An Interview With: Rampaging Noob
Updated: Jan 15, 2020
This is the virgin post. The post that launched a thousand posts for the blog. I was umming and ahing about what to do. Should it be a review? Should it be a hint or tip for streaming? And then I asked a few friends and community members, and they suggested I do my own interview as I normally go out of my way to avoid the limelight wherever possible.
So today, ladies, gents and non binaries I present an interview with me, myself and I. You have no idea how badly I struggled actually answering this. I am going to love putting other people through the same and seeing what they have to say!
Getting to know you...
Can we start with an introduction? What is your name?
I normally stream and content create as Rampaging Noob but my day to day name is Phil.
How old are you if you don't mind me asking?
I am the ancient age of 33.
Where do you live?
I hail from North Yorkshire in ye olde UK.
When did you first start streaming?
03/12/2016 was when I first started, but I have only had a consistent schedule for about 18 months.
What are your favourite game genres?
I absolutely love RPGs, FPS, fantasy and sci-fi. There is no genre I won't try at least once, but I tend to stay away from driving games like Forza and sports games like WWE 2K20 or Fifa as I don't tend to enjoy the sports. But I don't mind watching other streamers play them.
What are your favourite film genres?
Anything horror for sure. I am a huge horror nerd. But in addition to horror, I also love sci-fi and action too with the occasional musical thrown in.
Are you a fan of anime? Is so, what are your favourite types of anime?
Just like my gaming, I will give any anime a chance, but I really love Black Lagoon and that sort of mature and gritty theme to my anime story lines.
What is your favourite type of food?
Just call me the Garfield of the simian world. It has to be lasagna. All about the lasagna. The only thing better than lasagna is second day lasagna when it has had overnight to absorb all the flavours.
Do you have any hobbies you would like to share?
I have a few things I like to do when not streaming or working. Even though I stream a variety of games I will at times keep a few special little gems for an off stream playthrough too. I also love cooking, hiking and reading. Believe it or not, and I hope I am not the only one, but I still love reading from hardcopy books. They're not as logistically friendly as a Kindle, but there is just something about the smell and feel of a physical book and turning that physical page.
Your journey so far...
What type of content do you create? And which platforms do you create it for?
I am a content creator on YouTube. Streamer on Twitch. And attempting to start my first ever blog. Fourth wall broken. Mind blown. I know.
What made you want to start doing YouTube videos and get into streaming?
I was off work a few years ago with a bad infection and spent a lot of time just recuperating. With all that spare time on my hands, I literally binge watched anything and everything I could get my hands on and found myself binge watching both Outside Xbox and Nerd Cubed on YouTube. I loved the fun and energy from both channels, along with the humour and the entertainment value.
After a few weeks, I randomly decided to try streaming on Beam (Mixer before it was known as Mixer) and from day one I had been bitten by the streaming bug. I had no camera, the audio was bad and the stream was potato level graphics at best but I had so much fun. And that was pretty much the start. Day after day, whenever I could, I would stream.
What do you find are the positives to streaming?
The social interaction with chat and the ability to speak on camera has been a huge help in working on my public speaking outside of streaming, as well as making me more comfortable and confident talking on stream. In addition to this I have met so many great people. Many becoming friends.
What do you find are the negatives to streaming?
I think everyone at one time or another will get trolls on their channel, often they can just be ignored or get bored and leave, but on occasion you can get some exceptionally toxic people who can ruin the entire vibe of chat and disrupt the stream. This is definitely a big negative to me when the actions of the few, upset or make uncomfortable, the many.
In addition to the trolls you can also find that some people become quite competitive. Don't get me wrong, competition is a good thing and drives us to better ourselves, our skills and our content. But I've had bad experiences a few times where you can start to get to know streamers of a similar size to yourself, then start to get a measure of success and unfortunately if they do not get the same they become jealous (for want of a better word). This can ruin friendships and make you feel isolated at times. However, when you take a step back, when you look at why what happened, happened. Take what you can from the experience, but move on. Don't let it weigh you down if it is something outside of your control.
How do you deal with the negative aspects you come across?
When it comes to trolls, a wise man (Good_Vibes_Gamer) once told me that the best way to deal with them was to understand them. I open the floor for them to give them a chance to talk and say what they have to. Normally this can be very beneficial and you win them around to becoming a viewer or perhaps even a positive influence in chat. There are always the ones that 'got away' but at least I tried.
When it comes to the competitive aspect I always try to support my friends and other creators I like. Because of my work schedule and stream schedule, a lot of the time my 'support time' is limited, but I try to see and chat to as many people as I can. After a few bad experiences, I finally started to learn to take a step back, evaluate and see what could have been done different. If the issue was entirely with me, I will try to make amends and learn from the situation. If not, I simply move on.
Where do you see yourself in a year's time?
To be honest I am not sure. At the moment there is no master plan or grand strategy on where I wish to go. What I want to do. But I guess expand The Chimp Nation, entertain the masses and perhaps even start a 'how to' guide on YouTube / within the blog to help new streamers get started.
Where do you see yourself in three years time?
I honestly have no idea, but I should actually put some serious thought into this at some point and maybe have a bit of a brainstorming session.
Got any good jokes to tell us?
My jokes are always so bad (and you will get used to them with time), but have you heard about the monkey with the bananas?
Q: What do you call a monkey with a banana in each ear?
A: Anything you want, it can’t hear you!
... I'll see myself out.
If you could share one piece of advice...
It's never too late to try something new; whether it be watching a new series you have been unsure about. Exercising. Trying Photoshop to take your art to the next level. Or starting streaming. It is never too late to try something new.
I know that sounds a bit open, but I tend to find whether you are 16 or 60, if you want something badly enough, go for it. The worst that can happen is you find you don't enjoy it. But at least you can say you tried!
Last but not least, where can we find you?
You can usually find me terrorising the web on one of the below:
I would just like to take a moment to thank you for reading the above. Although it is not a 'normal' interview as I wanted to do something special for launch, you can get a solid idea of what is to come. Normally here I would thank the person but I think we can all agree I have talked to myself enough for one post!