Big hype welcome to ZombiesGoNomNom who joins the team as a Hearthstone Mercenaries player and creator. Find out what’s happening with our favorite resident zombie and snack on his content.
Introduction How did you first learn of HypeHorizen?
I actually learned about HypeHorizen from Mullahoo shortly after we started up our mercenaries focused podcast, The Fighting Pit! He had a lot of great things to say and after seeing other members of the mercs content creation scene getting involved it felt like a great fit for me!
What platform do you stream on and why?
Currently I stream over on twitch as I’ve been a viewer of Hearthstone content on there for many years and I really enjoy the communities I’ve been a part of and the sometimes meme-y chat culture with all the crazy emotes we have available. Youtube has been my main focus for content creation from the start, but now this month I’m trying to add streaming to the mix more consistently! Getting to chat with viewers live is a great experience and one that’s totally different than the more pre-produced work I do on youtube.
How did you get into gaming?
I’ve been playing games for almost all my life, with my first console being a gameboy back when I was a little kid. Pokemon was a phenomenon that took the world by storm during my youth and I still have a lot of love for the series and play it to this very day. The thing I really loved about gaming though is that it gave me a way to connect with other people about common interests and passions. Co-op split screen multiplayer and online party chats in the Xbox 360 era really let me socialize in ways I hadn’t felt able to before and I’ll always cherish those experiences.
Do you have a gaming idol, someone in Esports or gaming you look up to?
I’ve always had a hard time picking favorites with things like this, however one person that definitely stands out in my mind is GetMeowth, a streamer and content creator who focuses mainly on the Wild format of Constructed Hearthstone. I remember him talking about the reason he started making Wild content was because he really loved the mode but felt there were not enough people making content for it at the time. That was very much how I felt about Mercenaries shortly after its launch last October and is why I started my own journey into content creation. I’ve also really enjoyed his podcast, The State of Wild, and it is what inspired me to start my own podcast, The Fighting Pit, which is how I first met my co-host and fellow team member Mullahoo!
What is the best part about streaming?
To me the best part about streaming is being able to interact with viewers in real time via the chat. I studied audio and video production in school and have some background in livestream production work and the thrill and challenges that come with doing things live provide a uniquely fun experience that’s very different from the editing work that I do for YouTube.
How does being a streamer inspire you to do good?
I’m a firm believer in that whatever kind of energy and attitude a person puts out is often received back to them, so for that reason I try to be positive and respectful to the people in the community who I have the pleasure of interacting with. I’m also hopeful that creating content for this mode while it is still in the early stages of its growth can help influence decisions to make the mode fully realize its incredible potential which is good for the community!
What games are you streaming?
Currently my stream and content is focused around Hearthstone Mercenaires, especially the PvP mode which I have a lot of passion for. I’m also a big fan of Pokemon and plan to stream that as well when Generation 9 launches near the end of 2022! Retro games from the late 90s and early 2000s are also something I want to stream more of one day.
What do you enjoy about them?
For Mercenaries the level of depth to the PvP and the similarities to Pokemon PvP in many ways are definitely what drew me in to making content and streaming the mode. I’ve played Hearthstone since just before the first expansion released back in the summer of 2014 and although I’ve really enjoyed my time with the game over the past 8 years my interest in constructed modes like standard and wild has been declining for a while now. Mercenaries really took me by surprise (as I wasn’t expecting the mode to appeal to me) but I fell in love with the depth of team building and decision making involved in the modes PvP. The community is also a big reason why really love playing and creating for it as it is full of so many nice and supportive people!
Who is your “Arch Nemesis?”
This is a tricky question, but if I had to pick an answer I would say my Arch Nemesis currently is the lack of easy accessibility options for players who want to get into Mercenaries (and in perticular) PvP. The mode is very much still in its early stages, but I think many more Hearthstone players would be able to enjoy it if changes were made to make the barrier of entry to the mode much less high than it is currently. Accessibility in gaming in general has improved a ton in the past decade, but there are still many challenges to overcome and I hope to be a voice that helps drive those types of positive changes into a reality.