Stream Restructure

I am always open to viewer input and ways to improve my stream and of late a couple of things have been pointed out to me which I feel require addressing, hence this post.

Shout Outs

I have received a number of messages from viewers  saying that they feel I do too many shout outs and the promotion of other streams. Those of you that have known me for a while will understand why I do it…that’s just me and I am always trying to help other people, be it at work, in my private life or when streaming but I take on board what you are saying.  I am also aware that some viewers have left my stream to check out the guys I give shout outs for which whilst is what I want for you, it retracts from my stream and what I am trying to do. I have decided that I will re-word  the welcomes that VIKI does and they will become more general and maybe even drop the background music. I will also reduce the amount of shout outs I do. As one person said. You need to concentrate on you and not others. Let them worry about them. Maybe harsh but some truth in it.

DVO Coins

As you know the Dvos are there to reward loyalty and to enable people to purchase raffle tickets for give-aways or whatever else I plan moving forward. It has been pointed out to me that winning 700 Dvos for a race is a huge amount to win. With the give-away I have currently set at 500 per ticket, you can see someone can join, win a race on the said day and take the prize. This is not rewarding the way I want it to so I will be reducing the maximum amount you can bet each race down to 25 coins. This ‘should’  equate to a win payout of 175 coins. Top 2 & Top 3 will reduce down accordingly.

Likewise, I will be reducing the Bank Heist down to 25 coins maximum bet.

Give-aways

Another important factor is when I do a verbal give-away. Currently I play a song (usually) and ask for the name of the band or something related to that song. Depending on your download, some people will see/hear the question/song before other users, to the point some have answered the question before others have even heard it. We also have to factor in the delay we all have to suffer with twitch.

Immediately, this format will change to enable everyone the opportunity to answer. When I offer free Dvos it will now be via a keyword raffle. I will choose the keyword and viewers will enter that word into chat. After 3 minutes (30 second delay + 2.5 minutes to enter) the draw will close and a random winner will be selected. Again…I will be reducing the number down I offer each time.

To finish up…I will not be taking away any coins already earned. My stream has of late been getting busier and I need to ensure that the main purpose of the bot I use is valid and stands true to what I want. Offering a huge amount of Dvos does not give back (from my point of view) what I installed it for in the first place and this decision is best being made now with the hope my stream continues to grow.

I want my viewers to come and visit my stream and have a great time. I want them to earn coins to gamble and put towards give-aways but I have to make sure when I do a giveaway only those who are entitled to enter, can do so. Those coins need to have a worth and not be so easily obtainable to the point they are worthless.

To compensate everyone for this change…I will tonight as soon as I fire up the bot give everyone who has visited my stream to date 500 Dvos. This means each and everyone of you who has visited my stream before I go live tonight will have the opportunity to enter the giveaway Friday night…You will all have the opportunity to purchase at least one ticket (unless you gamble them away of course)

Hope to see you soon – peace!

Ohhhhhh arrrrrrrrrr

Yep , you read that correct. I’ve become a farmer…

Farming-Simulator-15-01I did buy Farm Sim 13 but having played it for about 10 mins put it down and never picked it up again but it’s a sim that has always intrigued me. So I picked this up and have to say I’m thoroughly enjoying it.

So far I have only played and started a career (my current map will only be played on when I’m streaming) but the long term aim will be to start a MP map as well and have other farmers join me…. (nothing better than after a hard days work heading off to a barn, cider in hand and doesy do-ing to a tune being played on a fiddle and accordian is there) so ladies of Bjornholm – be aware we will looking for a date ha!!!

There’s lot’s to learn and really looking forward to seeing how I progress and if can actually remember which field I’ve seeded (or not) It’s busy already and I’ve not even got into it yet.

If you want to see me stream Farm Sim (which wont be every night) you can do so on www.twitch.tv/dvotee

 

Sunset Overdrive

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My son has mentioned this game which I know absolutely nothing about.  He is 12 yrs old and I believe it has a ‘Mature’ rating.

Can anyone give me any insight into this. I watched a stream quickly this morning and it was just a guy who seemed to do a lot of free running, jumping, spinning  changing guns and blowing shit up. I didn’t hear any strong language but I guess there’s a reason for the rating.

Launch date and no wipe?

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So we are one week from launch and today it was confirmed on the Frontier forums that  those who gained early access would not have anything wiped come launch.

I do not agree with this and feel that for the people who are starting the game on launch day they will be at a huge disadvantage.

Of course the counter argument is well what about all the players who have worked hard to gain credits, complete missions and worked their way up to the larger ships? Most people I have spoken to were expecting a full wipe, I was expecting a full wipe as this mean’t everyone started off on a level pegging.

OK I purposely haven’t played it much (because I thought there would be a full wipe) so I can hear some of you saying well you don’t have much to lose whereas others have spent hours grinding away and why should they lose all that hard work. My answer is just 1 small simple word

BETA

That’s what it is. OK it’s now at Gamma but launch day is launch day. How would players feel if say a COD or Battlefield game at release had 100’s of players already at top level because they helped ‘test’ it. I just cannot justify this decision and see no logical reason for it.

I’ve read the forums and a vast majority are, as expected extremely happy with this decision and I have absolutely no issue with that whatsoever. We all play games differently and if you fall into that category then I wish you all the best, I certainly won’t be saying anything untoward to that but for me…I want to feel like it’s launch day and not just me logging in and carrying on as I have been.

With that in mind I have decided that come launch I will complete a self wipe and start again.

See you in space Commanders ;)

Update moving forward

As I mentioned in my previous post I’ve decided to move my gaming posts back to here, which is a gaming only related blog. So that said I thought it right to update you all on what’s be going on, where I’m at and what the future holds in respect of my gaming.

Stream

Firstly and most importantly I have yet again made a switch in respect of the streaming site I use. I won’t go into all the details as you can read it here but Hitbox is where I will be staying – for good!!!!

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I’m very excited with this move as I’ve been thinking ‘what’s best for me’ so now that decision has been made – for me its done and I can now look to set myself up and become a streamer people want to visit on a regular basis.

Youtube

Meh – me and YouTube just where do I start. Yes I have a full partnership through Fullscreen but currently I just don’t have the motivation for it. Commentaries are dead in my opinion – no one wants them as they have been flogged to death and can be very time consuming with the editing etc. All I can offer is the odd clip from a live stream but again I’m restricted if I happen to be playing music – that will go against my agreement with both Fullscreen and YouTube so that’s a none starter.

In reality, unless I can come up with something fresh, new and exciting (which won’t happen) I think the channel will just sit there which is a real shame.

Facebook

I recently hit 50 likes on my Facebook page so a big thank you to everyone who has liked the page. You can visit my page (plus all other social media) via the various links on this site so if you are on FB please do take the time to head over and give me a like – I would be eternally grateful.

Twitter

I’m still on Twitter so again you can find me on there via the links on here. I will always post a  link when I go live so make sure you follow if you want to pop onto the stream and say Hi.

Gaming

The games I am currently looking to play will be Elite: Dangerous, thereafter Diablo III (if my hand can cope – another post for sometime) then maybe Minecraft, Banished, Life is Feudal and possibly Skyrim. Yes I also play World of Warcraft but as that is saturated I’m not sure if I’ll stream that and it may just be my ‘chill out’ game off screen.

So there’s a very brief update and hopefully this site will get back to where it once was

Onwards & upwards as they say!!!!