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      Twitch, Food & Gaming: Interview with SushiDay

      Twitch, Food & Gaming: Interview with SushiDay

       

      How was your stream originally born?

      My husband and I started streaming cooking on our SushiDay channel on Twitch almost three years ago, and then about a year ago decided to dabble in creating videos for YouTube. At the time, our YouTube videos were sushi only, but after a few months we stopped because we were having a lot of trouble creating high-quality videos (and just doing sushi gets VERY repetitive.)

      In January of this year, we were doing more streaming on our SushiCodes Twitch channel, creating game prototypes, and we bought a new camera so we could both have face cams for the stream. Then, a month later, we started our SushiCodes YouTube channel, dabbling in Let's Play content and devlogs.

      We hadn't intended to get back into creating food videos for YouTube, but in May of this year, another streamer suggested editing our stream VODs to create short recipe videos. At the time, we were also starting to get a little burnt out on streaming. We tried making short videos from our stream VODs, and then realized, we have a fancy new camera, why not use that? We did a test run of a full video, realized how much easier it is to create videos now that we have a nicer camera, and we've been making food videos ever since!

       

       

      What helped excite your early audience and get your community engaged?

      Much of our original YouTube audience came from our Twitch community. Our old viewers and fellow streamers have been incredibly supportive.

      Both on Twitch and on YouTube, we've always had a huge focus on quality. We used to always have new viewers coming in asking about our cameras and remarking on our video quality, and we try to keep the standards high for our YouTube channel as well. We're both huge nerds, so geeking out about cameras and lighting is a lot of fun for us.

      When we live-streamed, people always noted how fun we are as a couple, so we try to bring that lighthearted goofiness to our YouTube videos as well. And Shrimpy made an appearance a few times in the original sushi videos, and our viewers loved him - so we recently brought him back as a "sous chef"!

      We do our best to cook interesting food, but make it look both amazing and accessible. We've had so many people make the recipes after seeing our YouTube videos.

       

       

      What did you learn about yourself through becoming a food-focused creator on Youtube?

      There's a huge difference between Twitch and YouTube, at least for the way we streamed. Twitch is very social, and more about hanging out - your viewers are watching you for hours while you make a dish, so most of the time you're just chatting about random things, being silly to entertain them, and filling the downtime when something is simmering for a while or in the oven. I'd always try to choose recipes that weren't extremely complicated and didn't require too much concentration - it's not as much fun if you're so focused on the cooking that you can't chat with your viewers.

      On the other hand, our YouTube channel is much more focused on the food. I can really geek out about recipes, make more complicated things, and spend extra time on recipe development/testing. I never thought I'd have any interest in recipe development, but I had a TON of fun coming up with those Incendiary Jalapeno Poppers for your Bite the Bullet game. It's also easier to get the really gorgeous food shots because of the way we film I'm never trying to cook and talk to the camera at the same time. And we've realized that my husband really enjoys geeking out about the editing side of things - he's having way more fun with that than either of us ever expected.

       

       

      What makes the food community so special?

      I'm still very new to the food community on YouTube, but the Twitch food community really is something else. It can be so hard to grow or find your people as a new streamer on Twitch, but from the very beginning, the food community welcomed us with open arms. Both the viewers (many of whom you'll see all over the food community) and streamers were always friendly and supportive, and there are a lot of people from Twitch whom I now consider good friends. I've had the opportunity to meet so many of the viewers and streamers in person, and they've all been absolutely wonderful.

       

       

      Which streamers influenced you the most?

      Back at the beginning, in 2017, there were only a few cooking streamers. HealthyAddict and CookingForNoobs were the first cooking streams I ever watched, and a lot of my original inspiration came from them. TheHungerService and MikeSci have been good friends and have great streams, and they've been a huge influence as well. ChefDeParty was another that welcomed us from the very start, and when he became a Twitch partner and created the Bone-In stream team, that did a lot to bring together the community of cooking streamers.

      On YouTube, MrSporksHands was the YouTuber who most encouraged us to start creating videos. I've also known FoodWishes for years (I met him at a food blogger conference a decade ago), and he's been a huge inspiration as well.

