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December 4, 2018 / Jett

Elgato Stream Deck Review

Before I began streaming, I dismissed the Elgato Stream Deck as an expensive gimmick. At its regular price of $150 US/$220 CAD, you are paying a lot for what simply appears to be nothing more than 15 buttons. Once I started getting into streaming, I felt that I could manage my stream just fine with a keyboard and mouse.

With many hours of streaming under my belt now, I’ve begun to understand where a device like the Stream Deck could come in handy. I use my keyboard for hot keys, but I can’t unbind them from their default functions. For example, I want to type in a new numerical value to adjust the volume of the game. All of a sudden, my scene quickly flashes and ends on the wrong view because those same numbers are mapped to my different scenes. I’ve streamed for far too long with a muted mic because I didn’t realize it was muted. For a production-heavy show like Boss Rush, where I’m the host and the producer, I spend too much time not engaging with the crew or the audience because I’m too busy looking at the screen trying to cue up the next video or manage all of the visual elements that go into our game shows.

At this point in my streaming career, I knew that I needed more buttons. There are alternatives to the pricey Stream Deck, such as phone apps that offer similar functionality, or DIY solutions that can be done for much cheaper. You can even buy a cheaper Stream Deck featuring only six buttons. But when the original 15-button model went on sale as part of Black Friday, I scooped one up immediately.

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December 3, 2018 / Jett

Transferring Pokemon Between Pokemon Go and Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu/Let’s Go Eevee

I am a mainline Pokemon scrub. Having only previously played Pokemon X and Pokemon Ultra Moon, I stumbled through both of those games with the handful of Pokemon I caught along the way. I was nowhere near close to finishing up my Pokedex in either.

In the world of Pokemon Go, it’s a different story. Having played religiously every day since launch, I’m a max level trainer with over 1,100 high-level-high-IV Pokemon in storage. With PvP just around the corner, I’m ready to scrap with anyone!

These two worlds collide in Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu/Let’s Go Eevee. Once you hit Fuchsia City, you unlock the ability to transfer your Pokemon Go buddies into Let’s Go Pikachu/Let’s Go Eevee. I just got there and I’m standing outside the building where the transfer takes place. I can send over a complete Pokedex full of high-IV Pokemon right now. But do I want to?

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December 2, 2018 / Jett

Ashe Impressions in Overwatch

Leader of the Deadlock Gang, Ashe enters the world of Overwatch as the latest playable character. Packing an assortment of guns, explosives, and a large weaponized robot on speed dial, she’s looking to get her hands dirty on the battlefield. The initial trailer piqued my interest in her, but having played her for the past few weeks has been really eye-opening.

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December 1, 2018 / Jett

Games I Was Late to the Party For

Keeping up with the latest and greatest in games is an unrealistic task for most. With so many new games hitting every week and prices that make it difficult to obtain everything you want, certain games will slip through the cracks. There are also games that weren’t on your radar at the time of release that make their way to the top of your priority list later on. Whatever the case may be, we all inevitably get to some games after the zeitgeist has moved on.

Here’s a list of games that originally slipped by that I finally got around to.

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November 30, 2018 / Jett

Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu: Bailed Out By Zippy Zap in Saffron City!

I stumble into Saffron City and repeatedly enter fights with Team Rocket without healing my Pokemon. Whoops! More Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu/Let’s Go Eevee action!


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November 29, 2018 / Jett

One Meaningful Change to Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu/Let’s Go Eevee That I Love

From taking players all the way back to Kanto region, to completely reworking the catching mechanics, Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu/Let’s Go Eevee goes a long way towards streamlining the Pokemon experience. Generally speaking, I like the direction the game went with this particular title, though I dearly miss seeing which moves will be super effective/not effective on the menu. However, I’m overjoyed for one particular thing from Sun and Moon that was dramatically changed in Let’s Go Pikachu/Let’s Go Eevee. Read more…

November 28, 2018 / Jett

Streaming to a younger audience and the greater discussion of how one’s work can impact the world

In Third Person at its core has always been a personal outlet. Taking my deep thoughts and feelings around video games and translating them into text, I didn’t really pay any mind to who was on the receiving end of my content. When I started making YouTube videos, I got a bit of a better idea of who that was. Based on their demographic data, the audience for videos was 99% male, ages 18-34. Regardless of what demographic gravitated towards my work, I always felt like the thoughts and feelings I wanted to share in the moment were more important than trying to appeal to an audience.

Things are a little different on Twitch. While I’m pretty sure the vast majority of my followers are male, I’ve chatted with a number of viewers who have identified themselves as being high school or elementary school students. It has caused me to think more about those on the receiving end and the impact I was making on the world.

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November 27, 2018 / Jett

Pikachu is Cute and Wartortle Scalds its Way Through Route 9! – Pokemon Let’s Go Action!

Working our way through to Lavender Town in Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu/Let’s Go Eevee, we run into a bunch of competition in route 9 before Team Rocket attacks us at the end! We also spend a lot of time talking about the nuances of pizza!


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November 26, 2018 / Jett

Marvel’s Spider-Man Review

Peter Parker is no stranger to video games. Having starred or appeared in dozens of titles throughout history, most of them have been terrible, as he’s largely been tied to sub-par games made as side products in support of something else. But if there were any character that was most deserving of the Arkham treatment, it’s the web crawler. We’ve seen glimpses of how good he can be through games that fell a bit short of greatness, but the potential has always been there due to the character’s inherent design and the lore around him. Finally, thanks to the good folks at Insomniac Games, Spider-Man was given the time and love needed to fulfill the promise of what a Spidey-centric game could be. The results are fantastic.

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November 25, 2018 / Jett

My Struggle With 3D Fighting Games

Over the past decade, I’ve overcome so much in the world of fighting games. Coming into Street Fighter IV as a lapsed fan of the genre with barely any skills to begin with, my knowledge and skills have developed to a point where I’m proficient in numerous fighters. However, there’s at least one entire sub-genre that I suck at: 3D fighting games.

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