Question of the Hour: Why do you stream?

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Updated Intro: Since I am going to be putting this around once again I had some thoughts. Something I have noticed lately after hanging out in a number of streams is that people are creatures of habit. Which I understand and having a community of loyal viewers is a wonderful thing, however reaching out and checking out other streamers on a weekly or monthly basis, I feel would help in community growth of both parties. Just my thoughts, I have been trying to expose different audiences to new streamers, but my reach is not what it could be if everyone checked out at least one new streamer a month. With that being said, I hear by introduce you to some new streamer.

It was fall of 2015 when I was introduced to a new streaming service called Beam. I hung out on streams and modded for a few friends, I even gave streaming a try once, it wasn’t really my thing. But I did enjoy being a part of other streaming communities.

As all things do everyday life took over shortly after, it has only been in the last six months that I have gotten back to watching and participating in streaming communities on what is now Mixer and Twitch. I became part of Constantly Calibrating’s ( https://twitter.com/ConCalPod ) community because of their E3 coverage, and a recommendation from a friend. A question came up recently and it peaked my curiosity so I figured I would ask a handful of streamers that I enjoy watching on both Mixer and Twitch; Why do you stream?   

Before we dive into their answers a Streamer is someone that live streams creative content, be it video games, tutorials, art projects or discussions.

I asked everyone the same three questions;

Why do you stream?

What do you get out of it?

Where do you see it going?

Without further adieu I give you their answers and profile information so that you can check them out.
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Josh Silverman:

https://mixer.com/ConCalPod

https://twitter.com/BearPunch

Why do you stream?

Originally I didn’t understand why people streamed. This was maybe 4-5 years ago and for the life of me I couldn’t understand the concept. Sure, I watched and made let’s play content for YouTube, but watching someone live and unedited? How absurd!

We then started doing Constantly Calibrating Podcast episodes live, because my team pushed me to do it. While they were an absolute clusterfuck to put together, I noticed bits of myself “unlocking”, for lack of a better term. After a couple of years of that structure I began branching out into my own solo streaming efforts. It was in this that I found a new part of myself, one desiring to connect with people and to open myself up to them.

So, the tl;dr version would be that I stream because I love to converse with people, anyone really. That venue is special to me and makes me happy to be a part of someone’s morning, afternoon, evening, or middle of the night experience.

What do you get out of it?

Similar to my previous answer, what I get from streaming is the ability to connect with new and interesting people. While we have our regulars in chat, I never know who is going to stroll through that metaphorical door into my life. Streaming has opened many doors for me as well, and showed me a side of myself I didn’t know existed. I now see myself as a host and a leader, where most of my life I was a follower, or believed myself as such.

Where do you see it going?

As far as my own career in streaming, I don’t think I’ll ever be one of the major well-known names. I don’t need to be, so I’m not really pursuing that. Ultimately I see myself and Constantly Calibrating grouping up and working with others who think like us – the people searching for passionate, engaging, diverse content – to build something bigger than us. What I would love to do is to help people to discover and pursue their own passions, just like others (Brittney Brombacher, Ashnichrist, etc) have done for me.

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RyDaddyEff:

https://mixer.com/RyDaddyEff

https://twitter.com/RyDaddyEff

I stream because I like to have fun with my friends and if other people like to join in and become friends, I feel like that’s a pretty cool way of communing.

I honestly am not sure what I get out of it other than being able to laugh and joke with my friends. I guess it also gives me a chance to visually see people I don’t get to on a regular basis.

Personally, I don’t see myself as a professional game streamer per se now or in the future. I enjoy creating entertainment content and streaming is just one avenue to be able to achieve that goal. Streaming is big now and will be from now on, for sure, though. I enjoy being a part of a team, but if I weren’t I’m not sure I’d put as much into it.

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SomeBeardy2Love:

https://mixer.com/SomeBeardy2Love

https://twitter.com/SomeBeardy2Love

I stream for fun and for my magazine because we think the fans like it.

I just like having a comfortable zone for people to come and hang out and watch games. Both major AAAs and little indies.

I guess I’m not looking for it to go anywhere crazy. Even if I have 10 regulars that like me enough to just come hang with me that’s good enough for me. I do it because I enjoy being on camera and video games are my life. I like sharing my passions with others.

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MrCmh93:

https://mixer.com/MrCmh93

https://twitter.com/Castingfortwo

Why Do I stream: I stream because I want to challenge myself to create content by myself.

