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Rededicating myself to what works.

Published by skpacman 01/16/2022 in News
Over the past 6 years of being a content creator, I've made several moves, leaps, and shuffles back-and-forth between content styles, sites, and genres. Redefining myself over and over until I lost sight of what I started doing this for. As of January 2022, I have refocused my efforts to where I have the greatest impact and what best matches my availability and beliefs.

So, here's the rundown:
  • I have re-entered the Twitch Affiliate contract and Twitch is where my main content will be. My schedule will remain M/W/F at 9pm Mountain Time (11pm EST).
  • I will be taking my Twitch VODs and uploading them unedited to a playlist on my YouTube channel.
  • If a game streamed on Twitch would make a suitable proper series on YouTube, I'll be editing the streams into episodes/parts for a series.
  • The rest of YouTube will be clips, funnies, and exclusive YT content (sponsorships, pre-release content, recorded content, shorts, skits, and funnies)
  • TikTok will be the same shorts uploaded to YT and my own personal brand of messing around.

If you'd like to support me in this re-dedication of my efforts into my channels, feel free to go to the Support Me page, show up to streams, share my social content, or hang out on the discord.

Luv ur faces.

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We're Sponsored!

Published by skpacman 04/06/2021 in Games

Hey, you see that green white graphic that says Powered By Nerd Nation IT?

Yep. We're officially sponsored!

I'll be making an official post with a full review of the PC and benchmarks as soon as I can!

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Site Changelog 3/16/2021

Published by skpacman 03/16/2021 in Software
  • Changed backend OAuth to automatically grab a new key when the old one expires instead of me manually having to generate a new one every time the old one expires. This will make sure the site always has the latest info.
  • Removed a layer of the main content frame so it's not 3-deep.
  • Added some css to make the background blur behind the page content.
  • Changed the background engine to the "tsparticles" system which uses typescript as well as the usual settings of particles.js. This makes it load faster, and work better on mobile. More cool stuff coming for this.
  • Rebuilt the socials panel from the ground up. It's much easier to add new socials there now.
  • Removed the chatra live chat option. If people want to chat with me, they can hit up my discord.
  • Added redirects for glimesh, twitch, and discord.
    • glimesh.skpacman.live
    • twitch.skpacman.live
    • discord.skpacman.live
  • Rebuilt the Tiltify infograb on /portfolio to pull from my database and only update the page once every 24 hours. Reduces the strain on Tiltify's servers and makes the page load faster.
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I started on TikTok!

Published by skpacman 03/12/2021 in Journal
After years of putting it off, thinking it was just an app for fads and people copying each other, and for sheep to follow trends, I finally started using my TikTok.

While there's a lot of garbage on there, there's also some good content to be had.

Follow me there and I'll be making more content soon :)
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Glimesh Launch Day Review

Published by skpacman 03/03/2021 in Software

An honest review of Launch Day for Glimesh:

To say "The hype is real" would be an immense understatement. The hype was unimaginable and the Glimesh community was surging and powerful. But, for some, there was nothing but frustration and confusion.

While the Dev team had their hands full figuring out FTL implementation issues on their servers and ramping up server capacity to handle the torrent of streams pouring in to try out the service, some of the streamers were left high and dry while others had absolutely no issues.

My personal experience trying to stream to Glimesh on launch day was frustrating at best. The 3rd party patcher that they had made that added their service to the list of services available in SLOBS and OBS Studio at first made my OBS Studio unable to launch. After a reboot then a subsequent reinstall of OBS then re-run the patch, then did it work and was able to connect. Not stream, mind you. Just connect. My audio would come through fine, but the video was spotty and only a few frames made it through their ingest servers at a time. Double checked my settings against their suggested settings, and everything lined up. Turned out, after over an hour of testing combinations of destination server vs NVENC settings, did I come across an epiphany that sent me down a rabbit hole that produced an actual watchable stream.

Trust me, I get it. Launch day woes. They weren't prepared for the horde of streamers that were sledgehammering their ingest servers.

Aside from my personal experience, there's other things to say about the service. The site reminds me of Beam when it first started out. Clunky in some places, sleek af in others. Like if Beam and Vidme had a streaming baby with slick visuals. Same launch issues, though, but still better than dealing with the ilk on twitch some other platforms.

I genuinely believe Glimesh has the structure, dev team, and dedication of some really talented people to make it a worthy successor to Beam, but hopefully they don't fall into the same trap that Beam did when Microsoft stepped in. Let's be clear, I would love to see a huge company come in, scoop them up, and treat them right. Turn it into an overnight success and send the execs at Twitch running with their tail between their legs. Lets hope, for the sake of us all still searching for a streaming site to call "home", that they continue to do right by us and make it a platform we all can be proud of.

All that said, I won't be streaming there until all of their ingest server issues have been worked out. Yes, I know being a founding streamer on any platform affords you some inherent viewership and accelerated growth due to how early you were, but I'm going to forego the selfish endeavor of weighing down their servers just for my own channel's sake.

This isn't the last you've heard of Glimesh. Mark my words.

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Glimesh Launches 3/2/2021

Published by skpacman 02/25/2021 in News

If you've listened to the podcast or been around the channel at all over the last 6 months, you would have heard me talk about Glimesh.

It's a new streaming service that's in direct competition with Twitch, but feels (and looks) more like Beam when it got started. The service uses FTL instead of RTMP so stream delay between the streamer and viewer should be in the milliseconds, not 7-10 full seconds. There will be no proprietary streaming software like Caffeine (which is a good thing) but the site will be very limited in capability and likely will have issues on Day 1.

As for me? I'll be streaming there on days that aren't my usual M-W-F schedule on Twitch. If I like the site and software and the dev team keeps up with updates as they promised, then I'll consider switching my normal schedule over there, similar to how I did it on Mixer.

Lots of awesome and exciting things coming to the channel soon!

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