Interview: Aurora Peachy!

This week we here at Tritopsgaming had the joy of interviewing the wonderful streamer and Youtuber Aurora Peachy, we spent time geeking out about Guild Wars, Twitch and our love of all things gaming. Sit back and enjoy some time with one of our own person favourite streamers:

For those who may not be too familiar with your work, can you tell us about who you are and what you do?

Hi! I’m AuroraPeachy, and I’m a YouTuber and Twitch streamer, focusing on Guild Wars 2 and Sailor Moon, my two favourite franchises. I also focus on having a welcoming, friendly and helpful atmosphere on my channels, and a strong sense of community. I’ve been creating YouTube videos for almost 4 years, and streaming on Twitch for 1 year.

Streaming and Broadcasting

What was it that made you want to get into streaming and YouTube?

Quite simply, watching other streamers and YouTubers! I’ve loved video editing and creation all my life, but it was my time watching video game Let’s Plays that made me finally say, “I can do that!”

What advice can you give newcomers to streaming and such?

Do it because you love it. First and foremost, when you’re just starting out, you have to treat it like a hobby. It’s very easy to focus on numbers, followers, viewers, subscribers, but if you focus on these numbers and not your own enjoyment of making content, you will most likely get discouraged very quickly. I had less than 100 YouTube subscribers for over a year when I first started. But I kept going, because I loved creating content for the sake of creating content, even if only a few people were watching. That was enough to make me happy.

What was your first streaming set up and how has it changed over time?

I’ve always created content that I personally enjoy watching. I love seeing people’s faces when they’re playing a game, so I try to always include mine, even if it’s more work. Over time my equipment has gotten better, I’ve become a better commentator, added popup notifications and fun things to my stream, but the fundamentals haven’t really changed.

Some people worry that streaming equipment may cost too much and put them off doing so, is there any cheap and cheerful alternatives to get people streaming without splashing out?

Don’t think that if you’re just starting out that you have to have the best of the best everything. If you can afford it, sure, go for it, but don’t be discouraged if you can’t afford that $150 prosumer microphone. Start with what you have, and improve slowly over time. I started with very basic equipment that I had laying around, and slowly improved over years as I learned that this is what I wanted to do with my life. I’m still constantly upgrading!

Twitch gives you more access to fans and viewers, how does it feel having so many subscribers and viewers?

I’m far from huge on either YouTube or Twitch, but while it feels wonderful to have such a fantastic viewer base, the bigger it gets the more discipline I have to have when it comes to communicating with them. It’s a very delicate balancing act between communicating with the community and creating the content they love! I sacrifice a lot of my own personal time to try and do both, and I have to continue to balance my time. It can be very overwhelming at times! But I love it and I love them.

Your channels have become very popular with a lot of great feedback but how do you deal with negativity in chat or comments?

If I get pure negativity in comments on YouTube, they’re deleted immediately. Those don’t bother me at all, and I don’t receive them often. Negativity while streaming is much more difficult to deal with, because I feel so connected with everyone in the chat room, so when a troll appears, it hits me immediately and deep. I do my best to shrug it off, but human nature being what it is, those comments can stick, and they do affect me on stream. I have great moderators that purge rude comments quickly though, so most of the time I don’t have to deal with them, which helps so much. Bottom line, I give them no attention. If I bring attention to them, respond to them, etc, they win.

We have seen some drama about women within streaming and some of the negativity and unwanted attention it can attract (not that it happens all the time but a few circumstances has attracted media attention), how do you feel as a woman within gaming?

To be honest, I give it very little thought. Women and men are equals, and most people treat us that way. For those who don’t, I want nothing to do with them. Perhaps I’ve been very fortunate in not getting a lot of sexist attention, but it really doesn’t affect me that much. I feel very sorry for those who
do, and my advice would be to just ignore it and ban the worst offenders. If you give attention to it, it will just get worse.

Over the years we have seen a huge increase in female gamers which is fantastic, why do you think more girls are playing games now or why do you feel girls are more open to talking about playing games now?

I think more women feel comfortable putting themselves out there in these geeky genres. I was teased in high school (over 10 years ago) for liking geeky things, so I never would have put myself out there back then. I hid my passions and only shared them with my close friends. The more accepted geek culture became, the more women started showing that, thus attracting even more. I think it’s wonderful!

Your channel consists of a lot of Guild Wars 2, tell us a little about how you got into GW2.

