Influences and Inspirations

Hey gamers!

Talking about video games is clearly a passion of mine. I love the industry and how it innovates. I love the games and how they tell stories through gameplay and characters. I even love the players who create and cultivate communities dedicated to their experiences! This love for gaming is truly an organic one, but the passion that drives me to share that love has had it’s fair share of influences.

As an aspiring blogger and podcaster, I’ve been asked who I look towards for inspiration, and I couldn’t be happier to share!

You may look at the following content creators and ask me, why they’re so incredibly different, but that’s what I like! I like variety; different styles and topics can really keep things fresh.

So let’s quickly list them off! (in no particular order)

  1. Around the NFL Podcast
    (http://www.nfl.com/podcasts?series=aroundtheleague-podcast)
  2. Double Toasted
    (http://doubletoasted.com/)
  3. GameXplain
    (https://www.youtube.com/user/GameXplain)
  4. The Phillip Defranco Show
    (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClFSU9_bUb4Rc6OYfTt5SPw)
  5. Game Grumps
    (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9CuvdOVfMPvKCiwdGKL3cQ

I listed so many different content creators, and for good reason. To quickly summarize, it’s important to note that each of the mentioned creators create stuff that particularly intersting to me. Each being so diverse and varying, not one can be solely compared to the other.

The Around the NFL Podcast is a select group of sports writers who catalog the weekly events of the NFL, while featuring different special guests and entertaining their listeners through comedic and engrossing routines. Double Toasted, was created as a crowd-funded initiative by former Spill.com creator and movie critic Korey Coleman. This website was a lovechild of his and his following from his former projects. His comedy and critique behind movies and films, tapped into a voice that I wanted to replicate when it comes to the podcasts. GameXplain is a YouTube channel that focus on popular gaming news and rumors. Not that I have intentions of becoming a rumor mill-like news cast, but I do recognize their approach to discussion and community cultivation that happens surrounding their channel. The Phillip Defranco Show, created by the one and only Phillip Defranco, is one of the longest running vlog channels on YouTube today. He documents worldy news, often without a political bias in hopes of creating a conversation amongst his viewers, both new and old. Lastly, the Game Grumps are one of my favourite comedy-gaming channels on the Internet, solely for their dedication to having fun while playing games and cracking jokes. Their knack for consistency and creativity is unparalleled. Many “Let’s Players” follow in their footsteps in hopes of achieving the same type of impact.

If you ever get a chance, I recommend you check these content creators out, especially if you are interested in what they cover. Ultimately, I know that my influences are specific and different, but that’s what I believe makes my style special. I believe that learning, listening, viewing and reading about these creators has allowed me to create a voice in this new and exciting blog space! I think it’s through exploring what you love, and experimenting with new mediums can one push their

Anyway, until next time!
It’s been a slice!

– Chris Pie

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