May Update + Home Stream/Gaming setup

I never post on this thing enough really. Just going to do two things with this post. First, give an update from the Jan post about content creation. Second, some folks have asked about pictures and such of my home tech setup. Figured I’d do that too.

So first, I mostly ditched the YouTube idea. It wasn’t really working out for me. I still post stuff on there and I still plan on editing some videos and posting stuff there. However, it isn’t my focus. I’ll probably post like one or two videos from my stream there a week. Maybe 1 edited video a week. Mostly I’ve gone back to streaming on a solid schedule. I’ve given myself a bit of leeway but also determine to stick to the schedule. I’ve been doing pretty good with that so far.

As an additive, I’m still mostly focused on playing shooters right now. Not much else out right now that I care about. I’ll probably stream Persona 5 and Final Fantasy 15 when those release. That is about it though. Once May 24th hits I’ll be streaming Overwatch a vast majority of the time. Right now I’m just streaming random stuff. I’ve been posting the ‘game’ schedule on my channel feed when I’ve got a definite schedule of what I’m playing what night. For the next week though I’ll probably randomly be streaming Uncharted 4 (until I beat it), DOOM Multiplayer, CS:GO, Dirty Bomb, Unreal Tournament, and Rainbow Six: Siege.

So here is the current schedule that I’ve been running for a few weeks now:

  • Monday: 6PM – 10PM
  • Tuesday: 6PM – 10PM
  • Wednesday: 6PM – 10PM
  • Thursday: Random
  • Friday: Random
  • Saturday 5PM – X
  • Sunday: Random

On to my tech setup. Since I stream, I’ve had to do a few elaborate things in order to make my whole set up work. It involves several very long cords, 1 HDMI 5-in-1-out switch, and 3 HDMI 1-in-2-out splitters. I don’t think you see much of the splitters in any of the pictures I took though.

20160515_151358This is just the entertainment center’s setup. The angle looks a little funny but I promise it is straight. I took the picture from an angle to get the controller basket and such in the same picture. So all the consoles on the entertainment center. Sound bar’s subwoofer to the left, then the controller basket, and fight sticks. Behind the controller basket are the power cables and everything.


This is a tiny bit messy, but it was a million times worse when I was first putting it together. I didn’t have any cords zip tied or anything. It was an apocalypse. Now I’ve got power cables and such grouped together and tagged with a color and abbreviation. The thing on top of the subwoofer is the 5-in-1-out HDMI Switch.


This gal is the central nervous system of the console setup. Without this thing it would be a real pain in the ass to stream from any of the consoles.Some of the stickers are falling off, I should fix that. The colors are coordinated to input and also on the controller that switches the channel (didn’t take a picture of that). So this takes 5 consoles (not counting the 360, which is plugged into the Xbone) and sends the output goes around behind the couch (to the left) over to the computer in the study area on the other side of the room and plugs into the capture card.


Didn’t take a picture of the back of the computer where everything plugs in, but this is the computer station. Looking at this picture I realized the right 2 monitors weren’t aligned right, so I fixed that🙂. Not much else to say here. Can’t see the green screen too well, but it is right there. PC Tower is on top of a file cabinet. So the HDMI switch’s out is plugged into my Avermedia internal capture card on the PC, then another output is sent back around from the capture card and one is also sent from my video card. So the HDMI Switch’s output eventually gets to an HDMI channel on the TV, and another HDMI channel on the TV can act as a 4th monitor (mostly used to watch ESports tournaments).

Moving on to that, I’ve got to do something a little special in order to stream to the PS4 and for the stream to hear my friend’s voices while we’re playing.


Sorry for the dust🙂 The left most USB cord is the controller with a chain of 2 6ft USB extension cables that plug into a 4ft Mini-USB cord that plugs into the PS4 controller (Sometimes I don’t need this, but I forget to charge my controller a lot >.>). The right cable is 1 6ft USB that plugs into a 10 ft Micro-USB cord that plugs into my Astro Mixamp. The cord not plugged into the front of the PS4 is an optical audio cable. This is a 20 ft cable that also plugs into the Mixamp.


The 2 cables on the right are the previously mentioned Micro-USB and Optical cables. Cable on the left goes to my Astro A40 headset that I use for the consoles. I use a Logitech G633 for the PC.

Things not in the pictures:

The PS3 and PSTV both have their outputs plugged into an HDMI splitter, then that HDMI splitter is plugged into the Switch. The reason you have to do this is so you can strip HDCP from the output. Otherwise you can’t stream from either machine because they don’t have a setting to turn off HDCP like the PS4 does.

