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Completely happy Friday, Guardians! Welcome again to one among our favourite segments on Bungie.web, this week’s Neighborhood Focus! This week we’re chatting with a content material creator who has a fairly rad day job, Kujay!   

Hello Kujay! Thanks for taking the time to speak with us! So, let’s get began with a little bit background. Who’re you, what are your pronouns, and the place are you from?  

Hey, my title is Kujay (he/him). I’m an plane designer by day and a Future content material creator by dusk! I grew up in a small city in japanese Kansas earlier than ultimately transferring out to Southern California after faculty.  

Wait, plane designer? Yeah, we’re going to have to the touch on that in a second. However first, what acquired you into gaming and content material creation?  

I acquired into gaming at a really younger age, after I was simply 4 years outdated. I had simply began going to daycare, and there was a Tremendous Nintendo that every one the children may play with. The primary recreation I ever performed was Yoshi’s Island (nonetheless an incredible recreation to today!), and good lord, I used to be hooked instantly! Quick ahead about 20 years, and after transferring to SoCal, I discovered myself with a LOT extra free time than I used to be accustomed to throughout faculty (aerospace engineering coursework is not any joke!). Then, shortly after the launch of Rise of Iron, a good friend of mine that was streaming began poking me about attempting out streaming for myself. After pushing him off for a number of months, I ultimately gave in and acquired a PS4 webcam. I came upon that streaming is a ton of enjoyable (and one thing I’m actually good at), a lot in order that I’ve been doing it for almost six years now! 

That feels like my form of daycare. 😊 Alright, huge query right here — how on the earth do you steadiness each a full-time job and content material creation? 

Through the years it has been troublesome to steadiness my skilled profession with the content material creation aspect of my life. Within the early years, I used to stream a LOT extra, getting in streams each Friday by way of Monday (normally involving a lot of Trials of Osiris help!). Nonetheless, because the years glided by and the obligations for my day job began mounting, I started to reduce the quantity of content material I used to be pushing out. I’ve began focusing extra on YouTube prior to now two years, because it’s one thing that I can do “piecemeal,” versus having the digicam rolling for a reside stream. And on the Twitch aspect of the home, I’m principally a “weekend warrior” now, with streams solely on Saturdays and Sundays. It’s been powerful to juggle the 2 sides of my life, but in addition IMMENSELY rewarding. How many individuals get to design airplanes in the course of the week, after which come residence to a profitable stream and YouTube channel on the weekend? It’s one thing that I don’t take as a right! 

Gosh, that simply feels like such a wild experience, and also you appear to have accomplished such a terrific job at sustaining it. So, you talked about Yoshi’s Island, however how did you discover Future?  

So, apparently sufficient, I had really taken fairly a protracted break from gaming when Future got here calling. After binging the hell out of Skyrim my senior 12 months of highschool, I didn’t recreation a lot in any respect throughout my freshman or sophomore years of faculty. Nonetheless, I acquired pulled again in by the PS4 remaster of The Final of Us (AMAZING recreation btw!), which I by no means acquired the possibility to play when it initially launched. After which, as if by “future” (wink wink), a number of days after ending up The Final of Us, I acquired an e-mail from Sony inviting me to play the upcoming Future alpha. I used to be all the time extra of a Name of Obligation child rising up, however lots of my childhood associates had been MASSIVE Halo followers. After I requested them about Bungie’s subsequent challenge with Future, all of them inspired me to attempt it, describing the sport as a mashup of Name of Obligation, Halo, and “House Skyrim.”  I made a decision to check out the alpha shortly thereafter, and I used to be immediately hooked. The gunplay was far and away one of the best I had ever skilled. And now, over eight years later, I’m nonetheless as helplessly hooked on Future as I used to be the primary time I ever landed within the Cosmodrome. 

A day one participant, like to see it! What sort of content material do you wish to give attention to if you’re streaming or making movies?  

I wish to give attention to endgame content material inside Future, with a spotlight extra so on the PvP aspect, be it Trials of Osiris or Iron Banner. I additionally love GM Nightfalls and raids, and I particularly savor day one raid experiences with my group!  

That’s tremendous superior! Endgame content material may be so difficult, so having content material creators like your self to assist train and shepherd others is de facto cool to see. For these newer gamers, what’s one thing you want you knew earlier than beginning, or a minimum of at first of, your Future journey? 