What do I get out of it: I’ve always been amazed by stand up comedians that can go in front of people and just be funny. That is how I see streaming.

Where do I see myself going: I’m really happy to have found a group that likes to play similar games. It really nice being able to play and stream with friends. It reminds me of the old split screen days.

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OGXanos:

https://mixer.com/OGXanos

https://twitter.com/OGXanos

I stream cause I like the interactivity of it. It reminds me of sitting in the floor with my buddy as a kid having someone to play off and make fun of silly little things we find in the game. I don’t think I’ll ever get ‘streamer famous’ but I wouldn’t complain if it happened.

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The Last Mage:

https://mixer.com/TheLastMage

https://twitter.com/lastmagetv

Why do you stream?

When I first started streaming I was doing it to try to make it a career. I think a lot of people, if not most, start out this way. Some find their crowd and this thought process continues. For me, I tend to stream a lot of indie games, rpgs, and lesser known titles that, naturally, don’t get the number of eyes that battle royale games may get. I started to realize after many months of beating myself up over numbers, that in the end it’s about the people who show every day to support you and have fun.

So, (this will be an unpopular opinion for many partnered streamers) I’ve stopped looking at this as a career. It’s a community to me, and I don’t expect to earn back even a tiny bit of what I put into it. My entire goal is to put a few smiles on peoples faces, be there for them when they run into tough times, and to build a community that persists even when I’m not online. My goal is to try to remember what everyone is doing outside of the stream, to check up on them after difficult school tests, and just generally be there for people.

What do you get out of it?

I’m at around 3 years of streaming now, and it’s helped me in many different ways. Many of these I never saw coming and could never have predicted. First, of course, I’ve made a ton of friends. I’ve met many of them at conventions in person and it’s comforting to know that many of them would have my back if something ever happened. I’m not talking about fist fights or online arguments, but serious things like money issues or medical issues. These are true friends and just like the friends that live near you, they’ll support you if you run into tough times.

More than that, after working on Firebot for so long I’ve met many talented developers who have taken me under their wing and taught me a ton. My actual career skills have improved significantly because of that. Also, I’ve learned a lot about just general social situations. I’m a VERY introverted guy and streamer has taught me how to step out of that shell. It’s taught me how to have a fruitful conversation with nearly anyone about nearly anything.

Where do you see it going?

Well, that’s a really hard thing for me to predict. As I said at the start, because of the games I tend to stream I don’t see the stream skyrocketing in numbers or turning into a career anytime soon. But, what I would like to do is grow enough to get new eyes on some of the mostly underplayed games out there.

Other than that, I hope that the stream continues to grow and that the community continues to build with it. It’s a very hard thing being a PC / PS4 streamer on a service almost entirely built around Xbox, but I still feel I’ve made the right choice. I’ve made too many great friends for it to have been a bad thing. I just hope Mixer continues to expand, continues to push the idea that it is a multi-platform system, and continues to innovate. Then, sooner or later, I think that indie crowd / RPG crowd will show.

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Kitty_haz_Claws:

https://mixer.com/Kitty_haz_Claws

https://twitter.com/Kitty_Haz_Claws

Why do you stream?

like most people, I love playing video games, I was introduced to Twitch by a friend of mine who said to me, hey this guy is streaming and if he gets 10 viewers he’s going to buy a pizza for someone in the chat! So of course I went to watch; who doesn’t love free pizza! Needless to say, he lied about the pizza, and he was horrible at entertaining the chat. I instantly thought, holy buckets.. this guy (the streamer) is sooo bad, I can do this SO MUCH BETTER. So, I did a little research and started up he next week! Needless to say, I ended up being a lot better than him.

What do you get out of it?

I get to be social with people, be a daily part of their lives and truly get to know people. I love being able to start up a stream and truly making an impact on someone’s life. I was sent a PM few years back how someone in my community was thinking about suicide but ended up in my stream, and ended up changing their mind because I reminded them that life is always in motion, every day is a new chance at life and it’s okay to feel down.  

Where do you see it going?

I’ve been a partner for over 3 years, so you really can’t get much bigger than that; but I absolutely love showcasing unique indie games that I find. I love being able to play the weird and bizarre. I hope more devs figure out that I’m Mixer’s Indie Game Streamer and together we can work on showcasing their beautiful and weird games. 🙂

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PieRatKing:

https://mixer.com/PieRatKing

https://twitter.com/PieRatKing

Why do you stream?

I stream because I want to share the enjoyment of video games with others, and I have always enjoyed entertaining people. And I am freaking hilarious!!! j/k

What do you get out of it?

