Streamer Spotlight – MrDartsBroadcast

This week’s spotlight focuses on a relatively new streamer, who has amassed a butt-load of followers in only 5 months and plays a variety of games, including State of Decay 2, Forza Horizon 4, Call of Duty and Dead by Daylight.

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MrDartsBroadcast, a.k.a The Gentleman Gamer, who minds his p’s and q’s, says please, thank you, never swears and keeps innuendo to a minimum is a really great streamer who constantly interacts with chat and makes everyone feel at home.  MrDart is very much a father figure to his community, taking everyone under his wing.  He further expands this love by adding “I’ll be your Dad” to his sub perks (sign me up!).  His streams are always interesting to watch because of the variety of games he plays.  MrDart is a big fan of State of Decay 2 (the developers love him too) and has some mad skills at the game, constantly taking part in new challenges.  He also plays Forza Horizon 4, taking us around the beautiful scenery of that game, as well as playing the odd round of Fortnite with two of the much-loved, younger members of his community, who are also dear friends to me, duo TallGuy and RemotelyPeachy.  These three people really bounce off each other and are really entertaining to watch when multiplaying.

We are often treated to a Red Room session in which MrDart cracks open a G&T, lays down his gentleman mask and has a good sesh whilst playing Dead by Daylight.  The rules are forgotten when these evenings occur we find that swearing and NSFW doesn’t result in a disapproving look from the man himself, who is too busy kicking ass in the game.

This guy is definitely one to watch, really puts the focus in, especially since he also has a real-life job too so deserves every follow he gets.

Streamer Spotlight – Noodle3000

This week’s Streamer Spotlight falls on a good friend of mine and all-round awesome streamer, Noodle3000.

Noodle started streaming early doors this year and already has a following of more than 800 Twitchers.  He’s a variety streamer who plays games such as Fortnite (primarily), Dead by Daylight, Call of Duty, Overwatch and They Are Billions.  In real life, Noodle is a mechanic and has a busy working week but always manages to put a stream in every single day.

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Noodle3000 spends a lot of time playing Fortnite and incidentally, is a pretty damn good player.  He is also a member of the B42 gaming community and participates in their community events.  His streams are flirty, cheeky, down to earth and no holds barred; even okay for the kids (which is more than I can say for mine!).  In fact, Noodle is such a sweet dude that he even plays Fortnite with the son of one of our well-loved community members, godsends.  Noodle makes everyone who drops by his streams feel welcome and part of the group and he never lets anything put a dampener on his mood – even the time there were repeated power cuts at his house which corrupted all his Streamlabs files mid-stream and kept knocking his Internet off.

A streamer definitely worth checking out, even if just purely for his cheeky personality, Noodle3000 is up there with the best new streamers and even has a merchandise store if, like me, you really wanted a t-shirt with that awesome little bowl of noodles logo on.

The Sims 4 is Scarily Accurate

I’ve been playing The Sims since its release in 2000. I’ve been addicted. I’ve spent hours trawling the net for furniture mods, celebrity Sims, skins, outfits, hairstyles, etc. I’ve raised generations of families of Kate-Sims, built thousands of houses and demolished them (regularly) and killed my Sims in every way possible when I got bored of them.

The Sims has progressed massively since it’s first instalment. I remember very robotic movement, no facial expressions and basically robots moving around my carefully created house. I now find that The Sims 4 is scarily accurate if you make Sims of real-life people.

There are a variety of choices with regards to different aspects of your Sims’ personality. Whilst varied, it’s not excessive. I generally make Sims of myself and people I know.

Sims1For my own Sim, I always choose traits of bookworm, geek and tidy. My Sim gets a hell of a kick from cleaning the house and gets massively annoyed when things are untidy or dirty. Anyone who knows me will realise that this is also true about myself. My boyfriend has said on numerous occasions that he can see my “fun bar” going up whenever I’m scrubbing the kitchen. My Sim also gets really sad and gets withdrawal when she doesn’t play video games for a while. Again, also true.

Now this is where it gets odd. We all know that our phones listen to our conversation so they can tailor news feeds and adverts to us. But is it possible that our computer games are also tuning in on our conversations?

My boyfriend likes to lounge around and do as little as possible, spending a good deal of time in his PJs, eating bowls of sugar-loaded cereals, in front of his PlayStation. His PJs are so well worn that they’ve seen better days and are usually covered in food stains. He also hates showering so I like to think when I look at him in real life, sat there in his food stained PJs, eating his cereal with his mouth open whilst watching the TV screen, that I can actually see green mist emanating from him in a miasma of stink. When it comes to his Sim, I can’t for love nor money train him to get dressed himself. He leaves the bed unmade and the house a mess, leaving my Sim entirely stressed out. Every aspect of his Sim is true to life.

Sims2I thought this was about as close to life as the game got, but then I made Sims of my two best friends. One of them is very serious and gets angry very quickly, loves to nap, is obsessed with noodles and gets bored extremely quickly, whilst the other is so laid back he is horizontal and spends every second he’s not at work, on his PC. I have a lot of disagreements with the first and we do a good deal of fighting. So imagine my surprise when I move their Sims into my neighbourhood and send my Sim round to introduce herself and my laid back friend comes to his door with a massive smile, cheerfully introduces himself to her, shakes her hand and then invites her in, before quickly disappearing back upstairs to plonk himself down on his PC and get back to his games. I suspect he was playing Dawn of the Dragons.

In a strange house with no one to talk to, I get my Sim to say hello to Serious Friend. She begins conversation and he immediately yawns and outright walks away from her, leaving her mid-conversation and feeling a little more than awkward. He ventures to the kitchen and prepares himself some quick food, which looks suspiciously like noodles, which he eats in silence before disappearing upstairs to lie on the bed for a nap.

Irked at being so rudely treated, my Sim follows Serious Friend upstairs, wakes him up from his nap and begins to Discuss her Interests. He flat out interrupts her by saying “blah blah blah”, pulls a disgusted face, dramatically fake yawns and goes to walk away again. By this time, I, as the player am furious at him and hurt for my Sim’s feelings and ask her to walk up to him again and Insult him. She does. She jabs and pokes at his chest for good measure. He doesn’t take it well. He doesn’t even answer, he just dives on her in a cloud of smoke and exclamation/question marks. Happy Friend is blissfully unaware of the WWE sized fight going on at his feet, still sat at his PC, still happily playing his game.Sims3

When the fight is over, both my Sim and Serious Friend can’t even bear to be in the same room and she storms home. He goes back to bed for another nap.

Now I’m fairly sure I didn’t choose “likes noodles, enjoys naps, hates Kate-Sim” as traits for Serious Friend. That is mostly because those traits don’t exist.

It was scarily accurate and I’m confused.