My Streaming Studio Tour: 2021 Edition

Stream setups come in all shapes and sizes. Some streamers work with multiple DSLR cameras, a high-end microphone, and a computer that could power a space station. Others make it happen by leveraging the built-in streaming functionality on their consoles. Some excel by broadcasting with only their phone.

Will be the first to admit that it’s a ton of fun talking about streaming tech and adding more tools to my setup. Even so, the value of one’s content isn’t defined by the equipment they have, but what they do with it. People make amazing things happen with lesser gear all the time.

As I continue to develop my streaming setup, I try to remind myself of this truth. My setup has gotten much better in the last year or so but none of this stuff matters if my content isn’t fulfilling to make and isn’t adding value to your life. Here’s what I use to create!

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I Completed My First Battle Pass And I Don’t Think I’ll Ever Do This Again

Popularized by Fortnite, the battle pass as a content distribution method in video games has become a staple in gaming. When one purchases a battle pass, they can unlock a series of perks through the course of regular play. However, if you fail to unlock every perk before the allotted time, those perks are gone forever. As such, those who partake in the battle pass grind are heavily incentivized to buy early and play frequently to squeeze every last reward out of their investment.

Though I’ve played games that contained battle passes in the past, the Frigid Haul battle pass within Rogue Company is the first one I’ve ever actively worked towards completing. Do I feel better about my life having gone through the process? No.

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How-To Easily Create Colour Gradients in OBS Without Photoshop or Other Photo Editing Apps

Colour gradients are a great way of adding design elements that fade into different colours. Until recently, this effect was only possible within Photoshop or other external photo-editing apps. As a streamer, you’d have to bounce between your streaming software and your photo editor to create and implement gradients in the right size.

Now there’s an easier way to create simple gradients within OBS without having to use an external photo app. Let me show you how!

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The Frustrating Decentralization of PC RGB Lighting Management

RGB lighting might be the single biggest cliche in PC culture. But when I powered on my new PC for the first time and saw the glow of my CPU and RAM, I was in love. Since then, I’ve gotten a few more devices that support RGB, including a mouse, keyboard, and mouse pad. By happenstance, the new graphics card also has an RGB emblem, which is a nice bonus.

Seeing the lights in full bloom continues to be a treat. Unfortunately, managing them has proven to be a nightmare, especially if you want every device to glow in sync.

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Some of My Favourite On-Stream Twitch Moments of 2020

2020 was quite the year for In Third Person on Twitch. We shared a lot of laughs. Made a lot of new friends. Channel Points changed the show in a big way, allowing you to control the stream and hunt for shiny Snorlax. We also raised a mind-boggling amount of money for Extra Life!

Before we close the book on 2020, let’s take a moment to relive some of my favourite on-stream moments! There are too many to count, but here a few that immediately come to mind!
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Some of My Noteworthy Posts of 2020

Video games might be the primary focus of In Third Person, but the site and platform at-large ultimately goes where I go. In years past, this meant diving deep into the realm of fighting game strategy. Or catching up on years of comic book lore. Or exploring the world of tabletop gaming.

In 2020, while we certainly talked a fair amount about games, In Third Person branched out in a few key ways. For one, much of my content this year focused on streaming. Whether I was sharing what little expertise I had in order to help others improve their output or providing you with insight on my life as an aspiring streamer, I used this site as an outlet for those thoughts.

And then there was the whole pandemic thing. Though most of my discussion on the matter happens on stream, I wrote a few deeply-personal posts regarding the current state of the world. I don’t regret using this platform to share my feelings of concern and sadness. If anything, I wish I spent more time focusing my thoughts on the pandemic into posts rather than the scattershot ramblings I’m prone to on stream.

Before we close the book on 2020 (good riddance), I just wanted to take a moment to highlight a few of my posts. Not sure if “favourite” is the right word here, especially considering the subject matter of some. But I think this collection of posts provides a snapshot of where I was at this year.

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2020 Was the Year I Caught Up on Many Games I Missed

Though I tend to be the type to ride from one hot new release to the next, 2020’s lineup was…subpar for me as a whole. Sure, there were a couple of games that made an impact on me, with one in particular that is likely to be crowned my personal Game of the Year. But for the most part, my year was defined by catching up on older games that slipped by me during their hey day. Here are some of the more notable titles I caught up on in 2020!

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The Most Popular Channel Point Rewards on My Twitch Channel in 2020

Earlier this year, I implemented new tech that allowed you to control the stream by spending Twitch Channel Points. The feature proved to be such a big hit that it’s now a core component of my show. I love the fact that you get to add your personal touch to the content, whether that means perfectly timing the air horn to coincide with hype moments, taking a hilarious photograph of me with an autograph to match, or blowing the Poke Flute in hopes that shiny Snorlax will appear.

Speaking of which, let’s get the elephant shiny Snorlax out of the room. The most popular Twitch Channel Point reward was the Poke Flute and it wasn’t close. But how much more popular was it compared to the others? And how often were the other effects used? Here are the Channel Point usage stats on my channel from least-to-most used!

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Lessons Learned from Creating YouTube Content

My big goal for In Third Person in 2020 was to establish a presence on YouTube. Though my channel has been in existence for over a decade, creating content optimized to work on that platform has eluded me.

For a few months, I was on a roll. Then the pandemic hit. Then I got a new PC. Then a bunch of other stuff came up and the project fell by the wayside.

Maybe I didn’t get all the way towards my goal. But I made forward progress and learned so much along the way. Here are some of the lessons I’ll take with me going forward.

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