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A New Approach to Livestreaming on Twitch

No Resolutions, just Determination:

I did not make “resolutions” this year. They always seem to fail due to some innate “No one ever keeps them…” stigma they have. Instead, I have made determinations.

I am determined that, this year, I will pursue my dream of doing what I love for a living. I will find ways to combine writing, video creation, 3D modeling, and video games into something that can help me pay the bills.

Advanced Website Content:

As part of my new year determination to do things I enjoy for a living, I have began creating livestreams over at Twitch. This has lead me to take another look at my website and begin to adjust it so that it serves to better compliment my livestreams.

One example of these adjustments are new game guides. Begining with a Guide to Days Gone, I am creating guidebooks on my website that cover not only the content of the game, but also delve deeper into the world and science of the game. The goal is to create a guide that not only includes information that can help people who are either playing the game or wondering if they would enjoy playing it, but also includes factual information with links to trusted resources.

More than just playing games:

The same kind of informative content is being worked into my livestreams. Striving to create more than just gameplay videos or casual chats, I am working to weave information that relates to the content of the stream into each stream.

Topics covered vary from mundane conversations about travel in the real world to an area where a game is set, to the real world science behind things in game.

Is the game about zombies? Topics could include anything from the CDC’s real world Zombie Prepaedness Plan to what real world diseases might lead to a situation such as the one encountered in the game.

Is the game a science fiction game that has spaceships leaping from system to system? I love to talk about space and faster than light travel.

Whatever the game’s environment or science, there is a good chance my eclectic interests can find things to research and discuss.

Viewer Participation or Lurking:

Viewers are welcomed to participate in the discussions; either by requesting specific topics that they would like me to research for upcoming streams, or by sharing their own knowledge of topics with me and their fellow viewers in the chat.

Not everyone wants to chat, however, and I understand that. I am working to create a stream that allows viwers to settle back and listen to informative discourses on subjects that relate to their interests. (Or at least relate to a game that they are interested in.)

Lurkers, those people who enter a forum or chat room and remain anonymous, never speaking up, are the lifeblood of a community like Twitch or a website like this one. I support lurking, or using a stream to generate background noise while working.

It’s About Having Fun Playing Games:

Bottom line, it is all about having fun and playing the games that we love.

Do I want to be able to become a Twitch star that makes a lot of money? Well, it would be nice to be able to pay the bills, maybe get myself a good quality internet connection, maybe a new computer. I am a simple person, however, who lives a simple life, and as long as I can find some way for my combined efforts to pay the bills (or even a few of the bills), then I am going to be happy.

So, come along with me through worlds of fantasy and science fiction. There is much for us to discuss and action and adventure await us!

Revising Website: please stand by

I am going to be working on some revisions to the website over the next few days. My plan is to revise things to better fit the livestreams that I am creating at Twitch and provide information of interest to gamers and streamers.

Most of the website is being overhauled, starting with the Games & Gaming category to provide more information and help with some of the games that I have enjoyed playing over the years.

I will still be sharing information on my writing, but it will take more of a backseat to the gaming and 3D modeling.

As for the3D modeling; I will be focusing a bit more on that once again, sharing what tips I am able to share. I will also be showcasing not only my own work, but the work of others that catches my attention.

In addition to that I am going to be working on doing some more reviews, not only of games, but of items of interest to gamers, 3D modelers, and writers. I admit, some of my reviews might be sponsored or contain affiliate links, but they will all be honest reviews that reflect my sincere feelings about the items that I review. My number one goal is to make sure that my readers and viewers will always be able to trust that I have done my research and given my honest opinion – even for sponsored content.

Lastly I am going to be working on my social media presence in places such as Discord, Twitter, and Facebook – intigrating it all into the plan I have to provide entertaining and informative videos and articles.

I have a lot of plans for the year ahead and I hope that you will come back from time to time to share in the journey.

Days Gone | Part 3 …. It’s 35 degrees F in here, -23 F outside (1.7 C & -30.5 C), so I’m streaming

Some days it seems like all a man does is scramble from one bad situation to another out in the shit. I recorded this stream in the darkest before dawn hours of 4am to 8am when it was -23 F outside and a chilling 32 degrees F in my house. Long night made better by Days Gone and a new friend to chat with while playing.

