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If you’re interested in reading the individual background life summaries or viewing the updated artwork of our Champions and Villains then please follow the links here: Champions and Villains. If you are eager to discover the main story that ties all the characters together in Project-X, then please use the following link: Story-line. These links are refreshed with new or redone content as they are released. We publish new articles, stories, videos and new or redone artwork weekdays and occasionally on the weekends too.

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Rin's Room #33: Top 5 LoZ Games. Presented by Saljack Enterprises. Gaming. Animation. Media. Entertainment. Woman Owned.

Breath of the Wild has been experiencing a lot of success in the past year, which is good news to me since I’m an avid LoZ fan. If you don’t have a Switch, don’t worry–you can run it on the CEMU emulator for PC and experience it for yourself.

Still, Breath of the Wild isn’t the only Zelda game out there. And sometimes new installations of the series create more questions than they answer. For example: who are Link and Zelda? Are they soulmates? What’s the chronological order of all these darn games?  Only one thing’s for sure: the LoZ franchise has some of the best games ever created. Let’s look at some of the best.


#1 Twilight Princess

Twilight Princess was released for the Wii and has the distinction of being the very first game I ever played all the way through. It was immersive and enjoyable, and I enjoyed the graphics a lot. Skyward Sword, which we also played on the Wii, wasn’t as enjoyable as TP in my opinion for some reason. I think they went overboard with all the controls, and the run limitation was also pretty frustrating. No more endless barrel rolls? Nah, not for me. I loved Twilight Princess’s strong female characters (Midna and Zelda were both awesome!), and the ability explore the TP world. The story was relatable, and the art was absolutely enchanting. It was nice to see a darker twist on a Zelda game.


#2  Ocarina of Time

Released in 1998, this is the legendary game that solidified the Zelda franchise as one that would stand the test of time. It was the first game to feature 3D graphics and time travel, and at the time it was the largest game ever produced by Nintendo. Even when playing it as a girl I identified with Link’s journey from home and spent countless hours trying to catch Poe Souls. The game has a perfect score from IGN and a 99% on Metacritic, and honestly, I think it’s the greatest game ever created. What do you say? You haven’t experienced video games until you’ve tried this game at least once.


#3 Breath of the Wild

A lot of critics weren’t expecting much from Breath of the Wild, and in fact, I remember reading a bunch of angry comments saying that BOTW was going to be awful and that we never needed an open world game from the Zelda universe. But BOTW’s stellar reviews and high sales have quickly proved those comments wrong.

It is the best-selling game on the Nintendo Switch, and for the first time ever there’s actual voice acting. You can run, climb, swim, and even paraglide. Though its ratings aren’t as amazing as Ocarina of Time, it still received a whopping 97/100 on Metacritic. All of its other scores by other magazines and publications have consistently been above 90%. To tell you the truth, I’d buy the Switch just to get a chance to play this game.


#4 Wind Waker

Don’t overlook Wind Waker when trying out Zelda games to play! It’s set in an ocean with lots of small islands and is set way after Ocarina of Time. Instead of the usual 3D art we’ve grown familiar with in games like Majora’s Mask and TP, Wind Waker offers a cel-shaded, cartoon-ized take on these classic characters. You have to rescue Link’s sister, solve the mystery of the flood, and (of course) defeat Ganondorf. Its HD remaster is playable on Wii U, though it was initially released on GameCube in 2002.


#5 Majora’s Mask

The mask and creepy moon have entered meme culture and are absolutely unforgettable. I didn’t get to play this on the console it was intended for, and instead played on an emulator. But that doesn’t erase any of the wonderful memories I made playing this game with my brother. I finally finished it on the Nintendo 3DS (the remaster was released in 2015)! It was initially released for the N64.

I really loved meeting all of the characters and playing through the story. The 3-day time limit was really challenging and kind of stressed me out since, even with the time loops, the threat of the countdown at the bottom of the screen put a lot of pressure on gamers! It was kind of sweet and endearing to see Skull Kid’s actual face–the mask makes him look so sinister. This is another great and legendary game that you should definitely play!


There you go: five of the most awesome, “you should definitely try this!’ games in the LoZ series. I know these are all relatively new, but after 2000 Nintendo did really step up and improve the LoZ series, molding them into what they are today. What do you think?