The final HDMI splitter is actually right before I plug the switch into the capture card. I split again, but I send one output to my middle monitor and one output to the capture card. This is so that when I want to stream console games I can still sit at my desk and utilize my Cam/Mic/Green Screen. Prior to this I was moving my mic and my webcam to the couch and it just became a huge hassle. It killed my motivation to stream on some days. Which is a bit silly, but it did.

Some other random details:

  • I use an Audio-Technica AT2020 microphone. It has been great.
  • The webcam is a Logitech C920. I’ve had to fight with it a little bit, but it has worked out in the long run.
  • The DXRacer chair is fairly new. I do enjoy it, but for the cost I’m not entirely sure if it was worth it. I did end up getting a 25% discount due to it having a defect, but it is barely noticeable so I took the discount instead of sending the chair back.


Alrighty, that is it for this post. Right now I’m watching the CS:GO ESL Pro League finals. It is round 20/30 at map 5 in the series! Pretty hype games between G2 and Luminosity. I’ll be streaming some Uncharted 4 once this is over. Probably like 30 min?🙂

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Posted by on May 15, 2016 in Misc.


The content creation plan for 2016

It has been a really long time since I’ve posted on this thing. Posting on this thing more is part of the 2016 plan – I won’t commit to an actual post schedule though, because that never works out lol.

So I think the major thing I want to post about is my plans for content creation for this year. The biggest thing is I’ve decided to not focus on streaming so much. I’m going to cut back to streaming once maybe twice a week – Probably only one scheduled day (Wednesdays 6PM CST to 10PM CST). My reason for this is that I plan on focusing more on making  YouTube videos instead. I’m (slowly) learning Adobe Premiere Pro and figuring out what I can do with it. Some of my early experiment videos have some audio kinks I need to work out, and most of them are VODs downloaded from Twitch Streams. I’m still experimenting with video capture software.

The YouTube plan is basically to do a mix of short videos ( 5 to 10 min) with various types of gameplay (ranging from fun bullshitery to competitive matches) and then longer (30ish min) ‘Let’s Play’ videos for certain games. I also will probably try to do some videos where I try a random game for 15 to 30 minutes and talk about it at the end, most likely various JRPGs – Stuff I want to talk about, but doesn’t exactly fit into what I want to do for Let’s Plays or Short videos. That last category will probably be fairly random.

Right now, I have no schedule on when I’m going to be uploading things. I intend to only post two or three videos a week right now (Starting in Feb), while I learn how to use APP. As for what I plan to record: I plan on starting to record some Let’s Play stuff for either Dark Souls II or Until Dawn in the near future and then have one-off videos of me and friends playing various competitive games (We’re playing a lot of Rainbow Six: Siege and CS:GO right now).

Another thing I’m going to really start trying to do this year is small Podcast type things. My current idea is to have conversations (no longer than 30 minutes) with friends of mine about various game/nerd related topics. It would be nice to cover a large range of topics. I’ve wanted to do something similar to this in the past, but I’ve never quite been able to organize it properly. My objective with this sort of format is to keep it fluid. So I don’t necessarily need to rely on other key people to be around, and can instead schedule things with a larger group of folks. In my head, this sounds easier to manage.

The last thing is that I plan on going to more conventions this year. Namely: PAX South, PAX East, PAX Prime, Blizzcon, and RTX. I’d also like to go to at least one or two purely Esports events, but we’ll have to see on that. Not much else to say on that front – I’ve already got PAX South and PAX East tickets and everything booked!


  • Stream schedule down to one day a week (Probably Wednesdays from 6PM CST to 10:00PM CST).
  • More YouTube content, starting with two or three videos a week in Feb. BIG ASS LINK TO THE CHANNEL.
    • Dark Souls II or Until Dawn Let’s Play
  • Trying harder to start mini-podcast (No telling when/if this will kick off).
  • Hopefully more blog posting.
  • More Conventions!


I’m going to try really hard to stick with this throughout the year. My biggest trouble personally is that I’m a big ideas guy, but I always sort of fall through with executing on my own ideas. I can see in my head where I want to go, but I never quite hit it. For various reasons really. This is sort of a part of me searching for something that works for me, and that I can stick with. I do this entirely for fun, so I have the luxury of sort of just trying shit until something sticks.

Anywho, that’s it for now. HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE.

EDIT: ALSO, the URL to this is now!😀

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Posted by on January 9, 2016 in Misc.


Streaming schedule for this week (May 17 – May 23)

Hey all! This week is going to be a bit different for my stream schedule. Figured I’d outline that for any friends that want to watch my shenanigans🙂

Sunday (Today): Final Fantasy 8 starting as soon as I can. I’ve got a personal thing that is holding me up. I’ll try to start by 7PM. I’ll try to go until 1 or 2 AM.