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Days Gone: Don’t mess with a man’s bike

A highlight from part two of my Days Gone playthrough showing my reaction to an enemy seeming to intentionally knock over Deacon’s motorcycle.

Warning: video contains some strong language. I was not having a good day.

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Days Gone: Part Two – The Struggle to Survive

Days Gone – Part Two
Hard Mode playthrough

Warning: contains some strong language. (I was not having a good day.)

Part two of my Days Gone playthrough is shorter than the first part, an hour long video of what at first seems like my effort to demonstrate every grisly way to die in Days Gone.

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Starting Out: Days Gone Livestream on Twitch

Days Gone
Bend Studio
Part One – Hard Mode playthrough

I’m just relaxing and enjoying some game time while the weather outside is a frightful -24 F.

This is my second playthrough of Days Gone and covers the first 4 hours of play-time.

Also, I am sorry for the bad quality of the video, I have been assured that it is watchable, but I don’t have the best equipment to use for streaming, so it might have bad sections or issues.

Someday my equipment and internet will be better, hopefully I’ll be better at what I’m saying on mic by then as well.

Thank you for watching, I hope that you enjoyed getting a look at Days Gone with me. Take care and have fun in whatever game you’re playing.

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Days Gone was developed by SIE Bend Studio and is a Playstation exclusive title designed by Eric Jensen and using the Unreal Engine.

The game is set in Oregon, just after a viral outbreak reduced most of humanity to primitive-like “Freakers” that move in terrifying hoards at night, attacking and killing the few survivors who now huddle together in encampments or struggle to survive as drifters moving between the encampments.

Deacon St. John is a drifter and the main character of the story that follows the events of his life and includes flashbacks to his life before the viral outbreak.

Days Gone is well liked by those who enjoy exploration adventure games with intense combat scenarios and an in-depth story. It is less well recived by those who like to charge into a fight without proper preparation, since when taken on head-to-head the hoards can be a bit overwhelming and thus call for a more thought out approach to deal with them – especially early on in the game’s story.

Highly reccomended for those who enjoy stealth action adventure games with detailed story lines.

Days Gone: Knife Fight with a Reacher

I got into a knife fight with one of the more dangerous enemies in Days Gone. This was on normal difficulty, I can’t wait to try this fight again in Survival II difficulty.

My 2020 New Year Resolution

My 2020 resolution is to get my YouTube and Twitch channels up and running without letting life in general knock down my plans yet again. It seems like every time I have tried over the years to get into creating videos or streaming something has caused me to set those plans aside.

When I was 10 I watched Star Wars in the theater and discovered that I wanted to be a camera operator, unfortunately we moved out of the Los Angeles area and to rural Washington and my dreams of film making were dashed by a child’s naieve misunderstanding that all movies were made in Hollywood.

Years later I bought a used 8mm camera at a yard sale and tried again, but moving around a lot at that time caused me to be unable to actually pursue my dreams. There were a lot of hit and miss efforts in those years, a lot of research into film making and reading of books either at the library or bought from bookstores. I even got a couple of my nephews involved in some test efforts at creating short films, but in the end things happened and, as before, I set my goals of having a career in film aside.

My next effort came with a VHS camera that I bought. VHS opened a lot of possibilities and I had some plans of starting up a movie studio in Alaska for creating films. I had visions of eventually having a film lot that competed with the great film lots of Hollywood… and then the Miller’s Reach fire burned down my parents’ house. All the props I had built and my business plan, scripts I had wrote out… it all burned away and I gave up once again on my plans. For a time.

After we had rebuilt I got back to my plans and refocused them.I had a subscription to a couple of videoography magazines and was working on what I needed to do to start into a career as a camera operator when I realized I could make money as an online advertising copywriter. I set aside film for writing and made a good living for a few years as a writer. This lead to creating advertisement videos, some of which can be found on my YouTube channel.

Around this time I attended the Blog World Expo in Las Vegas. Vlogging and Podcasting were just starting to become a thing and I was going to start up a vlog and podcast to go with the blogs I was running at the time. I also rediscovered the 3D suite Blender not long after and settled in to make better videos… but… before I could get more into creating videos, my mother passed away and I set it all aside once again to begin being a full-time care provider for my father.

