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Introduce Yourself / Re: Potato
« on: December 23, 2016, 11:31:25 AM »
Potato Potato

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Announcements / Re: What to do?
« on: August 19, 2016, 04:52:00 PM »
Update time:

It has been almost 2 months now with the new schedule of streaming BF4 every single night, and then switching to something later. Here are some things I have noticed:

Quality changes: This has been the best change made so far. Everyone(almost) is able to watch, and no one has mentioned not being able to watch because of the bitrate since this change. So all SeemsGood.
Daily BF4 to start: This on the other hand has been a mixed bag. We have gotten a lot of new people from this - but the regulars I did have, seem to have gotten bored of seeing the same game, over and over again, and most of the new people haven't become regulars.

So, let's start this convo again. What do you all think of the changes, please, be honest with me. I want to do whatever is going to make you all happy, whatever I can do to entertain you all the best way possible. :)

Do you guys have any other suggestions of what I can do to help the channel grow? I have been streaming for a while, and obviously what I have been doing isn't what the community on Twitch wants, because I see people with much less time streaming, and much less often, growing at a much faster rate than I ever have.

I really am open to any suggestions you all have, and if you have criticisms, I want those too.

Love you all, thanks a bunch for being a part of this little community we have. <3

~Skedog

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Deals & Steals / Prime Day Deals
« on: July 12, 2016, 02:46:52 PM »
Below is a list I complied of great deals on Amazon today for Prime Day!

Blue Yeti USB Mic ($89)
64GB microSD Card ($15)
Razer DeathAdder ($44, $35 with prime)
AUKEY Optic iPhone Lens ($11)

More links coming as I find more great deals! Feel free to post your own deals below!

Full disclosure, all of the links do contain affiliate codes, which means I get a small kick back for sending you to Amazon to purchase products. However, in no way what so ever did it influence the products on the list, I picked those myself. ;)

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Announcements / Re: What to do?
« on: July 05, 2016, 10:46:29 AM »
I am still getting asked a ton about my recent changes to my channel, so here is a list of the changes I made, as well as why:
  • Streaming to Twitch Only - no more YouTube streams: This is mainly because I need to get the community all in one place. I had two choices, and while yes, I have been streaming to YouTube longer - I went with Twitch because I like Twitch better, the community around Twitch is better, and I see myself being able to succeed more on Twitch than I ever could on YouTube.
  • Quality drop from 1080p60 5500 to 720p60 3000: This happened because I currently do not have quality options available for my streams on Twitch. By dropping the quality - it allows the stream to be watched by pretty much everyone - while before unless you had a pretty good internet connection - the Twitch stream wasn't watchable. This is to offset the loss of quality options from the YouTube stream - once I have the quality options available on my Twitch streams - I will bump the quality back up.
  • Daily Battlefield 4 - followed by other games: This decision was made because I have a lot of people from the Battlefield Twitch community that likes to come and hang out, and because I really want to focus on BF1 for my streams - so this is in prep for that release.
If you have any questions, feel free to leave a message down below, or send me a DM on Twitter.

~Skedog

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General Discussion / Re: Gaming Setups?
« on: June 29, 2016, 10:41:05 AM »
Video of my setup: here

Details with affiliate links:
Monitors: 3 24" AOC E2460S - http://amzn.to/1gVDfJY
Case: Cooler Master HAF X - http://amzn.to/1NiMAt9
Mobo: ASUS SABERTOOTH Z77 - http://amzn.to/1MxBK0E
Processor: Intel Core i7-3770K - http://amzn.to/1Ujgi2g
RAM: G.SKILL Trident X Series 16GB DDR3 1600 - http://amzn.to/1gVDhSe
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 970 - http://amzn.to/1OsLI3H
CPU Cooler: Corsair Hydro H100i - http://amzn.to/1OLR5tt
Power Supply: CORSAIR HXi HX750i - http://amzn.to/1MxBLBP
Mouse: Razer Deathadder Chroma - http://amzn.to/1URNI8g
Keyboard: Razer Lycosa
Mouse Pad: Razer Goliathus a
Headset: Audio-Technica ATH-M40x - http://amzn.to/1gVDlRX
Microphone: Razer Seiren - http://amzn.to/1NiMIbX
Sound Board: Behringer 502 - http://amzn.to/1gVDpRC
Speakers: Creative Sound Blasters
OS: Windows 10

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General Discussion / Gaming Setups?
« on: June 29, 2016, 10:39:29 AM »
I wanted a place to look at everyone's setups - so post your setups here!

