In conversation with streamer igetexcited

Here’s a conversation I had recently with streamer and cosplayer igetexcited who is a Twitch Affiliate and member of the Nomads and the competitive Overwatch Team Foxglove. You should check out igetexcited’s website, current streaming schedule, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and in her Discord. igetexcited was selected by the Nomads as Streamer of the Month for February 2018.

Who are you as a streamer?

Streamer igetexcited

I’m still figuring out who I am as a streamer. Like a lot of streamers, I’ve had some technically issues (faulty motherboard), getting my settings right and stream off the ground. Once I finally accomplished that, I started streaming December 2017 with my competitive Overwatch team, Team Foxglove. The team is currently on break. Since then, I still stream Overwatch competitive games as well as Fortnite. I’d love to stream some fighting games but I don’t think I’m too great of a player yet and I’m really hard on my skills set for myself.

Aside from cosplay, I’m also working on a prize for future Nomads streamer of the months going forward. Only issue here is learning a bunch of new techniques, I’m currently stumped learning Fusion 360 for this little project.

Oh, yeah, it’s always a struggle with technology. Streaming is like a technology magnet for Murphy’s Law! It seems like everyone’s got that learning curve, but it’s also something that I think one keeps learning too, yeah, like anything in a technical field.

Yep, this is very true. Technology is constantly changing so as with anything, it’s something that we are constantly learning and relearning as the software updates and changes. It’s fun though once you really dive into it!

I’ve not been on a competitive esports team, so what’s it like? Any fun stories about that?

Oh man, so many stories! Besides just being a team though, we really turned into a close knit family. Practicing 4-5 nights a week together, you really learn a lot about each other. Between knowing each others habits, personal life, having a Foxglove Secret Santa exchange, and our general love for bad dad puns. You could say we stayed close in each others friendship bubbles (Overwatch Winston bubble reference/pun).

Part of being on a team means running monthly and even sometimes weekly scrims. One week we faced off a team we had never played before, once they found out we were a team of all females it quickly went from professional to uncomfortable. They started to ask for nudes and Snapchat, etc. In the most professional manner I could, we told them we were here for business and scrims not for exchanging social medias and asked them to stop, and then proceeded to kick their asses in every match we faced against them. It was not only a very satisfying win because all of us played very well as a team, but also because they clearly underestimated us.

I can only imagine. I went through a whole journey there with you, cringing and then cheering. I recently had to drop out of an ongoing game group because of a racist dick I wasn’t willing to have at my table or on my stream. But, the shit you must have to deal with would be unimaginable if it weren’t real, yeah? I want to believe the resistance to racism and sexism, in gaming and beyond, is helping make things better, but is it at all?

I think it’s helping to an extent. I try not to let things bother me. If it’s small casual joking, I might let it go. If it’s someone blatantly egging on a situation, I speak up and loudly. Although I speak up, I’m only going to state my opinion once. I feel like some people want you to get mad and keep arguing and to me there’s no point. I’ll state my opinion and let it be. In this case for the scrims, it got a little out of hand and as one of the team captains, I for sure had to speak up on it and wouldn’t let my girls play scrims in an uncomfortable situation.

What support do you, individually as a streamer and as a competitive team, hope for from guys like me? I mean, showing up with an attitude of respect for the work you do, for sure, but also helping to shut that shit down, right? I mean, there’s a certain schadenfreude in watching you stomp on them, but that’s not enough, is it? On the other hand, you don’t need a bunch of dudes thinking you need to be rescued, which is still part of the problem, innit?

As a streamer (or YouTuber, esports team, cosplayer, etc), you have to think, acting as a public figure. You should come into your role expecting things like this to happen. No matter who you are, whether you’re female/male, white/black/asian/hispanic, like cats/dogs, you need to come into your role expecting a certain amount of nonsense going on. Nonsense being guys trolling for Snapchat, someone hating on you for liking cats vs dogs, people being racist, etc. It’s unfortunate, but you should expect it to an extent. That being said, I try to shut that shit down and move on. I don’t want to dwell on it.

