Happy 2015! It is time to have a good year full of videos, streams and charity! I’m excited to get started!
First up, I’ll be attending MAGFest here next week. I am excited to hang out and meet some people who watch me talk over games. If you see me, please say hi. I will try to bring a goodies bag, but I’ll only give you something if you ask. I am excited to possibly finally meet NintendoCapriSun, as well as listen to some great music such as Super Soul Bros. and the Triforce Quartet.
Once I’m back from MAGFest on the 26th is when things get real. I have a lot of plans for my YouTube/Twitch channels, as well as Fun For Freedom and Zeldathon.
Last year was not a great year for me, and I ended up having to rely on the kindness of others more than I would have liked. Donations/Patreon were a major reason I was able to continue, especially following my computer failures early in the year. My biggest goal for 2015 is to bring my content back to having a focus on charity. That’s why, starting in February, I will be tieing my channel in with Fun For Freedom a ton. In the video description of all of my videos for every month, I will link to a page to donate to the FFF Monthly Charity. I will read new donations made through my YouTube channel during my Nintendo Let’s Plays. Either during the outro, or if there is an ideal time during the video. My priority is keeping the content in the forefront, but by doing this, we can help change the world. Similarly, I will be prioritizing the charity donation option on my Twitch page. Donations will show up on screen in an elegant and non-distracting way.
Regarding my personal funding, many people enjoy being able to support my content on Patreon and with donations during my livestreams. I will not be removing those options, but I will be making them more low-key and non-obtrusive. Also, on Patreon, I will be editing my rewards to provide better ways of saying thanks, while also making it easier for me to fufill rewards. I hope to get that done before February.
Now, let’s get into the meat of the discussion.
Content on YouTube
Zelda. You’ll be seeing multiple Zelda LPs from me this year. I will be playing a 2D Zelda game starting almost immediately after MAGFest. I should note, you will not be seeing a Majora’s Mask 3D or Zelda Wii U Let’s Play this year. I would rather people bought the games and played them on their own. I’ll cover those games in the years to follow.
Smash Bros. I really enjoy Smash for Wii U. I’ll be doing livestreams of it, and possibly uploading highlights to YouTube. I may also do some one-off video collaborations if the time comes. Overall though, I’m not looking to keep this on a schedule.
Other Nintendo. I’ll be mixing in some fun games during 2015 between our Zelda. I won’t be bringing you Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door likely this year, but I would like to continue my playthroughs of the Donkey Kong Country games sometime. In addition, I am considering beginning playing through all 3D Marios. I’m also sure I have a few suprises planned, like I did with Star Fox Adventures. But for now, I’m keeping my lips sealed.
The Sims 4. I really enjoy this game! I am super excited to continue the adventures of MC Gamerman and Alex Rice soon. I’ll be getting videos back on an every-other-day basis hopefully before MAGFest. Just about sitting down when in a good mood and playing for hours. There is no foreseeable end of this series, especially due to the addition of DLC.
Minecraft. This game is really fun, and I have really enjoyed playing it throughout the past few years. However, time passes, and I have not been enjoying the single player aspect of the game. Organizing collaborations for Minecraft is also rather difficult. Currently, my plans are to participate in UHC, and any group events that occur on the Mindcrack server. I have to discuss with Millbee what we’re doing with Orange Wool, as I don’t mind that continuing.
Collaborations. I plan on playing with the Mario Kart crew, but I don’t know the future of the series. I feel like there are already great ways to watch it, and my perspective doesn’t add anything. I enjoy commentating, and believe my voice helps the series though, so I hope to continue that at least.. I hope to continue SpeedRunners starting soon. I have talked to the group and they will be meeting up soon to continue the fun.
In summary: Much Zelda, Much Sims, Some Nintendo, Some Smash, Few Minecraft, Few Collaborations. I think this will best show off my best content. It may not be the best to gain viewers/a following, but I’m not in this for fame or money. I just like making some videos.
Hyrule Academy returns on the 30th. Get hype.
Oh, and Mr. Ubiquitous Series 2 will happen in the fall hopefully.
