StreamTeam Spotlight: Kino

Welcome back to the StreamTeam Spotlight, a weekly series where we feature one of our Indie GamePlay streamers. Every week, we’ll profile and interview a different member of the team to give our audience a chance to get to know some of their favorite streamers off-camera/mic. This week we’ll meet and learn a little bit about Kino. Please enjoy!

Kino333Name/Online Alias: Kino
Region: Pacific coast time
PC Rig: Umm… a homemade PC for gaming. I don’t know a whole lot about computers, and had someone else build it for me.
Favorite Game Genres: Real-time strategy and tactical games. Basically, any game that makes me have to think.
Favorite Games: Disco Dodgeball, Civ 5, Minecraft, and many many more. I love most games honestly!
Other Hobbies: My main other hobby is writing. I love to write stories or develop characters and ideas. I hope to one day help write a story or mechanics for a video game.

Indie Game Magazine: What was your first exposure to video games?
Kino: I’ve grown up with video games since I could remember. I think I started with the NES, but that ended up breaking and being replaced by the Sega Genesis and the PS1. My first video game memory was getting the PS1 for my fifth birthday, and playing Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back for ages.

IGM: What were some of your favorite games growing up?
Kino: The Crash Bandicoot and Spyro franchises were probably my favorite games ever. I was never allowed to play the Final Fantasy games as a kid, but a friend of mine let me play Final Fantasy Tactics at his place, and eventually gave me the game because I just loved it so much. It’s still one of my favorite games of all time.

IGM: There aren’t many modern-day equivalents to the collectathon platformers like Crash and Spyro. Have you found a genre to replace your love of that one, or would you like to see a resurgence of those types of 3D platformers?
Kino: Hmm, I’d absolutely love to see a resurgance of those kinds of games. The only problem with games like Spyro and Crash is that it’s hard to make them innovative and new. Currently, I’ve noticed a lot of games that bring nostalgia, like Quarries of Scred (which feels like a nice arcade throwback). So I think its safe to assume that sooner or later we’ll figure out how to make them innovative and new again.

As for a genre to replace it? I’ve found that a lot of adventure games and 2-D Metroidvania style games are quite fun as of late. But that’s more of an alternative then a replacement, cause you really can’t replace the genre you love so much

IGM: When did you first start streaming?
Kino: I started streaming on January 1st, 2014 as a New Year’s resolution to get off my butt and do something that I really wanted to do. I tried streaming a few times last year, but things like my computer breaking, school, and other such events caused me to be unable to keep at it. I’ve streamed every single day (barring two days where I was too sick to stream) since the year started.

IGM: Tactics-based strategy games tend to be slower paced and require patience, which doesn’t sound compatible with the live nature of streaming for an audience. How do you liven up your streams to keep everyone excited during longer sessions?
Kino: Mmm, not sure really. I haven’t been able to get my hands on anything tactics based as of yet, but honestly? I’d just do what I usually do, which is talk and interact with everyone. Keep them engaged with talking while watching, and I’m sure they’ll have fun. Heck, if it’s a tactics game where you can name the characters, I may even name some of them after the viewers! I did that with FTL once… there were no survivors.

IGM: Why do you enjoy streaming?
Kino: It’s fun! I’ve met so many interesting and amazing people through streaming. I love the ability to interact with my viewers, and ever since I was little I preferred the idea of either watching someone play a game, or being watched while playing a game. Despite how some people feel about it, it helps bring people together in a way. Plus, who doesn’t love poking fun at someone when they screw up badly, or jump from an unexpected event in a stream?

IGM: Speaking of jumps, have you done any reaction streams to recent horror games? Those seem to be quite a big deal these days.
Kino: I wish I could, but as of right now I don’t have a way of doing them and getting a nice atmosphere unless it’s nighttime, and well… The walls of my room are too thin to be able to do that. I should be able to do some during the summer though, cause I’ll be moving my room to a more sound proof one! Also, one game I’ve been keeping my eye on (and will probably be the first horror reaction stream I do) is The Sound of Silence. It’s supposed to be a horror game that adapts to your reactions and play style to try and induce what you – the player – are most afraid of.

IGM: What types of streams do you host (Let’s Plays, Previews/Reviews/First Looks, Giveaways, Developer Q&As, etc)?
Kino: The kinds of streams I host tend to be more relaxed in what really happens, honestly. When things stabilize in the house, I’m going to start doing a Let’s Play of Guacamelee, but a lot of the streams I do tend to revolve around featuring indie games; or just playing games that the viewers want to see, or that I want to play. The most common games I’ve played so far are Minecraft (on a Feed the Beast server), Hearthstone, Disco Dodgeball, and many more!

IGM: What made you decide to join the Indie GamePlay StreamTeam?
Kino: Honestly? Spooder announced it on Twitter, and ThePlay2Win mentioned it during his streams, so I was like “Hey, why don’t I try and see if I can be apart of it? After all, I want to help connect with the community!” That’s basically the thought that went through my head when I was told about it, and I don’t regret joining one bit!

That’s it for this week’s StreamTeam Spotlight! If you’d like to watch some of Kino’s streams, you can check out his Content Hub on Indie GamePlay. To keep track of his stream schedule so you never miss a live stream, you can follow him on Twitter @KinoRino333.

Streamer Spotlight is a weekly segment created to showcase members of the Indie GamePlay StreamTeam. Participants are chosen at random, and interviewed upon accepting an invitation. If you’d like to be considered for the feature, please send an email to vparisi@indiegamemag.com with the subject line “Streamer Spotlight”. Spotlight participants are not required to disclose their full name, and all information is published only after participants approve a pre-screening of the completed Spotlight. If you’d like to join to StreamTeam community, you can register here. Tune in next week to see which streamer enters the spotlight. Until then, come play some games!




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