As a viewer, I think showing up and supporting is plenty, that’s all we can really ask for. Cheering us on and what not. I think if someone in stream chat is acting up, then for sure be like “hey man, that’s not cool” and if they don’t stop then we get a ban going. That being said, I also don’t think having stream chat arguing for the majority of the time is support. So kinda finding the middle ground is a plus.

Right! And let’s not forget the massive job done almost behind the scenes by moderators. I kinda dread getting to the point where I need to have moderators full time. That’s a whole thing I’ve not had to deal with yet as a streamer.

Any projects other than streaming you want to mention?

Aside from streaming, I also cosplay! I’d say I set high expectations for myself when it comes to cosplay, trying to have really clean and detailed work. My last project, Juri from Street Fighter, is my favorite and most difficult cosplay to date. I am currently working on a gender-bent Rocket Raccoon, with a life-sized 3d printed prop of his gun.

igetexcited cosplay

What cosplay have you done so far? And, has it been public, like at a con or something?

My very first cosplay was Yoshi. I actually made this for Halloween and won best costume at a bar that night! I was ecstatic. I slowly upgraded Yoshi over the years as I learned more about cosplay. I also did Amy Rose from Sonic and wore her at New Orleans Comic Con another year. This one was interesting because I made the costume and large prop all in 4 nights after work, this being my first prop as well. I think I did well but messy. Juri is definitely my best cosplay and I wore her to Evo in 2016. Some other small closet cosplays I’ve done is gender-bent Beetlejuice and Android 18. You can find pics of all these on my Facebook page.

What does cosplay mean to you? I mean, I wonder about whether it is the crafting part that is the draw or the chance to closely identify with a character, or something else?

Usually, when I pick a cosplay, it’s a character I really love. Its just fun to dress up as characters you like, go to events, and meet other people that also have the same interest as you. They see you in the cosplay and run up to you all excited wanting to nerd out about the same topics. Its really great. The only exception to this was my Android 18 cosplay, I honestly have only watched a little bit of Dragon Ball-Z (I know! I know! I’m sorry!) and was trying to figure out a quick last minute cosplay using what I had on hand. Even though DBZ isn’t my favorite, I think I made a damn good Android 18.

I remember you posting an image of some 3D printing you were doing for cosplay and I don’t know why it never occurred to me me how awesome 3d printing would be for that! So, you’re building a makerspace in your garage, right? Right!?

Not so much yet hahah, I wish, so hopefully soon. I currently have the third bedroom in my home setup as a workspace with some power tools for crafting props and such as I have done prop commissions as well. Since I haven’t took the plunge to make the 3d printer purchase, I have a friend that owns one. Once we finish printing all the pieces, I’ll be assembling, cleaning, and painting the prop. I may possible add some LED lights to it as well, which is also a new ballgame for my cosplay skills. I have been working with him crafting a Rocket Raccoon prop. After working through all this, I will likely purchase a 3d printer in the very near future.

What’s in the future plans for your cosplay?

Oh man, again, I’d love to make it big in cosplay but this is something I’m just rolling with because it’s a lot of fun. If I didn’t have to pay bills and work that pesky 9-5 to pay the mortgage, I’m sure I’d be able to whip out cosplays left and right. But for now, I can only do so much in my spare time along with gaming.

What’s your setup like for streaming?

igetexcited playing on console

Motherboard: MSI Z97 Max Power Ac
Processor: Intel Core I7-4950k
GPU: MSI GeForce GTX 970
RAM: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB
Hard drives: 500GB Crucial SSD and 1TB Western Digital
External drive: 1TB Seagate
Case/Cooling: Cooler Master HAF 932 Advanced
Power Supply: EVGA 850 Gold plus
Keyboard: Razer Blackwidow Chroma
Mouse: Razer Mamba
Headset: Astro A40
Mic: Blue Snowball
Webcam: Logitech c920

That’s quite a list. Is there a strategy to your setup or a plan, or is it something you’ve built component by component as the need arises? Did you start with everything from the beginning?

