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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in case this has caught your interest, here are the relevant links:http://www.twitch.tv/pugcasthttp://www.youtube.com/user/pugcastcs