Blog: Choices

March 8th, 2013 02:12
I make terrible choices in life. Well, not always, but when examining my own life the last 7 years, I feel like I've walked a strange and uneven path, ill do a quick resume and then get on with it. After high school I went on to study Physics at university, then Biology and then finally English where I am now. Each time I started out a new field of study I was convinced, or had convinced myself, that this was where I belonged. I saw myself lecturing people in the intricacies of quantum mechanics or looking at micro bacteria through an electron microscope. I finally discovered myself studying English where I felt at home. In the meantime I also left a trail of unfinished projects in my personal life. I took up running and ditched it, bought a ridiculously expensive bike, started writing a short-story, join a local gym and dropped that, took up playing the piano, considered learning a fourth language ect. The word 'choice' comes from Old English where it originally meant to try or taste, and I think its safe to say that in my 27 years, I've tried and tasted a number of things, which brings us to the present.

About 5 weeks ago I decided to start another project, casting Counter-Strike. This project had been in my mind for a long time, but I kept postponing it because I felt there was a high chance I would be adding it to the list of unfinished adventures above. But eventually I held my breath and loaded up Open Broadcaster Software for the first time. The first cast I did alone and it was a horror show, but a number of my friends were very supportive, and I decided to keep going and also to invite Albert as a co-caster.

When we first took our VODs to various community fourms, I was prepared for every kind of negative feedback imaginable. To my surprise the feedback we got was overwhelmingly positive. Even the people who did not enjoy our style managed to phrase that feedback in a polite and constructive way, and I had to realise that I had on the whole underestimated the community.

In about 2 weeks we had grown to a point that I had only imagined we would reach after several months of steady casting. That may sound like me polishing my own wand, but I included it because I still haven't really gotten over just how friendly and positive people have been. We were also contacted by a number of E-sports organisations who wanted to engage in a partnership with us, which came as an additional surprise and also opened up for the possibility that we might be able to do what we love, at more than just an amatuer level.

So now another choice has presented itself, one that Albert and I have to make together and one that could lead us together down a completely different path in life, than either of us had expected. I don't know if either of us have come to terms with it yet, but I know that we are both jittering with excitement, and we hope that we can continue to earn support from the community at the same rate that we have so far.