I actually bought all the parts (aside from peripherals) at once through Newegg.com, love them. This is my second custom build that I’ve done for myself and I am honestly still learning. I did have a plan to add a second graphics card eventually, hence the gigantic case, but I haven’t quiet done that yet. I think I may wait and semi start again because my motherboard was defective but I didn’t figure this out until way later down the line.

Aside from all that, I am working on getting a new desk and green screen.

What do you look for in a desk?

I love L-shaped desks personally. The one I have now is L-shaped, but both sides of the desk are different heights and it’s like a rounded L-shape desk and I hate it. It just feels off and wonky. I have had this desk since I moved out from my parent’s years ago and I don’t know what teenage/adult me was thinking. Hoping to get a cleaner L-shape desk very soon with a tad bit more space.

Look, I know our readers are probably thinking that was a silly question, but the struggle is real, and the desk is part of the gear! These things are important! (For the record, my desk is actually a dining room table repurposed because I nnneeeeeeddd the space to spread things out and I also can’t use a desk that has a stupid tray or shelf underneath that hits my legs! Ugh!)

LOL, hey man, no shame. I say you gotta make what works work. So if a dining table is what’s working for you, then so be it. I respect it. And I totally agree on the underneath tray getting in the way, can’t stand those things! A big minimal nice L-shape desk is something I am definitely looking for.

I’ve been thinking about a green screen too, and considering options. Are you thinking a big one you’ve got to steam to keep wrinkle free, or a pop-up screen, or something else?

Since I own my home, I was thinking of turning my desk around so that I could put the green screen against the wall. I even considered painting the one wall in this room green. I basically want hassle free. Another fear of mine is if I get a green screen I have to handle a lot, the cat will get ideas and ruin it, that would be tragic.

Painting it on sounds like a cool thing if you can do it! Also, you know, room scale VR: paint the whole room! And, yeah, I’ve had the cats destroy my feeble backdrop in various ways. Cats are why I cannot have nice things, except for cats, who are nice, and I totally love them all the time. (Are they still listening?)

They are def still listening. Cats run the house no matter what you think, poor Amigo (my dog) understands this all too well. But hey, they just want to join in on the stream fun too.

What do you know now about streaming that you wish you’d known earlier? Or, best advice about streaming you’ve gotten?

This is a hard one. I’m the type of person that does research for like a year before jumping into something like this. So most things I’ve read, actually happened to me and it wasn’t that surprising or off-putting. If anything, just remember to be patient with everything. You will have technical difficulties with bitrate and settings you need to figure out, you will start off slow and need to build your audience, don’t let any of these minor things get you down. I knew all this going into streaming, yet it still bothered me every so often, but when you remind yourself that it’s normal, then everything is a lot more smoother and positive.

How long have you been streaming?

Decemember 2017.

What stuff are you streaming now?

Mostly Overwatch and Fortnite. Hoping to move in some other games.

And with Fortnite, I’ve seen you play not just Battle Royale, but also Save The World. Not many people seem into both, so that was cool to see. Would you recommend people try out the original mode who like the other?

For sure, the Save the World mode is a lot of fun! It can feel a little grindy at times, but its honestly just a chill game. You can quest, earn schematics, level them up, and so much more! I’ve actually gotten a few friends into the PVE mode and they all have enjoyed it as well so far. I encourage everyone to try it. On top of that, if you are a BR player that loves buying skins, we all know v-bucks can get expensive sometime (cough cough, we won’t name any names here). A perk to playing the PVE is you can earn v-bucks from the story line, daily quest, and daily rewards for just logging in! So that adds up over time, hence saving you money :wink emoji:

What about some IRL or creative streams around your cosplay stuff?

