JoeR247 Interview... Xeno9933
1. What is the story behind your channel name?
Xeno is a simple letter change to my actual name and something alias that I enjoy. I'm usually weird and strange like an alien would be, or maybe odd and unpredictable as movies have stated. Since then I've stuck with that name and enjoyed it to this day.
As for the numbers, Since someone has already taken Xeno on twitch, they represent the numbers of my favorite athletes over time and in New York, Babe Ruth, Patrick Ewing, Wayne Gretzky, Dale Earnhardt, Carl Edwards. The last two I know aren't athletes when you look them up, they are NASCAR drivers, but it takes athletes scene and skills to do what they do.
2. What is your video game history/background and all time favourite game?
I've played video games since the Atari 2600 when I was a kid and has been owning a console from the third generation and so on thanks to my parents, mostly my mom since she has a habit of playing games, even while I was doing something dumb as a kid. I currently have an associate degree in game design and looking into getting a scholars degree at some point of my time.
I'm even interested in joining the Blizzard team and Overwatch since it's my favorite game of all time and has help me get back into gaming after a short year of hiatus.
3. What/Who inspired you to start creating content on the internet?
It was during my disastrous time a year ago when I broke up with my ex and had a concussion that put me into a deep depression. Because I needed to take some time off from work and keep myself from falling into deeper depression, I decided to stream some games while I play.
I've seen how streaming helped out a friend and a couple of streamers I view and it helped me coop with my struggles and pain, especially while I play with my friend or two.
4. When did you start creating content on the internet?
It started about a year ago, like May 2017, when I done Tekken 7 story. I didn't really get any viewers and I am a noob at streaming.
5. How did you find the first few weeks/months of content creation? (any funny stories/mistakes/highlights?)
I had a tough time with the first few months and weeks cause I really didn't know much about what streaming is all about. I usually share it on Facebook to my friends, but barely had anyone coming in, just the same friend over and over, which isn't bad at all since he always supported me.
6. How did you grow your channel? How did you network?
After my initiation and push a year ago, I gone to streamers meet up and even created my own business card to hand out to other streamers and chat with them. I followed their channels and they follow back, helping me achieving affiliation. I created a discord account and Twitter and use it to promote my streams over and over and abandon Facebook since I find it a useless tool to promote.
No matter what, I always make sure I help other streamers out and promote my channel in their respective categories as well as using proper hashtags and catchy promo to attract guests. I even send invites to my friends who usually come and watch.
7. What has been your proudest moment so far?
4 months ago, as stated by Twitch's activity, I was gaming with my friend while using a custom theme I downloaded and gaming on my SNES Classic, the only time I could use my layout if I'm not on my PS4. We were gaming with a few viewers until all of a sudden we were bombarded by a well known twitch streamer and YouTuber name SomecallmeJohnny. I was shocked at how I got raided and finish the game with him, that by the end of the day I was able to be affiliated.
A year after having the most crappiest time of my life, I was able to reach something that I felt I would never achieve. I meet SomecallmeJohnny one month later, thanked him, had a chat, and thankfully ask him to sign my copy of Donkey Kong Country. *Pounds my chest and give the Kong cry* While I made one mistake of not continuing the raid, I learn that it's best to give something than to receive it, and I get more prouder when I have a raid and soon take the remaining group, hopefully joining me, to other streamers who are looking to be affiliated too.
8. How did you find the technical side of content creation? Setting up your channel, etc?
It's very hard because I do not have the money to spend all the things I need. However, I research on certain parts and programs, and done trail and error on how I need to do my streaming. For classical consoles, I feel the need to always use OBS Streamlabs, adjust my cheers, adjust my raids, adjust my microphone, and make sure everyone can hear me and the game properly.
Sometimes they'll hear the background noise, because I live with my family, but they can enjoy hearing the novellas while watching me or with my friend, succeed and fail in a game. When I'm on my PS4, I need to open up a tab on my laptop to see whether I am being followed, receive bits, or being raided. Since PS4 doesn't tell me, I won't know and so I have to turn my head time to time to keep up with the news while gaming and entertaining.
