1. What is the story behind your channel name?
I love wordplay, and it's a portmanteau of Cynical & Chris. Also there's some sweet alliteration in there!
2. What is your video game history/background and all time favourite game?
I started gaming pretty young when my mum introduced me to Tetris on the original Game Boy (which I've still got!). Growing up, I was a big Nintendo fan, and The Legend of Zelda shall always hold a special place in my heart, but my all-time favourite series is The Witcher. I just love it in every way. I'm primarily a PC gamer now, but own a bunch of consoles and still love Nintendo.
3. What/Who inspired you to start creating content on the internet?
A real life friend of mine who also streams on Twitch got me into it. I used to mod for him, and when I finally got a capable internet connection, I jumped right into Twitch and haven't looked back.
4. When did you start creating content on the internet?
Around August 2017. My Twitch schedule was really inconsistent, but as soon as I'd made affiliate at the end of the year, I came up with a consistent schedule and stuck to it.
5. How did you find the first few weeks/months of content creation? (any funny stories/mistakes/highlights?)
I first started streaming games with friends, but when I went for solo games (Fallout 4 was the first full single-player playthrough I streamed, of all things), it was pretty quiet. I'll always remember my first follower that I didn't previously know - he just popped up in chat and said "I'm really enjoying the stream, mate. Keep it up.".
A few simple words like that motivated me in a BIG way and that was the moment I fell in love with streaming. Oh, and he still hangs out to this day!
6. How did you grow your channel? How did you network?
At first, I had a couple of real life friends who streamed, and as I mentioned before, I was a mod for one of them, so I got a few followers from hanging out there. The rest was all just promotion on Twitter, Discord, and in Twitch communities (RIP). I connected with a few people who had become regulars, ended up becoming a part of their communities, then later on joined the British Nerd Network and WeAreHIVE.
Channel growth has been pretty good these last few months, and things are going far better than I could have hoped a year ago.
7. What has been your proudest moment so far?
This one's actually quite recent. I was raided by a partnered streamer one day, and maintained a pretty good viewership throughout the stream, so I decided to do as he did and pick a random stream from the game I was playing, and it helped bump them up to affiliate.
That is probably one of the best feelings I've had in my life - knowing that I've helped someone achieve their goals. It's so incredibly fulfilling, and I'd recommend any streamer to do random raids from time to time. Never know who you might meet!
8. How did you find the technical side of content creation? Setting up your channel, etc?
Relatively simple, actually. Once I learned the ins and outs of OBS and Streamlabs Chatbot, I was sorted. I'm always tweaking things here and there, but I've never had any major issues, thankfully
9. What do you enjoy most about your content creation hobby/career?
The interaction with viewers. My highest priority when streaming is chat, and getting to know everyone who comes in on a regular basis. I've made some great friends doing this, and hope to make many more in the future. I'm guilty of slacking in the various Discord servers I'm part of, but aim to improve on that!
10. What don't you enjoy so much about your content creation hobby/career?
Aside from technical issues, which happen to everyone, and Twitch changing things unnecessarily, honestly not that much. It's hard to keep up with all the other channels I follow, though. That's probably my biggest issue. Can't be everywhere at once, y'know?
11. What are you short term and long term goals for your channel/s?
I don't really set goals, in terms of numbers, at least. That said, I wanted to hit 500 followers this year, which I'm very close to doing. Outside of that, I'd love to continue growing my community and making new friends. I'm doing this for fun, and as long as that fun continues, I'll keep doing it.
12. What advice would you give anyone looking to get into content creation?
Don't worry about numbers. You'll have good days and bad days, so don't let one bad day ruin all the good. Most importantly, enjoy yourself. Create the type of content that YOU would enjoy.
13. Finally, what other content creators do you enjoy watching and recommend people check out?
Gonna limit myself here, but I have a big list on my channel of people who are well worth your time, too.
JimmyNoPro: I've been watching him for around a year. Chilled-out and very welcoming, plays a lot of Dark Souls, Elder Scrolls Legends, Skyrim, Fallout, and a variety of other games. Really supportive guy, and a big help when I was starting out.
CrossTerminal: Incredible personality, VERY supportive of everyone around her, super entertaining, and someone I'm happy to call a friend. One day, she'll finally finish Dragon Age Inquisition...
DeadHeadDraven: Genuinely funny guy, great singer, and overall very entertaining. If anyone deserves more eyes on him, it's this guy.
UnicornHair: This girl has more personality than anyone I know on Twitch! You'll always have a good time watching her streams. She's also become a very close friend, in the short period of time I've known her.
cyniChrisC is a chilled-out Twitch streamer with an exquisite moustache who streams a variety of games, usually challenging and/or modded, and loves interacting with chat.
Find his stream at www.twitch.tv/cyniChrisC and follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/cyniChrisC
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