This is something I would love love love to do! I recently got a new webcam so now I have two. The biggest problem is that my stream setup is in one room and craft supplies is in another room. Also if working with foam, it can get really messy with sawdust everywhere so I need to be able to protect my streaming equipment. This is definitely something that is coming in the future for me, but for now I’m working out the kinks of how to accomplish it in a good fashion in the space I have to work with.

Any upcoming games or other stuff you’re looking forward to?

I love fighting games, so I’m looking forward to the EVO tournament this year! I was planning to attend to play in Marvel vs Capcom Infinite but they decided not to put it on the main stage this year.

What goals do you have for the future with your stream?

I’m honestly not too sure. I’m kind of just streaming with a fairly regular schedule and going with the flow. I don’t want to set high expectations and stress myself out. Now if I ever did make big things happen with streaming, then so be it and that would be awesome!

Eventually if I get the viewer base, I’d love to do like a Sub Sunday where I play with viewers etc. My biggest goal has to be getting my setup right to where I can stream my cosplay work. That would be amazing. It’s going to require some work but I fully plan to make this happen. Cosplay work takes a lot of time, meaning less stream time. So if I can stream and do cosplay work at the same time, I feel a lot better because I don’t need to neglect any of the things I love.

Thanks to igetexcited for talking with me, and be sure to check out her stream!

In conversation with streamer R0zu

Here’s a conversation I had recently with streamer R0zu who is a Twitch Affiliate and member of the Nomads. You can also find R0zu on Twitter, and in his Discord. R0zu was selected by the Nomads as Streamer of the Month for May 2018.

Who are you as a streamer?

Streamer R0zu

As a streamer, I’d say that I’m competitive at a casual level. I don’t like things to be on the line, but I like to be able to play to the best of my ability. I never really got that big into ranked because I always get nervous whenever I start it up. Once in a blue moon, I’ll hit up competitive game types, but you won’t be seeing that happen too often. Going back to the question, I’m a variety streamer with League of Legends, Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds, and Super Smash Bros. Melee. Melee being the only consistent games in my rotation. I was raised in Upstate New York, moved down to Arizona for college where I studied Game Design, and now I’m in Texas to stream!

Any projects other than streaming you want to mention?

Nah. I’ve been either working, sleeping, or streaming. The occasional activity with friends/family pops up every now and then.

Ha! Okay. But, do you have other interests besides streaming? Like, books, movies? Hobbies?

I’ve always been interested in Japanese culture. The food, the language, the animation, and everything in between. I was originally drawn to the Nomads from a friend of mine and the ninja on their logo made it that much better.

Longboarding used to be my main mode of transportation and it was really the only thing keeping me in shape throughout college. I love everything about longboards because there are so many ways to shape one up and ride it whether you’re wanting to cruise at a comfortable speed or go zooming down hills at 60 MPH.

I’ve recently been trying to get more into the Marvel movies and I’ve been successful, but I think it’s really difficult for some people (especially now) because they’re all so complex and incredibly confusing at times. Research is always your friend!

Oh! Some friends and I have been looking into the BYOC (Bring your own Computer) event at Quakecon 2018, so you might see me streaming for 4 days straight there! Tickets open up sometime soon and I’m hoping to get a spot.

That sounds like fun! I’ll look forward to seeing that on your channel, if it works out.

What’s your setup like for streaming?

R0zu streamer desk

Excuse the incredibly poor wire management. So let’s start off with what’s in my desktop! I run an Asus Z170 Motherboard equipped with an i7-6700 Intel Processor, NVIDIA Geforce GTX 980 for my graphics card, 16GB of DDR4 RAM, and 5 Corsair Fans. I’m gonna tell you right now, I have a lot of different products from a lot of different brands. For my monitors, I rock a 24-inch BenQ as my main for gaming because of the 1ms delay and a spare HP monitor as my secondary monitor that I use to monitor (ha) OBS, Streamlabs Chatbot, and Streamlabels. I use a Razer Blackwidow Tournament Edition for my keyboard because I really like the feel and size of a Ten-keyless board. The only things I have matching are a Logitech Proteus for my mouse and a Logitech C920 Webcam. For my headset, I use Astro A40s with the Mixamp Pro. To top it all off, I use an Elgato Game Capture HD60 as a capture card for my Xbox One.

