Who are you?
I am Gene.
I go by GHostLPs on YouTube and the general internet at large. I live on the east coast of the United States. I’m primarily a programmer and web designer/developer, though I’ve been known to occasionally play video games for people on the internet. In addition to working in programming, I work part-time in shipping.
I have no great amount of experience programming video games (my programming experience is much more boring than that), but I’m using this site as a launchpad to chronicle my adventures in amateur game development as well as content that interest me. I hope to eventually release an RPG of some sort for public consumption, but that’s probably a good while away as of now.
With regards to gaming, my tastes vary widely. I’m primarily a PC gamer but I play console games on occasion. I’ll play just about anything so long as it’s well designed. My favorite genre of game, regardless of what I’m playing it on, has to be fantasy RPGs. Among them, I have many favorites for many different reasons. I have to blame this adoration on growing up playing Dungeons & Dragons for many, many hours.
Why are you blogging?
Because I want a soapbox?
More seriously, I’ve got a lot to say about a lot of gaming-related things. Expect this site to revolve around video games, game development, gamer culture, and so on. I also want to write some content about LPing to, if anything, give those just starting out a bit of help.
I also intend to use this site as something of a development log for the various games I intend on making in the coming years. I feel that keeping a live log of what I’m doing game-dev-wise will keep me working as opposed to just shelving projects.
Please don’t expect a set update schedule for the blog. At least not initially. I do intend to write weekly or bi-weekly blog posts about how whatever game I’m currently working on is progressing, but that’s probably a while away.
YouTube Channel Information
I’m generally pretty laid back when it comes to moderating the comments on my channel. That said, I do have a few guidelines that I expect my commenters to adhere to. They are as follows:
– Don’t be a dick. You’ll find yourself shut down very quickly if you do nothing but troll around in my comments sections being inflammatory. Be awesome to each other in the comments!
– I’m all for impassioned discussions/debate so long as there is mutual respect present. As soon as you start being derogatory just for the sake of it, you’re done.
– Absolutely no backseat gaming. I’m doing this as a hobby and giving my experiences with a given game. I quite honestly don’t care how you think a game should be played. I’m incredibly open to advice, but don’t ever presume to tell me how I should be playing a game. If you want to see a specific game played your way, you’re more than welcome to start your own channel.
– Please don’t post “first”, or similar, in the comments of a newly released video. Your comment will be deleted and you’re actively taking away time that I could be spending productively on my channel. I would much rather you make a productive comment — tell me what you liked about a given video.
– It probably goes without saying, but, if I’m playing a game blind: please don’t post spoilers. If I want advice on a specific aspect of a game, I’ll let you folks know.
How I Interact With Viewers
My viewership is incredibly important to me. I strive to interact with them in as many ways as possible, whether in the comment sections of my videos or via Twitter. If you put forth the effort to interact with my content, be assured it’s not wasted effort!
– I tend to monitor comments on my videos pretty heavily. I receive emails when a comment is made, and I check those emails several times a day. I can guarantee that if you comment on my channel, I’ll read it. My Twitter account is similar; I may not tweet often, but I’m always open to talking about games or LPing!
– I’m most active in replying to comments on my newer videos. While I appreciate comments on older content, and I read them all, I generally don’t respond to them unless they’re particularly illuminating.
– I genuinely enjoy interacting with my YouTube viewership and make an effort to mention insightful comments and advice in LPs as I record them. That said, I typically don’t always have time to reply to comments, especially very long ones. With YouTube’s newly introduced ‘love’ feature and the ability to pin posts, if you want to post a book of knowledge in the comments, you’re more than welcome to and I’ll be sure to give it some love. I’ll probably even pin it if it’s particularly relevant information.