How I Use My Elgato Stream Deck

Before owning one, I perceived the Elgato Stream Deck as a frivolous expense. Why would I need one of these when I can do everything it offers with a keyboard and mouse? Or with one of many free alternatives on my phone?

Once I got it, the Stream Deck proved its worth almost immediately. Having a dedicated device that I can interact with is so much easier than a keyboard and mouse. Its programmable buttons and folders gives me way more control in a smaller package. Versus touchscreen alternatives, the tactile buttons make it easy for me to trigger actions without breaking eye contact with the audience. As Elgato has added more functionality through software updates, the value proposition of this device is only getting better.

I tinker with mine all the time, always finding more features I can use while streamlining my workflow. By the time I post this, the layouts pictured here will probably be outdated. Nevertheless, I thought it would be fun to discuss how I use this thing and the ways it’s made my life better. Maybe it’ll inspire you to step your Stream Deck game up. Or maybe you’ll have tips to help me improve!

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The Newbie’s Guide for Starting the Fire Emblem Series

Are you curious about the Fire Emblem franchise but too intimidated to dive in? I don’t blame you. Spanning across multiple consoles – along with roughly half of the games in the series never making it outside of Japan – it can be confusing to know where to start.

That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t start at all. With just a little nudge, you could join us on the Fire Emblem hype train! Hopefully this guide can clear up some questions you may have with regards to starting your journey into the series.

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Kickstart Guide to Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid

Go! Go! Power Rangers!

Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid pits the legendary warriors in spandex in a 3v3 fighting game similar to Marvel vs. Capcom and Dragon Ball FighterZ. While its controls and gameplay systems have been simplified somewhat relative to other tag fighters on the market, you’re going to have to put in the elbow grease in order to access the most damaging combos, head-scratching mix-ups, and brick wall defense. This is by no means a comprehensive guide to the game, but here are a few pointers to get you ready for morphin’ time!

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Essential Hardware Upgrades for Console Video Game Streaming

Looking to start streaming?

Having the right hardware is just a part of the overall experience, but it’s an important foundation to have. Without the right gear, your stream could suffer from lag, blurriness, your voice sounding scratchy through a crappy microphone, or any number of other problems that negatively impact your production quality. With so many good streams out there, it’s important to not let your hardware deter others from enjoying your show.

Compiling the lessons I’ve learned over the past two years, here’s a list of hardware upgrades to consider as you build the streaming rig of your dreams!

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Fight of Gods – Jesus Combo Video

Christ has risen! Jesus breaks out of the cross in order to wreck shop in this Fight of Gods combo video!


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Kickstart Guide to Tetris Effect

Tetris Effect isn’t designed to be the most competitive or eSports ready version of the game. With the way that the game goes out of its way to obstruct your field of view for the sake of looking cool, it’s generally meant to be more about being absorbed into the vibe that the puzzle, music, and visuals create in unison. However, I understand that none of that matters when you’ve failed the final Journey mission for the hundredth time, or you fall well short of your friends on the leaderboards.

Though the core game is decades old, there’s still much to learn about this classic block-stacking game, especially if you’re unfamiliar with the modern Tetris ruleset. Maybe these tips will come in handy with whatever obstacles the game throws at you!

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Parker parry driving you nuts? Annoyed by Sub 11 spam? Check out my Pocket Rumble video guides!

Having run into annoying tactics from Parker and Sub 11 in Pocket Rumble, I decided to make guides on how to shut down their most commonly used tactics! Hope these help you level up your game!

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Kickstart Guide to Pocket Rumble

Pocket Rumble will hit you like a punch to the back of your head. Touted as being the accessible fighting game for a broader audience, the simplified controls will not save you from a brutally-difficult arcade mode AI and wonky matchmaking that will pair newbies up with top-tier competition. Simpler special move inputs will not spare you from having to climb the mountain in order to “git gud”.

The mountain is still steep, but you don’t have to climb it blind. Hopefully these tips will get you on the right track!

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Kickstart Guide to BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle

Anime worlds collide in BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle! As with any fighting game, onboarding is going to be a bumpy ride. Even though this one has a lower barrier to entry, it’s also a niche fighter with a hardcore audience that can make the newcomer experience even tougher than most. If you’re tired of being shredded by Ruby and want to be the one slicing and dicing with her scythe, maybe this guide can get you off the ground floor!
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BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle Ragna Tips and Tricks

Brush up on your Ragna skills before BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle hits stores in June! I cover a few key tactics to add to your arsenal, from air-based mix-ups, to techniques you can use to extend your combos. Check it out!

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