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Tales of a dead livestream


Tales of a dead livestream

By Joshua Long

 

I can remember a time when I first discovered watching someone else play video games online while I interact with them via an online chat box. I was sitting down for roasted chicken with mashed potatoes, the savory smell of the meal filling my nostrils. The television turned on. Loud screaming. Intense sound effects filled the air. I glance up only to see a video game I play online with friends filling the very television we normally watch Two and a Half Men on. What on earth is going on? Why is League of Legends on the television? Why are there people screaming over the game? Why would THIS be on TV right now?

That day was the first day I remember watching a livestream of the famous eSports game, League of Legends. I was utterly confused as to why they had the game aired on TV. However, I found out that my roommate was streaming the gameplay from an application called, Twitch. I thought to myself, how bizarre, professional gaming being watched by hundreds of thousands of viewers ONLINE? I was beside myself thinking that someone could be doing this and have it be alright. I investigated further into what this “livestreaming” deal was. To my surprise, anyone could stream. Anyone with a competent computer and a decent internet connection could indeed stream online for other people to watch.

So, I did what any avid gamer would do with a computer good enough for livestreaming, I started my own channel!

At first, I was lonely. I streamed a video game I enjoyed playing. Not too many people knew about my channel, so I didn’t have much to say while I was playing. I was 19, awkward on the camera, and stuck to playing a boring ‘ole game like World of Warcraft. The game wasn’t boring to me, but with the lack of streaming knowledge, I was super boring (you MUST know how to do live entertainment, people seem to leave that out when telling you that anyone can stream). I was dull, I get it, but as soon as people started discovering my channel, I became energetic. I loved the attention, and people LOVED ME!

I took the idea that I can just talk to people with gaming as a backdrop. Then, I discovered League of Legends and found plenty of friends who loved to play. Boy did that draw in the crowd of people! I ended up just being myself, playing with friends, and talking to the chat on the side. People really enjoyed watching the livestream. So, I ended up rewarding those who watched and started paying for in-game items and giving them to random viewers.

That drew in even more people. In fact, 600 people in a matter of 6 months.

There was a catch to getting all of those followers in a matter of 6 months, though. I was spending nearly $20 per week trying to get enough content for giveaways. That may not seem like much, but for a completely free game and streaming setup, I was spending money to have people watch me. In the world of livestreaming, that’s not the way to have a channel. You build your viewer-base off of greedy, needy people who just want to watch in case they can “win” something from your channel. In order to have a successful channel on Twitch, you need to make sure people are there to watch your content…giveaways are nice, but in moderation, and only if you aren’t spending out-of-pocket money to fund them.

The $20 per week ended up being almost $100 every two weeks, and even more on some occasions. I was getting hand-out-happy as I like to call it. Slowly, I noticed I was putting out too much money, so I stopped doing the giveaways. I quit streaming for a year. I lost all of my followers. My channel died.

After that year was up, I decided to start streaming in the year 2015 as a part time job to see if it was something I could take up and become successful with! To my surprise, it went pretty well! I made about $100/week from small donations to my channel, and I grew my followers back up to the 600 mark within a few months! I played a variety of games including League of Legends, World of Warcraft, and Rust! Everyone in my channel grew to know me, we had laughs, long weekends, and plenty of gaming together.

Shortly after some streaming success, I became depressed. None of the friendships were real to me. I felt alone as soon as the mic turned off and my computer screen went blank after a long, 4-hour session of livestreaming. It was quiet, dull, and unfulfilling as soon as I stopped broadcasting to a group of people I considered to be friends. I never really had to deal with toxic (a term used in gaming) people in chat, everyone seemed to love when I made video games on the channel, and overall, it was a fun experience.

The quiet after the stream is what killed me. It felt as though none of the time I spent broadcasting was real. It felt like I was in a daze after each stream. Excitement, music, laughter, cursing, gaming, friends… everything was gone when I shut down.

The summer of 2015 approached and I decided I wasn’t enjoying streaming anymore. I brought my adventure to a halt, yet again. I decided a few sessions here and there would be fine. Then, I realized without a dedicated stream time, no one showed up. I was sad. I wanted to play video games, but after streaming off and on for so long, I lost interest in playing games without people there to watch and enjoy the experience with me. Livestreaming games took away the fulfillment I used to get out of playing games alone. I now feel like without people watching, it’s pointless.