That’s quite a set up! Do you have things you want to add to the mix?

I eventually want to get a green screen, although it isn’t mandatory/completely necessary. I have a layout that works well and I think I might just stick to it. If we’re talking long term, I’d want to get a Canon hooked up to my PC so I can use that as a camera. The picture quality on those are absolutely beautiful!

A real camera and a green screen are good ideas for the future, for sure!

And, hey, there’s that Clutch chair you won in the Nomads raffle. How do you like it?

I did! It’s phenomenal. One of my last chairs actually broke on stream and after that, It’s only been uphill from there! Before I left college, I had a DXracer that was great, but I had to sell it because it would’ve cost more than the chair was worth at the time to ship it to where I was going to. I finally feel like I’m back in my comfort zone and I’m ready to get back into it!

What do you know now about streaming that you wish you’d known earlier? Or, best advice about streaming you’ve gotten?

Speak your mind, but learn to filter yourself. Obviously you don’t want to be complaining constantly, so try picking up on details of the game, ponder on them, try and guess why they did how they did.

Giving people silly names/voices is also something that I enjoy doing.

Don’t use the same joke time more than three times. After that, it gets old and boring.

Never get complacent. Always learn from your previous streams. Learn how to make things for your stream. Basic highlight videos are pretty fun once you get into them.

Authenticity and personality go a long way! Oh, but don’t forget that after the tenth time, a repeated joke gets funny again! Ha! Or, at least I hope so, or I’m in trouble.

Making memes that you can refer to in your stream is always nice. For example, I always like to bring up a character I’ve made up named FloppyPancakes that’s a parody of big hit Youtubers. Every time, it goes a little something like “Haaaay it’s ya boi, FloppyPancakes. Comin’ at you with another Minecraft tutorial video. Today, I’m gonna show you how to…”. You get it. Some of my friends join in on it because it’s funny to parody those types of overly hyped people.

How long have you been streaming?

I’ve been streaming actively ever since October of 2017. I actually can’t believe it’s been this long!

Hey, that’s cool! Do you have anything planned for your year anniversary?

I might do a 24 hour stream, but it depends on what my work schedule is looking like. I’ll try to work something around and make a day out of it for sure.

What stuff are you streaming now?

As I said before, games currently in my main rotation are League of Legends, Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds, and Super Smash Bros. Melee. Destiny 2 and Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom are two that I’ve started recently and I don’t see them dropping off anytime soon. I actually started Ni No Kuni II today and I’ve gotta say it’s pretty amazing!

I’ve also seen you play Closers a bunch. Do you plan a rotation, or do you just play what you’re feeling like at the time? Are there any games that you’re looking forward to playing?

Honestly, my stream has just been a mix of whatever I feel like playing at the time. I never really try to plan out a lot because I don’t know what my friend’s schedules are. It’s also important to note that I won’t know how I’m going to be feeling for the rest of the week, so if I plan something and decide on something else, it seems like poor planning. I’m more of a go-with-the-flow kind of person.

What goals do you have for the future with your stream?

I actually have sticky notes reminding me of my goals every time I turn on my computer (as well as inspirational quotes that I really like) I’m aiming for the stars and I won’t stop at good enough.

R0zu stream goalsR0zu inspirational quotes

In your goals, you really seem to be interested in positivity for viewer and the community. Is there a story about that you can share? Why’s that important to you? And, do you have a story about how you’ve been creating that for your stream?