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Announcements / Re: What to do?
« on: June 22, 2016, 06:27:13 PM »
I am not sold one way or the other on which stream to do as battlefield and which one to do as other games. I am open to suggestions on this.

If I do an early Battlefield stream - then I am welcoming the EU people, and if I do it late then I am welcome the NA people.

I appreciate the support from both of you - no matter which route I take. :)

~Skedog

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Announcements / What to do?
« on: June 22, 2016, 11:56:23 AM »
I have a ton of problems at the moment as far as the streams are concerned - and I really really want the opinion of those of you who matter most.

As it stands - I am at a standstill - the channels are not growing at all - and I have been thinking a lot about what I can do about it.

I can stream to only Twitch - but if I do that - I have to drop my quality from 1080p60 to 720p60 at around a 3500 bitrate so more people can watch. Which for most of you - won't be noticeable - but it sucks for those that can.

The other option is to become more of a one trick pony - meaning playing one game - every single night - to build a community around that game until I can get quality options on Twitch or even get partnered. The option with this is to do two streams every night maybe? An early stream and a late stream. One being my main game (Battlefield) and the other being what I always do, Culling, Rocket League, etc.

Or I can do both of those, which is honestly the option I am considering. I currently stream every single day - and have done so for over 200 days - yet that doesn't make the channel successful - or help it progress at all.

YouTube streaming is already a dead platform - so my focus can't revolve around that anymore - and it's not the platform I really want to be on anyway.

Any feedback you are willing to give, please do so. I really want to know what you, the community, thinks. If you have other suggestions, I want to know those too, please!

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Announcements / New Schedule?!
« on: May 18, 2016, 05:49:53 PM »
So I want to change my streaming schedule a bit to try to get some more time live for you all! (all times are EST)

Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday: 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.
Monday & Wednesday: 6:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.
Friday & Saturday: 9:00 p.m. to at least 2:00 a.m. - probably later

Let me know down below what you think of the new schedule!

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Game Servers / Re: Minecraft Server Whitelist Request!
« on: December 30, 2015, 08:19:15 PM »
Taken care of, you should be whitelisted now Pigmancer!

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Game Servers / Re: Minecraft Server Whitelist Request!
« on: December 28, 2015, 12:56:34 PM »
Maver you have been whitelisted - enjoy! Just remember - no griefing or being a dick!

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Announcements / Re: Curse/Union For Gamers MCN
« on: December 16, 2015, 10:42:44 AM »
Medium - you would be surprised at the size of some of the channels that are a part of the Curse network. I see people on the Curse forums all of the time that have fairly small channels. Provided you don't have any Community Strikes on your channel, it seems they will accept anyone who is willing to put the time into their channel.

And like I said, in my opinion - they are by far the best MCN I have seen and I have loved every second I have been with them.

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Announcements / Curse/Union For Gamers MCN
« on: December 16, 2015, 10:14:14 AM »
Any of you all who have been around the channel for a while know that I have always been pretty anti-MCN(multi-channel network). For the longest time I had felt that joining an MCN was a nightmare that no one should bother dealing with.

I have read through pretty much every starting contract with every major MCN - I am not a law student, but if you take your time when reading these contracts, you can see exactly what is going on.

Typically, the MCN promises you will make more money from your videos because they sell the ad space separate from YouTube - however the split is normally you get 60% of the total ad money and the MCN takes 40%. Also, most MCN's have lock in contracts, which keep you at that MCN for up to 2 years with no way to remove your channel from it once you have signed the contract.

Then I came across Curse/UFG. I read the contract, and thought it was too good to be true. I checked their forums, and all of the partnered users were happy and loving Curse. For all of my hatred of MCN's, I read the contract again. And again. It didn't make sense in comparison to all of the other MCNs. Curse offers a 90%/10% revenue split - meaning you take 90% and they take 10%. They also offer a "leave whenever you like" clause in the contract.

So no lock-in contract and a wonderful revenue split - pretty amazing if you ask me. So a couple of months ago, I took the plunge and sent in my application to join the Curse network. After being accepted, I was greeted by some amazing support staff. I had intended on trying it for a month, hating it, and leaving - which is why I hadn't told you all I joined.

But after a couple of months with Curse, I can honestly say that I see no reason to leave. They offer amazing support, they have indeed increased my ad revenue on my channel, a crazy large amount. They offer a huge music library if you are producing videos, and they have a great community over on their forums.