       

       

      Any fun stories or wild moments you can share?

      Nothing too wild has happened yet on our YouTube channel (aside from that one time a light fell on my face), but there were definitely some in our Twitch stream! We accidentally deep-fried a camera once (2 years later, it still works fine!)

       

       

      What's your favorite memory as a gamer?

      Oh, so many! Sinking hours into Pickle Wars and Chip's Challenge as a kid, getting ridiculously good at Minesweeper as a teen, playing Mario Kart and WoW with my husband to relax after work or streaming in more recent years! But my favorite memory has got to be the time we were both in tears, ugly crying from laughter while playing Overcooked 2 on video for our Let's Play series earlier this year. I kept getting run over, he thought it was the funniest thing ever, and by the end I'd never ugly laugh-cried so hard on the internet before.

       

       

      Who will enjoy your stream the most?

      If you like interesting food, Asian food, gorgeous videography, a very goofy couple, or Shrimp puppets... then you'll probably enjoy our channel!

       

       

      Anything else you'd like to add?

      Loved the opportunity to mix games and food, thank you again for being so willing to work with our YouTube channel and the Food & Drink streamers on Twitch!

       

       

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      Twitch, Food & Gaming: Interview with The Practical Escapist

      Twitch, Food & Gaming: Interview with The Practical Escapist

       

       

       

      How was your stream originally born?

      I was making a YouTube channel for cooking pop culture-inspired dishes gone vegan. My husband streams gaming on twitch and I thought it would make a great way to promote my YouTube channel. As it turned out, I fell in love with streaming so much that I started making videos to promote my twitch streaming. In the end, I did the exact opposite of what I had originally planned. This question makes me laugh every time because of this.

       

       

      What helped excite your early audience and get your community engaged?

      My audience loved watching my cats and my daughter. My very first clip was of my youngest cat jumping on my head while I was measuring out molasses for gingerbread. My tag line In the early days was “come for the snacks, stay for the cats”. Also, a lot of audience members were interested in the plant-based cooking, which is often misunderstood.

       

       

      What did you learn about yourself through becoming a food-focused streamer on Twitch?

      I’ve learned so much! I think what I’ve learned most is how to be more confident. I’ve also gotten much better at laughing at myself. If you make a mistake while live, it can really sour the audience’s mood to get broody or upset, so you have to laugh at yourself, for them. And eventually, you learn to laugh at yourself for your sake, too.

       

       

      What makes the food community on Twitch so special?

      We’re kind of like a big family. It’s one of the smaller non-gaming categories so we’re pretty tight and a lot of us know each other. Like food, there’s plenty of twitch love to go around, so everyone shares their communities and has no trouble spreading the love.

       

       

      Which streamers influenced you the most?

      Rattenni’s Kitchen was the first cooking stream I watched regularly. I saw the production, the incredible food, and the fun banter, and I was blown away. I was immediately inspired. Also, I love TheHungerService—he’s such a wonderful presence and everything he makes is amazing. HappyChefTV’s presentation is just beautiful and he is so fun to watch. And MrsRuvi is hilarious and creative—and a fellow mom as well—so I can both enjoy her show and relate.

       

       

      What's your favorite memory as a gamer?

      In March of this year, I was playing Borderlands 3 on my husband’s stream—I was also 9 months pregnant. During his stream, I was having really intense Braxton Hicks (practice) contractions and was getting quite uncomfortable. We ended the stream at midnight and headed to bed. The contractions ramped up, and we rushed to the hospital. At 3:57 am, she was born!

       

       

      Who will enjoy your stream the most?

      People who are looking for a friendly community. The viewers always feel like family, and there’s always room at the table for more. We even celebrate viewer birthdays!

       

       

      Anything else you'd like to add?

      If you’ve ever considered streaming, I highly recommend just diving in and giving it a try. Have no expectations and have fun with it. Equipment and skills will improve. If you’re genuine, if you be yourself, and if you do what you love, everything else will come after.

       


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        Twitch, Food & Gaming: Interview with Chef Sandy

        Twitch, Food & Gaming: Interview with Chef Sandy

         

         

         

        How was your stream originally born?

