Monday, December 15, 2014

Welcome Back

     I've come a long way since I've last streamed on Twitch - some of you may have even seen the first half if it. Having a job, the second half, has been a fantastic experience so far. Multiples better than my previous employer, GameStop. I work with friends, drink wine and converse with customers about things going on in our lives. It's like I'm living in a small suburban neighborhood and I'm getting to know everyone. Meanwhile, I've got the roar of NYC buses down the road. I've never been happier.

Okay, enough with that. "What is this post about?" you may ask. Well, to keep it brief, I love GamingOwl. It is a break-away hobby of mine that brings a lot of joy, but I did not enjoy the immaturity that surrounded it when I left. Yes, GamingOwl is going to be much more grown up. Don't think that means I won't occasionally be doing crazy voices or freaking out over in-game moments, it doesn't. Let's just say we're turning things back down to a nine from an eleven in terms of wildcard behaviour. It's certainly not the quietest of beginnings, *as my ears continue to bleed from Adool's laughing*.

I love you guys/gals. I've virtually (literally) grown up with you. I've met so many great people through broadcasting, some of which I've even met in person! Never did I imagine doing something as simple but as cool as that. Gaming has become a universal language. No matter the age or ethnicity, a few simple taps on your phone screen, clicks on a keyboard, or trigger squeezes with your favorite controller, they all either engaged or entertained us in some positive way - and will continue to.

Doing it right, the wrong way.

     I've always taken such care into the things I put out on the internet, especially when this community is concerned. A life lesson I've learned the hard way, is that you will not always get it right the first time - usually not the second, either. It's something we keep hearing, but don't fully understand until experienced. You have to keep trying, over and over. Never give up.

Form did not follow function for me, it was the other way around. A lot of time was spent doing things that wouldn't affect the end result when it came to the viewer-end of the spectrum. Too much time spent on little effects, touches of flare or whatever. I always wanted it to look professional. And you know what? Being professional is great, but it was not prioritized correctly. I promise to try my best to just get some real content out there for you all on a consistent basis.

The situation, and how you can help.

     A perk of my job is I usually start my shifts around the late afternoon/early evening, meaning I've got time to do my usual 11 AM US EST stream for a few hours. But that doesn't leave enough time to continue doing anything productive for the community. Hell, I might even switch it back to 10... tell me what you think. GamingOwl people, I need your help! Doing this takes a lot of time, energy, commitment and effort. It's not a walk in the park. So I need some extremely talented individuals I know are reading this to help keep this thing alive. Tell us how you could help at our contact form and we'll try to get back to you as soon as possible. As a little bonus, using this on your resumé wouldn't be a bad idea at all if you get a role for us! You'd also get a number from me for you to reference if your potential employer requests it. It provides a great opportunity to get a taste of the gaming industry and remain connected among some of the most talented and educated people I've met. Teamwork is crucial. I know we can do it!

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