If any of you all are interested in joining Curse, here is a link to their site where you can apply. I recommend really reading through the contract, make sure it is something you want to do - but with Curse, there really isn't a downside in my opinon.

A couple of closing notes - this is not a sponsored post, these thoughts and feelings truly are my own. Also, the link to join Curse is a referral link, which means if you are accepted to join Curse, that I get a monetary kickback from them for referring you. However, there is no way I would ever refer you to a product or service that I wouldn't use myself - and Curse is just amazing.

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Game Servers / Re: Minecraft Server Whitelist Request!
« on: December 03, 2015, 10:54:13 PM »
@Chrissypup7 should be added to the whitelist now!

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Announcements / Micro-transactions in games
« on: November 19, 2015, 01:49:05 PM »
Today I want to discuss micro-transactions in games, specifically why I think they exist - and why I think they shouldn't.

I am going to do my best to not focus on any specific company doing this, because many games have them, but I only have been affected by one specifically.

As most of you know, I have been temporarily banned from playing a game in the online lobbies due to my use of "mods" which are not allowed in multiplayer lobbies. I understand that I broke the rules that I agreed to, and this is the punishment for that. However, when you stop to think about why those rules exist - that is when the really dirty side of micro-transactions start to emerge.

What could be the reasoning for a company to want to remove a player from playing their game? Logistically, it doesn't make a lot of sense. Most companies would want the players to be playing the game as much as possible - keeping it alive, and encouraging others to buy and play the game. This has been the strategy for game companies for a long time - and yet in the last year or so, this has completely changed because they found another way to make money - micro-transactions.

I understand that making money is what everyone wants to do, I get that - but in my opinion the current micro-transaction market is completely messed up. It promotes ridiculous things like banning members from playing a game. The whole motive behind banning users for "modding" they claim is to protect the non-modding players, to make sure that they have a good playing experience - but since when has any company cared about that? That is simply an excuse because saying, "We only ban you because you are not paying us more money to play this game".

You can easily see this through-out this game, and many others - while you "can" play the game in its entirety without mods - all in-game purchases are so unbelievably expensive that it makes the game almost impossible to enjoy - and yet these micro-transactions are just a couple of dollars to get millions of in-game dollars instantly - no work required.

The connection between the in-game prices of things such as ammo and cars is blatantly obvious, yet no one that I know of has addressed it. The amount of money you earn from a "mission" or in-game activity is so low that you have to spend hours and hours doing mundane tasks to make any sort of purchases - yet you can spend a couple of real dollars and get millions of dollars instantly in-game.

So for a company to earn more money, they have to apply the logic through-out the entire game making process - which in turn makes the game not fun for its players. Remember, "all they want to do is make the game more fun for the users that don't mod", yet when you break it down, the reason the game isn't fun has nothing to do with the people modding, and everything to do with the lack of care the company has for it's players.

They make the game difficult to get any sort of in-game currency without modding, and then when you circumvent the micro-transactions, they ban you from playing because you are essentially having fun that they feel your $60 didn't pay for.

If I am at a gas station getting gas, and I pay for $60 of gas, and they decided because I didn't buy any of the candy bars or soda they have sitting around, that I wasn't allowed back at that gas station - do you think they would stay in business? Of course not - yet we as the players continue to go to the same gas stations, and suck it up, which is why game companies across the board are adding in micro-transactions - because we continue to take it as something we can't change.

So companies will say, if we get rid of the micro-transactions - how can I supplement the monetary income? Micro-transactions don't have to be a terrible thing, they can be implemented in such a way they they are purely beneficial to the player, without ruining the actual game-play if I choose not to use the micro-transactions. Such as actually balancing the in-game money rewards for doing the mundane tasks, instead of making the player spend 20 hours just to get what $5 would get them in micro-transactions.

Other games offer micro-transactions that give the player extreme advantages over other players - such as stronger guns - more health - faster moving around. If you look at a game like COD, imagine if you were playing a round of TDM, and someone on the other team had better guns, more health, and could run faster and longer because they paid an extra $5 for some micro-transaction perk. Imagine how fast COD would die if that was a thing.

Just like COD or any other fps game would never be allowed to do something like this, other games should be held to the same standards.

I am interested in what you think about this, let me know down below - let's have a discussion regarding this - share it with your friends, and tell them to come give their two cents as well.

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