I grew up playing video games. Through moving to different houses, getting different clothes, getting used to different school districts, video games have really been the only constant in my life. They let me escape the world when my heart broke for the first time (and many more times to come) and I’ve used them as a kind of therapy to deal with situations I wasn’t prepared to handle at the moment. Games have made me smile. Games have made me cry. No matter what day or age, games have always been there for me.

I met someone in high school. His name was Tommy. He was the most uplifting soul you had ever seen and was all-around a great person to be around. It’s been around a year and a half when his heart gave out due to complications. I keep him around in my memories from time to time and I’m trying to make an impact on everyone in my stream the way that he had an impact on me. He’s also the reason that I participate in the Extra-Life event every November. I want kids to have a chance to life because they can grow up to be great people that make incredible impacts on people, society, or even the world.

Creating a positive atmosphere that people can go to is probably the thing younger people need the most. I want to be the person I needed when I was younger. I’m trying to push towards that in my stream by not talking down on what I did or what my teammates did. Sometimes you just gotta take a deep breath and say “That’s alright. We got them next time.” If it doesn’t work out next time, it’s just a game and there’s no pressure in it. If I need to switch to another game because I’m getting tilted, that’s fine as well. It happens to the best of us and the most we can do is move on and not linger in the past.

I think sometimes all we need to do is just take a step back and take a breather.

Thanks to R0zu for talking with me, and be sure to check out his stream!

In conversation with streamer IceMan

I had the chance to have a conversation with streamer IceMan who is a Twitch Affiliate and member of the Nomads. You can also find IceMan on Twitter, and YouTube. IceMan was selected by the Nomads as Streamer of the Month for January 2018.

Who are you as a streamer?

Streamer Isaac Velazquez aka IceMan

Hello my name is Isaac Velazquez aka IceMan, a silver haired guy just trying to make a living playing video games.

I was born in Chicago but raised in Texas where I live now. I’ve been playing video game for as long as I can remember which is why I love them so much.

I’m good at shooters but I’ll play any genre. Along with video games, movies and cartoons have been a big influence on my life. Teaching me right from wrong, how to be a better person, never give up if something seems hard are a few things that I’ve learned playing video games. I’ve been called IceMan since I was a kid. Many people think I get my nickname from the X-Men character IceMan but those that know me best know it comes from the movie Top Gun one of my favorite movies.

As a streamer I’m no different from how I am in real life. What you see is me playing video games and reacting how I would when not in front of the camera.

Being named IceMan, I try to stay cool headed, a regular cool guy that you want to game and hang out with.

It’s interesting that you talk about how games, movies and cartoons have helped teach you some good life lessons. So many times when games and things are brought up, they end up being blamed for bad behaviour or as a bad influence. Is it just that games and thing are part of the youth culture of recent generations? What would you say could be done to show games as a good influence on people?

It’s not recent at all. Playing early Mortal Kombat was a huge issue because of all the blood and gore. Compared to now however that game’s gore is nothing. Different generations have all had their games scrutinized by people. As to what can be done people need to stop looking for something to blame for the human mistakes. Whenever a shooting happens games and violent movies are the first things to get blamed by most people but my friends and myself have played some very violent games but we’re not shooting anyone or robbing cars. We as a society just don’t want to accept that there are people out there that just want to cause chaos and unrest in everyone’s lives.

Perhaps there’s also something about context. People try to understand new things in the context of something they already feel they understand, or are at least familiar with. I remember my grandfather got angry at the tokens that the video arcades used, because he thought it was gambling. So the broader gaming as a community gets, perhaps the more understanding of it there will be, I wonder.

In that case how much broader must it get? It’s true people sometimes fear what they don’t understand but with events like E3, EVO and many others one could say that video games have become or are becoming mainstream. The context is there if you take the time to understand it then i think we’ll start to see the blame come off of videos games. The other question is just how long will that take? Only time will tell.

That’s a good point. I mean, when there’s recent streams with a million viewers and enough people watching live streams on Twitch to populate a city … as you said, “How much broader must it get?”

