Looking for a blast from the past? Listen to the Recurring Bosscast!

Many moons ago, Jason, Mat, and I used to host the Recurring Bosscast on Splitkick. When the site shuttered in 2014, all of the episodes disappeared with it.

In case you missed it, almost all of the episodes are back on YouTube! Listen in as we discuss games and topics surrounding gaming at the time, including the tail end of the Xbox 360/PS3/Wii era, the start of the Xbox One/PS4/Wii U era, and a whole host of random stuff in between!

Though it took a ton of work to convert all of these into videos, upload them, and upload my original posts, it was important to us that we have these publicly available for archival purposes. Hope you enjoy!

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From Jett Rocket to Valorant: The Short (and Probably Not Entirely Accurate) History of Characters Named Jett in Video Games

Riot Games – the makers of League of Legends – are set to release a first-person shooter called Valorant. During its closed beta period, the game gathered a ton of interest from players and viewers on Twitch.

What intrigues me most about the game is the game’s cast. Well, one member of its cast. Its launch roster includes a character bearing my unorthodox name. Having grown up in a world where I’ve felt like an outcast for having such an unusual name, seeing Jett used for an awesome character in what could be one of the biggest games in the world someday is a huge win for Jetts everywhere.

Which got me thinking, “Where has the name Jett been used in video games?” Though the answer is higher than zero, the total output of games featuring Jetts is scarce.

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Everyone is Here! Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Live Stream featuring Adventure Rules, PlayerTwoStart, and MrBlueSky0508!

Adventure Rules, PlayerTwoStart, and MrBlueSky0508 join me for an extended Super Smash Bros. Ultimate session! The first few matches were a bit laggy, but it got way better once we switched to 1v1. Besides the highly competitive matches filled with perfect shields, we share our origin stories with Nintendo’s fighter, share our hopes for future Smash Bros characters, and Jett makes it rain G-Fuel!

View the full post to see the full stream, highlights, and shoutouts!

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Celebrating 10 Years of In Third Person

In 2009, I created this blog. Though it has – and always will be – a place for me to vent my personal thoughts and feelings about video games, board games, and other nerdy pursuits, I never saw it coming to this point. From running for a decade, to expanding to video and streaming, to having my content reach as many people as it has the world over, to making a number of new friends along the way, it’s been quite the adventure.

This is the 10-year anniversary of the site, so let’s celebrate! Throughout the year, I’ll be reflecting on the decade that was, providing updates to past topics and speculating on the future of the site. Starting tomorrow, I’ll have the long awaited sequel to 25 Things About Me as a Gamer, though with over 2,000 posts about gaming here, it might be stuff you already know. Nevertheless, come back for that and more as we celebrate a decade of In Third Person!

Before I go, a few shout outs to special people who have helped out throughout this journey.

My wife Steff – Thank you for being there for me during all of this. You’ve always supported me being involved with my hobbies and I hope I can be as supportive and helpful to you in your hobbies!

Randy – Thank you for being my brother and lifelong gaming buddy. Besides a lifetime of gaming memories, I always appreciate your appearances on my stream and I’ll always appreciate you carrying the night shift during the Extra Life 2018 marathon!

Jason – We met through our respective blogs years ago and have become friends and podcast partners ever since. You’ve always been great to talk to about games, and I really should have hopped on the Overwatch bandwagon with you years ago. Meeting you and Laura in Vegas will always be a highlight, and maybe someday we’ll meet up again IRL! Also, congrats to you and Laura on your engagement!

Mat– Lost touch after college, but reunited to start the Recurring Bosscast with Jason and I a few years ago. Now on Boss Rush, it’s always awesome talking with you about games, and we really should get us, Liza, Jon, and Steff together again for a board game night! Working on an online Codenames night for us all, but let’s get an in-person get-together in the calendar soon! Bark!

JJ – We met through Splitkick, but our friendship goes well beyond video games at this point. Thank you for being a great friend and I look forward to the day when you’re ready to make your triumphant return to Boss Rush! And if you choose not to, we’ll keep chatting on other avenues as we always do.

Jon – RBD original. I probably should have brought you in during the Recurring Bosscast days, but it’s awesome to have you now as part of the Boss Rush crew! Thank you for being a part of the Extra Life marathon and helping raise money for the kids. We’ll take down Mat & Jascha in NHL someday!

Kris & Rachel  – Though we only connected during the latter half of 2018, you’ve made a tremendously positive impact on my life ever since. Over the course of numerous written posts, live streams, mutually-beneficial tech support chats, Disney shaming, and other shenanigans on-and-off-the-record, it’s been awesome to see our friendship grow. Looking forward to seeing where we’ll go and what we’ll create in 2019! #teamkris #teamrachel #freeunclericky #moreofahat

The whole Splitkick crew: Jim, Todd, Adam, Aaron, Ben, David, Dan, and any one else I may have missed – thank you guys for bringing me into your fold. You made me feel like a part of the family. You edited my work with a great level of scrutiny, which pushed me to be the best version of myself. Thank you for the opportunity to start my own show with Jason and Mat. Jim and Todd, I still watch Short Attention Gamer every chance I get! Wishing everyone all the best!

Everyone that’s ever followed my work, regardless of platform – Thank you for your ongoing support! Truly appreciate you having enough of an interest in my work to follow along. I understand it can be really hard to follow at times when I binge on making content for just one fighting game for six months, or when I decide to only write about board games for two years, so it means a lot knowing that you’re there with me through it all.

Anyone who has ever given my content a chance – Thank you for giving me a shot!

Cheers to everyone for a decade of In Third Person. Let’s make the next decade even better!

Pikachu, Pichu, Ganondorf, Ike, and Lucina Test My Ken in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate!

Representatives from Pokemon, Fire Emblem, and The Legend of Zelda show no mercy to my Ken in this assortment of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate online matches!

Want to watch live? Follow me on Twitch @inthirdperson!

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An Interview by TWOTALL4UFOOL of Yours Truly

A little while back, fellow gaming blogger TWOTALL4UFOOL reached out to me in order to conduct an interview. It’s an honour to be the focus of one!

Here’s a sneak peek of what you’ll find there, but I highly encourage you to read the whole interview on his site!

2T: How do you manage your time between making videos, blogging about video games, and well…. playing the games?

J: Very poorly.

With years of practice, I developed good habits that enabled me to have written content published at a set interval. On top of that, writing is an activity that can be done anywhere on basically any device.

Including video to the mix has completely disrupted my workflow. What I didn’t anticipate going into this was how much work goes into everything outside of playing games. From pre-show prep, to all of the work that has to happen afterwards to repurpose that stream as blog or social content is a massive time sink. At this point, the only time I really have to play games is when I’m streaming them. It’s not a great balance and it can’t stay like this forever.

I enjoy gaming on stream and engaging with everyone in the chat, so that will continue to be a part of my content mix going forward. What I need to do now is slow down, really think about all of these tasks that make In Third Person tick, and refine my workflow so that I can achieve a better balance in the long run

Interview #9: Jett from In Third Person

Thank you again TWOTALL4UFOOL for the interview! Make sure to check out his site and his Game ‘N Watch podcast!

Late Night Pocket Rumble featuring the #6 Player in the World!

Winding down a late night with a comfort food game: Pocket Rumble! Also featured here is friend of the show xdarkdiamond98 aka Jonathan on Switch, who is the #6 ranked player in the world!

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2nd Best June! Pocket Rumble Online Matches

Coming back to this game with our eyes on the prize, we manage to reach #2 on the June leaderboards and top 20 overall in Pocket Rumble! Tune in for those accomplishments, as well as some great matches against other top players!

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