myself out there more and more. I can see myself doing other voice over jobs - I already have some corporate clients but ideally I would love to have a list longer than both my arms, of both gaming and animation voice overs. For me, character voicing is where I'm strongest and have the most fun. I do also have a project I'm working on with a fellow Scottish actor, although I'm not quite ready to share that just yet! Ooh. Love a secret project! How does the Bravster wind down after a long day of voice acting? Copious amounts of tea and video games, a good RPG or a rogue like usually gets me relaxed. I quite like green tea, but ideally just a standard English Breakfast tea with a splash of milk is fine! Simple, although milk is not great for the voice! Boo! Fair one! Ok - It’s a classic desert island scenario - you can take only three items. What do you take? A plastic sheet, some rope and a blade of some sort, I'm a survivalist at heart! Brav Grylls. It has a ring to it! Rapid fire time - don’t think just answer! What is your all time movie: Alien. TV Show? Red Dwarf! Excellent taste, Mr Lister sir! Favourite game? Final Fantasy VII Favourite book? Lord of the Rings Favourite food? Curry. As an ex-chef I love every kind, as long as it's not overly hot and kills the taste buds! But I am very partial to a Kashmiri, Korma or Jalfrezi! Are you part of any teams or networks you'd like to give a shout out to? One in particular springs to mind, but I've actually got an NDA (non-disclosure agreement) on it currently! Oops! Promo time - where can we find you online? My website - https://www.chatfieldvoice.com , or via my Twitter - @Bravster_ Thanks for your time matey! If you'd like to take part in 'RS-Meets,' please send me a direct message through Ember or Discord! Hopefully speak soon!
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