Any projects other than streaming you want to mention?

Making YouTube videos would be the other thing I’m working on. Trying to give my viewers a chance to catch up on any cool stuff whenever possible.

What sort of videos are you making on YouTube? Any stand out example you want to share?

Right now just some highlights of past streams. My more popular videos are of Fortnite and PlayerUnknown’s BattleGround.

Great! I hope people take a moment to check those out. When videos expire on Twitch, it’s nice to have a longer term archive to show people.

What’s your setup like for streaming?

IceMan streamer desk

Right now I have an Xbox One and PC. PlayStation 4 to come very soon.

What do you know now about streaming that you wish you’d known earlier? Or, best advice about streaming you’ve gotten?

Best advice I’ve gotten was from my girlfriend. She said use what you’ve got. Don’t worry about having a green screen or crazy PC right now. All that will come later right now just get your personality out there.

That seems like really good advice! Just get in and do it, and only spend extra money on special equipment later when the time comes that you need it to keep growing.

How long have you been streaming?

I’ve been streaming since June of 2017. One year anniversary coming up.

Congratulations on the upcoming milestone!

What’s your next milestone that you’re trying for with your stream?

I would say the short term milestone would be 1000 followers and 50 subscribers. For partnership, I need an average of 75 viewers in 30 days which is pretty tough.

Oh, yeah, it’s a big leap from the numbers needed on Twitch for Affiliate to Partner. Best wishes for your climb up that ladder!

What stuff are you streaming now?

A few different games. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds and Fortnite being the most popular. DragonBall FighterZ, Rainbow Six Siege, Monster Hunter World, Sea of Thieves, and SOS. I’ve been looking for more while not trying to break the bank.

Yeah, the struggle is real! What’s coming up that you’re excited to play?

God of War 4 and Red Dead Redemption 2 are the two I’m looking forward to. Hopefully E3 shows us some good games this year.

What goals do you have for the future with your stream?

Right now the immediate goals are to make Twitch and YouTube partner while also making a community of cool gamers along the way. I want this to be my career and that’s going to take a lot of work on my part.

So far the fans that I have made have also become my gaming friends which is what I would like, have a bunch of cool people being friends and gaming with each other.

Thanks to IceMan for talking with me, and be sure to check out his stream!

In conversation with streamer Lokisaul

I had the chance to have a conversation with streamer Lokisaul who is a Twitch Affiliate and member of the Nomads. You can also find Lokisaul on Twitter, and he’s got a Discord server. Lokisaul was selected by the Nomads as Streamer of the Month for March 2018.

Streamer Isaac Saul aka Lokisaul

Who are you as a streamer?

Hello, I’m Isaac (Loki) Saul, and I stream on Twitch, currently operating out of Del Rio, Texas.

I’m 22 and currently in the USAF as my main focus, but I’m a Nomad in my free time.

I didn’t really have the access to games growing up but once I bought a PS3 (and eventually PS4) with basic games such as Fallout and Metal Gear Solid, I quickly fell in love with being able to shoot my problems away (virtually, of course).

As a variety streamer I’m here for the fun of it.

I can’t help but ask, since you mentioned it: given that you said you like to use games to help you deal with problems, how do you feel about the suggestions that link violent games and violent behaviour?

I feel that it’s a way to escape reality, but I don’t think its the reason violent behavior exists. My personal opinion, not as a Nomad or representing the US military, is that it’s how you are raised. Now on the other hand I’m looking at research that suggest that FPS games can hurt your long term memory, but it’s an incomplete study.

Interesting stuff, and I think talking about this stuff is important, but also that we talk about it shows that the culture cares about these things too.

Any projects other than streaming you want to mention?

I’m an active member of the Nomads, but I’m not on one of the esports teams. I’m there for the community of streamers, and to provide support to other streamers.

How’d you get first get connected with the Nomads?