I know this story doesn’t have a happy ending, as intended, but I want you to know that I fully enjoyed livestreaming, I just found it to be incredibly difficult to do with a full time job and other responsibilities. If you ever think of starting your own channel, it’s best to start when you have at least 3-5 hours dedicated daily at some point, with consistency. Otherwise, you will find yourself in a sad loop of no one showing up. People love routine, so start a routine and you will become part of theirs. It’s really a great community, as long as you keep around moderators for the trolls. I will continue my weekend streams and game development streams just for the sake of a fun reason to stream. At least while I’m making games on stream, I don’t worry about the view count!

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PR: Trading card game ushers in new wave of survivalists!


Santa Ana, CA, April 3, 2016: Adapt: The Survival Card Game is taking the world by storm in an unexpected way. Sources confirm players have taken the game to heart, flocking to the wilds to escape developed society and test their survival skills.

“Adapt is the ONLY survival guide you will ever need,” boasted Joshua Long, creator and CEO of the popular game. “Survival is only a matter of time while playing Adapt. Players will learn the basics of building a campfire to climbing the largest erupting volcano in a matter of hours!”

Created in 2015, Adapt is a simple card game where players take on Character personas provided on Character Cards. They then use Action, Food, and Supplies cards to survive on a fictional island. The first player to collect all three Relic cards (Conch Shell, Coso Relic, and Salzburg Relic) is deemed the winner and rescued from the island.

Mr. Long encourages players to test their survival skills after playing the game. His response to the tent cities cropping up within parks and beaches all across the country: “My simple card game, based around the idea of survival, will make anyone believe they can overcome ANY situation.”

“I’ve never felt more alive!” exclaimed, Naomi Abandana, 43. “With this Fanny Pack, I can hold an extra two cards in my hand. That gives me a huge advantage over everyone else here!”

When asked how he felt about the everyday man going out into the wilderness armed only with a rubber duck, Mr. Long only said, “I feel like they are making the wrong decision. They should have chosen Bear Wolf to come along.”

For more information about Adapt: The Survival Card Game, contact Joshua Long at North Suns Entertainment: jlong@north-suns.com

www.adaptsurvival.com

 

ps. This is a fictitious piece of work written by a fan of Adapt.
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Adapt: Brutal Survival Skills WILL BE TESTED


The newest card game made for casual and competitive gameplay now at your fingertips.

Charlotte, NC — December 4, 2015 | North Suns Entertainment announced today the release of the core starter set that is going to change the way people view survival card games. You will be able to purchase the game online for $24.99 starting December 7, 2015. That’s $5 off during the month of December!

Adapt is a highly strategic survival card game where you take on not only the environment, but your closest friends. Players take turns facing challenges on the island, exploring, hunting, and deciding when to betray the other players all while they are hunting down the precious relics to win the game. You can avoid dangerous misadventures by collecting and holding onto the right supplies, like the fanny pack! Fight your way to ultimate survival and collect the relics around the island for a fun game night with the family or a group of friends!

The game was created by Joshua Long, Full Sail University Graduate, 2014. He feels the game works great in party situations and he would love to spread the game around the world if possible. That’s where you come in; you can buy the game now!

“I am really looking forward to future expansions for the game and see where the community wants to take the game.” – Joshua Long

Contact Information

Joshua Long
Game Designer / Founder
North Suns Entertainment
jlong@north-suns.com
www.adaptsurvival.com  | https://www.facebook.com/adaptsurvival/ | http://www.twitter.com/radethdart

 

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You probably don’t understand gamers. A short rant about my life as a gamer.


Are you a gamer? Rather, do you consider yourself a gamer? What types of games do you find yourself playing the most? Recently, I have been thinking about all of the different games I play/have played throughout my life and how they affect my interactions of daily life. I’m not some guy who goes out and parties like my life will end tomorrow. No, instead, I enjoy a good game with my friends or the thought of meeting someone new. In today’s gaming culture, we find ourselves surrounded more with games which connect us to other people whether it be directly or indirectly. Now, think back to some of the games you play. Think about the games you played recently! How many of those games in the past month were with other people?

I tend to play video games for the escape, for the relaxing feeling I get when distracted from the real world. There was a time in my life when I threw away games as I focused on my health and my college work (ironically, game design). During that time, I went “outside” more, I met new people, I connected with others. What I think of now is…where are those people now? Who were they? In my nomadic lifestyle, I have re-located away from all of those people I met and no longer interact with ANY of them on a regular basis. Now that I think about it, I talk to one person from those days, and one person from my childhood. Is this my fault? Maybe.

