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Positivity in Gaming – Little Pudden

In a change of pace for the series of interviews I've been conducting over the last few months I've decided to bring similar topics to a wider range of gamers including developers, writers, streamers and more. In my latest interview I speak to game streamer, Cat, AKA, LittlePudden!

Mike: What gave you the motivation to begin streaming?

LP: “Going to admit, it was all thanks to my friends that gave me the motivation to start streaming. At first, I just watched them stream, playing videos and interacting with their viewers and how they build their own community.

I was lucky enough once I came back to Twitch and started streaming, they pushed me to be where I am today.”

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Mike: If the opportunity was available, would you turn streaming into a full-time job?

LP: “Absolutely! I love interacting with new people and having fun on stream!

But as I’ve seen from others, you can get burnt out from it, knowing that you hit the limit, always take breaks. People will understand that you need a day or so break from it.”

Mike: Have you ever met anyone specially through gaming that have had a significant impact on your life?

LP: “Actually, there’s a lot of people, but the one who impacted me the most is my best friend.

We met through a FB Pokémon page I was admin for way back then. Who knew I’d meet my best friend through the internet.”

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Mike: Is it someone you’ve spent a lot of time with in real life?

LP: “Sadly no. We’re pretty much distant best friends, But we have been talking to each other for 6 years now.”

Mike: Does gaming play much of a role in your family, if at all? Is there much support from your immediate family for your streaming?

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LP: “Yeah, It fascinates me how gaming can bring people together.

Also, yes. My third oldest sister. She is the one who got me into gaming in the first place. Funnily enough she got into gaming ’cause of our cousin.

I wasn’t really much into gaming as she was, so then once the Gameboy was out and she told me about this game called Pokémon, that’s when I got into it.

For the last one, it’s kinda split. Of course, my parents wouldn’t understand the whole streaming video games thing, only my sister and cousin does.”

Mike: Do you find the streaming community to be welcoming and how much, if at all, do you value collaborative efforts with that community?

LP: “I believe it can be, It all depends who you watch and how they interact with their viewers, There are many different types of streamer you can come across from some, like me, who stream, who enjoy streaming and love interacting. Then you have others who want it just for the money and don’t really care who is in their chat.

Collaborating is something I do value. When I do a stream, I like to have my friends involved and some of them stream too, so It’s always a fun time.”

Mike: The internet is a crowded place, especially for streamers starting out. There has been much said about the relative futility of moves by Twitch to push hashtags such as #supportsmallstreamers. Do you believe Twitch could do anything differently to assist in diversifying content or providing equal opportunities?

LP: “To be fair, Everyone has to start some where and work their way up, It’s always best to get to to know others, support them and they just might support you back. Be around people who inspire you to never give up

I think Twitch did the right thing adding “smaller communities recommended for you” to the home page. They’re always doing the best they can to make things better for everyone cause they listen to us. So I’d say that’s fair enough.”

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Mike: Have you faced much by way of toxicity from the gaming community? Is there anything you feel should be done to moderate these type of problems? Or, conversely, have you found the modern community to have improved in the years you’ve been involved in online gaming?

LP: “Yes I have, I was trying to understand the whole competitive side of gaming, It’s like if you didn’t carry your weight in the team, you’d smack talk by them or the others.

So I decided not to step foot back into that. Funny I get asked “why do you hate this game or that one”, it’s not that I hate it, the game looks really fun, I just don’t want to deal with people saying rude things. “Why play a game if you’re not good at it” is what I here from time to time. There is a thing called practicing and learning or even better just have fun with it.

Truthfully, I say we still have a bit more ways to improve in my eyes at least.”

Mike: I’ve personally used gaming (though generally local coop or single player gaming) to overcome anxiety issues in the past. It’s a subject we’ve covered in detail on Reggie Reviews. Has gaming ever helped you overcome any problems in your life?

LP: “Gaming took a huge part of my life, at the age of 18 I fell into depression and anxiety. My depression lasted for almost 2 years and I still have anxiety ‘til this day, But to calm myself down I usually play video games with my friends.”

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Mike: Last one! You get to outline what your favourite dev outputs next; what would your dream game look like and who’s the dev?

LP: “My dream game would probably be an adventurous one, The character would be a corgi, the place would be set in New York, it would be really cool if Quantic Dreams would be the dev to help make the game. Big fan of Detroit: Become Human.”

Thank you very much for sparing some of your personal time to answer my questions!

Reggie Reviews recommends you keep your eyes out for LittlePudden’s next broadcast. Follow her @LittlePudden on Twitter!

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