1. What is the story behind your channel name?
So I was about 13 years old and home PC were just becoming available, my mum and dad bought our first family PC and I needed a username, I couldn't think of anything cool username and my brother suggested Bigyin, which to those who don't know it a nickname for Billy Connolly and I think bigyin on its own was taken, so I add the 96 with is the year i started highschool, then when it came to twitch I ditched the 96 and added gaming, therefore BigyinGaming
2. What is your video game history/background and all time favourite game?
I've been gaming since I was about 5 yrs old, and the first console, if it can be called that was the Sinclair Spectrum and the games where on cassettes, the games took about 15-20 mins to load and 9 times out of 10 the game would crash and you would have to start again.
After that me and my brother got an Atari and the one game that springs to mind is pitfall & river raid, the controller was just a joystick with one button, very basic but it brought me and my brother hours and hours of fun The next console we got was a Sega master system and if you powered up the system without a game in, you would get one of two games, either sonic the hedgehog or Alex the kid world and everyone wanted to get alex the kid
I think my brother play more on this than me because I don't remember many games from this console Then came the Sega mega drive brought a huge amount of games to the franchise, games I remember are golden axe, streets of rage, mortal kombat, castle of illusion and again apart from the games mentioned I didnt play on it as much as my brother did
Then came the NES & SNES, the first proper console from Nintendo, there are alot of fond memories of playing on both of these consoles, some games that I really enjoyed playing was boogerman, aladdin, asterix and obelix, tazmania, super mario brothers all stars, super mario world, super smash tv
Then the era of the playstation started PS1, PS2, PS3 there has been some amazing games over these three console and too many to name but some favourite of mine from PS1 rage racer, command and conquer red alert, grand theft auto 1 & 2, road rash. PS2, GTA vice city, god of war, guitar hero, burnout. PS3 call of duty black ops, heavy rain, the last of us, remember me.
Just so many good memories and experiences.
3. What/Who inspired you to start creating content on the internet?
SO before I got a PS4 and was about to stream directly from it, I used to spend an enormous amount of time watching lets plays, of games I wanted to play but didnt have the current console or pc to be able to play these games, Ii dread to think how many hours I spend watching them and through watching these videos on youtube, it gave me the bug to make lets play video but after only having a PS4 to record/edit on it became apparent that it wasnt going to be as easy as I first though, so I decided to stream over on twitch and I have never looked back since
4. When did you start creating content on the internet?
I first started stream on twitch November 2017, the first game I ever streamed was darksiders and Ii remember feeling so awkward talking to myself but now its just second nature and I find myself talking like I'm stream even when I just playing games on my own haha
5. What is your content creation setup. Specs and accessories?
Very very basic set up, PS4, usb mic, tv, tablet to view chat and thats it
6. How did you find the first few weeks/months of content creation? (any funny stories/mistakes/highlights?)
My first few weeks was super awkward because I'm not a very confident chap and I'm very shy by nature so having to talk to my self felt very very weird and strange but after awhile it became second nature to do
7. How did you grow your channel? How did you network?
At first I have to admit I joined up with a community (I cant remember the name) and I did alot of follow for follows when i first started out but soon found out that didn't get genuine viewers. I was already on twitter so started check out other streamers and building relationship.
Then I was approached by a community called RetroTwitch and I joined up and met some amazing people and made some friends that I still talk to this day, then through a member of RetroTwitch I discovered another community call OTSS (only the strong survive) and again met to amazing people and Ii am still apart of that community today, also along side two other just as amazing communities WeAreHIVE & NerdBasement
8. What has been your proudest moment so far?
Probably the proudest moment for me is having people who come back to my stream time after time, that may seem sad but it means more to me that any sub or donation
9. How did you find the technical side of content creation? Setting up your channel, etc?
Setting up my channel wasn't a hard thing but trying to figure out what theme I wanted to base my channel around and I have gone through several changes.
I also stream direct through PS4 there are technical limitation that I cant do that someone with a PC and capture card can
10. What do you enjoy most about your content creation hobby/career?
For me it is just a hobby but its always the dream to play games for a living but the most enjoyable thing about streaming for me is been about to do something I love (gaming) and share that passion with others that have that same spark, also I love meeting new people and just having fun
11. What don't you enjoy so much about your content creation hobby/career?
I wouldn't say i don't enjoy but because of my mental health problems, I do overly doubt myself probably more than the average person one, which has several times nearly caused me to give up streaming
12. What are you short term and long term goals for your channel/s?
Short term goals is too have 600 followers by the end of 2019 & long term goals is to get a streaming PC and capture card so I can make my streams look more professional and have overlays, alerts etc etc
13. What advice would you give anyone looking to get into content creation?
Be yourself, networking is key to growth, dont do follow for follow you will never get genuine viewers, dont concentrate on the number eg how many people are watching, yes we all want to have 10, 20, 30 viewers but make those 2 or 3 people that are watching you feel so special and appreciated because out of the thousand of streamers on twitch they chose you, dont compare yourself to bigger streamers or fellow friend streamers, everyones journey is different and will progress at a different speed
14. Finally, what other content creators do you enjoy watching and recommend people check out?
stretchycat1, keizergaming, foxsakeshirl, dreadnought3009, allen_allies, b0rn_a55asin, oofdagames, beardedfroggy, g4r3th84, evildips,
BigyinGaming is a twitch streamer. Find his stream at www.Twitch.tv/BigyinGaming and on twitter at www.twitter.com/BigyinGaming
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