Sacrifices are Required

Today was without a doubt the best day of my streaming career. After streaming for over two and a half years, going through many ups and downs, and especially after moving to Los Angeles to pursue my passion, I had a breakthrough day. Today I set a new stream record for people watching my channel at 56 viewers in chat. For many people out there that number may seem very small, but for me, it is absolutely huge.

To have a day where I was entertaining over fifty people is a huge mark for me. Streaming is about growing your channel, and thus to have a day where I gained over 30 new followers and had over 50 people watch me at one time is a humongous improvement. I have to thank my channel and all those who stopped by today and took part in the stream.

But most importantly I have to thank myself.

I made many decisions and changed my stream and how I stream after twitchcon 2017. A few of those decisions included making my stream more unique and consistent. Thus why I wear my suit everyday (as opposed to very rarely in the past), why I stream over 40+ hours a week, and why I keep a serious schedule and absolutely stick to it. The schedule has been huge for my channel and I am proud of myself for really grinding these hours out and streaming so much.

Today my commitment was put to the test. It is currently Thanksgiving Week and my high school friends are in town for it. A good amount of us met up earlier today and it was great seeing them, but around 8:00 PM it came time to stream and I said my goodbye and I came back and went live.

Of course my friends were disappointed that I didn’t stay out with them, but I wouldn’t have had a good time if I hung out with them. Not because I wouldn’t have enjoyed their company, rather because I would know that I let down my stream and all the people that watched me today who told me that they were looking forward to seeing my come back on later tonight.

For this new era of my stream I have set the times of the week when I stream. And I stick to this. I ask people to follow my channel and to subscribe and tip me because I am committed to my channel and the entertainment that I provide. My stream is my job. I may not be profiting and living off of it, but it is my job and I treat it as such.

For the longest time I did not treat my stream seriously and for that reason my channel didn’t grow. Now I am running it a new way, and yes it is much more work, but it is proving to be worth it. I make sacrifices to stream just as everyone does in anything that is important to them (work, relationships, etc.), and while these can hurt, they are necessary. If you only put a little bit of effort into everything you will never build anything particular impressive. Only when you pour your soul into a few things, or one thing that you are passionate about can you make something great. Right now, the one thing I am passionate about is my stream, and I sacrifice other things so that I can devote myself to it.

Sitting here finishing this post at 12:40 in the morning, thinking about how my friends hung out all night but I stayed home and worked, I am glad I did. The old me would have easily rationalized taking the night off even though I had a show scheduled, and thus would have let down all the fans (i.e. the people who I live to do my show for) who were eagerly waiting for the show, but not the new me.

I am here, I am streaming, I am sacrificing, and thus I am committed.

 

-Nolan

Operation White Noise looks LIT

Today Ubisoft released their official unveiling for their newest Operation and its operators. The map will be a skyscraper in South Korea which is already an infinite upgrade from Blood Orchid’s dreadful Theme Park map. Honestly, I don’t know a single soul who actually enjoys that terrible map. I hope that Ubisoft either removes it or reworks it.

Anyways, the new operators coming out are very interesting. Dokkaebi, Vigil, and Zofia have the respective powers of hacking, drone cloaking, and a Concussive/Grenade Launcher. Without a doubt these operators are going to heavily change the Rainbow Six Siege Meta-Game. And this is exactly what everyone wants: a constantly evolving fresh new FPS game.

This is the beauty of Rainbow Six Siege. Just when the game may start getting stale, the introduction of new operators allow for the game to evolve and become new again. And this is not just with the addition of new operators, but also with how the existing operators in the game will counter or compliment the new additions. Dokkaebi’s hacking ability is going to be a great counter for roamers and the ability to hack Valkyrie cameras has been something that Rainbow players have long been desiring. Vigil’s ability to be able to hide himself from drones is also very unique and will present a new danger to attackers on entry. Zofia has an impressive grenade launcher, but even more so is her impressive ability to be able lift herself out of injury once per round. That is certainly game changing.

Rainbow Six stands in sharp contrast to other realistic FPS shooters out there. It constantly has dynamic play and is continually improving and growing. Further, it is the only realistic class based shooter released so far that actually works. In my experience with other class based shooters either one class is extremely powerful such that it nullifies all other picks, or the classes are so weak that it does not even matter and the game is a class based shooter in name only. Rainbow Six Siege shares neither problem as it has many strong operator choices as well as many situational picks as well. Further with the release of new operators the meta constantly changes and while currently one operator may not see much play, that may change in the future.

I am personally extremely excited for Dokkaebi. Currently I have been struggling to enter into maps and have been getting destroyed by roamers. Dokkaebi’s phone hack is an extremely good counter to roaming and it is exactly what I am looking for. And on top of that I get to Hack Valkyrie cams if I get a kill. That is what’s up.

The other operators look strong as well and it is going to be interesting to see which one actually is the best. There is a lot of talk about Dokkaebi as she was leaked before the other operators, but only time will tell us which one is actually the strongest of the new three.

And I cannot wait.

 

Keep Smiling,

-fb_lurker

The Grind is Real, and It’s paying off

It’s been a while since my last post. Since then I have moved from Oregon to Los Angeles. It took me a while to get up and streaming consistently again as I went to TwitchCon, caught up with all my old friends (I’m from LA), and after much effort finally got my internet situation all figured out.

Now that that is all over with I have gotten back on the grind of streaming harder than I ever have before in my two years plus of streaming. Over 40 hours each week you can find me online streaming at twitch.tv/fb_lurker and so far it has been a blast. So many new people have discovered my stream and have given me support through their views, follows, subs, and tips. It has been unreal. Shout out to all the OGs who are still watching as well! SarcasticSatan came in today and did !followed and it showed that he had been following for over 2 years and 3 weeks. That’s pretty damn cool.

While there are have been many phases in my streaming career this is the best. The show is finally on a consistent schedule and I am putting in more hours than ever before. I have switched up my games though and this time around you can find me playing Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege.

The game is extremely fun to stream and play because unlike other FPS games it is dynamic. Because of the reinforce-able and destructible environment the game is different almost every time you play it. And with new Operators being introduced every few months the game continues to change as the potential combinations increases with each release. On top of that the game is growing as more players are not only transitioning to the PC client from console, but also from other FPS games as well. Rainbow 6 started off slowly, but over time it is proving itself to be a contender.

I watched some of the Pro League Matches today live from Sao Paulo, and it was riveting. It was my first time watching professional rainbow six play and it definitely won’t be my last. Seeing how Pros approached the games was very interesting, especially their Operator picks as well. Capitao was getting much more play than I expected, I am definitely going to have to give him a shot sometime soon.

My apologies for not posting for such a long time, my plan is to start posting much more regularly, at the very least once a week. Thanks for reading everyone, more posts coming soon.

-Nolan