I’m really feeling Twitch right now. I feel like I’m excited to stream near-daily. My main streaming plans are to go in hard with Yoshi’s Island speedruns, play Smash Bros. for Wii U online and to do some occasional chill casual playthroughs. Future speedgames include possibly more A Link Between Worlds, Super Mario Galaxy 2 and miscellaneous fun categories like OoT Any% and SM64 16-Star.
I’ll be cutting back the “production quality” of the stream. I just want to be a dude talking over games, and as much fun as I have creating studio productions, I have to realize there is a time and place for everything, but not on my personal Twitch channel.
Fun for Freedom
What even IS FFF? The idea when it was started was a community of gamers that raise money for charity. I feel like while we have some semblance of a community still, the site itself has fallen apart a bit, and that there are times when it feels toxic to even try and get involved. This really isn’t ok with me, and while I’ve taken a step back at times, I have been thinking of how to improve the site and achieve our goals. Play games. Help charity. DONE. That’s all we need to do.
I will be revealing more of my plans, and discussing them with the community at an upcoming meeting, but my basic ideas include condensing down the number of “teams” we have doing work, optimize the site to help people get started raising for charity in only a few clicks, and focusing on the idea that Fun for Freedom itself does NOT need to produce content. We need to get involved and reach out to people who make content and get them involved in helping charity. It’s about providing an easy way for someone with 4 followers on Twitch, or a million subscribers on YouTube, the same ease in getting a way to track money they raise for the monthly charity. A huge example of what I want to do is detailed above in my plans to integrate FFF in my content.
Plans here are loose, but I feel like the site is very ambitious, when we haven’t gotten our base of operations fully functional yet. Let’s build the boat before we set sail.
I’m really excited for our summer and winter marathons here at Zeldathon. I have detailed a lot of my thoughts in this reddit post.
I have lots of plans of ideas in progress, but more on those later.
I have a lot of really exciting projects to start this year, and I really appreciate your continued support. I will be working soon to get this website up to date, relaunch my shirt store and get things up to date regarding my schedule. I hope you are excited to get more fun games on your screens to watch, and hopefully help charity as well! Perhaps, together, we can do something amazing.
Hello everyone! It is the first day of October! You know what this means right?
That’s right! We are getting into the core of AUTUMN, aka the BEST SEASON. Now, let me break this down for you who just aren’t awesome enough (jk) to live in a part of the world with four distinct seasons with autumn leaves falling, winter PILES of snow, spring allergies and air conditioned summers. Autumn is all supreme. The air gets chilly, you can wear a nice light jacket around. The leaves fall down painting beautiful landscapes. I remember back in the days of old living in my one house by a forest. I remember being commanded around by my parental units to rake the leaves, and how much I would complain. I wish I could go back and tell younger me to appreciate the leaves, the shades of red and orange and the ability to walk around a yard, where if I looked in all directions, I saw only nature, no people, no buildings. I really miss that. I really want one day to own a house with a deck, with a forest in the back, and maybe a dirt road in the front. Just as long as they can get me a decent upload speed on my internet, I won’t complain.
I’m boring you. I understand. Don’t worry, it’s me, not you.
As I enter October, this October, not Octobers of the future or the past, I want to reflect a touch on 2014. This year has been a trainwreck. A trainwreck just leading to the eventual reconstruction of the tracks and getting the transport lines flowing again. After a fiasco with my computer exploding, trouble at home, financial issues and finally with a huge decision in my life, I haven’t had any time this year to really… improve. It has all been about tearing down the walls of my life, and saying “Alright nerd, you have nothing. Do something.” and it has been crazy.
For you guys, it is obvious that I am heading new places with my online content. Gone are the days where I ponder how I can force myself to create something that isn’t quality. Now, it is all about creating content for people that is MC.
I am MC btw. I have played Nintendo games since I could hold a controller, can recite the entire Zelda Timeline in less than 30 seconds and can recognize most Mario tunes within the first 2 seconds of it playing. I obsess over the small things in games, blow them out of proportion. I appreciate the art of video games, and am committed to respecting it. I want to make people happy, and help the world.
