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Massalinie · O'Canada · Icrontian


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  • Re: Icrontic New Years' Eve 2016

    That time we were all singing in the pub and @GnomeQueen kept changing the song

  • Re: Icrontic Advice: Talking to my mom #2; Explaining the world of gaming

    If you want to explain in depth how aspects of gaming work the first thing is that your mom has to want to understand. If she has that then it's great, you just have to have patience and walk her through things as they come up. Don't let yourself get annoyed when she asks questions you might think are silly; that's her showing an interest and willingness to learn. However, I've worn myself out trying to explain to people why video games are such a big part of my life because they're stuck in an "it's a big waste of time"/"something kids do" mentality. Those people don't really want to learn and so explaining the details won't help.

    With my Mom (who was never a gamer until Candy Crush and Neko Atsume), I think just seeing how happy and animated I got talking about it was probably enough. She doesn't need to fully understand to get that it makes me happy and know that's what matters. Another thing is seeing the community, and the difference that being a part of it makes in your life. Crossing the threshold of meeting people I only previously knew online was huge at the time. Now I show my family photos of Icrontic just like any other vacation I go on. Telling stories and sharing memories make that aspect of your life more real and brings it into a realm she can directly relate to (it also doesn't hurt when she can see other functioning adult people enjoying the same hobbies too).

    On a day by day basis, the tack I always try with people is finding the similarities between my hobbies and theirs or at least others with which they may be familiar. You want to turn gaming and streaming into a career, which compares most easily to writing or other arts in my mind. Competitions compare to sporting events, blogging/vlogging to journalism, or other types of writing. You're trying to create content which others will watch, it's entertainment, that's all she really needs to understand.

    I was going to respond on your other thread but never found time (been sitting on a post I've been wanting to do for weeks too haha). You need to be careful to manage your expectations with art as a career. It ought to be a hobby first and always. Making money could be a perk one day, but making it your only life goal is a recipe for misery. I've watched a lot of friends walk this path and end up depressed and lost within a few years, and not because they're bad at what they do by any stretch. When you put all that effort into something and don't get out of it what you expected, it feels like a loss. It doesn't have to be; if your only goal is having fun, it's a win every time! Also as your self confidence and satsifaction with your content/feedback decreases so does the quality of your work which makes it a self-deprecating cycle. So instead of struggling to make ends meet while you try to monetize your hobby, just do it because you love it and it makes you happy and make a plan for getting yourself the income to support it.

    Understanding this and having a plan which sets small, achievable goals for yourself will satisfy your Mom, but it will also satisfy yourself. Achieving goals, however small, is a big morale booster. It's part of why streaming appeals to you, most likely. When your goal is "shoot a video" and you achieve that, it feels satisfying and that will be the case regardless of whether or not you get paid for it. There's enough pressure to make content which people will enjoy and enough reward when they do, without bringing a need for income into the equation. Work, on the other hand, is always going to be work no matter how much you enjoy it. I love my job, doesn't mean I always feel like doing it. Rare is the occasion when I wouldn't rather be home playing video games and hanging out with my cat.

    I'm also an adult-in-progress, still learning as I go. But in my current opinion, it's better to accept your shitty job for what it is and learn how to be happy despite it while you take steps toward setting yourself up with something more meaningful in the future, rather than hanging all your hope on, and dedicating all your time and energy to, something which is only potential future happiness. Learning how to be happy with a crappy job will improve your quality of life now, and also later when you move on to something better because "better job" will no longer be a necessity for you to be happy.

    Anyway you want to know how to explain this to your Mom, well streaming is an art and it's a form of entertainment. You want to produce content that others will watch. It's just like going into TV or radio except you don't need a huge bankroll to get started. When it comes to explaining the work side of things, it's likely to be more "show" than "tell" on your part. Show her the content you've created, explain how it holds up against what is currently out there and popular. A big part may be to treat it more professionally. If you're set on the "streaming as a career" path, having a professional appearance and treating it like a job will earn you a lot of respect from your mom and your viewers too. For example, your home office should be an office, not the place where you also play games, watch netflix and let dirty dishes pile up. This also helps you to set your mindset based on your environment to encourage productivity when you need it.