We tend to run into those people who shame gamers for what they love doing, playing games. Now, earlier I asked you what games you have played. When you think of games, did you go straight to video games? Did Call of Duty come to mind? Halo? World of Warcraft? If those were the only types of “games” you thought of, then you need to expand your field of view and remember that games include other things such as: pool, table tennis (ping pong), boxing, football, wall ball, tennis, soccer, volleyball, monopoly, Adapt, Risk. Oh, you forgot about those things being “games” huh?

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“Games prevent you from being social.”

We are surrounded by games, even “non-gamers” play games. I found myself in a recent conversation where the other person said they were worried about me because I don’t live my life like I did 3 years ago (partying, going out to meet people, etc.). Needless to say, I was 19 then. I moved out of my parent’s house, attended ONLINE college, worked a full time job, and never really found time to play games because my money was going to social events. Looking at this in retrospect, I still play games online with the same people now for more than 5+ years. I have yet to even have a conversation with any of the people I used to “socialize” with a few years back. How could this person be worried about me more now than when I was out-and-about going to parties and doing bad things (adult things with women, drinking things I shouldn’t have, and even smoking)? I have no understanding to this.

social“You never go out, you’re going to lose the ability to be social.”

I was told I am not social enough, I will lose the ability to be social, I’m just gaining weight (many contributions to this, to be honest, I can’t deny this obviously), not seeing my family enough, I don’t have any friends, and I’m a bad person. Wait…so I’m a bad person for working a full-time job, paying off student loan debts, keeping to myself, working out regularly, not doing drugs, not partying, not drinking excessively, playing games, developing games, meeting new people all around the world, and not being completely social? The only thing I can think of is there might be some limiting, closed-minded view of my external reality that this person conceives. You know, people around us only know what they are told and what they experience in direct relation to us as an individual.

Before going out and consuming someone’s time with “concerned thoughts,” make sure you know what’s actually going on. Stop for a second, really understand the person’s situation, then help with your knowledge and wisdom rather than putting hurtful words into their mind and making things worse. Personally, I love the people I have met online playing video games. We share similar interests, we connect on an unbiased field of conversation, we adapt and open up to each other, and all around, we enjoy the company (virtual or in-person) we provide for each other. It’s not always about the face-to-face communication when we are isolated from our friends, it’s about staying connected and keeping an open mind to the new technologies that allow us to understand more of the world outside of our hometowns.

PS. I’m also not against being around people in social environments…I just prefer to pick my battles.

Cheers,

Joshua Long
www.north-suns.com
www.twitter.com/radethdart

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Strategic Survival Card Game


The newest card game made for casual and competitive gameplay now at your fingertips. 

 

Charlotte, NC, October 29, 2015 – North Suns Entertainment announced today that it is raising funds via a rewards / equity crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter to launch the development of their newest game. The company set out to raise $800 on Kickstarter to finish development of their first expansion and core starter set that is going to change the way people view survival card games.

Adapt is a highly strategic survival card game where you take on not only the environment, but your closest friends. Players take turns facing challenges on the island, exploring, hunting, and deciding when to betray the other players all while they are hunting down the precious relics to win the game. You can avoid dangerous misadventures by collecting and holding onto the right supplies, like the fanny pack!

As the game progresses, you will start to notice others hiding their cards, taking less risks, and trying to steal from other players. Those are the people holding relics.

Fight your way to ultimate survival and collect the relics around the island for a fun game night with the family or a group of friends!

The game was created by Joshua Long and Alex Kruchten, Full Sail University Graduates, 2014. They feel the game works great in party situations and we would love to spread the game around the world if possible. That’s where you come in; they can’t distribute this game without you.

“I could just release the game online and be very impersonal about the launch of Adapt, however, I would love to see everyone who wants the product first get some exclusive content made just for them!” – Joshua Long

So, if you are into card games or survival or cold-hearted betrayal, then please help them make this game become a reality.

“We think you would love it as much, if not more than we do!” – Joshua Long

 

Joshua Long

Game Designer / Founder

North Suns Entertainment

jlong@north-suns.com

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/radethdart/adapt-survival-card-game

 

 

 

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Adapt – The Strategic Survival Card Game


https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/radethdart/adapt-the-survival-card-game

Adapt is a highly strategic survival card game where you take on not only the environment, but your closest friends. Players take turns facing challenges on the island, exploring, hunting, and deciding when to betray the other players all while they are hunting down the precious relics to win the game. You can avoid dangerous misadventures by collecting and holding onto the right supplies, like the fanny pack!

As the game progresses, you will start to notice others hiding their cards, taking less risks, and trying to steal from other players. Those are the people holding relics.