        I was on Xbox, watching Mixer grow, hearing about Twitch and wanted to throw my "skills" into the ring then POOF Pipeline became a thing and I found a strong base to set a foundation for learning what a stream was, how to brand it, and how to grow a community.

         

         

        What helped excite your early audience and get your community engaged?

        Mixer was still growing and honestly I was a new sort of variety gamer I feel like - a baby Dr D set out to entertain the masses.

         

         

        What did you learn about yourself through becoming a food-focused streamer on Twitch?

        It's a nice niche to fall into - it isn't as Saturated (pun intended) as many other forms of streaming and WIRE MANAGEMENT is key for kitchen cams.

         

         

        What makes the food community on Twitch so special?

        I am still relatively new to Twitch and have yet to see everything to offer, but am excited to use this opportunity as my stepping stone.

         

         

        Which streamers influenced you the most?

        #1 Dr.Disrespect. I've learned from all streamers including the Pipeline with StoneMountain64 and Snoopeh, but beyond the big names out there I enjoy Doc because he is an entertainer = streamer which is the balance I hope to find between my food and gaming.

         

         

        Any fun stories or wild moments of how you made the transition from Mixer?

        I thought Mixer would be home, but the first Twitch stream (before my Mixer career) I broadcasted was to a military buddy playing Rockstar games for the Mayhem.

         

         

        What's your favorite memory as a gamer?

        Probably way, way back in the day when I can't remember my age exactly but I remember Christmas morning walking out to see the Atari / Nintendo Combo both plugged in and playing menus -- Fondly remembering Donkey Kong as it was the Star of the Show.

         

         

        Who will enjoy your stream the most?

        If you enjoy Adult Swim, Anthony Bourdain, a disdain for authority, or a good ol' cursing then I'm probably a candidate.

         

         

        Anything else you'd like to add?

        The most important thing to remember is to always ask the new hire to bring you the "bacon stretcher" or "rice peeler" while orientating as this is one of the most important team-building exercises known to man.

         

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        Bullet Appétit - Volume Five

        Bullet Appétit - Volume Five

         

         

        The whole is greater than the part, and a video game is all about immersion. A video game is more than just code.It is its story, its art, sound design, gameplay, its localization, its challenges. To create a great game, each of these pieces have to come together in harmony.

        Without question, it’s the same with any great recipe. It’s not just about the recipe, but the quality of ingredients, the effort behind the making, and the passion to create something delicious.

        When we began working on Bite The Bullet, we wanted to pay homage to great games of the past while incorporating modern game design and polish that our fans would love. The world-building and game mechanics are all built around eating. Expressing our universal love for food and elevating the beloved retro feel we’ve come to be known by was fulfilling as it comes for our team.

         

         

        We also understood that we were in a fantastic position to affect change, which led us to partner with Feeding America. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, unemployment has soared and food insecurity is on the rise. In 2020 more than 54.3 million people may face hunger because of coronavirus. In the apocalyptic universe we created in Bite the Bullet, we couldn’t help but see the parallels, and set off to rally our fans and partners to come together to make an impact.

        The intersection of food and gaming culture has more in common than we’d ever imagined. Throughout our journey, we met so many amazing brands that took the same level of passion into their domain to create something shareable and delicious to bring happiness the world over.

        We cordially invite you to come meet some of the fantastic food purveyors and tasty treat artisans that also shared our vision, mission and palette.

         

         

         

        5 Generations Baker

        Scott Baker is President and founder of 5 Generation Bakers. He oversees a young but rapidly growing company that manufactures gourmet cinnamon swirl breads for retail and food service outlets. Locally the bread is marketed under the Jenny Lee brand name. As the name of the new bakery implies, Scott is the 5th generation of the Baker family in the baking business.

        When Jenny Lee Bakery closed a few months shy of its 70th anniversary in 2008, Scott’s first move was to secure the trademark rights to the Jenny Lee brand name and soon began creating a business plan for his new bakery. Nearly 2 years later,, he fired the ovens up once again. Since then, 5 Generation Bakers has reached customers in over 4500 supermarkets, retailers, restaurants and food service operators from Chicago to the East Coast, France, Japan and Trinidad! Throughout Scott’s business career, he has been very involved with the community. Scott founded the Run Your Rox Off 5K in 2009 which has raised tens of thousands of dollars while creating a popular community event that attracts hundreds of runners and spectators to McKees Rocks annually. He has been recognized and awarded for his volunteer efforts by Rotary and the University of Pittsburgh and has been involved with many other charities and fundraising events.