I discovered the original Guild Wars in 2006. It was my first MMO and I fell in love with everything about it. I’ve played it regularly ever since. I started making YouTube Let’s Plays right before Guild Wars 2 launched, and even though I didn’t’ start making videos on the game immediately, it was natural that my content would become focused on my favourite game.

What is about Guild Wars that made it become one of your key streaming focus?

First and foremost, GW2 is my favourite game. I play it almost every day anyway, so focusing my content on it is only natural. Because of this, it’s the game I’m most known for, so my highest concurrent viewer count is always when I’m streaming GW2. So of course that’s my main motivation, but the second huge factor in my focus and knowledge of the game is my sponsorship with ArenaNet. The ArenaNet Partnership Program is like nothing else I’ve ever experienced. Having a direct line of communication with the developers of the game, seeing them show up in my streams, reply to me on Twitter, be genuinely interested in my content and my opinions,etc , is the most amazing experience I’ve gotten out of everything I’ve done on YouTube and Twitch. Thus, I want to give back to them by sharing my love and knowledge of the game with as many people as I can, as often as I can.

What’s your view on the latest expansion Heart of Thorns?

I’ve loved every minute of Heart of Thorns. ArenaNet does a fantastic job of listening to the community, and they’ve given us so much of what we were asking for, as well as things we didn’t even know we wanted. The new end-game progression system (The Mastery System), Elite Specializations, hardcore raid content, new maps, new story, improvements to core game systems, the list goes on and on.

You also host a GW2 podcast how did that come about?

I host GuildGab, a Guild Wars 2 talk show, live on Twitch every Thursday at 1pm Eastern time, along with 3 other extremely passionate and knowledgeable GW2 fans (@CorvusPlays, @RPGShack & @MMOINKS). I was a huge fan of GuildCast, Gamebreaker.tv’s GW2 show. After that ended, I was approached by @AkasaurusRex, another GW2 fan, and asked if I wanted to start a show like GuildCast. I said yes, and the rest is history
.

Is difficult to fill a podcast which new content every week on the same game?

ArenaNet has an extremely aggressive release schedule, whether it’s game patches, gem store updates, Living World releases, holiday events, or just a blog post filled with lore and information. We’re very fortunate that there’s very rarely nothing new to talk about every single week! And if there happens to be nothing, we can always go back to deep lore theories, community Q&As, or just geeking out about the game in general!

What advice would you like to give people who would be interested in podcasting?

Besides “Just do it!” I would say find a group of people you are very comfortable with, who are extremely passionate and knowledgeable about the subject matter. Passion is everything!!

Podcasts have become massively popular throughout the years, do you have any personal favorites to listen to?

I’ve never been huge into listening to/watching podcasts, but my favourites over the years have been GuildCast and VisualWood, obviously for their Guild Wars 2 content, and through that, becoming fans of the casters themselves.

Aurora Peachy Guild Wars 2 Community Parties.

General Gaming

How did you get into gaming?

I’ve been playing games since I was big enough to work a keyboard. I feel lucky that my dad is very in to computers and technology, and my first PC gaming experiences were playing Preschool Bus on DOS. I went from very early PC games to Atari and Nintendo consoles (I was a Nintendo kid!), to more advanced PC games.

What are your top 5 favourite games?

This is very tough as my tastes change very often, and I account heavily for nostalgia, but currently I would have to say Guild Wars 2, the original Guild Wars, Super Mario RPG, The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask, and The Sims franchise.

What is your favourite game to stream?

Guild Wars 2 of course.

What are your favourite video game soundtracks?

Music is HUGE to me in games, since I’m a very emotional person, and music usually plays a big part in those emotions. The soundtrack for GW2 Heart of Thorns (composed by Maclaine Diemer and Lena Chappelle) is overall breath taking, blowing away everything in the core game in my opinion. There will always be a place in my heart for the Super Mario RPG soundtrack, especially the ending theme, which has made me shed tears on many occasions by itself, without even playing the game.

What does gaming mean to you and why is it so important?

Gaming has always been a part of my life and a part of who I am. It’s my passion, my obsession, and being able to share my enthusiasm with a community of fans who share that love is one of my greatest joys in life. We all need something to be passionate about, to pour our creativity and energy into, and I’m lucky that mine happens to be something that, with today’s technology, I can share with the world 🙂

If you would like to know more or sink your teeth into some of the fantastic content from Aurora Peachy head on over to:

http://youtube.com/aurorapeachy

http://twitch.tv/aurora_peachy

https://www.facebook.com/AuroraPeachy

https://twitter.com/AuroraPeachy

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