Monday: I may play some random League/CSGO/Mortal Kombat earlier in the day. But the official plan is to start streaming Witcher 3 right at 6PM if it is possible. I might take a break at 8PM to play Toukiden Kiwami with the Gregarious Gamers guys. Then swap back to Witcher 3 and not stop.

Tuesday: The plan is to play Witcher 3 from 12:00 AM Tuesday to 12:00 AM Wednesday. I’ll probably have some short breaks for food, but I plan to not sleep this day.

Wednesday: Starting at 7PM I’ll streaming Witcher 3 until about 11PM.

Thursday: 6PM to somewhere between 10 and 11. Borderlands 4-player COOP series playthrough with Keegan, Richard, and Will. Doing more Borderlands 1 DLC.

Friday: Random (Probably some Withcer 3

Saturday: Random (Probably some Witcher 3)

Lots of Witcher 3 this week. I took Mon-Wed off work so I could have maximum play time🙂. I also needed some chill time anyways. Hope to see some of you folks during the stream!

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Posted by on May 17, 2015 in Misc.


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Quick Update: Stream Schedule for the next month or two.

Hello everyone!

I’ve made some really light changes to the stream schedule based on what I’m playing with friends and such. I’ll likely keep doing this as I finish off other games and such. I’ve dropped a lot of games recently from just not getting really hooked on them😦. Hopefully that changes soon. Anyways, all of this information is also posted on my channel at under the schedule heading.

  • Monday: 8PM – When we stop ~ Toukiden Kiwami 4 player COOP with the GG guys. Possibility of also streaming a random game starting earlier.
  • Tuesday: 6PM – 10PM ~ Random Game
  • Wednesday: 8PM – When we stop ~ Toukiden Kiwami 4 player COOP with the GG guys. Possibility of also streaming a random game starting earlier.
  • Thursday: 6PM – 10PM ~ Borderlands series 4 player COOP with the Four Horsemen of the Derpocalypse.
  • Friday & Saturday: Still totally random.
  • Sunday: 3PM – 8PM ~ Series Run Sunday – Currently still FF8 (just got passed the half way mark).


Stuff for the future:

  • I plan on hitting Witcher 3 pretty hard once that releases, It’ll likely take over Tuesday and I might carve out some time on Saturday for it, though it’d be iffy.
  • I also plan on finally making a video to show my setup, since I’ve made a TON of changes. Hopefully I get some time to do that this week.
  • I still also need to do an April blog update. I’ll try to make time for that soon.


That about covers it for that quick update.

See you all later!

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Posted by on May 4, 2015 in Misc.


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Feb & March 2015 Update!

Hello friends!

Last month in a half has been pretty interesting. Me and my brother beat Dying Light and Halo 1 (Master Chief Collection version) in Bro-OP, I finally managed to mop of Final Fantasy 7, I’ve started Xenoblade Chronicles, I’m still working on Bravely Default, I got and beat The Order: 1886, I finally played and beat Hotline Miami in preparation for Hotline Miami 2, and I went to SXSW yesterday! I’ll touch on all of these things and maybe more! Woo and shit. Let’s start from the top of that list.

So Dying Light is the game that Dead Island wishes it was. It is a great open world zombie survival game. The parkour bit did a lot to help the game, and it worked amazingly. There were a few jump puzzle style things that were mildly annoying, but it didn’t detract much from the experience. Combat was quite smooth and very responsive, which quelled my biggest complaint about Dead Island since the combat in that game felt like shit. They definitely worked out the kinks with that for this game. This is pretty much the perfect coop game too. If you’ve got a friend/relative/whatever that is a gamer and you’re looking for something to coop, this game is really solid for that. I played the entire game start to finish over about a month cooping it with my brother. We kind of picked it up as a thing that we’d only play together coop (side note: It is possible that this game might be boring to play solo. That can be a thing. I wouldn’t know because I never played it solo). My only complaint about this game is the last 30 minutes to an hour (Basically the very last mission). You’re forced to do it solo for starters, where I had been cooping through the entire game before. It was a fairly mundane ‘lets climb up a giant tower’ exercise. There were some zombies and stuff, but aside from one section at the very start of the mission where you’re running from Volatiles (super zombies) there aren’t many threats. At this point of the game I was slicing through regular zombies like butter, and even a single special infected wouldn’t give me much trouble. So you get all the way up to the top, and you go through the final fight sequence of the game. Which is horrible. I won’t spoil it, but it was very disappointing. After this you’re left with a fucking massive cliff hanger ending. It was a really shitty end to an otherwise really great experience. If you’ve got a coop partner, definitely look into this game. If you’re running solo, maybe wait for it to drop down in price some. Still a really solid game though.