        Favorite Gaming Memory: ”I remember reading (I think) PC World Magazine in 1988 and creating some Olympic programs on my TI-99. There was a running game, a pole vaulting game and I think hurdles. I got pretty fast at toggling two buttons back and forth very rapidly!!”

         

        Scott’s Cinnamon Swirl Bread French Toast

         

        Scott Baker: “People eat every day. It’s one of the few things that we can do for both necessity and for pure joy. Learning to cook allows a person to control and fulfill both. This is the recipe that made our cinnamon swirl breads famous!”

         

         

        Onesto

        Onesto means "honest" in Italian. After having children, Jane Ciccone and her husband, Jesse wanted to continue the same Italian tradition they both grew up with: gathering in the kitchen as a family around 5 o’clock and sharing an antipasti platter before dinner. However, their young daughter at the time seemed allergic to gluten. Rather than give up the delicious combination of crackers, cheese, olives and roasted veggies, Jane began searching for gluten-free crackers that her daughter could eat. Discouraged at the amount of overly-processed and preservative-filled options on most grocery store shelves, Jane began tinkering with her own recipes and promised to never use less than honest ingredients.

        Favorite Gaming Memory: “Playing Frogger in my living room on Christmas morning after BEGGING my parents for Atari (yes, I am totally dating myself!).“

         

        Jane’s Onesto Cookies and Crackers Guide

         

        Jane Ciccone: "There is nothing else that can nourish your body and soul more than sharing delicious, healthy food (that you cooked) with your family and friends. It doesn't have to be fancy or overly complicated. Just sharing your love of others through food speaks volumes."

         

         

        The Happy Vegan

        Sharon Gregory adopted a vegan and gluten-free lifestyle in February, 2014 after a shocking Big “C” (cancer) diagnosis in January, 2014. She learned that she could help herself by taking better control of her health through a lifestyle transformation. After some fun kitchen-time, she began to realize how amazingly delicious this lifestyle could be…not to mention how fantastic it made her feel!

        This led to the creation of her company, The Happy Vegan, LLC that initially focused on education and cooking demos for plant based foods. Throughout this journey, she realized that transitioning to a plant based diet was easier than anticipated, EXCEPT giving up cheese!

        When she was unable to find a dairy-free cheese sauce product in the local stores, she was inspired to create her own. The challenge to create something that was nutritious, uber-delicious and had an amazing “cheesy” flavor resulted in the unique product, Notcho Nocheez™.

        Favorite Gaming Memory: “In 1977 Atari hit the market and I can remember sitting for hours playing the binary-looking game with my brother; shortly followed by my addiction, and near mastery of Pac-Man!”

         

        Sharon’s Chocolate Power Balls

         

        Sharon Gregory: “ Cooking at home can be super simple, healthier, and actually a bit fun! When you cook at home not only do you control what is in your food, you can have a sense of accomplishment for making a nutritious meal or snack and even save some money! Here’s a delicious chocolate power ball snack that takes only 7 ingredients and 5 minutes to create the perfect blend of nutrition and taste to keep your energy while playing even the most intense games! These are definitely a gaming-friendly snack!"

         

        Bullet Appétit - Volume Four

        Bullet Appétit - Volume Four

         

         

        Everything in life has a learning curve. From killstreaks, to kielbasa: no one is born an expert. While talent can be innate, skills have to be cultivated, and it’s our belief that you can do anything you put your mind to. Cooking is a life skill that everyone should invest some time into. Better fuel makes you feel, and perform, significantly better. Taking into consideration the hours of grinding you give your favorite RPG, or to perfect your gaming skills, we can see that the discipline exists and simply needs experience to level up.

        Like anything new, it can be challenging at times, but the rewards are delicious!

         

        It’s ok, Mama still loves you.