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Estonia fejtz 
Really nice read! Goodluck casting =)
2013-03-08 02:16
Thank you on both counts =)
2013-03-08 02:30
I have for you one help with your english. The word is "etc", "et cetera" in the Latin Language. Not like you say "ect". A common mistake for all speakers of this english language. Secondly good luck, with stream and with life
2013-03-10 03:30
Thank you 8)
2013-03-11 02:04
You guys are really good. Watched your stream of fnatic vs kerchnet and it was a nice experience. Keep it up :)
2013-03-08 03:07
Wow wouldn't have believed you guys have only been at it for five weeks. Found you one of the most enjoyable caster pairs to listen to, probably because you have a good balance between good casting and a casual relaxed vibe (and those casually played pasha bicep jokes lol). Even though the pro casters are great at what they do I have to admit that there's plenty of times I'd prefer to listen to your cast than to theirs, just because I'm here at home relaxing and want a suitably relaxed cast to fit it. Will be cool to see how you guys grow and continue to improve over the long run :). I suppose if you get the chance to cast actual lans or events it'll be hard to know how that chill vibe would go, even though that's one of your strengths imo - but it might require some adaptation, who knows.
2013-03-08 04:21
We definitely hope someone will eventually invite us to do a LAN =) But I guess for now we are cool with just working on improving our product, getting better and getting more experience and confidence. The chill vibe I think is in part a personality thing, but also a confidence thing, so it might change ;P Really glad you´ve enjoyed it so far though, hopefully we can continue to satisfy =)
2013-03-08 22:08
im bookmarking your youtube channel!i really like to see games casted in english!gj
2013-03-08 04:39
You guys are good and not annoying. Looking forward to see what the news is.
2013-03-08 05:57
hope you get a partnership soon =D
2013-03-08 10:05
Tunisia edgg 
I really like your streams, but one thing I noticed is that you only have a 720p stream, can you try to make various video qualities like 240p,360p,480p, 720p and 720p +
2013-03-08 10:15
Bad INTERNET detcted :D
2013-03-08 11:05
Tunisia edgg 
true, the best part is that I pay exactly as my friends and I get 0.5down while they get upto 4
2013-03-08 11:23
:s i heard the same thing from a tunisian mate too and also from another algerian one :s in algeria the top they can get is 2MB :O
2013-03-08 11:24
Germany Dok1 
I think they need to get twitch partnership to enable 720p+ and thus they need something like more than 400 concurrent views for a number of days...^^
2013-03-08 11:54
They actually need partnership to give to viewers the choice to choose, coz normally his stream is always HD
2013-03-08 19:09
those video qualities will be avaiable as soon as our channel gets partnered =) Which will be soon.
2013-03-09 15:38
Glad to see you're doing so great! Also quite a few viewers tuned in yesterday ;) Hope you'll continue to stream and grow as you've done thus far. Good job, and good luck in the future :)
2013-03-08 10:59
I think we beat our personal best for 1600ish ;o so really exciting stuff ! We definitely plan on keeping it up and in our own tiny way help improve the CS:GO scene =)
2013-03-08 21:46
Denmark rizc 
Love what you guys do! The more the merrier!
2013-03-08 11:15
fake,you wish they werent doing castings,sotp lying
2013-03-08 12:05
Denmark rizc 
2013-03-08 12:32
Thanks to both the Nielses =) The fact is that both Rizc and Phoinx have been really helpful and friendly in proving tips and general cooperation. Definitely think its important to have multiple casters, and more than just two or three, if you want a strong scene =)
2013-03-08 14:34
life is whore..
2013-03-08 11:46
Cool :) I like sex.
2013-03-20 16:20
u had the choice to chose between play 1.6 and be a warhero or play source andbe a sAucer and guess what?you a sAucer
2013-03-08 12:05
You had the opportunity to write in good grammar. You chose not to.
2013-03-08 12:40
why u must troll at every Blog/thread? xD
2013-03-09 00:29
Germany Dok1 
Good read and good luck for the future! Always nice to see more casters! :) But I think I also have 2 little points to criticize: Especially Albert often sounds laggy and the sound quality somehow isn't really good. Not sure what's the reason for it, maybe low internet? Bad microphone? Skype laggs/delays? The other point is that I'd like to hear more excitement at situations that deserve it :) I feel like most crazy frags or even clutches are only called "pretty good frag / pretty good clutch". Keep it up!
2013-03-08 12:05
I think those are definitely some very valid points. Both Albert and I have new headsets coming, so hopefully that will improve some things. The excitement part is something we´ve been working on since day 1, and definitely something we will continue to keep in mind, we have A LOT of work to do still, and we appreciate you or anyone taking the time to give feedback =)
2013-03-08 21:45
I really enjoy your casting, also I love the VODS on youtube, keep up the good work :)
2013-03-08 13:38
I really like your streams, you have not so annoying voice. + It's great that you upload matches on yt :) Keep it up.
2013-03-08 13:45
hip hip hurray! way to do what you love :)
2013-03-08 13:57
Good post and keep at it! Glad to hear some doors are opening for you guys! Don't be afraid of risk or change or negative feedback. I felt the same way when looking for feedback on my casting. Surprisingly their is a lot less trolling towards cs casters than cs players! :D
2013-03-08 17:01
Also I will add one more thing.. I have been sitting on a couple blog posts here.. meaning to post them. You have encouraged me to wrap that task up! Thanks! :D
2013-03-08 17:03
I think our general philosophy is to accept all feedback, negative or positive as valid and important. Yeah you definitely should, its a nice way to say something about yourself that people might otherwise end up asking anyway.. Or maybe just anything really.. This post was 4 pages in my first draft. But I decided to turn down the narcissism and cut down on the long stories ;P Looking forward to seeing your blog :D
2013-03-08 21:56
Pug my man! Great job, but next time, while w8ing for the players to join the servers, SWITCH TO PR0N !! XD
2013-03-08 19:10
I like your casting actually, maybe you just need to be a little bit louder when speaking :) Gl in near future :))
2013-03-08 19:40
Do you mean louder microphone output or me talking louder :o?
2013-03-08 21:48
Could be mic, can't say what is it :D
2013-03-08 22:18
youare good, love your stream, love socks so much love :(
2013-03-08 21:46
keep it up :]
2013-03-08 22:23
Enjoyed your casting a lot keep it up mate :) hope you get a lan soon :)
2013-03-09 06:04
Oh me too =) I think we´ve been close a few times, but I guess if you are a LAN organisation you´d like to hire people who have been around for more than 1-2 months =)
2013-03-09 10:12
ya you are absolutely right man and just continue your awesome casting success will come soon :)
2013-03-09 18:05
You've been doing a great job. Ima stick with Santi but I hope this all goes your way, you deserve it
2013-03-09 09:23
Thanks =) I think its really important that people can choose the caster they prefer, who knows, maybe in the future sanTi and I will end up working a LAN together =)
2013-03-09 10:11
That would be awesome :) You and Santi are the best right now along with Joe and Red
2013-03-09 10:50
Haha :D well I think neither sanTi or I have big enough egos to try and match ourselves with Joe and Paul, those guys have actual careers doing this, and they are extremely experienced and professional. For a while this very fact actually kept me from even trying because I kept thinking "oh I will never be as good as Joe/RedEye" But now I try and learn from them instead, think of them as sources for inspiration.
2013-03-11 01:09
Your stream is definitely among the best available at the moment and I can only see you improving (terrific job already seeing its only been 5 weeks). Hopefully you will stay active! Keep up the good job <3
2013-03-10 18:45
Oh I can promise you we will keep active, currently we've been streaming 4-5 hours a night Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday. The weekend I've currently had to use for moving stuff from my old apartment to where I live now, so thats the only downtime we really have. But soon as that is cleared up, we wont be missing games on Sundays any more. We also hope to be able to provide a more accurate shedule soon of when you can hope to find us online =)
2013-03-11 01:07
Good stuff! Sounds great :)
2013-03-11 09:36
I think people like you guys cuz you seem like nice people :) all the best in the future! and I love your logo.
2013-03-12 00:53
Our logo was made by our good friend and Art Director FluffyKitten who is a wizard when it comes to all things graphical. Our personalities are custom designed to fit a broad audience and hopefully launch us on a path of infinite success and happiness! No but generally we just try and be ourselves untill someone points out that we are being annoying, I think I had a cast last week where I started and ended every sentence with "man", which someone was kind enough to point out, so I could stop it.
2013-03-12 01:05
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Poland snakemtt 
casting on pugcast must go on
2013-03-14 20:30
Oh believe me, you will soon be seeing a lot more activity from us =)
2013-03-15 14:16
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