Actually, I want that somebody had informed me simply how totally I used to be going to be absorbed into the Future universe and the broader Bungie neighborhood. How am I nonetheless taking part in the identical recreation after eight years?!  Hahaha, simply kidding =). However in all seriousness, I want I knew how essential it was to discover a strong group of individuals to play Future with. I performed solo for a good chunk of time throughout vanilla D1 earlier than discovering my approach to LFG (In search of Group) web sites. If I hadn’t been captured by the magic of OG Vault of Glass, there’s a superb probability I’ll have stopped taking part in Future throughout these early days. The sport is immensely extra enjoyable to play when you could have associates to leap into tougher content material with and bounce builds and concepts off of. Due to this, I’m extremely excited for Guardian Ranks and in-game Fireteam Finder coming to Future 2 subsequent 12 months. I feel these will function catalysts for hundreds of gamers to begin forming good friend teams of their very own and unlocking the true “endgame” of Future

Heck yeah! With endgame content material being your focus, do you could have any recommendation for gamers trying to enhance their expertise as a participant? 

When you’re somebody who desires to dive deeper into the endgame experiences in Future and enhance your expertise, the very best factor you are able to do is attain out to different gamers and begin constructing a good friend group that you may play Future with. Whereas Future may be performed solo, the sport’s full potential  is realized when you could have a longtime group of individuals that you may lean on, each in informal PvE environments and deep within the trenches of Trials. Teamwork actually makes the dream work, and also you’ll turn out to be a greater participant when collaborating with different like-minded gamers over time. 

Alright, it’s time to ask, what’s your most important character and favourite subclass? 

I’ll in all probability draw lots of ire right here, however Hunter is my most important character, and I’ve been hopelessly hooked on Stompees for the higher a part of 5 years now. Going all the way in which again to Fashionable Warfare 2, my favourite approach to play FPS video games has all the time been about pace, pace, and extra pace! To that finish, I’m completely IN LOVE with Arc 3.0 Hunter. The Velocity Booster is simply *chef’s kiss* and Gathering Storm would possibly simply be the best Tremendous within the recreation now. I used to most important Arcstrider from Seasons 2 by way of 8, so coming residence to my outdated child with Arc 3.0 has been wonderful! 

Oh sure, going quick in video video games is all the time enjoyable! 😊 What sort of vibe does your channel preserve? 

My channel tends to stroll the road between each entertaining AND instructional. In a single second, we’ll dive deep into the lore of Future’s universe and begin speculating about future tales to come back. Then within the subsequent, one thing utterly ridiculous will occur inside a Crucible match (on the expense of my opponent OR myself, each occur usually!). We’ll usually discuss builds or the state of the sport as an entire, all whereas preserving issues fairly light-hearted with a lot of laughs alongside the way in which. Identical to the steadiness between my work life and content material creation, my channel thrives in its duality between schooling and leisure. 

Entertaining and academic whereas preserving it light-hearted? Appears like my form of place!  

Alright, it’s about time to wrap up our interview, however I did wish to ask as a result of you could have been actually inspirational up to now in our dialog. What’s one thing you wish to be sure each New Mild is aware of as they be a part of the Guardian ranks? 

With the present New Mild expertise, it could really feel overwhelming when you wrap up your introduction within the Cosmodrome. You’re summoned to the Towe, and also you’re offered with quest after quest after quest. My recommendation could be to decide on simply ONE of these quests and decide to it alone. By the point you end up that first quest, there’s a terrific probability you’ll have gotten to attempt some new weapons, elevated your Energy a bit, and normally, have gotten a really feel for the gameplay loop of Future. And as soon as most individuals get that far, the gameplay alone is normally sufficient to get them hooked! 

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And eventually, the place can folks discover you?  

I stream over on Twitch each Saturday and Sunday morning, with the occasional video add over on YouTube. I’m additionally very energetic over within the land of Twitter, with loads of scorching takes and shenanigans to maintain nearly anybody entertained! 
Thanks a lot Kujay for hanging out with me! Please ensure you go take a look at his channels and provides him a observe should you vibe along with his content material. When you haven’t checked out our most up-to-date Neighborhood Focus with Leyla, you are able to do that now! And till subsequent time, hold tagging us along with your Neighborhood Focus suggestions over on our social channels. 

Keep artful, Guardians!   

Sam 



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