I began my adventure in broadcasting in 2015, and the journey continues to this day.
Like many, the first part of my journey was largely confined to video gaming. I started by streaming to Twitch from my Xbox through the native Twitch app. It was flakey, and frustrating to get working at first, but I soon began capturing individual matches in Destiny so that I might review them.
I acquired my first capture card, an AVerMedia Live Gamer HD, in August 2015. I tried both OBS and XSplit, choosing OBS because I was turned off the constant upsell nags that I experienced with XSplit.
When my workstation crashed, requiring a clean wipe, I held off on reinstalling OBS. My capture card went unused, until I began a focused effort to build the yetieater identity in late 2016.
yetieater v1 was a gamer. During that time, I seldom showed my face, not wanting to deal with having to sync up audio and video. I built up the hovel team, a dysfunctional group, to help me along my journey. After all, teams can make it further than individual agents. I watched my content creation efforts implode after burning out – I can’t even begin to count the number of gaming sessions that I skipped out on because of how desperately I was struggling to keep up with my self-imposed workload.
I stepped away to focus on real life on May 31, 2017, after releasing a good-bye video to the folks who’d joined in to date.
I had my first return livestream on June 26, 2017. True to my word, I avoided diving back into video gaming. I focused on building up the habit of engaging in regular exercise, and used broadcasting as a commitment key.
I expanded the scope of my content considerably, and began moving faster, breaking things in the process.