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Lilo's Lair #39: New Jump Gaming Subscription? Stick with Humble Bundle. Presented by Saljack Enterprises. Gaming. Animation. Media. Entertainment. Woman Owned.

Happy Fall! Are your leaves falling to the ground? Mine are! I’m thinking about going to buy some pumpkins today because I’m always way too giddy about Fall. They’ll rot before Halloween, but I can always buy more, right?!! Really though, today would be a great day to finally watch the box office hit It and find some sweet fall or Halloween themed games! Also, maybe eat a caramel apple. Okay, okay I’m getting too caught up in it! Moving on…

Today I have a special new thing to share with you guys. I know I usually like to end the week with a list of free games or even some sweet gaming deals I feel are worth mentioning. Well, today is about a different kind of deal. What I’m getting at is a new way to rent games called Jump–which just launched September 20th! You have probably heard of Gamefly, which is sort of like an online Redbox for games. You pay $9.50 to rent a single game out at a time. You pick out which game you want (and hope they aren’t out) and they ship it to you in the mail. When you are finished trying out the game, you send it back in, and they’ll send you another. There are other options to pay more and get more games out at a time. I used to use Gamefly for a brief time years ago.

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Where Gamefly is like Redbox, Jump is like Netflix. It is a monthly paid subscription for games. Unlike Gamefly, it is digital, more like Steam. Which means no potentially scratched disks or mail time. What you do is pay $9.99 for a month of unlimited gaming.

Let me explain what you really get though. Jump does not have every game. What they have are all indie games. They strive to only offer good indie, not just any monkey in the barrel. The site has 60+ games you can play and says they will offer about ten new games each month. Here is the complete list of the game they offer right now, found at techraptor.net:

  • 6180 the moon
  • 8Bit Fiesta
  • A Wizard’s Lizard
  • Acorn Assault: Rodent Revolution
  • Actual Sunlight
  • Adventure Lamp
  • Along the Edge
  • Always Sometimes Monsters
  • Astervoid 2000
  • Balthazar’s Dream
  • Bard’s Gold
  • Beatbuddy
  • Bebob and Tempo
  • Beholder
  • Big Tower Tiny Square
  • Cats Are Liquid
  • Conga Master
  • Cyber Complex
  • Diaries of a Spaceport Janitor
  • Drive!Drive!Drive!
  • Dungeon Rushers
  • Ellipsis
  • Enchanted Cave 2
  • FOTONICA
  • Gunhouse
  • Ittle Dew
  • Kick Ass Commandos
  • klocki
  • Lethal League
  • Life Goes On: Done to Death
  • Lucius Demake
  • Luxuria Superbia
  • Lyne
  • MirrorMoonEP
  • Molemen Must Die
  • Necrosphere
  • Orion Trail
  • PolandBall
  • Pony Island
  • Rashlander
  • Red Game Without A Great Name
  • Robot Roller-Derby Disco Dodgeball
  • Rogue Quest – Episode 1
  • Rogue Quest – Episode 2
  • SIHEYUAN
  • SOYF (Shit On Your Friends)
  • Sally’s Law
  • Semispheres
  • She Remembered Caterpillars
  • Sproggiwood
  • Steel Rain
  • Stunt Runner
  • Super Lovely Planet
  • Super Win The Game
  • Tallowmere
  • Teslagrad
  • The Bridge
  • The End Is Nigh
  • Thing-in-Itself
  • This Book Is A Dungeon
  • Tumblestone
  • Yi and the Thousand Moons
  • Zenge

What a list! Or is it? Well, Jump has certain criteria it looks for in each game it picks for its sight. The three things they look for is if it has won any awards, if it’s highly-rated, and was it a runaway hit with sales. Most of the games on their site meet 2-3 of these criteria. Which makes me a lot happier about spending money with a limited selection of games.

Is it a very pure experience on Jump. They don’t offer the games to buy, and they don’t do ads. They are also disconnected from other places like Steam, so even if you already have a saved game on Steam, you would have to start over on Jump.

What are my thoughts on Jump? I honestly don’t see how they will make it with the very limited offering of games. There are no big AAA games, and it seems like there never will be. Don’t get me wrong, I love indie games, but I don’t even see my favorite indie games on this list. It’s just too limited. Perhaps because they are just getting started. To me, $10/month to play this limited of selection of games is too steep a price. You do not even get to keep these games.

