Interview with YouTuber TycerX

Today I get a lovely interview with TycerX, a Gaming YouTuber who will be at Minevention on 12th September. As well as Minecraft videos he also plays Steam games and recently hit 70,000 subscribers. Read on to get to know more!

You are the owner of Area 32, a charity fundraising Minecraft series. What made you start it up in the first place?
Good question! I started up the series Area32 after the success of Area31. Me and my friend Myles  had previously been part of a Minecraft War based livestream where a group of us YouTubers streamed for 2 hours starting from nothing to having full nukes and weaponry!! Me and Myles wanted to convert this format into a video series that had a charity aspect, hence we ended up at Area31 and 32! However it wouldn’t of got to where it is now without the support of everyone on the series!

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You play modded Minecraft, what has been your favourite mod so far and are there any mods you’d recommend players wishing to dip into modded Minecraft?
Ooo gosh, that’s a tricky question. I have used a lot of mods, however the one I’ve dabbled in the most is Mekanism. It’s pretty easy to get into and allows you to do alot of awesome things in the game, flying, underwater breathing and more!

How long have you been gaming for and what was your first video game?
I have been gaming since I was 13! My first video game was Pokemon Sapphire. I was out with my dad who was getting some things from B&Q, I was very bored and started looking around and found Pokemon Sapphire lodged under a piece of wood on the floor :P. I didn’t own a gameboy, however a few weeks later I got access to one and that’s where it all started :O

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Are there any YouTubers that you look up to or have helped you in some way?
I’m grateful to everyone I’ve had the chance to meet and work with on youtube, on and off camera. There is alot of things that people don’t see off camera that goes on to keep youtube channels running! I started youtube after I discovered the Yogscast and their series ‘Shadow of Israphel‘ a well worth series I do recommend!

Finally… Minevention is coming soon! Tell the readers why you think they should come to the event and is there anyone you hope to meet?
Come! Just do it, as Shia would say! But in all seriousness, if you’re a fan of any YouTubers there you should come along! It’s going to be an awesome day with lots of exciting panels!
I’m personally excited to meet everyone there, both friends and fans! I’ve yet to meet Jimmy-Solidarity Gaming in person, Myles and more.  It’s going to be epic having 5 members of the Area 32 team there! But overall meeting friends that I’ve made over the years!

Many thanks to TycerX for taking the time to answer some questions. Remember he and many other well known YouTubers will be at Minevention on 12th September.

YouTube Gaming

You’re probably thinking “but Mew, Gaming on YouTube has been around for YEARS!” and you’d be right. But this is a whole new part of YouTube. It’s… YouTube Gaming.

Okay maybe I’m not selling it well for you but here’s what my own channel now looks like on the YouTube Gaming website.

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So you see on the right there’s lots of icons of various channels? Those are people currently live right now. That’s right. It’s Twitch.tv but with the YouTube sticker on it. And I must say, it looks pretty impressive. And this could actually be a good contender for Twitch.tv specially as the main issue I have with Twitch is lack of help for streaming to make an income.

On the left are trending games and also for you to find your favourite games and “star” them so you can easily check them whenever you’re on the website. Again very similar to Twitch.tv in this case.

This is an app, this is the way many things will be going and so far I’m liking it. Do I honestly think this could beat Twitch down? You know that sound plumbers make that’s followed by “it’s gonna cost ya”? I’m kinda making that sound right now as to be honest… I’m unsure but at the same time think YouTube is already far bigger and better than Twitch and could well be the way forward for gaming and live streaming.

So will I live stream on here? Probably. I’ve got a lot happening right now (stay tuned for more videos and interviews!) as well as a ton of ideas popping into my head that I’ve yet to draft out anywhere other than in my brain. So yes I’ll give this platform a good try out and shall hope to see some of you there. If you wanna know when videos of mine come out or when I go live then click “subscribe” on my YouTube channel. Thanks!

Interview with SnakeDoctor

I watch a lot of YouTube, infact I have to admit we’ve not used out TV for anything apart from YouTube or Netflix for nearly a year now, and one of the channels I follow is SnakeDoctor. I decided to take a deep breath and send him an email asking if he would be up for an interview. Amazingly he was more than happy to do this! So here’s our little interview.

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What got you in to YouTube in the first place? Did you ever imagine having so many subscribers and your own merchandise?
I first got into YouTube when I was watching other content creators like the Yogscast, InTheLittlewood and CaptainSparklez. I was sitting there thinking that I would like to try it for myself but never for one second did I think I would be able to reach so many people with my videos. With regards to my merchandise, as a graphic designer by trade, designing logos and imagery has always been something I’ve done for others, so making my own “brand” was a wonderful experience and seeing the kids wearing my merchandise at conventions is an amazing feeling!

How long have you been gaming for?
My first computer was a Dragon 32 many years ago (too many to count). I think I was around 10 years old… So I’ve been gaming for at least 11 years 😉

I’ve been enjoying Area 32 on your channel. Can you perhaps tell the readers a little bit about the series and the charity Special Effect?
The basis of the series is that myself and several other YouTubers have been dropped into the world and we have to make alliances and build defences against the hostile mobs and players in the world with us. Most importantly however, is that the entire series was created to be able to give money to the chosen charity, Special Effect, who are a wonderful organisation that make bespoke gaming systems for disabled gamers. As an example, I saw a car racing game demonstrated at an event in London that was controlled solely by the players eyes. This dedication to creating custom control systems gives all gamers, disabled or not, the chance to play together, which is a fantastic thing. So far we have raised over £1500 for them and I hope that total will be much higher by the time the series comes to an end.

Apart from Minecraft what other games do you love to play?
I enjoy playing sports games such as FIFA in my spare time but as I spend so much of my day designing, recording and editing, I try to get away from the screen whenever I can.

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You’ve recently been part of Minevention Workshops over in Ireland and also Peterborough in September. What has it been like meeting fans and being such a big part of the Minecraft Community?
It’s what it’s all about for me. Meeting the fans that watch your videos is such a fantastic thing. The feeling when a child comes up to you and says how much they enjoy what you do is almost indescribable… I wouldn’t swap this job for the world. I feel very lucky.

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SnakeDoctor has his very own merchandise which you can find our on the Maker’s Shop. You can also play on SnakeDoctor’s Community Server. The IP is play.snakemc.com so why not check it out! And of course his YouTube channel for all his brilliant content.

Thanks very much to SnakeDoctor for answering questions and good luck on Area 32!