Filling a hole deep inside of me through the feeding of my narcissism? No, but really I get to entertain people, meet people, talk about things I love, and a sense of accomplishment. Along with learning skills that I have always wanted to, video editing, graphic design, animation: these are all things I have only learned because I have been streaming

Where do you see it going?

A household name, a statue in downtown Houston, and millions of dollars… no, I see it going to a place where I can sustain myself but also offer me different avenues to share my opinions, and other crafts with people that it may not have before. Believe me we all wish we could be six figure content creators, but most of us just want to do something we enjoy doing and be able to sustain ourselves.

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Justin Glorious:

https://mixer.com/JustinGlorious

https://twitter.com/Justin_Glorious

https://www.twitch.tv/Justin_Glorious

Why do you stream?

Seemed like a good idea at the time. My favorite job, not the best job by any stretch, is when I started at Gamestop. Really after some time getting used to front line retail. I love talking about video games and sharing my experience. I honestly need to find a better way to portray that, but that is a major part of why I do it. To share my gaming experience and talk gaming or the industry in general. Sadly with my turnouts, this really doesn’t happen.

What do you get out of it?

I honestly could not tell you right now. I would like it to be the reason above, but again…I really do not have a great turn out, granted most of that is on me.

Where do you see it going?

Same, I really don’t know. I would love to get enough recognition where I fulfilled that desire to have a community to talk to. I also would like to help build others up or give advice to anyone trying to get started in any career I tipped a toe into. I would love to be a recognizable personality that is known to be approachable and help others reach their goals.

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SuperBlake:

https://mixer.com/superblake

https://twitter.com/superblake_01

Why do you stream?

I stream because it’s the exact same attitude I normally have when playing games and I’ve always like entertaining people. It also gives me a chance to connect with and talk to people, which I genuinely enjoy.

What do you get out of it?

Honestly? Next to nothing beyond personal satisfaction. My goal is to provide an entertaining environment for people to chill out in and watch some cool games. Obviously I have stuff like Meaty Boiz Esports which is a little more involved than that (competitive esports requires a lot of off stream work), but I don’t get paid to do this. I have as much fun as I can and try to play as many video games as I can, for as many people that want to hang out!

Where do you see it going?

I see streaming being the next big internet content machine. Live content creation is a super strong medium and it provides a unique experience for the audience, so there’s not a lot there to slow it down. For me personally? I’d love it if I could say I was a professional gaming personality, with my primary content coming from my streams. It’s already an awesome thing to get to do every day, but if I could somehow get paid to do it and develop a marketable corner of the internet for myself that’d be fucking fantastic too.

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Sithos:

https://mixer.com/Sithos

https://twitter.com/Sithos_?lang=en

So the primary reason I stream is for social fulfillment. Before I streamed I was relatively anti-social, but through streaming I was able to develop my social skills to the point where I have even done things like run 20+ person team meeting for various jobs I have held.

What I get out of streaming, is something that I can be truly passionate about and really develop my skills and talents on a consistent basis. It gives me something to look forward to on a weekly basis and makes my life much more enjoyable.

As far as where do I see it going, I can only hope that this will one day lead to being something I can focus on full time and comfortable pay my bills/support my family. Up until this point, that hasn’t quite been the case, but I am proud of what I have accomplished so far and do see the potential for that to happen at some point. For now I am continuing to strive to improve in the hopes I can hopefully make that occur sooner rather than later.

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The Computer Guy:

https://mixer.com/TheComputerGuy

https://twitter.com/ComputerGuySTL

Why do you stream?

Well I stream because I like helping people and I got into streaming because I saw Revision 3 do an Extra Life charity and I knew that’s what I wanted to do to help, stream to raise money for kids.

What do you get out of it?

I get to meet great people. Some while I stream and some in the community around streaming. Mixer is probably my favorite community of streamers because they are so open to pretty much any streamers. They also work hard to keep people who want to me malicious out of their community.

Where do you see this going?

Honestly, since I’m not doing it for personal money I’ll be doing this until I physically can’t any more. I love to help and I’ll keep doing it until I can’t any more. Again, it’s not about me but about the message I’m trying to spread.

On a side note:

Distriktt ( https://twitter.com/D1striktt ) and The Computer Guy ( https://twitter.com/ComputerGuySTL ) ran a weekly computer tech show, that you can checkout here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t4gZZ55kA6Q    

 

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The Cutwright:

https://www.twitch.tv/Cutwright

https://twitter.com/The_Cutwright?lang=en

Why do I stream? I would say that I began streaming with a concept of wanting to be famous. It was a very short-sighted and dimwitted approach to being online. I didn’t give it enough thought and truly thought it would be spontaneous and lucky.