Fight your way to ultimate survival and collect the relics around the island for a fun game night with the family or a group of friends!

The game was created by Joshua Long and Alex Kruchten, Full Sail University Graduates, 2014. We think the game works great in party situations and we would love to spread the game around the world if possible. That’s where you come in; we can’t distribute this game without you.

So, if you are into card games or survival or cold-hearted betrayal, then please help us make this game become a reality. We think you would love it as much, if not more than we do!

Cheers,

North Suns Entertainment

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72 Hour Game Jam – Bed Time, Lights Out


I never expected myself to join in on a game jam and make it all the way to the end in just one weekend. The days were endless, it felt, yet the goal seemed so close. I spent nearly 16 hours each day trying to complete the game before midnight on Sunday. It was a rush, music and sound were added right in the last 3 hours, sounds were added in the last 40 minutes; time passed too fast. I live streamed the entire event and you can always stop by my channel for more development and game play! For now, come check out the amazing game created in this time span! Please, take the time to vote 🙂

Game Jam Page

http://jams.gamejolt.io/indiesvsgamers/games/bed-time-lights-out/80749

Overview:

You play as a child stuck in a horrid nightmare that he can’t escape after he killed his parents. See the nightmares of a child through the lens this game offers! The creepy, dark levels, impossible bosses, and strange enemies will keep you playing over and over*.

*one game-breaking bug causes the game to crash when you lose all of your lives unfortunately (could not get the last build in time). The only way to submit a high score is to beat the game (extremely difficult)!

Screenshots

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Credits

Art and Design

  • Joshua Long
  • DomeKid
  • Vampy3k
  • Vavexporis

Design & Development

  • Joshua Long

Music

  • Vampy3k

Twitch.tv Users (Game Design)

  • Vavexporis
  • Vampy3k
  • DomeKid
  • Bakertime1433
  • Smurfmuffin69
  • LegitGamez60
  • Derptrollz
  • Rubiks14
  • Tomlab1
  • Ateliure
  • Killercobra
  • Pandaman33
  • Austinh115
  • J_Dwraith
  • Linkon18
  • illusiveEdge
  • Donplonex
  • DetectiveNiko
  • KarRuptAssassin
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Holy Steam Summer Sales! – Purchasing the right game for you


Release The Steam Sales

So Steam is having another sale this summer. You are sure to enjoy your daily specials, flash deals, and games that you couldn’t find any cheaper! You may be asking yourself, “Which games do I buy?! There are so many different games that I could find myself playing! That one is only $5, that one is $20, but originally $60!” The choices are limitless during the Steam Summer Sale, and I am here to help you limit yourself to games you will love; forget the pricing!

I know that the summer sale is almost over, but who’s to say this information couldn’t help you in the future when you are deciding which $60 game to buy if you can only buy one.

1. Compare and Contrast Feelings

You might be asking yourself, “Is this going to be a fun game? Should I buy this game, or should I buy this game?” The answer is not as simple as one might think. Your first reaction usually comes from the cover art of the game, or the trailer that you are presented with when loading the game’s page. These are pretty harsh ways to judge a game (you know, don’t judge a book by its cover). So, what should you do with this option presented?

Go with your gut.

If you sit there second-guessing yourself about a game purchase before you get the game, then is it really worth your time? Is this the game you truly wanted to spend $20 on? If you are picking the game that brings up emotions, you will find the one you can at least spend 6+ hours playing. The second-guessed game will leave you asking Steam for a refund.

2. $5 is $5 is $5 – Don’t waste your money

With each great sale comes hundreds of GREAT deals that ask you to spend $5 (or less) on a $20 game. Your initial reaction is to pick up quantity over quality at this moment. This is the time to spend $5 on those games that you second-guessed the first time around!…or is it? Let’s say you pick up 5 games for the whopping $5 a piece. $25 goes right to buying 5 games you may never play through or even install! So, 2/5 games get played and installed. This leaves you with the remaining $15 that could have gone towards getting that heart-throbbing, EPIC RPG game you always wanted!

Only buy what you’re going to play.

3. Read the Reviews

If you are anything like me, you NEVER read the reviews. I don’t care what other people have to say about a game that I THINK looks awesome! Why should I let their opinions ruin my thoughts on the game? This is a terrible way to see the reviews. Yes, some people will be trolls and tell you how crappy the game is based on their first 5 minutes of gameplay. You can usually sift through those reviews and find the truly passionate people. Read the good, read the bad. If you are having a hard time picking out a game (the art is beautiful, the story is gripping, and the characters are 3-dimensional, but it’s a short game), make sure to read what passionate people have to say about the game. Like it or not, the reviews can give you a quick insight to the core mechanics of a game.