Now, before you tell me, I’m too harsh let’s take a look at another monthly subscription that is offered at a place called Humble Bundle. Their monthly subscription cost two dollars more at $12/month. Let’s put that in yearly terms (even though you can unsubscribe at any point with Humble Bundle or Jump). In a year you will pay about $120 on Jump and $144 on Humble Bundle, a 24 dollar difference. Which is still pretty minimal in my opinion and actually not even accurate because you can sign up for an entire year on Humble Bundle at a discount that equals out $11/month. So only a twelve dollar difference between a year of  Humble Bundle and a year of Jump.

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What Humble Bundle offers is not game rentals, but instead they actually give you games to own each and every month. Every month will give you a game bundle worth over one hundred dollars (some are worth over $200), and it will include one AAA game. For example, this month on Humble Bundle you get the following games (I’ve included their price from Steam):

  • The Banner Saga 2 – $19.99
  • Momodora: Reverie Under the Moonlight – $9.99
  • Killing Floor 2 – $29.99
  • Worms W.M.D – $29.99
  • Stories Untold – $9.99
  • HackyZack – $9.99
  • Eterium – $4.99
  • Volantia (Humble Bundle exclusive game)

This is one of their cheaper months even–this one is totaled to be worth $126.92, whereas August’s bundle was worth $262.88. Again, these are your games to keep forever, whether you are still subscribed or not. If you check out their monthly list here, you will see they offer you the ratings of each game on different sites. It seems like they like to stick with games that only have positive ratings.

The final thing you should realize about Humble Bundle is that if you aren’t interested in any of the games in a monthly bundle (or already own them), you can gift them to your friends! All of that combined just makes me really wonder why I would pay $10/month to rent games that cost less than that when I can pay $12/month to own a bundle of games worth at least $100 and include popular and recent games.

If you are still intrigued by Jump, then give their free trial a try. It is a fourteen-day free trial that doesn’t require you to input a card. No loss for you!


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Lilo's Lair #38: Newest Gaming Headsets. Presented by Saljack Enterprises. Gaming. Animation. Media. Entertainment. Woman Owned.

I’ve been in headset market lately and been doing quick searches on a couple website, eyeing the top rated ones (you know, Amazon). I haven’t been really ready to commit because I wasn’t sure what was out there and if a top rated headset was already becoming outdated. This week I felt like I need to go ahead and get up to date on headsets. Therefore I looked up some of the newest headsets. I’m talking about headphones that were just announced and/or are only on pre-order at this point.

A lot of these headsets were announced at E3 (Electric Entertainment Expo) earlier this June. Some are just getting ready to launch, this is the big time for it, with the holidays coming up a lot of places like to get their money makers out before Halloween. What I have found are eight brand new gaming headsets. Whether you want the latest tech in gaming headset gear, or would just like to know how the older models you are looking at are holding out, this blog should help you out.


#1 LucidSound LS25 & LS15X Esports Gaming Headsets

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First up is the LucidSound LS25, clocking in at modest $79.99 and coming out October 1st. It is available for pre-order from Amazon or LucidSound if you are in the market. This headset is compatible with every console on the market (Windows, Linux, Mac, PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch). You can even use the headset with Android and Apple phones.

The sound is described as very precise. You won’t hear the heavy bass, which might make the sound feel underwhelming to those of us who are used to a strong bass. However, that does not mean they lack quality. The aim with these headsets was clarity, not overpowering depth.  Check out the specs listed from the LucidSound website:

  • 50mm High Fidelity speakers with Neodymium magnets have been specifically engineered for gaming
  • A remarkably clear sound stage so that gamers can easily identify teammates, enemies and audio cues that provide the difference between victory and defeat
  • Dual mics allowing players the option of using the integrated discrete mic (Ideal for phone calls and casual chat) or the unidirectional, flexible boom mic for intense gaming sessions
  • Direct to PC connection via a 3.5mm audio jack, ensuring a simple connection to any gaming rig
  • Reliable audio connection with no batteries required, pro gamers can be assured of uninterrupted game and chat audio
  • Proprietary control system, allowing gamers to adjust volume simply by twisting the ear cup

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The second LucidSound headset on the list looks funky for a gaming headset. The LS15X is $99.99 and will be released December 1st. Again, you can go ahead and pre-order if you feel ready to commit. This headset is only for Xbox One and Windows 10. Actually, though it seems made for Xbox and will automatically connect to your Xbox.