After Dying Light me and my brother started playing through Halo. I don’t really have much to add there, other than getting my stream setup for the Xbox One was a real bitch. I was having loads of trouble with my audio and it was really frustrating. We eventually figured it out, but I’ve got to figure out a solution so that people can hear my brother when we voice chat on Xbone or PS4. I’m thinking we’ll just leave Skype open with stream mics up. Should have a Bro-Op session sometime this week where we can try that out.

FF7 update is easy. I beat FF7 fairly shortly after I started streaming. I was closer to the end than I thought I was. Also started FF8, we’ve had two sessions of basically just early game grinding to make the rest of the game easier. Going towards getting Lionheart in Disc 1 so that the rest of the game is a cakewalk. FF8 is one of the FF games I’m not the biggest fan of, so I’m trying to make it as painless as possible. That is about all I’ve got there. That journey will continue – on most Sundays >.>.

In the JRPG front I’ve started Xenoblade Chronicles and I’m still working on Bravely Default. I’m liking Xenoblade Chronicles well enough, but I’m not really a big fan of MMO elements in JRPGs and the world seems a little too big right now. Like I’m getting a FF13 feel of doing way too much running. Anyways, Bravely Default is still really good. I’m getting to the point of the game where it starts repeating itself a few times. I’ve been progressing really slowly there, but it is still enjoyable.

And now the Order: 1886. I’m sure you’ve heard that the game is ‘short’ (It took me about 6 hours to beat). I don’t necessarily think this is an innately bad thing. One of my favorite Xbox 360 games was fairly short (Dead Space). The Order’s problems don’t really have much to do with the length. The biggest problem I think is that the game seems to mostly be a proof of concept or ramp up piece for a sequel. You spend the majority of the game investigating happenings and thwarting bad guys until the truth is revealed and then the last hour of the game lots of really interesting things happen that lead to a cliff hanger ending. The story is partially resolved but not fully, and it ends very much like ‘you’ll be the hero we need not the hero we want’ sort of thing. It is worth playing, but waiting until the summer lull and maybe a price drop is probably the way to go.

Hotline Miami was a game I was always interested in but never sat down and played. I managed to do this the week before last, as I was getting pumped for Hotline Miami 2. I’m going to be pretty short and sweet here. The game is really fun, very enjoyable, and has a fantastic sound track. If you haven’t played this by now you should. I haven’t started Hotline Miami 2 quite yet, but I will soon.

Last thing on the list was SXSW gaming expo. This was my first time going to this. The expo hall had more stuff than PAX South, but was a bit smaller. There were no ‘free’ panels I don’t believe. You had to pay for the actual conference (and it wasn’t cheap). I did get a chance to play some Axiom Verge and Titan Souls. I can’t fucking wait to play these games all the way through. They’re both soooooooooo good. Great visuals and gameplay in both of them. I think I spent a solid 30 minutes on both since neither was too crowded. These two games need to hurry up and come out so I can put way too much time into them.

I’m going to go back to kind of giving a general idea of what I plan on playing during the week. It’ll be very rough, but the games I’m playing should stay pretty static. Some days can get swapped around though. I’ll try to post these on Monday of every week

Monday: Minecraft Mondays! Feed-The-Beast Infinity

Tuesday: Final Fantasy 15 demo.

Wednesday: Final Fantasy Type-0 HD // Maybe Halo 2 BROOP

Thursday: Final Fantasy Type-0 HD // Maybe Halo 2 BROOP

Friday: MAYBE D&D. Maybe Ori and the Blind Forest Late Cast.

Saturday: MAYBE D&D. Maybe Ori and the Blind Forest Late Cast.

Sunday: Final Fantasy 8 (Series Run Sundays).

Future Games from Backlog: Xenoblade Chronicles, Bravely Default, Shadows of Mordor, Assassin’s Creed: Unity, Sunset Overdrive, Hotline Miami 2.

That about wraps it up. Thanks for reading and as always I really appreciate the support.



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Posted by on March 16, 2015 in Misc.


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TL;DR The story for the last 6 months or so

Hello friends!

So I’ve been a little MIA from the blog for the last few months and a fair few things have happened. I’m going to do the abridged version of all of that and then give some updates on shit I’m doing in the future.

I’m still in Texas and stuff is still pretty awesome. A half-year later I’m still absolutely thrilled that I moved from Troy, AL. The place had just become far too toxic and was very much a dead-end.