Two years later, as I was finally about to get back to creating videos, my father passed away and I set the plans aside as I fought to save my home. Moving from my home into a small 1960’s camper set aside a lot of my plans and I spent years trying to recover. By the time I was ready to try creating videos once again… my lost income resulted in a loss of internet and it was rather hard to create and upload videos with no internet access.

Later on I tried again, but… cell phone hotspots are not exactly a good way to upload videos and my living situation made even making them a challenge.

Then I found Twitch, I could stream from my Playstation 4 to Twitch and I began to try to run a twitch channel. Again, cell phone wifi. Every video looked like I was playing Minecraft. I resolved to get better internt in October and, well… when that failed to happen I… gave up.

I actually gave up on a life-long dream of creating videos, of being a cinemetographer, of making a living creating video content. 40 years of study and learning, watching YouTube videos on how to succeed with creating YouTube videos, reading books and websites on creating online videos… it was all for nothing all of a sudden because I could not see a way to do the work with the connection I had.

Last night, on the last day of 2019, I was distracting myself from falling to end of year depression by playing Days Gone. I had defeated a hoard of freaks and was on my way back to the Lost Lake encampment when I saw what I had thought wasa swarmer- it turned out to be a Reacher, one of the game’s more dangerous enemies. I tried to equip my melee weapon to fend off some wolves that had joined the fray, but the selection did not work right and I ended up attacking with my knife… which I continued to use in the fight with the Reacher.

I saved the video of the battle and decided to try to upload it to YouTube. It took all night and then all day, six differnet trys and two hours of babysitting the computer to be sure nothing went wrong, but I finally got the five minute video to upload and it made me determined, once again, to see my dreams happen. I might not be able to upload long videos or to stream good quality livestreams of gameplay, but I can get a five minute video to upload. I might be able to get a ten minute one to upload, fifteen might be pushing my luck since I have to actually sit at the computer and do nothing other than babysit the uploads, but I can manage five to ten minute videos.

And if I can manage to get a few minutes of video at a time uploaded… well, maybe I can make 2020 the year that I actually get my dreams to come true and I can start creating videos for a living. I can become a cinematographer as I had dreamed of being back in 1977 after seeing Star Wars in the theaters. Start small, and trust that Ican do better later on.

Days Gone Ending – Major Spoilers for post-game content

I finished Days Gone this morning and was really happy with the game and how it wrapped things up,it is most definately a game that I will play again, one that I would love to be able to stream when I can.

If you are not yet finished with the main story of Days Gone, stop reading here. This article has some speculation, a sort of Deacon’s POV rough draft story about what happened in the post game things, and a few major spoilers for the ending and post-game content.

If you have finished the main story, or have already been spoiled about the end of the game, then you should think carefully about reading on, since you might not have encountered this bit yet. It happens after the end credits have rolled or the game and after some loose story threads have been tied off. I assume that this was the last loose thread of the main story.

So… as for the situation I am going to be discussing – leave now if you don’t want spoiled. Bookmark this page and come back when you have finished the story if you really seriously want to read my rambles.

Still here? Okay, so… After I finished the main story I was a content drifter. Things seemed to have gone as well as they could go, a few really bad moments where I had thought poor Deacon might end up collapsed in the mud crying, but.. Deacon and I made it through it all and made it back to the Lost Lake encampment and life seemed to be ready to settle in for a bit.

Excuse me as my writer side takes over a bit here and I slip from this dispassionate recounting to a more personalized perspective and write kind’a from Deacon’s view for the rest of this:

It was over and I was expecting nothing more than a long period of drifting around the two opened areas of Oregon in an effort to fight freakers, clear out hoards, and get on better terms with the three encampments I was not yet to full standing with. I hadn’t been around Diamond Lake enough to really give them a chance to get to know me, Copeland’s place gives me a feeling that he’ll be the next crazed militia leader with all of his talk about conspiracy and the black choppers this, government that batshit crazy talk. I agree with a lot of what he says, just not what he thinks he is saying. The guy’s a few notches shy of hitting the bullseye on the stuff he tosses out on radio free oregon. As for Tucker… hell, that old lady scares me. Every time I walk into the hot springs encampment I expect guards to surround me and set me to forced labor like the damn prison camp it’s ran like. I think her heart is in the right place, but Tucker really needs to loosen up before her workers remember how to build a union and stage a hostile strike in her camp. So far the fear of the freakers and Rippers out in the shit is all that’s keept them doing what they’re told. Boozer and I have dealt with the Rippers and I’m getting busy with the hoards to thin out the freakers, so… it might only be a matter of time before the Hot Springs becomes a serious situation.