The first unique thing about this headset is it is wireless! This new design is supposed to help solve issues that crop up with a bulkier headset from long-term sessions. Things like sweat, overall heat, and even ear fatigue. Since this one still has some time to go before release there isn’t much info on how it stacks up. Here are some details about it from Amazon:

  • True wireless: connects directly to your Xbox One or Project scorpio Console in the same way as a wireless Controller and configures automatically. No wires or base station is needed.
  • Comfortable and ultra lightweight: Designed for long-play sessions the LS15X features a comfortable in-ear design that reduced Heat and ear fatigue caused by on-ear or over-ear Designs.
  • Digital microphone: advanced digital microphone design offers noise cancellation to reduce background noise during online play for crystal clear communication.
  • Sound quality: immerse yourself in the signature LucidSound audio acoustics with custom tuned earbuds and speakers and support for Windows Sonic for headphones and Dolby atmos for headphones.
  • Multi-function audio system: the LS15X can be used for game and chat audio, or chat audio only. Switch between earbuds and built-in speakers to give your ears “a break.”

#2 Razer Thresher Ultimate

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The Razer Thresher Ultimate is already out and costs a whopping $250. These are another wireless gaming headset option. This is apparently a very comfy headset with impressive surround sound. Other perks are a long battery life and easy to use. The cons to this headset are a large stand, no 3.5mm audio jacks, and no Bluetooth. Check out the details from the Razer website:

  • Comfortable with eyewear – With foam indentations for temple relief
  • On-Headset Controls – Quickly adjust mic & master volume
  • Noise-isolating Leatherette Ear Cushions – Stay completely focused on your game
  • 7.1 Dolby Surround Sound – For best-in-class positional audio
  • Retractable Boom Mic – Stows completely in ear cup
  • 50 mm Driver – For powerful lifelike audio
  • Up to 16 hrs battery life – On a single charge

#3 Astro A10 Headset

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This headset is already out and only costs about $58. The consensus seems that this is a great headset for the price. This is the first cheaper headset from Astro, and so it has caught a lot of people’s eyes. It is comfy, offer great sound, and has a clear microphone. There are no special features to this headset though, considering its price. That means no simulated surround sound or accessories. Check out the details from Amazon:

  • Durability: The A10 Headset features durable headband anodized aluminum wrapped in a damage resistant polycarbonate blend so your headset will withstand wins, losses, and everything in between
  • Comfort: Extended comfort memory foam ear-cushions keep you from fatigue so you can play as long as you want in complete comfort
  • Communication: With the omnidirectional mic featuring flip-up mute functionality and in-line Volume Control, you and your teammates will always hear each other clearly and accurately
  • Sound Quality: Tuned for Gaming, the A10 features immersive and accurate audio the way sound developers intended. Low latency and precise voice communication mean you’re always in sync
  • Compatibility: Xbox One, PS4, Nintendo Switch, Mobile, MAC, and PC

#4 Logitech G433 7.1 and the G233 Prodigy Gaming Headsets

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The Logitech G433 7.1 is already on sale for $86. The sound is well-rounded, the mic is clear, the design looks good. However, some say it isn’t that comfortable, and the sound is only okay. Plus, there are a ton of cords. Here are some details listed at Amazon:

  • Extremely lightweight for maximum comfort
  • Hydrophobic, stain-resistant fabric shell and comes with two sets of ear pads – sports mesh and microfiber
  • Maximum audio performance with DTS Headphone: X 7.1 surround sound and Pro-G drivers for dynamic range
  • Detachable boom mic and two audio cables included to work with PC, Mac, PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and mobile
  • Removable boom mic has micro-pop filter to reduce environmental noises and deliver clear communications

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The G233 from Logitech is available for $80. There are a lot of official reviews out there I trust entirely, but so far it seems the crowds range from thinking it’s great, to believe there are better options at this price (but overall still not a bad headset). It seems the broad appeal to this headset is for people who want a headset for multiple consoles. This guy is simple and can be used on anything with a 3.5mm jack. Here are some details listed at Amazon:

