There's a world far beyond the borders of traditional gaming – a world of streaming, independent creativity, and content creation filled with challenges, evolution, and growth. My journey began with a simple Twitch account, 'Schrodember', where I presented family-friendly content and gradually dove into the complexities of content creation.
The Dawn of Streaming: Twitch and Mixer
My initial days on Twitch offered me experiences that I cherish to date. This was a space that put me in touch with a live audience, a thrilling sensation, indeed. But as time passed, and opportunities came knocking, I found myself drawn to another platform, Mixer, where I became part of an inspiring team, 'The Shed'. My growth took an exciting turn when I explored a new venture, Beyond the Veil, a podcast dedicated to updates and news within the game 'Secret World' universe. It was a platform where my technical skills flourished, but my journey didn't stop there.
An Evolution in Content: The First Two Hours
Recognizing the power of evolution, I pivoted. From the family-friendly 'Schrodember' emerged a new identity, '2TonWaffle.' I ventured into the exciting world of indie games, a market that felt fresh and often offered experiences more enjoyable than major triple-A titles. This love for indie games sparked an idea – 'The First 2 Hours', a video series where I tested, reviewed, and analyzed games from my extensive Steam catalog. These turned into candid insights into gameplay, game mechanics, and genuine reviews for my fellow gamers.
Platform Conundrums: Embracing the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
As content creators, we need platforms that promote creativity, enhance engagement, and offer a supportive community. However, not all platforms deliver these essentials. Platforms like Trovo started strong but seemed to lose sight of their primary purpose. Glimish exhibited potential but fell short due to mismanagement, poor communication, and a hasty launch. Despite granting me Alpha access, Share Play leaves much to question about its future.
Yet, amidst the uncertainty and the underperforming, Live Space shines as a beacon. It goes beyond just streaming services and exhibits the qualities of a comprehensive platform.
The Right Tools: ECamm and OBS
Essential to any streamer's repertoire are the platforms that facilitate streaming. Ecamm, with its built-in tools for streaming and recording, has been a valuable ally in my content creation journey. Its ability to manage overlays on the go and the interview mode accommodating up to 10 people has aided my podcasting goals. OBS proves itself a useful companion, particularly for beginners, due to its free nature and accessibility.
While reflecting on past experiences enriches our understanding, it's paramount to look ahead. More insightful content, engaging live sessions, and increased interaction await the YouTube channel, '2TonWaffle'. I invite each of you to join me in my regular streaming schedule (every Tuesday at 9:30 p.m. Eastern). Together, let's explore, create, and enjoy the exciting voyage of content creation.
The world of live streaming and podcasting is a vast, ever-evolving entity. It's a world where the only certainty is change – a change that inspires us to adapt, grow, and create better every day. As I continue my journey, I invite you along, to join hands in embracing the changes, the challenges, and the joys this path offers.