Upgrading the Setup





I know today I usually make a post about actual gaming news or thoughts on topics. But it’s been a slower game week and let’s face it, you don’t need another post about Fallout 76 and the failure that the game is. With NaNoWriMo finishing up, that’s my priority. So today, a quick chat about my stream.



A lot of other gamers I play with have a dual monitor setup. I thought that was excessive. I had my Surface up next to my computer, helping me to complete work assignments/other projects up while I played. If I needed to use something like WoWHead, I would just pull it up on my tablet and call it a day.



With Black Friday, I saw a deal to upgrade my streaming software (XSplit) for a lifetime license for pretty much what I’ve already spent on it. This caused me to switch from XSplit Gamecaster to XSplit Broadcaster, which is apparently more complicated to setup but after a simple video, I got it to how I want it to look in just about 10 minutes. It seemed pretty simple, but the problem was.. I couldn’t figure out how to get my Twitch chat to appear on the screen. My husband, the IT god that he is, suggested that since we had a second monitor we could just plug it in and do a dual monitor set up like the pros. So we did.



Today will be my first stream with this new setup, so I’m hoping for the best. Don’t forget that you can click the link to my Twitch channel on the sidebar. If I can get this to work on other live broadcast sites at the same time, I will also post those links as well.



I don’t stream because I want to be a professional gamer. I stream for brand awareness for my blog, writings, and other works. (I write a lot about brand awareness for my ghostwriting gig, and they say every little bit helps.) I stream to build up authority so a place will discover me and ask me to write about games for their website. If I say, get a sponsor offer from say Dunkin’ I won’t say no. As more viewers tune in, I may consider expanding it. But my focus is my writing. I’m playing the games anyways, so why not?



Next week, back to our regularly scheduled gaming blog where I hope to be discussing the newly announced Winter Overwatch event. (Here’s to hoping.)

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Overwatch Leage Stage 3- Week 2

There were a lot of surprises in the Overwatch League this week, but the biggest surprise of them all comes from the underdogs of the league: the Boston Uprising. Here is a closer look at a quick recap of this week of play, primarily focusing on my favorite team.

Going in, a lot of Boston Uprising fans (including myself) were scared for our future without our disgraced former star. We were on a high after upsetting teams the first week, primarily as a result of the strong play from the aforementioned disgraced star. With only 1 other DPS player on the roster, the future seemed pretty uncertain for the team. I, having watched Mistakes stream, was decently confident that he would do better than most people gave him credit for. My husband, who is as much of a fan of the team and league as I am, had his doubts. After arguing back and forth about the next move here: Do we go with Mistakes? Does Neko step up as DPS and let Snow or Avast come in as our second support? Do we try to go after such strong players as Shadowburn or Pine who doesn’t seem to get the playtime that they deserve? What about streamers like AimbotCalvin? I dismissed the idea of one of the world’s best Zenyattas going DPS, because, well, he’s one of the world’s best Zens. I put all my eggs in the Mistakes basket and hoped for the best.

… and anyone who didn’t made some huge Mistakes this week. (Those jokes never ever get old.) Our first game up was against the New York XL, a game that as much as any Uprising fan wanted us to win knew that it wasn’t going to be likely. Again, especially without such a strong player that we have grown used to. This was going to be Mistakes thrown to the wolves to see what he was made of. And to everyone’s shock, the Uprising won 3-2 against the best team in the league. Going into the game, XL had only lost 2 games the entire season so far. The team came together and showed us that they are more than one player; they are a strong team.

In case anyone thought this win was a fluke, they also went 3-2 against Florida Mayhem. We’re still undefeated as of yet in the stage, putting us in the position no one predicted we would ever be in: 2nd place for the stage and 4th place overall. Not bad for a team that people predicted before the season started that would be in the last or second to last spot. In true Boston fashion: never count us out.

In other shocking news, Seoul and London are continuing to struggle. London faced off against Fusion for the first time since they lost to them in the Stage 2 playoffs, but they were not redeemed. Shanghai is still looking for their first win of the season and Mayhem is still struggling to find something that works for them. These two are going to be facing off this week and it will be very interesting to see just how this plays out.

I have been streaming the Battle for Azeroth alpha play on my Twitch stream. Next week I may be adding some of my amazingly mediocre play on Overwatch as well. I play mystery heroes. My gold rank in comp will probably just rot because toxic people are no fun. We’ll see. Check me out on Twitch in case you haven’t already.