  • Extremely lightweight for maximum comfort
  • Pro-G technology featuring hybrid-mesh audio drivers. By solving common distortion problems, Pro-G delivers booming bass and precise highs so you hear the game, the music, the movie … as intended
  • Immersive gaming audio is wrapped in sleek, streetable headset. It’s time to take PC performance out into the world
  • Detachable boom mic and two audio cables included to work with PC, Mac, PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and mobile
  • Removable boom mic has micro-pop filter to reduce environmental noises and deliver clear communications

#5 Asus ROG Strix Fusion 300

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The new Asus headset is coming out the end of this month, and the only named price so far is £100. If they sell it at an equivalent price in US dollars, that’ll be about $135. This headset is made for long marathon gaming sessions in mind. That means comfort! They are bragging that the mesh design keeps your ears from getting too hot and being sweaty. It’ll have both a 3.5mm audio jack that will fit most things and a USB 2.0 connector. It has  50mm ASUS Essence drivers and 7.1-channel surround sound. Which sounds like a pretty great headset, but hard to know until it comes out.


#6 Aorus H5

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The Auris H5 has just been announced, and there is no release date or price so far. It is another incredibly versatile headset with the 3.5mm audio jack. What makes this headset so special is it’s lighting up feature. Another thing that makes this headset stand out is its choice to use beryllium metal drivers instead of the more typical neodymium magnet driver. This decision was made because they claim beryllium offers better sound output. We shall see!


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DISCLAIMER: THE VIEWS AND OPINIONS EXPRESSED IN THIS POST ARE SOLELY THOSE OF THE AUTHOR. THESE VIEWS AND OPINIONS DO NOT NECESSARILY REPRESENT THOSE OF SALJACK ENTERPRISES, ITS STAFF, AND ANY/ALL CONTRIBUTORS TO THE SALJACK ENTERPRISES WEBSITES. SALJACK ENTERPRISES MAKES NO WARRANTY OR REPRESENTATION REGARDING, DOES NOT ENDORSE, IS NOT AFFILIATED WITH AND IS NOT IN ANY WAY RESPONSIBLE FOR THE LINKED WEBSITES OR ANY CONTENT THAT APPEARS ON IT. IF YOU DECIDE TO VISIT ANY LINKED WEBSITE, YOU DO SO AT YOUR OWN RISK, AND IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO REVIEW THE TERMS OF USE OF THE RELEVANT LINKED WEBSITE.

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Lilo's Lair #37: Video Game Artwork. Presented by Saljack Enterprises. Gaming. Animation. Media. Entertainment. Woman Owned.

Video Game Artwork! This is something everyone should be into–or at least everyone who loves gaming. Gaming has some of the best artwork. Whether it be concept art before or while the game is being made, artwork inspired by fans, or typography to celebrate being a fan. There is every flavor of gaming artwork, from epic realistic fantasy landscapes to simple cartoons (that still look awesome).

What I’m sharing with you today is some of the best gaming artwork that you can buy! Maybe you have some empty space on your wall that would love to be covered with some art. Though even if you aren’t in the market for art right now, these are great pictures to ogle on your computer screen. Also, with Christmas just a few months away it probably a good time to get those wishlists (or buy lists) started!


#1 Marinko Milosevski

The first artwork I’m going to introduce you to is a collection by Marinko Milosesvki–who is an illustration senior at the college of creative studies in Detroit, Michigan. They have a collection of art that is all about video games, mostly the classics. There is Super Mario, Zelda, Pokemon, Star Fox, and more. Check it out; all posters cost $35. http://marinkoillustration.bigcartel.com/

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#2 Redbubble

You may or may not know about Redbubble. This is a site where anyone can submit their artwork to be on different products. The site is print on demand, so once you make your order, it is printed just for you. The artist gets paid, your stuff is shipped, everyone is happy. Now, since this site allows for anyone to submit art there is a LOT of options, and at a lot of different price points (from cheap to highish price tags). Since there is so much to choose from, I’m going just to share some of my favorites.

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Check out more of what Redbubble has to offer in gaming art here! Check out their other categories for gaming shirts, stickers, and more.


#3 FanGamer

Fangamer is a sweet site dedicated to merchandise for gamers. Not only do they have artwork for your walls, but they also have shirts, stuff for your home and office, plushies, and more. While there might not be as many options as the massive Redbubble, there is still a whole lot of art to choose from, and you may check it out here.