PLEASE NEVER USE THAT AS A QUOTE ABOUT ME. GOSH IT IS SO SELF CENTERED AND HORRIBLE AND WHO DO I THINK I AM. GOSH.
So, tonight, I uh… realized that I have been working on YouTube/Twitch content creation for 13 of the 15 hours I was awake today. Today was filled with recording, editing, rendering, thumbnail creation, collaboration organization, voice over work, notes, outlines, responding to comments, reading feedback on Reddit and so on and so on. It is now 4:30am as I type this and my plan was to go to bed tonight at 5am having completed another 30seconds of my Zeldathon trailer. Luckily, my internet went out tonight, so I had two hours to devote into that trailer. I completed 10seconds of footage.
Meanwhile, I am getting messages left and right about people wanting to know the Zeldathon date/charity/invites/twists/layouts and I am just like “PLEASE JUST WAIT. I’M TRYING HARD BUT IT IS DIFFICULT WHEN TEN SECONDS OF TRAILER TAKES ME TWO HOURS AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH”. At least that is what is going on in my head. I want things to be perfect. I know it is hard to wait, and you know what, I’m so excited people are excited. But my head is going many miles per hour.
Related to that, I had to make a hard decision last month. I announced on one of my Weekly Vlogs that I was no longer going to be working on Fun For Freedom projects specifically. In that, I mean that I won’t be like overseeing the small details and micromanaging. The time has come to let the people who have the time and passion for the site to take control. I still exist as owner, and will pay the bill, but my focus in the FFF community is ZELDATHON. I know it sucks, but I can’t live a lie to the community. I want to be able to say, “I’ll hang out in Mumble every single night and chat until dawn and play games, and run big streams on the channel every week, and blah and blah” and I TRULY WANT TO DO THOSE THINGS. But how do I say this? There is no time. I barely have time to work on the Zeldathon trailer, and I know everyone wants a week of Zeldathon. I’ll do my best. I am committed to that. I’ll make it the best marathon ever, like we always do. FOR CHARITY! YING!
But that’s not to say I am not working on big picture stuff for FFF as well. I am still working with cool people to one day get that silly website updated. I KNOW IT IS TAKING FOREVER. IF YOU HAVE SOMEONE WHO CAN DO IT FASTER, PLEASE SEND THEM MY WAY. THE FTP PASSWORD IS CHEESE. (Not really)
Speaking of websites… UGH. I know this website is outdated. The FAQ is out of date and so is the schedule page. Plus I have a merchandise shop I am going to reopen. Problem with all of that stuff is again, it isn’t stuff I can ever find time to do. I created something called the mcgDev team to start helping with stuff like this, but right now, I feel like we may need to shuffle the Dev team around a bit. We need to make sure the people doing the work are doing the work, lol. Want to know what sucks. Reorganizing the Dev team will take a solid 8-9 hours of work in removing people from chats, sending them messages about why they were removed, setting up applications, reviewing applications and then bringing them into the loop and getting them going. Just about finding that time somewhere. I hope that didn’t come off as whiny. IT DID A LITTLE BIT I KNOW, PLEASE DON’T HURT ME.
Something a bit unrelated, but you know on Doctor Who how every season or two, they like to give the TARDIS a new desktop theme (For non-Who fans, they redecorate the inside of the time machine)? Well, I feel like I need to do that here in my Studio. I have had the same Studio configuration for months now. I actually consider the Studio my TARDIS a lot of times. Takes me to new places, and to help people, and make things that will change the course of history. I actually called back to that thought in an MCIRL episode back last winter. I thought it was funny. Anyways, yeah, I may redecorate this month. I want to move my desk somewhere new, get a lock on the door (to prevent recording interruptions), move my Zelda collection into the background of my webcam, and maybe even get a full wood desk. I can’t afford a full wood desk. I WANT A FULL WOOD DESK. I also want to get ambient light. Like, I want to install tracks around the ceiling, with LED lights in them that make the room all glow a faint white. Of course, my studio photography lamp will still need to be around for when I want to stream! I also want to paint the walls black. The landlord will not allow me to do such a thing. Curse him!
Right, back to things relevant to you.
