Anybody who watches Twitch.tv can appreciate a good streamer. Some are great at commentary and really help their viewers experience a game. Others are educational, teaching their viewers how to better perform at a game, or even create games, art, and music. Some offer amazing graphics and animations that enhance their channel. And then there are those who build a community around their love of games and the creative work that goes into games and gaming.
With the gigantic number of streamers, it can be difficult finding a good one that offers all of the above. It’s perfectly normal to watch one stream to learn about top-tier game-play for a specific game, or watch a different one because of excellent games review and community interaction. Then sometimes you find a broadcast that does it all, and does it well. What’s more, is the noticeable improvement from week to week as the streamer and the community continues to enhance every aspect of the broadcast a little bit each day. One of my favorite broadcasters, OfficialDAIKON, manages this delicate balance every day.
Naturally, with anything new, there’s a breaking in period, a little culture shock, so I contacted the OPness himself to see if he’d like to answer a few questions while I do my best to enhance the starting knowledge of what you’re likely to find during an OfficialDAIKON broadcast.
On the OfficialDAIKON’s profile page, you’ll see a basic introduction:
Connecting individuals through gaming with positivity, friendship, and love.
Welcome to the Ragin’ Asian Show! I am OfficialDAIKON. You guys can call me Dai, Daichan, or the OPness! I am a variety caster focusing on chat interaction while playing anything from Retro Consoles to New Gen PC games. I also enjoy playing around with voice-overs on games to keep things entertaining.
I’ve been a console gamer since I was 4 years old in the 80’s. My first console was the Nintendo Famicom (ファミコン). One of my most fond memories growing up was going to friends’ houses and playing videos games on the floor or the couch beating video games together.
Of course, this barely scratches the surface. So let’s get acquainted with the OfficialDAIKON, the OPness himself.
So many great games, and so little time. Here’s my plan for broadcasting games in the first half of 2016.
Blade & Soul
Jan 19 NA/EU
Act 1: Blademaster, Forcemaster, Assassin
To get a feel for the game, I’m planning on playing through Act 1 of the story with three different classes.
Tom Clancy’s The Division
Beta Weekend: 29 Jan
Launch: 08 March
Open world, third person, shooter with a somewhat intriguing story of a plague ridden city gone wild. A little post-apocalyptic mayhem and team play sounds like good times. I’ll be streaming the beta weekend as well as launch.
Delightful atmospheric puzzle mystery that’s been, well, something of a mystery since it was announced. I like a game that doesn’t spoil itself in Early Access, and this looks like it’ll be a great adventure story.
No Man’s Sky
Gorgeous, stylistic space exploration on a massive scale. I loved the couple months I spent in Elite: Dangerous, so another foray into the expansive unknown sounds like a good time.
My Steam library is getting a little out of hand due to all the great sales. Between the previously mentioned new releases, I’ll stream various games from my Steam library, including: Dishonored, Satellite Reign, Sid Meier’s Civilization V, Pillars of Eternity, Middle-Earth: Shadow of Modor, Dark Souls II, Sleeping Dogs, Batman Arkham Asylum and City, Bioshock Trilogy, Mark of the Ninja, and more.
Follow along on my Twitter feed for updates and announcements.
With the addition of a snazzy new bot, Spot_The_Bot, in my stream, I’ve started setting up a few of the neat new features that come with the program. The first of which is a currency system.
The currency you can earn while watching my stream is known as cells. Cells can only be earned while the stream is live and you are viewing.
Every new follower gets a one-time bonus of 5 cells, but you don’t need to follow the stream to earn cells.
You earn 1 cell every twelve minutes just by watching and an additional 1 cell for each twelve minute interval in which you also interact in chat. That comes to 5 cells per hour just watching, or 10 cells per hour if you’re chatting the entire hour.
Once you reach the first rank (more on that below) you become a regular and you earn an additional cell per twelve minute interval. Moderators also earn at this rate.
- First time viewer: 1 cell every twelve minutes.
- First time viewer active in chat: 1 additional cell every twelve minutes while active in chat.
- Regulars and mods: 2 cells every twelve minutes.
- Regulars and mods active in chat: 1 additional cell every twelve minutes while active in chat.
Special One-time Bonuses:
- Follow bonus: 5 cells
- Raider bonus: 10 cells
Raiders are special cases in that if another streamer raids my stream and the viewers that come along in the raid want to have some currency to use during their visit, they get a little spending cash right off. Of course if they follow and stick around they earn those additional cells as well.
There are five basic ranks to start with. I may add more ranks in the future, or adjust the cell requirements depending on how things work out.
- J.A.F.O. (10 cells)
- Kibitzer (301 cells)
- Witness (901 cells)
- Guide (1201 cells)
- Proof (2401 cells)
At the base rate, someone who simply watches and doesn’t interact in chat can become a regular viewer, J.A.F.O., in a matter of minutes. Interacting in chat and investing cells can easily speed that up.
Moving forward, as I get used to working with this new bot and all its features, I’ll be implementing a few of the other features that Spot_The_Bot is capable of. Some of which include the ability to spend cells on little interactive chat games, betting, polls and raffles. As I get these other features setup and running, I’ll post more on their use, so stay tuned.
Right now, users are only able to see the number of cells they’ve earned, the number of hours they’ve viewed my channel, and their current rank. This can be done by typing the !cells command in chat.
This year, on November 7th and 8th, I’m planning on participating in the Extra Life fundraising campaign. For those unfamiliar with Extra Life, it is a program created in 2008 by the blog and podcast, Sarcastic Gamer. Extra Life raises funds for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals in order to support kids who need medical care.
Now streaming and tubing!
Since gaming is one of those things I do, I’ve decided to start streaming my gaming sessions; usually not more than a couple hours at night. You can find me on Twitch now from roughly 8 or 9PM PST to around 11 or 12.
Some of my gaming sessions, or games I’m trying out, I have started noodling around with editing the recordings. Right now they’re low quality, because I don’t really know what I’m doing or have any super fancy software and equipment to do crazy stuff, but I’ll try to upload some gaming footage to my YouTube channel.
Check it out and let me know what you think.