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#4 Fine Art America

This is another one of those great sites that let any artist upload their work to be sold in print on demand style. I love these type of sites because it brings the buyer such a wide range of options from people in every background. Another thing I like about this site is that their video game art section lets you choose between different categories like photos, digital art, and paintings. Check out the art here.

Now, because this site lets anyone upload their art that means you can probably find the artist selling on other similar places online–like Redbubble.

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#5 Cook & Becker

This site likes to call itself a “next gen art dealer.” This is not the top of the site where people can upload their work. No, this site seeks out the leading artists in the gaming genre. They like finding artists and studios that are playing a significant role in the scene. They only have artwork made by the most talented gaming artists. Their price tags are also a little steeper than other sites. Check out their gaming art here.

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#6 Amazon

Of course, you can buy art off of Amazon; you can buy everything from Amazon these days. What you will find on Amazon is the popular artwork (for popular games). What you can also find is books of artwork for a game which is kind of cool and makes a great coffee table book for visitors. Check those out here. One of the most popular art books for sale is The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule HistoriaIt only cost $26.47, which makes it cheaper than a lot of the artwork on here, and its a whole book of art! What this book specifically offers is not full-page pictures of art though, but instead provides tons of history about the history of Legend of Zelda and includes a lot of the art from the games.

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Another popular one to check out is The World of the Witcher: Video Game CompendiumThis includes full pages of art as well as tons of in-depth information about the Witcher world. This book costs $21.89, make it another steal compared to some of the art prints I’ve listed on this page.

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#7 Etsy

The last site on my list is Etsy. The site all about buying and selling vintage or handmade goods. There is a plethora of video game gear on Etsy. This is where creative types can make and sell whatever they want. The prices also have a big range. Some things are cheap; some are oh-my-god high.  Though that is usually for something a little fancier than an art poster. Check out the options here.

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Rin's Room #32: Get a Professional Gaming Stream Setup for less than $150! Presented by Saljack Enterprises. Gaming. Animation. Media. Entertainment. Woman Owned.

We’ve all thought about starting a gaming stream, right? Did you know that you don’t need to shell out thousands of dollars to set up a professional streaming studio? That’s a myth.

Now, you technically don’t need any equipment at all to start streaming on Twitch. But we all know that looking good is half the battle! The better your stream looks and sounds, the easier it’ll be to get loyal viewers. So, I’ve prepared this quick guide to help you set up your own streaming studio for less than $150.


#1 Internet

Don’t neglect the speed of your Internet when deciding if you want to become a streamer. Twitch suggests 3 to 3.5 Mbps upload speed. Technically you can stream with an upload speed below 3 Mbps, but you might suffer lag or stuttering.


#2 Camera

  1. DroidCam for Android. Considering some modern-day phones have better cameras than actual cameras, using your phone for your stream could be a great cost-cutting idea. This app, which you can download on Google Play, turns your phone into a wireless webcam. You can use it for Skype, Google+, and most importantly, for streaming. Best of all? It’s free.
  2. Microsoft LifeCam HD3000. This camera offers great quality for a reasonable price–you can get it for $25 on NewEgg. Don’t waste your time buying super-cheap cameras on eBay or other sites. Their images are grainy, and they break easily, which just leads to frustration and wasted money. The LifeCam is adaptable to most monitors and is very flexible so you can adjust the view. It’s easy to use with super-simple plug-and-play functionality.  
  3. Logitech C920. The holy grail of streaming webcams, the c920 is praised on every single tech website you’ll read. You can get it for about $55 on Amazon, or buy refurbished for a lower price.

#3 Mic

  1. PylePro’s PDMIC58 workhorse mics. For just $14 this cardioid mic is a very cheap bargain with some stellar sound for the price. They use XLR connectors instead of 3.5 mm inputs–the cables are readily available on Amazon and in stores. A 20′ cable would run you about $5.
  2. Behringer XM8500 Dynamic Mic: Often compared to Shure’s SM58, this powerhouse is a remarkable bargain for ⅕ the price of the SM58. This option is better if you have a lot of background noise or live with other (loud) people. If you’ve maxed out your budget, get an XLR to USB cable and download Voicemeeter Banana, a free virtual audio mixer. If you have the choice between this and the Blue Yeti, most people recommend the former. $27. (Some gamers do recommend Blue Yeti, but I’ve read a lot of poor reviews about their mic. What do you guys think?).