This month is going to be a fun one! Got Oracle of Ages coming to a close likely here over the next two or three weeks, and Star Fox Adventures continuing (Now on an “Every other day” schedule) as planned! Mario Kart and SpeedRunners are going to be made more interesting with the additions of facecams to both series! I may also spice it up with some sort of rage counter or something.
I am accepting fan doodles now on my videos. I hope people send them to me, I want to show them off!
Smash Bros. with Scott is going to be recorded live, and we may do something special with release schedule with that.
Speaking of Smash Bros! I am planning to have a Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS series start on Saturday and then happening perhaps even daily for awhile. Depends how many episodes I record! But more on that later.
I have recorded a My Little Pony for Aureylian, but I have to find time and passion to edit it well. I want to do that video justice. I also need to work on getting out an extra long Behind the Scenes video, since I missed two months now for my Patreon milestone, and I feel horrible about it. Perhaps a mega tour of some of the #seeecccrets in the world of my videos?
I should also put MCFAQ out on time. That is something I need to do.
OH RIGHT. MOVING AWAY FROM THINGS YOU CARE ABOUT.
I am going on… dum dum dum… ULTRA DIET. I am going to use one of those fantastic websites that delivers diet food to your door for a bajillion buckeroos per month to eat better, and lose weight. Because the way I see it, staying up until OH GOD IS IT 5AM NOW NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO. I SHOULD BE IN BED.
Yeah, I need to wrap this up.
Ultra Diet will be fun, but I have one week until I sign up. One week of crazy food eating. Probably not the SMARTEST THING, but hey screw you man, if I am going to eat frozen diet food for a year, I want to eat my freaking Pizza Hut Large Blake’s Smokehouse CHEDURRRRR pizza right now. I won’t bug you all with diet updates. I may tweet if I get below a huge milestone, but hopefully you notice before I have to tell you. I’m telling you guys. If I get thin, I will become TwitchFamous. It’s true! Please don’t let me become TwitchFamous.
Hyrule Warriors is a cool game. Smash will be better. October is awesome.
Please leave a comment down below, I will read them all. I love hearing you words.
If you live near a forest, enjoy the changing colors, and appreciate them. I’ll be inside making videos for you to watch when it gets dark out, and the winter snow blows in.
(OH GOD THAT LAST LINE WAS SO CORNY. WE SAID WE WOULDN’T WRITE STUFF LIKE THAT ANYMORE)
Just some thoughts on the new Twitch thing that everyone is talking about.
I was overseeing a chat on Skype and the standard reaction about streaming on a channel was the following: “ANY GAME you play MUST have the audio MUTED at ALL TIMES
DONT play ANY music that’s not from creative commons.” Later, it was said that otherwise our channel will be shutdown due to copyright strikes similar to YouTube.
I responded quickly with a “No, lol” because doing that isn’t going to make your content better at all, and then I went on to explain what’s happening, partially playing devil’s advocate for a moment, and giving my thoughts on the route we should take.
“Keep doing what you’re doing. This only applies to VODs, and is not copyright claims either. This is prevention AGAINST copyright claims. Twitch doesn’t like DMCAs, so it is putting a system in place so that companies can’t complain to them by removing possibly infringing audio.” My big point here is that a Content-ID system does not mean channel shutdowns and DCMAs, it is a step before that so that Twitch doesn’t HAVE to do channel shutdowns when they get DCMA notices about a channel.
“Problem is the system is loose, and will flag stuff that’s legit, or just in game music.”
“…Hopefully policy will change (unlikely), but I recommend just recording your streams. If you are worried about ad revenue, don’t be. Twitch bux aren’t worth it, and you can upload it on YouTube if you want, and it might get flagged there, but whatever, money isn’t the goal. Content is the goal.”
But yeah, this is pretty crap the way this is being handled. I mean, audio Content-ID would be fine if all possible flags were human reviewed BEFORE they affected a VOD. It would require probably a team of 25+ (Total crap estimating, lol) and during this initial phase-in would likely require more and tons of time. This is the way we can remove audio that shouldn’t be on streams so you don’t get DCMA’s (Like someone playing Lady Gaga or something, whatever) but still allow the good stuff to persist (In-game licensed soundtracks and misflags).
