Happy Friday, Guardians! Welcome again to one in all our favourite segments on Bungie.web, this week’s Community Focus! This week we’re chatting with a content material creator who has a fairly rad day job, Kujay!
Hi Kujay! Thank you for taking the time to speak with us! So, let’s get began with just a little background. Who are you, what are your pronouns, and the place are you from?
Hello, my identify 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 jap Kansas earlier than ultimately shifting out to Southern California after faculty.
Wait, plane designer? Yeah, we’re going to have to the touch on that in a second. But first, what bought you into gaming and content material creation?
I bought into gaming at a really younger age, once I was simply 4 years outdated. I had simply began going to daycare, and there was a Super Nintendo that each one the children might play with. The first sport I ever performed was Yoshi’s Island (nonetheless an incredible sport to at the present time!), and good lord, I used to be hooked instantly! Fast ahead about 20 years, and after shifting 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 pal of mine who was streaming began poking me about attempting out streaming for myself. After pushing him off for a couple of months, I ultimately gave in and purchased a PS4 webcam. I discovered 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 type 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 number of Trials of Osiris help!). However, because the years glided by and the tasks for my day job began mounting, I started to reduce 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 digicam rolling for a reside stream. And on the Twitch aspect of the home, I’m principally a “weekend warrior” now, with streams solely on Saturdays and Sundays. It’s been powerful to juggle the 2 sides of my life, but in addition IMMENSELY rewarding. How many individuals get to design airplanes throughout the week, after which come residence to a profitable stream and YouTube channel on the weekend? It’s one thing that I do not take with no consideration!
Gosh, that simply appears like such a wild experience, and also you appear to have carried out such an ideal job at sustaining it. So, you talked about Yoshi’s Island, however how did you discover it 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 did not sport a lot in any respect throughout my freshman or sophomore years of faculty. However, I bought pulled again in by the PS4 remaster of The Last of Us (AMAZING sport btw!), which I by no means bought the possibility to play when it was initially launched. And then, as if by “future” (wink wink), a couple of days after ending up The Last of UsI bought 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 lots of my childhood buddies had been MASSIVE Hello followers. When I requested them about Bungie’s subsequent mission Destinyall of them inspired me to strive it, describing the sport as a mashup of Call of Duty, Helloand “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 most effective I had ever skilled. And now, over eight years later, I’m nonetheless as helplessly hooked on it 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 give attention to while you’re streaming or making movies?
I wish to give attention to 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 might 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 want you knew earlier than beginning, or at the very least at first of, your Destiny journey?
Honestly, I want that somebody had advised me simply how totally I used to be going to be absorbed into it Destiny universe and the broader Bungie group. How am I nonetheless enjoying the identical sport after eight years?! Hahaha, simply kidding =). But in all seriousness, I want I knew how necessary 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 strategy to LFG (Looking for Group) web sites. If I hadn’t been captured by the magic of OG Vault of Glass, there is a good likelihood I could have stopped enjoying Destiny throughout these early days. The sport is immensely extra enjoyable to play when you’ve buddies to leap into more durable 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 begin forming pal teams of their very own and unlocking the true “endgame” of Destiny.
Heck yeah! With endgame content material being your focus, do you’ve any recommendation for gamers seeking to enhance their expertise as a participant?
If you are somebody who needs to dive deeper into the endgame experiences Destiny and enhance your expertise, the very best factor you are able to do is attain out to different gamers and begin constructing a pal group you can play Destiny with. While Destiny might be performed solo, the sport’s full potential is realized when you’ve a longtime group of individuals you can lean on, each in informal PvE environments and deep within the trenches of Trials. Teamwork actually makes the dream work, and you will change into a greater participant when collaborating with different like-minded gamers over time.
Alright, it is time to ask, what’s your fundamental character and favourite subclass?
I’ll most likely draw lots of anger right here, however Hunter is my fundamental 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 strategy 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 would possibly simply be the good Super within the sport now. I used to play Arcstrider from Seasons 2 via 8, so coming residence to my outdated child with Arc 3.0 has been wonderful!
Oh sure, going quick in video video games is all the time enjoyable! 😊 What type of vibe does your channel preserve?
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 speak about builds or the state of the sport as an entire, all whereas protecting issues fairly light-hearted with a number 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 schooling and leisure.
Entertaining and academic whereas protecting it light-hearted? Sounds like my type of place!
Alright, it is about time to wrap up our interview, however I did wish to ask as a result of you’ve been actually inspirational to date in our dialog. What is one thing you wish to ensure each New Light is aware of as they be a part of the Guardian ranks?
With the present New Light expertise, it may well really feel overwhelming when you wrap up your introduction within the Cosmodrome. You’re summoned to the Towe, and also you’re offered 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 ideal likelihood you will have gotten to strive some new weapons, elevated your Power a bit, and on the whole, 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 energetic over within the nation of Twitterwith loads of sizzling takes and shenanigans to maintain nearly anybody entertained!
Stay artful, Guardians!