Happy Friday, Guardians! Welcome again to certainly one of our favourite segments on Bungie.internet, this week’s Community Focus! This week we’re chatting with a content material creator who has a reasonably rad day job, Kujay!
Hi Kujay! Thank you for taking the time to talk with us! So, let’s get began with somewhat background. Who are you, what are your pronouns, and the place are you from?
Hello, my title is Kujay (he/him). I’m an plane designer by day and a Destiny content material creator by dusk! I grew up in a small city in japanese Kansas earlier than ultimately transferring out to Southern California after school.
Wait, plane designer? Yeah, we’re going to have to the touch on that in a second. But first, what obtained you into gaming and content material creation?
I obtained into gaming at a really younger age, once I was simply 4 years previous. I had simply began going to daycare, and there was a Super Nintendo that every one the youngsters might play with. The first recreation I ever performed was Yoshi’s Island (nonetheless a tremendous recreation to this present day!), and good lord, I used to be hooked instantly! Fast ahead about 20 years, and after transferring to SoCal, I discovered myself with a LOT extra free time than I used to be accustomed to throughout faculty (aerospace engineering coursework is not any joke!). Then, shortly after the launch of Rise of Iron, a buddy of mine that was streaming began poking me about attempting out streaming for myself. After pushing him off for a couple of months, I finally gave in and acquired a PS4 webcam. I came upon that streaming is a ton of enjoyable (and one thing I’m actually good at), a lot in order that I’ve been doing it for practically six years now!
That appears like my sort of daycare. 😊 Alright, massive query right here — how on the earth do you stability each a full-time job and content material creation?
Over the years it has been tough to stability my skilled profession with the content material creation aspect of my life. In the early years, I used to stream a LOT extra, getting in streams each Friday via Monday (often involving a lot of Trials of Osiris help!). However, because the years glided by and the tasks for my day job began mounting, I started to cut back the quantity of content material I used to be pushing out. I’ve began focusing extra on YouTube previously two years, because it’s one thing that I can do “piecemeal,” versus having the digital camera rolling for a dwell stream. And on the Twitch aspect of the home, I’m largely a “weekend warrior” now, with streams solely on Saturdays and Sundays. It’s been powerful to juggle the 2 sides of my life, but additionally IMMENSELY rewarding. How many individuals get to design airplanes in the course of the week, after which come residence to a profitable stream and YouTube channel on the weekend? It’s one thing that I don’t take as a right!
Gosh, that simply appears like such a wild journey, and also you appear to have carried out such an amazing job at sustaining it. So, you talked about Yoshi’s Island, however how did you discover Destiny?
So, curiously sufficient, I had really taken fairly a protracted break from gaming when Destiny got here calling. After binging the hell out of Skyrim my senior yr of highschool, I didn’t recreation a lot in any respect throughout my freshman or sophomore years of school. However, I obtained pulled again in by the PS4 remaster of The Last of Us (AMAZING recreation btw!), which I by no means obtained the possibility to play when it initially launched. And then, as if by “destiny” (wink wink), a couple of days after ending up The Last of Us, I obtained an e-mail from Sony inviting me to play the upcoming Destiny alpha. I used to be all the time extra of a Call of Duty child rising up, however a lot of my childhood associates have been MASSIVE Halo followers. When I requested them about Bungie’s subsequent challenge with Destiny, all of them inspired me to strive it, describing the sport as a mashup of Call of Duty, Halo, and “Space Skyrim.” I made a decision to check out the alpha shortly thereafter, and I used to be immediately hooked. The gunplay was far and away the perfect I had ever skilled. And now, over eight years later, I’m nonetheless as helplessly hooked on Destiny as I used to be the primary time I ever landed within the Cosmodrome.
A day one participant, like to see it! What sort of content material do you wish to concentrate on if you’re streaming or making movies?
I wish to concentrate on endgame content material inside Destiny, with a spotlight extra so on the PvP aspect, be it Trials of Osiris or Iron Banner. I additionally love GM Nightfalls and raids, and I particularly savor day one raid experiences with my group!