The only thing that will cause issue is if the intent with this IS to remove all audio that is “technically” infringing like Kakariko’s background music from Zelda. If the system WAS designed for that, then it the panic is justified.
Hopefully Twitch’s AMA gives us some detail. And hopefully not Google.
Thank you to everyone who voted in my polls I made today. Many of you praised me for my want for direct feedback, while others criticized my decision to limit choices and not provide an official way for expanded answers. First, let me explain that choice. I believe in the power of decisiveness. It has become a pseudo-joke here in HatHouse, where when I give options, and people say “I don’t care”, I do not allow them to to just take that easy path, I tell them to make the decision and be DECISIVE! Even if it is choosing a stage in Smash Bros. or deciding what time to set an alarm, the ability to give a straight, as true to your gut answer allows the most hardcore truth and happiness possible. I apologize for those of you I put in a tough space to choose between some things. To those who told me to crawl in a hole and stop making content, I applaud you for your momentary braveness in choosing an option that the majority will dislike. To that effect, I have no intention of digging any holes, not unless I’m at Camp Greenlake working hard for Mr. Sir. *AHEM*
So the point of this wasn’t to go “Oh, here’s what the majority thinks, lets cancel everything else”, that would be silly, counterproductive to honoring all facets of my audience and just in general be a dumb move.
Nah, this is just me thinking, “Ok, where in general should my focus be? What should I be improving to make a better impression.”
But before we get to that, let’s reference a tweet from several days ago: https://twitter.com/SuperMCGamer/status/472519793380040704
What do I want to be known for?
Do I want to be known as a Mindcracker? Do I want to be known as the Zelda guy? What about the podcast guy?
No, I want to be known as SuperMCGamer, this rad dude who makes cool stuff and throws it up on his channel as he sees fit.
There are two montras in the MC Moral Book:
1. Make the same quality content, whether it is for one person, or a million.
2. Play what you want, when you want, for as long as you want.
So, with that in mind, let’s move on into some analysis.
I want to know what to do with my Minecraft series, people like them, but they just haven’t been getting the consistent viewership they used to. To improve that, we have to key into what people WANT and what they see to IMPROVE. I didn’t ask for specific opinions because I knew you guys would give them to me. Thanks for being somewhat predictable! (lol)
1. Orange Wool is staying. Millbee and I have trouble keeping a schedule, but I will yell at him this week to make it a consistent Saturday show.
2. My other Mindcrack content lacks anything unique. I am not a builder, I do not play Minecraft multiple hours a day, and I do not want to force myself to. What I am interested in is Minecraft Minigames with fans, and what better method to do so other than PlayMindcrack. I referenced this into my old show Good Morning Mindcrack, and while I want this to return as a daily show (aka the glory days), I am having trouble justifying it right now, as the time required would be scary if I don’t feel it is ‘worth it’. I will be announcing and discussing something big related to this on Wednesday that I have been foreshadowing cleverly over the past few weeks, maybe you’ve picked up on it.
3. Over half of you like Nintendo livestreams the most. Minecraft livestreams are liked, but are in general the least liked of my current Minecraft content. I am considering having my Twitch channel have ZERO Minecraft content, and instead focusing on having my YouTube being the place to find my Minecraft stuff, and more of it.
4. One third of you watch my Zelda content. You are cool people and I plan to kick this up to a daily series if I can find the motivation.
5. One third of you don’t want my alternative content on my main channel. I respect your thoughts, and I will consider options as I work on a new Secret Project that is a departure from much of my recent content.
6. I have worried about the 100% Mario Monday show for awhile. It is a good show, and I feel if I am feeling great, and am doing a game less than 6 hours, I will enjoy it and create a wonderful stream. However, as seen recently, some days just don’t have that. I am planning to change the name of the show to just “Mario Monday” and have the occassional 100% playthrough, and on days I don’t feel like marathon streaming, to instead play games normally, casually, speedrun or otherwise. This also frees up time for some scheduled Yoshi’s Island speedruns.
