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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. ;)

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!

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!

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!

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.

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.

Deals & Steals / GTA V 47% Off Rockstar Social Club Key!
« on: October 22, 2015, 11:43:01 AM »
Check out this great deal here!

Want to see the great time I have in this game?! Check out this playlist!

Announcements / New Merch Store!
« on: October 16, 2015, 03:44:33 PM »
The merch store is LIVE, go check it out, tell me what you think, and order some merch - more products coming soon!

Deals & Steals / EDC Backback
« on: October 12, 2015, 12:10:23 PM »
If any of you are looking for a great everyday carry backpack, this is the one I use, its fantastic - it also has a lifetime warranty that the company has no problem standing behind(due to first hand experience of fucking up the handle)!

Announcements / How to help
« on: September 24, 2015, 11:21:04 AM »
I don't want to waste your time with a bunch of long winded bs excuses here, so I will just cut straight to it. I love streaming for you all, I love running the community, and providing new and exciting game content for you all. As with most things in life however, anything you do requires money, and running the stream for you all, every single night not only takes a lot of time, but it requires a lot of monetary investment.

I love when you all suggest games for me to play, and I love the idea of trying new games and having new content on the channel, the problem always comes down to money, and having to pick which games are the best investment for me to play for the stream.

Monthly I spend at least $200 to keep the streams running - and I would love to spend more on games and giveaways, and other various things for the stream, but I simply don't have the funds lying around.

Everything I setup for the community requires money that comes out of my pocket - this website, the Minecraft server, etc. and I want to provide so much more for you all. I want to run more community servers, I want to play more games, but if it ever seems that I am slow to try a new game that you all want, it's probably because I have to take the time to put money aside for it.

Below is a list of all of the ways you can help me buy new games, buy new equipment for the stream, and help cover some of the monthly costs to keep it all running. If you are shopping on Amazon, please consider using my link, it helps out way more than you might think, and if you believe in what I want to do for the community, maybe consider supporting me on Patreon, or via the support the channel link on my YouTube channel page itself.

As always, I really do appreciate how far the community has come, and what it has become. I don't want this to come across as me begging for money, and so please do understand that the streams will continue to function, every single night, no matter what comes of the monetary situation. I believe in this community, and I believe that together we can make a nice, functioning community that can effect the world in great ways. Just know that when you suggest a game, or ask for something new in the streams, I do everything I can to see that it is done, but sometimes not having the extra money laying around is a big hurdle to overcome.

Thank you all for taking the time to read this, thank you all for spending your time with me at the streams, every single night, and as always, I will see you at tonight's stream!
  • You can switch your bookmark when you shop on Amazon to this link, and when you buy things on Amazon, I get a small commission for referring you to shop at Amazon. It doesn't effect your price in anyway!
  • You can support me on Patreon with a monthly contribution.
  • You can support me on Twitch Alerts with a single donation.
  • You can donate to me directly using the Support this channel link on the right side of my YouTube Channel page.
  • If you are buying from Origin PC, you can use my affiliate code, and just like on Amazon, I get a small commission when you make a purchase!

Announcements / Ways to Support the Channel!
« on: August 13, 2015, 10:04:42 AM »
This post is for anyone who want's to support my channel in more ways than just watching and enjoying the streams/content.
  • You can switch your bookmark when you shop on Amazon to this link, and when you buy things on Amazon, I get a small commission for referring you to shop at Amazon. It doesn't effect your price in anyway!
  • You can support me on Patreon with a monthly contribution.
  • You can donate to me directly using the Support this channel link on the right side of my YouTube Channel page.
  • If you are buying from Origin PC, you can use my affiliate code, and just like on Amazon, I get a small commission when you make a purchase!
As always, I appreciate each and every one of you for taking the time out of your day to come join me for my streams and to watch my content. It means so much to me. Don't feel obligated to monetarily help out the channel, but if you are already shopping on Amazon or Origin PC, just take a minute to consider using my link, it helps me out a ton! Thanks again all, and as always, see you tonight!


Announcements / New Video Series! Quick Tips!
« on: August 07, 2015, 10:49:28 AM »
Today marks the start of a new video series on my channel, called Quick Tips. The first episode is about Minecraft, specifically T-Flip Flops. Leave a comment here or on the video letting me know your thoughts on the new series, also let me know of any suggestions you might have for any future episodes of Quick Tips!

Check out the new video here!

Announcements / YgT Skedog Patreon!
« on: August 03, 2015, 05:55:06 PM »
Well, it has been requested multiple times now, so I finally got around to setting up a Patreon! Please, do not feel like you are required to donate any money, it is simply there for people who want to contribute to the streams, and help me keep them going! I have set up what I think are some good perks, but if you have suggestions for some different ones, please let me know!

Check out the new Patreon!

General Discussion / Patreon Suggestions
« on: August 03, 2015, 01:28:06 PM »
If I was to make a Patreon, what would be some rewards you would like to see?

Tutorials / Tutorial: How to Post
« on: August 02, 2015, 11:38:38 PM »
This tutorial is going to teach you how to post on this community website, and how to interact with others!

  • The homepage has a bunch of sections called "boards" or "categories", inside of each of these, you will find posts/topics from different users
  • To make your own post in a board, all you have to do is click the "New Topic" button at the top right of the board, enter a subject, enter your message, and hit Post!
  • You can also reply to other people's posts by clicking on the topic, and then clicking the "Reply" button at the top or bottom of the post.

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