Behind The Stream: Intylab
Intylab is a video game designer, board game designer, music composer and all around good guy. Read this interview and give him a follow on social media or his website http://www.midnightblueinternational.com/
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When did your streaming journey begin?
About a year ago. After RetroGameCon 7, I followed up with the business cards I had collected, and started following some people on Instagram who were also on Twitch.
Do you have a type of genre of game you prefer to stream?
Usually I stream Intellivision games right from my homemade Development Environment on my phone. Sometimes I’ll play other games, but it’s all exclusively retro.
Do you have a schedule?
No. I can’t commit to one right now. I’m still trying to strike a balance between working on new games and showing what I’ve already developed.
What was the first game you streamed?
I think it was the text adventure game Beyond Zork.
Do you have any streaming partners?
Not yet. That may change at some point.
What is the most outlandish thing that has happened to you while streaming or while you were watching someone stream?
Nothing too outrageous, but I had cracked part of the password to Super Skweek for Atari Lynx. During the actual livestream where I was demonstrating what I already knew, I had a “Rosetta Stone” moment and deciphered the rest of the password. A similar thing happened where I cracked the password to NES Strider on livestream.
What is your ideal Twitch community?
One with a bunch of people who appreciate retro games, especially the really obscure ones.
What do you want to see in your Twitch community?
One of these days, I’d like to get a card for my PC with four HDMI ports, and install HDMI mods on four of my Atari Lynx units. Then I could livestream 4-player Atari Lynx game sessions. That would certainly be something unique! Very few people have even played Atari Lynx multiplayer, much less livestreamed a multiplayer session.
What makes your stream unique?
Just the fact I’m livestreaming Intellivision games is unique by itself, because very few people are playing Intellivision on livestream. But I also livestream my own indie games and ROM hacks, usually from my own Portable Intellivision Development Environment on my phone.
What would you tell a brand new streamer or wish that someone told you when you were first starting out?
Misunderstandings happen. Don’t bother trying to smooth things out if somebody else gets upset. Leave others to work out their own personal problems, and keep doing what you enjoy. Remember that your space is yours, and you have the right to enforce your Chat Rules. Just make sure your rules are clear and unambiguous, and don’t be afraid to enforce them. Never let a toxic person remain in your space just for a higher watch count. It’s not fair to the other viewers. Also, don’t fret about watch counts. Just keep doing what you do, and enjoy it while you’re doing it. You’ll attract the right kind of followers over time.
What is rewarding about streaming?
I get a chance to connect with other indie developers, and other people who have an appreciation for retro and indie games.
Parting words/ shout outs?
I’m glad to meet all of you not only from wherever, but from whenever. In my imagination, I collapse the fabric of time during many of my streams, so I know there is a bigger virtual audience than any watch count would suggest. I’m happy for the lucky few who come across a stream of mine and get something useful out of it.
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