7. Patreon is now currently my main source of income. While I am immensely grateful, for it to be my SUSTAINABLE source of income, we still are over $1000 away from that. To help incentivize this, I plan on adding new rewards and milestones, as well as redoing the video on it to be less scripted and more real. This will, be filmed inside of both Minecraft and my Twitch chat to show the mcgCommunity at work.
That’s all for now, I could summarize things, but I think the best thing to say is THANK YOU for being so receptive, helpful and honest. I am very priviliged and honored to be the favorite YouTube/Twitch content producer of many of you out there. I am grateful that you guys understand my restlessness, as a young creator, I love exploring and finding out what works.
Much love to you all,
EDIT: Also, some BASED opinions on Your Builds and how to improve it! I will work on organizing possibly an interview every week on an exceptional build! I hate organizing collaborations, but we’ll see what we can do!
There may be a more clean way to do this, but I like this the most. Click these links and vote in these polls.
I am exhausted. I am tired. I hurt… and it feels so good.
This weekend, @GreatScottLP and myself spent most of our free time working hard on new content for the channel, including a behind the scenes of the Temporary Podcast, a new TNMC skit and a weekly skit series starting May 28th. We went in the woods, the park and worked with a ton of the HatHouse team to make varied and hilarious content.
Returning to filmed comedy was really amazing, and I hope our humor and thoughts come through, as this is the type of content I love to create. I began YouTube with the mission to create sketch comedy, and while I actually got popular due to Minecraft, bringing this type of content back out really makes me elated.
I don’t have any deep thoughts right now, because I just shot so much today that I need to pass out. I hope my fans like what I have here, because I think it is absolutely out of this world.
I love to do big ideas and try new things. Too much in fact. I am confident I have lost views, viewers and a large part of my channel because of my lack in consistency and confidence in my content.
Today, I was working hard on the Hyrule Academy outline for my Friday show, when I came up with a great idea to make my channel exactly what I want it to be. Focused on monthly fundraisers for charity, extremely polished, well thought out content with a minimal schedule and little advertising thanks to a purely viewer funded Patreon page. I began drafting how I could drop tons of my current shows, do new things like review games, expand the podcast and all these crazy ideas. I was thinking about even on when I could launch it and all of that.
That’s when I had to stop.
I had to stop thinking and coming up with these ideas. They are great, but they are not feasible. I am very honored and privileged to have a loyal couple thousand people who regularly watch all my content. That number used to much larger though, and I have lost it, all completely me. I have lost them because I cannot keep consistent with the content that my channel was once known for. Good Morning Mindcrack. Mindcrack pranks. Although, my Nintendo Let’s Plays never got a ton of views. I didn’t care. That may have been my favorite content, but I didn’t let it get to me. I just kept chugging along. GMM was my lifeblood.
When it stopped, so did my success. I can’t give exact numbers, but essentially, I make less than 25% of what I was making at the end of 2012, when I moved out to my own house. GMM really did that. I could go back, but I know the content would be bad, I would feel horrible because while I may get the VIEWS and the MONEY, I would lose the RESPECT and the PRIDE I have in my work.
So since it ended, I’ve flailed around implementing HUGE ideas that inevitably fail, getting desperate enough to try and relaunch GMM with little success and happiness. These big ideas come because I just want to prove my content is good, and I come up with these plans to make AMAZING content that I would be extremely proud of, happy with making, but I cannot do that. That’s not what YouTube wants.
Anyways, just a kind of rant here about how I hate coming up with these ideas, because I know I cannot do them, and to do so would kill my livelihood and respect my audience has for me. It also hurts because I feel I am being dishonest, and that’s not how I like to be. I want to stand up and scream how I truly feel, but I am not a person to many people, I am merely a character on screen, and I have to keep in-character.
NOW IS THE TIME WHERE I KNOW HITTING PUBLISH IS A BAD IDEA BECAUSE THIS IS TOTALLY AN ICKY RANT EVEN THOUGH IT IS TRUE EMOTIONS BLEHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH.
i am not normal. 😀
Whatever! Maybe I’ll relaunch GMM? Maybe? That would be cool.