9. What do you enjoy most about your content creation hobby/career?
Being able to play games and chat with people is what gives me the chance to enjoy being a content creator. I love to entertain and act, so at times I go bonkers if I get killed and feel it's unfair, or I have to take on a difficult boss or characters and spaz out. Cause really, how would a gamer feel if something 'unfair' happen to them? Or better yet, how would you feel if it happens to you? But the fact that I have people viewing, and some interacting, some who interact with hello, tips, and positive vibes, not some sort of corny joke or comment about who I am or random bad troll, keeps me going to stream for longer hours. Plus, being able to share my viewers with others and hear their excitement is like the cherry on top of a whip cream, over a fudge, that is covering three scoops of ice cream and a banana...layers!!!
10. What don't you enjoy so much about your content creation hobby/career?
At one point, it's the trolls that pretty much comes to the channel and try to get me to give them attention, in a negative way, with the exception of someone ruining Spider Man for the PS4, (Spoiler alert: He ruined it, but made me more curious to keep going. TAKE THAT TROLL!), but the real reason why I don't enjoy about my hobby is the roadblocks. Sometimes I feel I am not getting notice during my promote and I need to figure a way to get around it, only to keep hitting the glass ceiling. But the worse of all are the games and equipment. Games because I have so many I want to play, but can't seem to choose one.
The second is because of certain hardware and software programs. I want to use one program for everything, however, I can't use it for my PS4, I don't have a strong camera, and certain errors will lead to my streaming delay or cancel. Lastly it is time. I know this is one that everyone can feel. I find time only for IRL to strip it away at some point.
11. What are you short term and long term goals for your channel/s?
I'm looking into just streaming certain games I am planning to finish and soon begin. There's really no goal but rather than getting a chance to being a partnership with twitch at some point. As for long term, I haven't put much thought about it, but rather than hopefully have a large number of viewers, stream, and soon raid another streamer to get them affiliated or partnered.
The best thing about doing streaming is that it is best to give something to someone, than to receive it. My goal is building up, then give back to those who deserve it, or give to those who are working their ass off or love video games.
12. What advice would you give anyone looking to get into content creation?
One thing you can't do is give up. Never give up. It's hard the first time, and unless you are a celebrity or popular e-sport player, or developer of a well known video game, you will have a hard time getting started, even if you just stream for the heck of it. But if you work on making your channel professional. If you are willing to ask for help and also help others, if you are willing to stream for x amount of hours with yourself as a viewer, at some point someone will notice you and will bring his/her viewers to you.
At some point you will meet a group of people who enjoy what you do and will go to your channel to hang out. You will meet a group who are AWESOME or someone who is AWESOME, and you will succeed. Be humble, be thankful (even if you forget after a long stream, just post up a thank you the next set of hours or day), and keep going! You are AWESOME!!
13. Finally, what other content creators do you enjoy watching and recommend people check out?
First is my friend GameDude2. He sometimes play unusual games I have never seen and it's cool. He's my partner and crime, and without him, I wouldn't be here at all. The next are a set of female streamers, who kick ass in terms of what they are doing and what they enjoy. electrapixie, pinkymacgyver, azyuriel, fangirlhasnoname, KayTMo, oxporkchopxo, violetadia, samidrop, and okamihylia.
They are friendly, and always have entertaining streams. My other friend shellshockprime. And lastly professorweird1, jessepyro16, wochinimen, Satirivi, Xanderinvictus, twistyshape, and twistyshape. They are a part of a community I am in and has helped me both on twitch, but more importantly mentally. You'll get great vibes from them. So much to see, I know I overkilled it. But check out any of them, give them a follow, sub to them. Whatever! Just have a fun time with them.
You can find more of Xeno993 on Twitch at www.twitch.tv/Xeno9933 As always...Stay Awesome!!