Sift the crap, read the good and the bad.

Conclusion

If you are still weary about picking out a game with all of the pressure of sales going on, maybe you should step back away from Steam and do some research. Find the next game you want to play. Maybe your library is full of games already; pick a game and force yourself to play one of your past decisions! If there are games you haven’t installed yet after the last sale you splurged on, go install them and see if that impulsive buying gets you the game you REALLY want to play.

Happy Gaming. Play Smart. Buy Smart.

www.north-suns.com

 

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Started a Rust Server! – Join and get whitelisted


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My very own RUST SERVER!

I did it, I busted and finally jumped into buying my own server. Even though I have my own server, I am skeptical about letting it be just like every other server on the market. One day I will have my own hardware for game servers, I am sure, but for now I am under the thumb of Multiplay, which is not a bad thing! They are taking care of me and offering a great service while I learn to manage my own game server and give the community a fun time.

Goal

“Josh, why? Why waste your time?”

To me, this isn’t a waste of time. I play this game so often now days that I felt it only necessary to give this a chance. I spend plenty of time joining, building, dying, resetting on other servers. Well, now I get the chance to make life easier and much more fun for my peers and faithful Twitch viewers. I host events, giveaways, and building techniques in-game. With full control over the map, I love to take the chance and have fun with my members! A full list of locations, events, and in-game features offered on my server will be up soon… (like the Joshua-definition of soon..lol).

Can you join?

Yes.

How?

It’s quite simple. All I ask is that you join the twitch live stream and be part of the gaming community I have started to create. Be responsive, interactive and helpful. Don’t be mean or hostile towards the other viewers. Once I see that you are showing dedication, I would love to whitelist you and have you join the server.

Donate

You can help me buy more space (for more people to join) and keep the server running by donating on my stream! It’s not required, but anything helps, just make sure to put in your note that it’s for the Rust Server funds (which will be displayed on my personal Server homepage).

 

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Rust: Building an in-game community


Edit ——-

So, just in case you were wondering what happened to this whole shabang…some outside people raided the base and ruined everything we worked for inside the compound. We lost everything. The same people that raged because we were working together.

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Sorry for the lack of posts

First off, it’s been a very long time since I posted an update! The good news is that not much has changed in my life…so not much to update on. I have been working hard at my new job and keeping it low-profile.

Aside from the work life, I have been streaming nightly and trying out a new way to play Rust -Cooperatively. I know, it seems like in a game of survival, people would team up from the start to stay alive against the elements of nature, but this is not the case with Rust. In the 150 hours of playing Rust, I noticed I spend most of my time gathering resources, killing animals, and fighting other players for what is theirs. That’s right…raiding. The players are so wrapped up in fighting each other and hoarding everything they find, until now.

Expansion and community

This past weekend I decided to find a new server and expand my playing zone to see if I could find people who wanted to work together and survive. I found just that when I joined this new server I am currently enjoying. In chat, someone was posting about how they were looking for new “employees” to help them build their compound. To my liking, they were looking to work cooperatively in a community. This was a new change I have yet to see. I always watch my back in case the people I am working with decide to turn on me. 3 Days later, these guys STILL haven’t killed me. In fact, they are generous, fair, and great at leading and managing a community.

I pulled in about 6 of my friends to join in on the server and become a part of the community. Upon request, they built us an arena to spar in and learn how to become better at player versus player (PvP), they created apartments for everyone to stay in, and they generally take care of our living quarters while we all go out, raid, and become stronger. What a change of pace..finally.

Ohhh but that’s not all…..

Betrayal and fighting from the inside

My “team” and I have a different plan for this community, and it’s pretty shady. When we discuss how awesome it is to be a part of this community, some of the other lone wolves on the server seem very irritated about how we can’t survive on our own. They are so objective towards the idea of working together. One guy slandered me for not being a leader. It was great seeing how upset people get. What that guy (and the leaders of our community) don’t know, is that I AM in fact a natural-born leader.

We plan on taking over the compound from the inside. >:) Once we have enough C4 stored up in an off-compound location, we plan on gathering all of our weapons and taking the compound from the inside. To pull this off, we only have two weeks, and we must continue to pretend to be loyal subjects. – This will show that lame guy who a true leader is once the chat is filled with accusations and fighting words against my clan inside the community. Heh. Life is fun and full of mystery!

Still curious?

Join me in the adventure: www.twitch.tv/radethdart — Nightly at 8pm EST.

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