That is tremendous superior! Endgame content material will be so difficult, so having content material creators like your self to assist educate and shepherd others is absolutely cool to see. For these newer gamers, what’s one thing you would like you knew earlier than beginning, or at the least at first of, your Destiny journey?
Honestly, I want that somebody had advised me simply how completely I used to be going to be absorbed into the Destiny universe and the broader Bungie neighborhood. How am I nonetheless enjoying the identical recreation after eight years?! Hahaha, simply kidding =). But in all seriousness, I want I knew how vital it was to discover a stable group of individuals to play Destiny with. I performed solo for an honest chunk of time throughout vanilla D1 earlier than discovering my technique to LFG (Looking for Group) web sites. If I hadn’t been captured by the magic of OG Vault of Glass, there’s a superb likelihood I could have stopped enjoying Destiny throughout these early days. The recreation is immensely extra enjoyable to play when you’ve gotten associates to leap into tougher content material with and bounce builds and concepts off of. Because of this, I’m extremely excited for Guardian Ranks and in-game Fireteam Finder coming to Destiny 2 subsequent yr. I believe these will function catalysts for 1000’s of gamers to start out forming buddy teams of their very own and unlocking the true “endgame” of Destiny.
Heck yeah! With endgame content material being your focus, do you’ve gotten any recommendation for gamers trying to enhance their expertise as a participant?
If you’re somebody who needs to dive deeper into the endgame experiences in Destiny and enhance your expertise, the very best factor you are able to do is attain out to different gamers and begin constructing a buddy group which you can play Destiny with. While Destiny will be performed solo, the sport’s full potential is realized when you’ve gotten a longtime group of individuals which you can lean on, each in informal PvE environments and deep within the trenches of Trials. Teamwork actually makes the dream work, and also you’ll turn out to be a greater participant when collaborating with different like-minded gamers over time.
Alright, it’s time to ask, what’s your principal character and favourite subclass?
I’ll most likely draw loads of ire right here, however Hunter is my principal character, and I’ve been hopelessly hooked on Stompees for the higher a part of 5 years now. Going all the way in which again to Modern Warfare 2, my favourite technique to play FPS video games has all the time been about velocity, velocity, and extra velocity! To that finish, I’m completely IN LOVE with Arc 3.0 Hunter. The Speed Booster is simply *chef’s kiss* and Gathering Storm may simply be the good Super within the recreation now. I used to principal Arcstrider from Seasons 2 via 8, so coming residence to my previous child with Arc 3.0 has been superb!
Oh sure, going quick in video video games is all the time enjoyable! 😊 What sort of vibe does your channel keep?
My channel tends to stroll the road between each entertaining AND academic. In one second, we’ll dive deep into the lore of Destiny’s universe and begin speculating about future tales to return. Then within the subsequent, one thing fully ridiculous will occur inside a Crucible match (on the expense of my opponent OR myself, each occur usually!). We’ll usually discuss builds or the state of the sport as an entire, all whereas preserving issues fairly light-hearted with a lot of laughs alongside the way in which. Just just like the stability between my work life and content material creation, my channel thrives in its duality between training and leisure.
Entertaining and academic whereas preserving it light-hearted? Sounds like my sort of place!
Alright, it’s about time to wrap up our interview, however I did need to ask as a result of you’ve gotten been actually inspirational thus far in our dialog. What is one thing you need to ensure each New Light is aware of as they be part of the Guardian ranks?
With the present New Light expertise, it might really feel overwhelming when you wrap up your introduction within the Cosmodrome. You’re summoned to the Towe, and also you’re introduced with quest after quest after quest. My recommendation can be to decide on simply ONE of these quests and decide to it alone. By the time you end up that first quest, there’s an amazing likelihood you’ll have gotten to strive some new weapons, elevated your Power a bit, and typically, have gotten a really feel for the gameplay loop of Destiny. And as soon as most individuals get that far, the gameplay alone is often sufficient to get them hooked!
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And lastly, the place can individuals discover you?
I stream over on Twitch each Saturday and Sunday morning, with the occasional video add over on YouTube. I’m additionally very lively over within the land of Twitter, with loads of sizzling takes and shenanigans to maintain nearly anybody entertained!
Stay artful, Guardians!
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