Let me start by saying I have never done this before…
Sure, I had a Xanga and Live Journal while I was in high school, a Tumblr while I was in college. A blog? Is it honestly considered the same as the three I mentioned? Close, perhaps, but this… it will be different.
I’ll start from the beginning.
I wish I could remember the first time I was introduced to the Elder Scrolls series. I honestly couldn’t tell you whether it was Morrowind or Oblivion, but I do remember that it was on Xbox. I remember that you could steal items from the NPCs, and I thought that was the coolest thing. A few years later… I saw another Elder Scrolls title and remembered how interesting that game seemed. In comes Skyrim and my first steps into truly engaging with a video game. My platform was PS3, and oh the struggle with loading on the PS3… I powered through, because, I mean, who wouldn’t with a game like Skyrim!?
A few more years later… I finally purchased a PS4. My original intention was to be able to play Call of Duty: Black Ops III with coworkers. Amazon had to go and had an unbeatable deal on the Skyrim Special Edition for the PS4. I delve into the description… all DLC included?! I’ve never played the DLC! I buy it and think, I’ll keep going on my PS3 character… I’ve made it so far. One day, I decide to check out the Special Edition, see how it plays. I’ll be damned, I’m never turning back. The gameplay is so much smoother on the PS4. Long live my first wood elf on Skyrim for PS3, but that lack of lag on the PS4 is too hard to resist.
As others who play Skyrim will tell you, the game is addictive. The story draws you in. What can be done feels unlimited. All the characters, builds, quests, and exploring. Even those who have played the game for years can still find something new. I feel like the word obsessed can have negative connotations, but it feels like a fairly accurate description of how I felt about Skyrim at that point. I was always excited to get home and play a few more hours. I would think about it at work, wanting to find others who shared my passion for the game. Along came Reddit. Oh, Reddit. You bring so many together for so many different reasons. Suddenly, reading about Skyrim doesn’t feel like enough. I want to see the action. I vaguely remembered someone talking about Twitch. What is this Twitch? Well, I soon found out. The first streamer I ever watched, who was playing 2x Legendary on Skyrim Special Edition for PC, was AjiraKimberly.
Little did I know that I would be watching the same streamer one year later and be a moderator for his channel. I admit it was tough initially to break into the community. Most are tight-knit groups that have viewers that been around for years or at least some months. You try to be witty and entertain the others so that you build a rapport. It’s certainly not easy when you’re dealing with a variety of ages, but I engaged it and kept coming back for both Ajira and the community he had built. You have this badass bearded gentleman from the Netherlands playing a game I’m currently “obsessed” with, and he’s doing it on a difficulty I could probably never dream of. What’s not enticing about that?!
I digress. I had found a source for enjoying Skyrim outside the hours I was able to play. The more I watched the stream, the more I realized how much a computer would serve me in my growing gaming hobby. The limitations of modding on consoles is discouraging, particularly Playstation. To be fair, there are some great titles released exclusively for consoles. One in particular for PS4 was Horizon Zero Dawn. Beautiful game, exceptional story, and beyond worth having a console for. Again, I digress, but now here I am, perturbed by my lack of modding capabilities on the PS4 for Skyrim. I’m thinking… I must get a gaming computer. Not only for the sake of modding, but for the sake of playing games with Ajira and others I had encountered on the stream. GTA V, Warframe, Elder Scrolls Online, BroForce. All these games I could play with others if only I had a gaming computer…
The long-awaited computer has arrived, earlier this year, matter of fact. It’s been a glorious month, playing games like Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds, Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt, Warframe, and Somewhere Out There. I have not yet had the opportunity to purchase other games that I had mentioned previously. The computer wasn’t exactly a cheap venture. Quick plug for iBuyPower. Great computer on a great New Year’s sale. Worth considering if you’re not wanting to build a PC.
So, here we are. A year later from my first venture onto Twitch. I have a gaming computer. I am a moderator for a partnered Twitch streamer. My passion for gaming and the gaming industry has grown immensely, and what do I want to do? I want to be a Community Manager.