I can’t worry about that, however, because I have one more bit of business to tend to. I got back my Mongrel ring, but I want the rest of my rings back. And I know where to start looking, so I set off back down south to Crater Lake. I’d forgot how long a walk it was to the top. Last time I had been there I had been fighting for every step I claimed and got pushed back several steps more than a few times. This time I had no men with guns and grenades to distract me from just how long that walk was. (I jogged and even ran a lot, that walk is too long to walk the whole thing.)

I found several of my rings in a box in the tent where Sarah had said to look for them, they weren’t all there, but my wedding band was. Damn was I happy to slip that back on my finger and it reminded me that it was past time to get back to Lost Lake. The camps at the Crater and Diamond Lake were in good hands, I had to help find a way to keep the north and south parts of Oregon connected.

Thoughts of a trade route were interrupted around the summet by a hoard of freakers. I’d seen them on my way south, but thought they were just there because someone was firing a gun. Poor bastard, they were all over him before I could even see the guy, leaving me no choice but to gun my bike and get over the pass before they looked to me for their next course.

They were still there when I headed back north, however, and I realized that if they were settling in, then there would be no way a trade route would work. No one could safely get over the pass until I had them cleared out. It only got worse when I realized two more hoards had settled in outside the north entrance of the tunnel. Three damn hoards on the pass. I would have to clear them all out. I needed gear for that, so headed to the Lake encampment.

I stayed a few days, relieved to have what felt like the worst behind me and delighting in the simple joy of trying to teach Jack how to play fetch while Sarah and Boozer laughed at my efforts. Lost both the squaky bones in the grass, but that might be a good thing given how badly that pup has already chewed them. I need to find him more toys, tougher ones.

The last of my concerns seemed to have been aleviated when I was headed to see Rikki and overheard trouble at the main gate. One of the men on gard was hollaring about a Ripper at the gate, and I ran to see what was going on. Good thing too, because it was Lisa. She was holding a knife and insisting she wasn’t a Ripper while facing down a man with an assault rifle, I sent him back to his guarding and turned my attention to Lisa. She looked… older. I knew it hadn’t been that long since I had last seen her, but I swear that girl did a lot of growing up out in the shit. I also think I have help dealing with the hoards given the amount of bounties she showed me that she was wanting to trade. I took her in to introduce her to ____, Boozer, and Sarah, but Lisa insists she’s not living in some damn camp. It feels like I have heard that somewhere before… damn girl reminds me too much of myself. Feel like she’s now my kid sister in the same way Boozer is my big brother. Gotta watch out for her – and myself if I ever let her know I am watching over her. I think she knows how to use that knife. I may have saved that guard’s life.

Listening to Lisa talk with Sarah, them and Boozer playing with Jack… it all made me realize that I had to focus on the Lake before I could worry about the rest of the world. We’d all survived in the shit for two years, hell, by my reckoning it has been 899 days since I put Sarah on that chopper, the other encampments could hold their own for a bit longer. I needed to deal with the hoards around Lost Lake first. Make that area safer.

I would need to clear the freaks from around the Lake’s farm up the hill and out of Sherman’s Camp to make it easier to get supplies between the camp and the farm. That made Sherman’s Camp my first goal, I needed to get the freaks out of there.

Boozer knew I was up to something when he came in and found me leaned over the aerial map on the table, but he kept quiet and distracted Sarah and Lisa outside so I could plan in peace. I knew there were three groups in there from when I had gone in to save that kid from cannibles a few days back, still can’t believe them bastards hauled him to the middle of three groups of freakers. I knew the area well enough now though after looking for him, so I decided I could set my bike up at the lower edge of the loop, giving me a direct line to the broken bridge. I could set some traps, toss a couple of Napalm into the hoard, then haul ass to my bike and hit the nitro to make the jump over the bridge and get outta there before the hoard caught up with me. It looked simple enough on the map… I just needed to scout the area and see how it looked with what the map didn’t show, like jack-knifed semis or school busses that might block the path.