Over the years I’ve learned that streaming is one of the most difficult and fulfilling hobbies I’ve ever had. I spend most of my time now streaming for the sake of encouraging other people to get online. Streaming to try and promote community and growth. I’d like to think now I stream to try to be part of something bigger than myself.

As far as to what I get out of it, that’s very simple. I enjoy what I do and find fulfillment in accomplishing goals that I set out for myself. Whether it’s to finish a game, make art for someone, or simply have a conversation with a complete stranger. I enjoy the things that I accomplished while streaming, as well as making friends and meeting people.

Where do I see streaming going? I don’t know really. I would love to work within the industry, some form of Community Management, program management, or maybe even working for Twitch itself. I will say that right now I’m taking it day-by-day letting the adventure be what it is, an adventure. It’s the most fulfilling thing I’ve done in a few years and I can say that I’m definitely not quitting anytime soon.

 

A huge Thank You to everyone that participated, I appreciate your openness in your responses. Take a moment to check out each of these wonderful individuals, creating content and live streaming is not always an easy thing.

by Megan Hinde

P.S. New Streamers To Check Out

https://mixer.com/Cheeky_Chaz-94

https://mixer.com/TastyLemons

https://mixer.com/StormtheBard

https://mixer.com/BVR

 

 

 

Winter Wonderland of Food -From Edna’s Kitchen

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With cooler days ahead Edna’s Kitchen presents some warm soup, casserole and bread.

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Bacon Beer Cheese Soup
Ingredients
½ lb. bacon
1 large onion diced
2 cloves garlic minced
¼ cup all-purpose flour
2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
1 cup whole milk
8 oz. lager
3 cups shredded cheddar
kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
Bread, for serving
Steps
In a large skillet over medium heat, cook bacon until crisp, 6 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate to let drain, then crumble.
Heat skillet with bacon fat over medium heat. Add onion and cook until soft, 6 minutes, then add garlic and cook until fragrant, 1 minute. Add flour and whisk until golden, 3 minutes, then add broth, milk, and beer and let simmer, 15 minutes.
Add cheese and stir until melted. Season generously with salt and pepper, then stir in most of the crumbled bacon.
Ladle soup into bowls and top with remaining bacon. Serve warm with bread.

 

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White Bean, Sausage and Spinach Casserole
Ingredients
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 lb bulk mild Italian sausage
1 medium onion chopped
2 cloves garlic minced
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon black pepper
¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 bag fresh baby spinach *5 oz.
1 can organic fire roasted diced tomatoes undrained *14.5 oz.
1 can organic fire roasted crushed tomatoes undrained *14.5 oz.
1 can cannellini beans drained and rinsed *19 oz.
¾ cup plain panko crispy bread crumbs
Steps
Heat oven to 375°F. Spray 13×9-inch (3-quart) baking dish with cooking spray.
In 12-inch skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of the oil over medium-high heat. Add sausage; cook 5 to 7 minutes, stirring frequently, until no longer pink. Add onion, garlic, salt, black pepper and red pepper flakes. Continue to cook 3 to 4 minutes, stirring frequently, until onions have softened slightly. Sprinkle flour over top, and cook 2 minutes, stirring constantly.
Add half of the spinach to sausage mixture; cook and stir about 1 minute or until wilted. Add remaining half of the spinach; continue to cook and stir about 1 minute or until wilted. Add tomatoes and beans. Cook about 1 minute, stirring and scraping bottom of pan, until combined. Remove from heat; transfer to baking dish.
In small bowl, mix bread crumbs and remaining 2 tablespoons oil. Sprinkle over top. Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until bubbly around edges and brown on top.

 

And something sweet.

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Apple-Bacon Mini Loaves

Ingredients
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
1 egg
½ cup 2% milk
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1 cup (4 ounces) shredded sharp cheddar cheese
⅓ cup crumbled cooked bacon
¼ cup finely chopped apple

Steps
In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. In another bowl, whisk the egg, milk and butter. Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Fold in the cheese, bacon and apple.
Transfer to two greased 5-3/4-in. x 3-in. x 2-in. loaf pans. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks. Yield: 2 mini loaves (6 slices each).

 

You can find more of Edna’s fun, easy recipes here: