Hello my fellow TGG readers! This is going to be a slightly more informal post, more of a relaxed blog sort of thing, I want to try and do one weekly, so let me know what you think or if you feel we should stick to the basics (reviews/opinion posts) We always like to know how you feel! We always welcome feed back.
Work, Work, Work
This year has been a whirlwind of a year for games and films, the only big release I was interested in during was Fallout 4 so the amount of games I’ve been interested in or purchased this year is crazy compared. I recently purchased am Xbox One Elite from Game, purely through trading in my old unwanted consoles and games, not a penny was used from my own pocket, how awesome is that? I still have a PS4 and I adore my PS4 so that is staying and will one day be upgraded to the Pro. So anyway… games, end of 2015/this year we’ve had (in no order) No Mans Sky, Rise of Iron expansion, the set of Fallout Expansions, Overwatch, Battlefield 1, Infinite warfare, Dishonored 2, We had Battlefront end of November last year along with Black ops 3 and that’s just the titles I myself have purchased and played or am interested in buying, and most recently the Fallout mods have gone live.
The career grind
When you’re aiming to get into the gaming profession, all these new games means more work, more reviews to put out there, to get where you want to be in any goal job is working hard, pushing yourself and being confident. Many people will say “But gaming isn’t a job, grow up” or the classic one “You’re female, I bet your K.D is poor” (It totally is!) but no it’s not a paid job for me right now but one day, I would like it to be, I’m not in it for the money or the ‘fame’ I’m in it to travel the world, to meet people like me and to be part of the industry. Not to mention the fact gaming is something I love doing and enjoy talking about so what more could I want? I’d keep going even if I wasn’t getting anywhere, because it’s something I have a passion for.
Empower others, empower yourself!
I would like to also say to any of our followers/supporters that if you are told you can’t do something or that you aren’t good enough to get to where you want to be, screw em! You are worth it, you can do it and you WILL do it, do you know why? Because you’re going to tell yourself you can. This isn’t just for the ‘girl gamers’ this is for you all. If you want to set up a blog, do it! If you want to turn your passion into a career, do it! Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do it or that they’re better than you. People who have been in the industry for longer, the professionals, the big YouTubers, the big bloggers they’ll all make you feel inadequate because of the thousands of people they have following, or even the millions. See here’s the thing, you don’t have to have 10k followers on Instagram to be successful, you don’t need 5k Subscribers on YouTube to be successful, you will create your own name, in your own right and gain respect doing things your way.
Social media is important in this industry
I’ve had Instagram for well over 3 years now and recently hit the 3,000 mark, they’ve built up more since giving my Instagram a niche/theme and having a bunch of really awesome friends and supporters who will promote my page every now and then as well as having a (non-profitable) sponsor and writing for a separate nerdy news website. I work real hard to get where I am but you’ll always get people who will try and tarnish your name, just remember that. Having eyes on you comes at a cost. You have to go in with the mind set that people are going to dislike you, even from across the world, that’s just the way it goes when you’re building up a social media reputation. It’s a slow progress, but don’t let that stunt your hard work, you keep at it and don’t you let anyone make you feel any less than the person you are. If you enjoy doing something, damn well do it. Chances are if it’s passion, you’ll do well.
I feel incredibly lucky to be where I am with Dom and our website currently, we have had a big set back these last three months due to me being in hospital but I am more than back on top form, managing all of our social media pages and writing for another website has been a challenge, staying active in the gaming community is a task especially when you set a standard for your work and activeness online. This may not be a job yet, but it’s hard work! It’s not for the faint hearted, you have to take the rough with the smooth and I’m so glad we have such a wonderful group of people supporting me and Dom and helping us promote what we do. We want to empower you, to show you that you CAN do it if you put your mind to it. So start that blog, that Youtube channel, that Twitch channel. Markiplier, JackSepticeye, Pewds all started somewhere. Be the best you can be and I assure you, you will succeed.