Hey Blerd Fam, hey! If you didn’t know, Twitch is the platform for everything gaming related and creativity. You can find some of the biggest names in the gaming community there. I wanted to create a spotlight for growing Twitch streamers that I know you will enjoy.
Up next, I want to introduce to you KalesDad! He’s a dad (hence the name Kale’s Dad) and a variety streamer/content creator. He plays games such as Jackbox Party Games, Mad Max, and Gunfire Reborn, just to name a few. I wanted to share his story with you. So “What’s Their Twitch?”, you can find KalesDad at www.twitch.tv/kalesdad. He streams Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays at 8 pm EST and make sure to follow for bonus streams on Sundays. Follow KalesDad on his social media, Twitter @_Kalesdad, Facebook Kalesfather, and on YouTube TheKudderMan.
Give us an introduction to who you are and the in and outs about your broadcast.
I am a father, gamer, and artist, that loves to share the experience of gaming through jokes and community interaction. I am also one of the heads of the BSC or, Black Streamers Community.
Share with the class about your Twitch channel and your community.
Kales Kousins! I love my community so much because all we do is support and love each other. But I would be remiss if I didn’t talk about the BSC. We’ve been able to bring so many fantastic streamers of color together and our support is as real as it gets. I’ve been about to help facilitate the growth of both communities at the same time.
Twitch is all about games and creativity. What type of content do you stream on your channel?
As a variety streamer, I love to play what my audience wants to see, even if it’s off of the beaten path of mainstream. I play VR with my Valve Index, and I absolutely love playing Indie titles because they don’t get enough shine sometimes. I can’t tell you how many times that I’ve had people come to my streams and say, “Bro, where tf do you be finding these games?”. It’s funny every time.
What made you start this journey in streaming and when did you start?
I usually play games on the hardest difficulty and my friends liked to come over and watch. So much so, that at one point I felt like streaming would be dope to try out. After dealing with a troublesome person that told me it wouldn’t lead to anything; I pursued it heavily and gained an incredible following in the process. My official start was in 2019, but I hit the ground running in 2020.
What are some of the issues and challenges that you’ve faced on Twitch and how did you overcome them?
Unfortunately, it’s been people. I’ve dealt with a colorful cast of characters for my entire life, but somehow you still manage to run into people that wish to take advantage of you. Beware, remain vigilant, and stay alert. Sometimes, people don’t have your best interests at heart.
What are some of the resources and support that you use, that’s out there for creating a broadcast on Twitch?
One of the best-kept secrets on twitch is TriggerFyre. I wanted to allow my followers to interact with me without having to spend bits every time they play a sound or try to be funny. With this addition to my stream, I’ve brought a whole new level of interaction that everyone loves.
Blerd is all things nerd and geek through a people of color culture lens. What makes you a blerd?
Remember that kid that would Naruto run to the lunchroom when the bell rang? Yea, that wasn’t me, but I knew that guy. I was in love with fantasy worlds and novels growing up, so I tried to embody them in a way that would bring a certain swagger to characters I liked. Changing attributes led me to RPGs and MMOs, and card games had me sending folks to the shadow realm.
You’ve only been given 3 games to play for the rest of your life, what are you playing and why?
God of War (PS4), Hotline Miami, and The Jak and Daxter pack from Naughty Dog. Corey Balrog put so much love into GOW that it’s impossible to not love, especially when he became a parent and understood that bond. Naughty Dog can do no wrong in my eyes, and if you haven’t played Hotline Miami. Why?
Which video game character is bae?
Nix from Infamous 2 because dear sweet baby Jesus… she reminds me of Tia Dalma from Pirates of the Caribbean.
What’s a game that you absolutely hate but everyone else might like?
I’m gonna get crucified for this but…..Final Fantasy…..All of them. I wasn’t into turn-based combat, and I’m really big on a solid story, so when I play something so convoluted, I just….no.
Your favorite person is making your favorite dish, who is it and what is it?
My Fiancé, and most likely, her FIRE Mac and Cheese. WHEW! You love to see it.
If you could be any superhero who would it be and why?
Nightcrawler. I was a hugeeee fan of him the moment I saw him and I love the idea of teleportation. Being wherever, whenever? Who wouldn’t want that?
Round 3 Final Boss Battle:
-Playstation or Xbox?
Playstation all day. I have the buttons tatted on my fingers.
-Pepsi or Coke?
Like Dave said, “Whoever pays more at the time”.
-Night or day?
Night. And unfortunately, we’ve made our son that way as well because of it.
-Summer or Winter?
I’m a June baby, so I’m saying Summer; though fall always feels nice when it rolls around.
-Cat or dog?
I love both, but I was raised around a ton of dogs, so I gotta go dogs!
-Nickelodeon or Cartoon Network?
Cartoon Network. Courage The Cowardly Dog. Enough said.
-Fresh Prince or Martin?
Will Smith and Martin are both undeniable icons of the black community. I’ve watched both, but I related with Will more, in terms of being a musically gifted goofball.
-McDonald’s or Burger King?
If I had to pick, BK. McDonald’s doesn’t give a McF***.
-Super Mario or Sonic?
SONIC. I just wish he had the same track record of fire titles like Mario does. I wish sega would do something better with my boy.