I was also going to do a Game of the Year 2014 post, but about a third of the way into the post I realized that 2014 was pretty shitty as far as games go. I did beat Persona 4 Golden last year though, so let’s go with that. Persona 4 Golden GOTY every year probably maybe.

I got to go to PAX South as well. It was very different from PAX Prime. It was significantly smaller and there were virtually no AAA production companies there besides Nintendo. It felt much more like a community controlled event, which was great. I got to meet a bunch of casters and YouTube personalities that I hadn’t met before. I had a blast because of that, but if anyone went for just the expo alone I imagine they may have been disappointed.

Late last year I had picked up WoW again with the new expansion that came out. TL;DR there is that it started out pretty fun, but once raiding started it became very clear that Shadow Priest was just shit tier again. Add in the fact that the Shadow Priest rotation was a clunky mess I quit basically as soon as my guild had cleared all the current tier of raid content. It just wasn’t very fun. In order to produce the results I would want, I’d have to play a class that has a really boring rotation compared to the complexity I wanted. I quit instead. MMO wise I’m playing Guild Wars 2 with some RL friends, but I’m probably not going to play too much until at least EQ Next.

I’ve also been playing a lot of board games, and have bought quite a few myself. I may start doing some mini-reviews for board games as well. More on that later I suppose🙂

So where is my focus now? Mostly back on streaming, but I’ve also got a project I’m going to start working on this year sometime. Mostly I’m just conceptualizing it right now. My current main goal is to improve the quality of my stream. Which means getting some new gear. The schedule is back to Mon – Thursday 7PM – 11PM and Sundays being for Final Fantasy. Speaking of, I ‘rebranded’ the Final Fantasy thing into ‘Series Run Sundays.’ The idea there is that Sundays will be dedicated to me playing through a whole series over the course of several Sundays (and maybe some extra days if I want to continue on an off day or if I get bored on a Saturday). At some point I’ll be streaming on Fridays and it’ll be dedicated to Board Games or D&D, but I’m still trying to figure out how I want to do that. The big thing I’m struggling with is finding a portable way to do an overhead camera for an entire table. Any tips would be appreciated🙂

The above streaming schedule will start tomorrow (Monday). This week I’ll be streaming more Dying Light coop, Shadows of Mordor, and *maybe* some Dragon Age: Inquisition while I work on clearing up my AAA backlog. Series Run Sunday will be Final Fantasy 7, continuing where we left off. After Final Fantasy series is done I’ll be playing Legend of Zelda, and after that I’ll be playing Resident Evil. I’m pretty pump for all of that. I’ll always have 2 series in the queue (which can be found here) and I’ll update the listing as to which games in the series I plan to run and (hopefully) stream.

A few things that are in the project pipeline: Once I upgrade my webcam I plan on making YouTube videos reviewing/previewing all sorts of games. I’m also in the process of maybe starting a podcast. The podcast thing has been talked about off and on several times though, so we’ll see where that one goes. I’ll also try to update the blog a bit more often, but we know how that tends to go, lol.

As always, for updates on my shenanigans follow me on Twitter and like my Facebook Stream page. Also, feel free to add me to any video game service, my usernames can be found in the ‘About Me’ page.

One last big note, the best way to support my bullshit right now is simple to share my stuff around social media networks. Be it Facebook or Twitter. Any support this way will be a huge boon for helping me grow my little piece of the internet. Greatly appreciate any support, as always🙂.

Catch you later!


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Posted by on February 1, 2015 in Misc.


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Stream stuff.

Short post with some stream stuff updates.

So after trying it for about a month I’ve decided that the structured stream schedule thing isn’t really for me. I still enjoy streaming, but doing it like that makes it feel like less of a hobby. So instead I’m going to just be random about it. For the most part I’ll just stream when I’m playing something that can be streamed and I feel like streaming. I’m sure some nights I won’t, and I’m sure some nights I’ll play things I can’t stream (3DS/PSVita stuff namely). That being said, Monday – Thursday is still the most likely times I’ll stream anything during the weekend, and on Sundays I will still stream Final Fantasy until I’m all the way through the series. I’ll also say this makes it more likely that I’ll stream on Fridays and Saturdays.

TL;DR – Going to slow down the streaming. Stream schedule is Mon-Sat: Random | Sun: FF7 starting sometime mid afternoon and stopping when I get tired. (Likely still 4 to 10 ish).

I’m also looking around for an online community to become a part of and do content creation for. I just have a lot more fun when I’m doing it with a group. This was a big part of me trying to get back into MMOs. I’m not making much progress here though.

Anyways, small update there🙂 Cya.

Quick addition: This also probably means I’ll post more blog stuff. Which will be nice🙂

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Posted by on October 19, 2014 in Misc.


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