Funny story! When I first started streaming I decided to grow my twitter by following a bunch of other small streamers. The ones I noticed were active I followed on Twitch and if the streamer seemed to be wholesome I would sub to the to see there reaction. Well, one of these people was [Twitch streamer and Nomad] Mo0ch2686. He was so excited to chat and was very talkative. I was hooked on his stream. After being in his chat and getting to know the other people, the Nomads gave me an invite to be apart of the team.

What’s your setup like for streaming?

Lokisaul streamer desk and gear

I run a Dell XPS 8920 with 6 GB DDR5, 16 GB RAM, Nvidia GTX 1060, while viewing through a 144 Hz ASUS 24″ ROG Swift for my gaming, an ASUS 22″ 4k UHD for my OBS/stream chat, and a basic Samsung 22″ monitor for any background programs I’m watching. I use a Logitech G502 mouse and a K95 Corsair Cherry MX Speed keyboard.

Three screens sounds pretty great for having everything up at once!

What do you know now about streaming that you wish you’d known earlier? Or, best advice about streaming you’ve gotten?

I wish I knew that I don’t have to be good at a game for people to watch so to not get frustrated with it. That people will come watch if I was happy with my games.

Oh, man, that’s good news for me too, because I’m awful at games, if I’m honest. I try to stop if I’m feeling too salty, so I keep it fun for everyone, including myself.

Do you do anything to help you keep the right mood for streaming? Like take regular breaks, or chill out before and after?

I’m not sure if you want to have this in the interview or not but I take in a lot of nicotine (dip) to keep myself leveled in all aspects of life.

Sounds like you might do that even if you weren’t gaming? But, I know that I make some less healthy choices while I’m streaming, like more caffeine and sugar, than I would if I weren’t. There’s been a lot of focus on health in the gaming and streaming communities lately, like new rules about how long people can stream on Twitch before taking a break, and so forth. Do you think gaming culture is less healthy than the general population?

It’s all a matter of person to person. Do I believe it’s a good thing to sit in a chair for 8+ hours? Probably not, but it’s not uncommon for a gamer to work out or eat healthy. All in all, I’ve seen unhealthy on both sides and as I have seen super healthy on both.

Do you do anything extra to stay healthy?

I work out 3 times a week and eat home cooked meals more often than not.

Do you have any stories about something funny that’s happened in chat to share?

The first thing that comes to mind is when I would donate to a Nomad member but I would put their own name as my nickname, this would say that they donated to themselves and the would freak out and be confused. (I’m slightly a trolling person.)

Ha! Yeah, tipping with funny names is a good one!

How long have you been streaming?

I started streaming on my PS4 on August of 2017 and switched to PC in November.

Do you still play both? On stream? And, what brought about the change?

When I started streaming I was on PS4 but once I started to play Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds, I switched to PC fully and sold my wallet to the Steam store.

Oh, yeah. Having to follow the games to whatever platform … there’s lots of games I think I’d play if I had the right console or whatever. But, wow, I’m better now, but I have a ton of games in my Steam library, because they were on sale, that I’ve not played at all yet.

What stuff are you streaming now?

Playerunkown’s Battlegrounds, Fortnite, Escape from Tarkov, and Sea of Thieves.

Any games coming out you are particularly looking forward to playing?

I’m waiting for some console games to go to PC, such as God of War and Gears of War.

What goals do you have for the future with your stream?

To help make a good name for myself and the Nomads, while bringing a community together.

What do you do in particular to build community around your channel? Do you run one of the loyalty programs and have any giveaways you want to mention, or something else?

As a streamer, I’m here for the fun of it. I don’t need the money as I already have a paycheck. So, I don’t like to bribe loyalty. I just support others and make myself known. I feel if I have 1 active member or 20, I’m just happy to be able to talk to someone and get to know their culture whether it’s someone a state over or across the pond.

Thanks to Lokisaul for talking with me, and be sure to check out his stream!