         

        The thing is, you don’t avoid playing a game because you don’t know how to play. Part of the fun is discovering how to navigate and utilize your abilities, and it should be the same in the kitchen. Akin to discovering a secret level, there is no greater joy than finally finding the trick to making your favorite dish. Not the mention, the bragging rights!

         

        I too cried the first time I cooked a perfect egg, Adam. I know them feels. Mmm..eggs.

        Cartoon kindly granted for use by Adam Ellis

         

        But where to start? If you regularly find yourself burning toast it’s important to remember that both cooking and gaming require a similar set of skills: patience, perseverance, and paying attention to the tutorials! Our friends, a group of gamers with mad chef skills, have graciously created a few to get you on your way to becoming the next Mega chef!

         

         

         

        LFG BAR

        Amy Spalsbury is 30 years old Kalamazoo, Michigan native, where she founded LFG Bar. They are the first retro video game and arcade bar in Kalamazoo, and have been open a little over a year. In her free time she plays Overwatch, hangs out with her pets and husband, watches anime, sings in the shower, and writes. Gaming has been a huge part of her life since she was a child, and her goal is to continue bringing a fun place where gamers can come together as a community.

        Favorite Gaming Memory: “My parents had a Sega Genesis in their room when I was a kid. I grew up on Sonic, Echo the Dolphin, etc. The game that my mom and I enjoyed playing together the most was ToeJam & Earl. Still to this day we occasionally sit down and play the game together. We still have the original copy, along with our original Sega. Actually 90% of the retro consoles in LFG are from my house that my mom kept over the years.”

         

        Amy’s Bechamel Sauce for Mac and Cheese

         

        Amy Spalsbury: “Cooking has a special place in my heart. I went to culinary school about 8 years ago and I’ve been cooking professionally ever since. It’s very important to learn the basics! So you can provide food for yourself and those you love! So, it makes sense for me to give a Bechamel recipe. Bechamel is one of the French mother sauces (sounds epic right?), and can be used for soups, dips, sauces, gravy, etc. Add cheese to this recipe and you’ve got a great mac n cheese sauce!”

         

         

        Coaching For Geeks

        Robin Bates is the self-styled overlord of Coaching for Geeks; a nerdy introvert who turned from physics and engineering to coaching, and is a regular on the UK Comic Con gaming Expo scene. Drawing on the 'teach what you know' mantra, CfG helps geeks, nerds, and introverts with confidence, careers, cosplay, cooking, and other things that don't begin with the letter 'C' but handily fall under the broad brackets of Life Skills and Geek Culture. He will lovingly call you a 'daft twatbag' before helping you get what you want from life.

        Favorite Gaming Memory: My first gaming memory is of watching my dad play Elite on the BBC Micro Model B in all its wireframe glory, i would be been about 4 year old, which ages me somewhat. Favourite gaming memory may be the first time we had an apartment full of people of widely varying gaming abilities playing New Super Mario Bros Wii, screaming "BUBBLE!" and then losing because everyone went in their bubble. We always have great food on hand.

         

        Robin’s Scrambled Eggs

         

        Robin Bates: “Let's start simple. Scrambled eggs. People really overcomplicate eggs, this the simplest of recipes, will get you delicious, creamy, scrambled eggs cooked to your preferred consistency. Whether you like them almost liquid or solid like an omelette, we got you covered. A high protein, healthy fat start to the day that fills you up, and goes great with all the breakfast classics of toast, bacon, sausage, and of course being from the UK... baked beans”

         

         

        Kinda Funny - Cooking with Greggy

        Greg Miller is an online comedian and host on the YouTube comedy channel, Kinda Funny. As a former employee of IGN, Greg left the network in 2015 in order to put more focus on Kinda Funny and its newer channel, Kinda Funny Games. He currently resides in San Francisco, California. Greg was born to eat chicken wings and play video games. He does both in the name of Kinda Funny.

        Favorite Gaming Memory: “Favorite game and food memory? Eating Sir Nick's pizza in Mike O'Brien's basement while we all played WWF No Mercy on N64.”

         

        Greg’s Chicken Wings

         

        Greg Miller: “ Chicken wings are what got me into cooking. They are my favorite food!”