I needed supplies for the run, so decided that the best place to look for those would be the old NERO outpost at the sawmill just south of the lake. I headed out there and scavenged some supplies up, including four remote detonated mines that had not been triggered when I had cleared out the hoard. I had expected those to have been lost to scavengers over the several days since I had set them. Very nice surprise to get them back.

Not so nice of a surprise was the sounds in the barn. Freakers had moved in again, or been hiding away when I cleared out the hoard. I estimated between seven and ten freaks, so climbed up on top of the barn to get a better look. Seemed to just be seven of them in there, six after I sniped one though the boards with my sidearm. I took off and headed across the walkway to the silo as the remaining freaks woke and yelled, but I didn’t see them heading out of the barn.

Then my radio scared the hell out of me so bad I damn near dropped my gun. Seems like fucking O’Brian had been channel surfing the radio looking for me since the crater incident. Wanted me to meet him at the old Pioneer Cemetary.

To say I was not happy at the request would be a kind way of saying I wanted to tell him to go fuck himself for having left us at the crater that day, but… I agreed to meet him. The freakers would have to wait, I hopped to the shed roof beside me and down to my bike.

I… was not expecting what O’Brian had to say, what he had to show me. I had to hold back on an impulse to put a bullet in his head, not sure if it was conscious choice or shock that stayed my hand, but whatever it was, O’Brian said his peace and hopped back on the chopper. Not sure I ever want to see one of those again… Think Copeland saw it, or maybe heard it, or just has damndable timing, because he was on the radio not long after talking his crazy shit again, only… this time… it didn’t sound quite so crazy, and I was scared that Copeland didn’t know just how right he was or how bad things might get.

I needed to get to work, clear out the hoards, set up trade routes, secure the camps as best I can, because… I know what’s out there, what’s headed our way, and we’re not ready for it. We will be, I hope, but we’re not ready yet.

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I apologize for the messyness of that, you get to see there what my rough drafts look like when I write. And a rare vision of me writing in my much hated first person POV! This just felt like it would be best from Deacon’s POV rather than mine. Hope it was not too terrible to read through and made sense.

Back when I had seen O’Brian after the first scene I had looked curiously at his wearing a black face shield, suspected he might be hiding something, even thought at one time I’d like to get a look behind that shield and see how much of a freak some of them NERO people were, but I still had not been expecting to… well… discover that they were freaks! By the time they did that reveal I had forgot my own speculations on that possibility, so that made for a very nice setup then reveal. This game was filled with those, however, the most memorable being the setups for the hemlock poison. I had seen that coming the moment she asked for the plant, and was quite satisfied with how the whole thing played out. The people behind the story for Days Gone have my full respect for how the movie within the game played out. I want to pull all the cutscenes into a feature length film I can just watch at my leisure when I need something to distract me but don’t want to play video games.

I’ll wrap this up now, just, so glad I got Days Gone, the game’s been one of the most enjoyable gaming experiences I have had in years and I look forward to more adventures with Deacon St. John in the Days Gone setting.

Someone in Days Gone is going to get left for the Freakers

I resumed my game today and walked back to where my bike had been left after I got some parts and gas at the mechanic and… some asshole is going to be dragged out into the wilds and left tied up for the freakers to rip apart if I catch whoever the hell it was that thought this was a good idea.

I am going to let it slide this time. I’ll pretend that it was just lots of rains made the ground extra muddy and my bike sank on its own. My older brother’s Goldwing once fell over because the heat had caused the kickstand to sink into the asphalt of a parking lot after all, so… but I swear, if I catch the bastard, or bastards, who thought this was a good idea – they’re going to regret messing with my ride.

Of all the glitches I have seen happen in the game; enemies not falling outta trees for days at a time, dead bodies in campsites for days after an attack, birds entangled in buildings, and we’re not even going to talk about the weird things Deacon’s left arm does when he puts his binoculars away (I tried to take a screenshot of the binoculars, it was bad!)… but, I saw this glitch and just had to laugh and have some fun with it. It’s the kind of stupid military prank that I could see disgruntled millitia members pulling while Deacon was sleeping.

How about you? Seen any glitches in the game that were just too amusing or awesome not to enjoy?

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