    If she can see things like this, your mom will know you're working hard and taking it seriously, which is probably what she wants. You should also talk to her about your goals within it; what sorts of techniques are your favourite streamers using that you'd like to adopt? What tools are you using to learn and further your abilities and your knowledge of the field? A portfolio is a good thing to have regardless but it particularly gives you something tangible you can show her to prove you're not doing nothing. Maybe if she's interested you could even show her what goes into recording and editing your videos. Maybe you can convince her to do a "Mom plays X for the first time" video! But at minimum, you should try keeping her up to date on your progress; share with her the things that you learn each week which excite and interest you. Show her the content you are uploading, even if it's just a minute or two. Don't expect her to want to watch it all, obviously, but parents just like to see what their kids are up to even if they can only vaguely wrap their heads around it. The bigger thing is showing her that you have forward momentum and that you are happy. This helps you to track your own momentum also! It's always useful for you to gauge how much progress you are making. Your own sense of forward momentum is key to feeling good about the way your life is going, it's why goals are so important. Don't lose touch with it :-)

  • Re: Pokemon GO

    I just found a Golbat in my office and wasted twenty pokeballs on him before thinking of @primesuspect and giving up. I managed to hit him with only one single ball out of all of those, which he broke out of instantly. Even doing the longest swipes I possibly could, they all sailed right underneath him. What the fuck, Golbat?

  • Re: I need a new phone, PLEASE HELP

    I have had nothing but nightmares with my Android phone, but it's certainly due to a problem with my particular device and not Android on the whole. Either way using it (and developing for it) has enlightened me on the things that I really miss about iPhone. Oh my gosh I miss my iPhone so much; something about the awesome way it just worked and did all the things a phone is supposed to do without any stress or mucking about on my part.

    The features that matter to you are likely to be different, but I will tell you the things that have occurred to me;

    • I miss actually getting updates. My current phone (Sony M4 Aqua) which I've had for almost a year has never updated and they've been promising me 6.0 "soon" since it was released. Nexus devices have security updates pushed to them faster which is good; I see you said it's not an option but honestly if I decide to go android again it will be a Nexus, nothing else comes close. They're solid, responsive and reliable, and I just generally like the way they feel to use.
    • The cameras on Androids can be really hit or miss, mine sucks BALLS but this device was pretty cheap so, you know. Some of them have better cameras (cough Nexus). When I got this phone I figured they'd all be similar enough in the way that most consumer digital cameras are; next time I'm gonna research it more before I buy.
    • Waterproofing is the most amazing thing ever to happen to my phone, I love it. I use it in the rain, snow, in the boat, or the bath; it's brilliant. Taking photos underwater: tremendous fun although your touchscreen won't work so it must have a button.
    • The Sony music app has its flaws but don't even get me started on iTunes, like every update they've ever done just makes it worse and worse. I have yet to find any smart phone music app that I actually like but I haven't really tried that hard.
    • Battery life is just sort of what it is right now. Often the stats are not in line with reality because it will vary widely based on how you use it (brightness, wifi, bluetooth, Pokemon Go, etc). Each manufacturer may measure battery life differently, not sure if there is a standard. With smart phones you're getting less than a day no matter how you slice it (makes me miss my old Keybo, charged that sucker once a week). I have an extra battery pack for mine, just in case. You can get ones with enough storage to charge your phone once that are about the size of a lipstick.
    • The real advantage to Android over iPhone is the versatility of it. It's super nice to develop on because you can do so much with relative ease whereas Apple has all these rules and restrictions because they want consistency. This consistency is REALLY NICE as a user (imho). But it means my only real reason for even considering Android is because I love developing for it, which isn't really relevant to most people.

    My one real piece of advice with Android is: newer is better. Old Android devices stop being supported rather quickly. First the manufacturers stop pushing the latest OS to you and then you're stuck on an older version of the OS which apps will stop supporting as the number of users still on those older versions drops. So when you're considering additional cost vs features, remember newer ones will get the new OS first. For version bear in mind Nougat is coming soon so you probably want Marshmallow at minimum (6.0). Just for the sake of comparison; Apple seems to keep giving you updates even when your device hardware isn't good enough (you'll just be missing those features) until pretty much nobody is using that device anymore.

    Ultimately it's a personal choice; you have to consider the features you want and find a balance. Other people's opinions can help but their needs may be different to yours and they may weigh the importance of certain features differently than you would so you just have to take the time to read about them yourself. I'm still not sure whether I'll go back to iPhone or go Nexus when this one kicks the bucket (or frustrates me to the point of tossing it into the sea). It will depend mostly on what's available then - I haven't looked at costs or specs recently.

  • Re: Roku windows 10 mirror suggestions

    Apparently you don't actually need an app to mirror windows;
    On the Roku go to Settings -> System -> Screen Mirroring and enable it
    Then on Windows (8 and up) it should show up in devices (Settings -> PC and Devices) if you are on the same network as the Roku. I haven't tried it but it's supposed to work. Make sure your Roku device offers it, I think Roku 2+ or the stick should have it.
    I would just use a wired connection but that may not be an option. Casting only works over the network afaik so you need a good connection whether it's wifi or not.
    Not aware of any apps that do it but I'm new to Roku.