#4 Mic Stand

  1. Neewer NW-35 Scissor Mic Stand. At just $17 this offering from Neewer suspends the mic above you so that you can adjust it to your height. It comes with a shock mount to prevent vibrations and an XLR cable built right into the stand.
  2. Neewer Adjustable Scissor Stand. This stand is even simpler than the previous one and doesn’t come with the XLR cable. $12.50.

#5 PopFilter

  1. Neewer Pop Filter. Pop filters help eliminate extra noise and protect your mic from moisture damage due to spit. This one is cheap but comes with a lot of rave reviews. $7.
  2. OnStage Mic Windscreen. This super-affordable $3 foam cap for your mic does what you’re paying it to do–block spit and “plosive” (harsh “p” and “s”) sounds.

#6 BackDrop/Green Screen

  1. The DIY option. Green posterboard, green bedsheets, green blankets. Or paint your entire wall green. Why? Because you can.
  2. Prism Backdrops by Ravelli. This is still a pretty cheap option, and you can fold it up so you won’t have to stare at its eye-burning color while trying to go to bed. It’s $18.

#7 Lighting

  1. Ikea Tertial Lamp. At $10 this little adjustable desk lamp is a steal. You’ll be able to use it for streaming and schoolwork, and since Ikea generally makes some pretty reliable products, you won’t have to worry about it faltering on you. Some streamers recommend using two or three points of light to properly illuminate your face and stream, so three of these would do the job pretty well.
  2. FancierStudio Green Screen Kit. This $84.99 kit comes with a green screen, two umbrella light-stands, and a backdrop support system. If you get this kit, you won’t need to purchase a separate green screen.

#8 Software

  1. Open Broadcast Software (OBS). Almost everyone recommends this app for beginners because it’s free to download and use, and it’s straightforward.
  2. XSplit Gamecaster. The basic version of this software is free and has limited features, including a watermark that can’t be removed (unless you pay). You can purchase a subscription or a lifetime premium plan.

And with that, you will be ready to start streaming. Do let us know your thoughts in the comments section!


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Lilo's Lair #36: 8 Ways to Make Money Gaming. Presented by Saljack Enterprises. Gaming. Animation. Media. Entertainment. Woman Owned.

Need or want to add a little income to your favorite hobby of gaming? There is more than one way to make money gaming. However, they all require work. At least you’ll be involved with something you love though!


#1 Streaming

You can make money by having people watch you as you play games. The biggest and best place to do this is on Twitch. If unaware, Twitch is a live streaming platform intended for video gaming specifically. There are numerous ways to make money streaming yourself playing games on Twitch.

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The first way to make money steaming is asking for donations. This is pretty easy considering Twitch lets you add a donation button to your page. That way it is super easy for your viewers to send you some cash.

The second way is through ad revenue. There is a Twitch Partner program that can earn you a nice little steady amount if you have enough viewers. It’s true the majority of people have ad blockers these days, but not everyone does, and that can bring you real money without any extra work.

The third way to make money on Twitch is through the Bit system. Bits are an online currency that viewers can choose to gift their favorite streamers. Viewers gain these bits through watching 30-second ads on Twitch. If you get gifted Bits, then you can exchange them for real money. For example, 1,000 Bits equal ten dollars.

The last way to make money on Twitch is the biggest: getting subscribers. Once you’ve collected 500 subscribers that is when you can become a Twitch Partner, like a mentioned above. You get the benefit of making ad revenue when you do so, but you will also get paid for each subscriber you gain!


#2 Videos

Youtube! Now let me just mention right off the bat that combining several of these money making suggestions will only help. For instance, you can use Youtube to promote your Twitch account. Do that by posting highlights from your streamed gaming sessions.

However, you don’t need to stream to become a Youtube gaming personality. Make walkthroughs with or without commentary or create video reviews of games. Both are great options for gaming YouTube videos. There is a lot of competition out there so be prepared to fight for the attention of viewers.

There are a couple ways to make money with YouTube. The first I mentioned above. That is to use it as a platform to advertise other ways you are making money. Guide YouTube viewers to your Twitch account, or a web page you have. The second way is ads. Ads make the internet go around.


#3 Gaming Journalism

Want to share with other gamers what is new in gaming? Well, you can do just that and earn money while doing it. Write reviews, find gaming news, do interviews, and share new games.

The easiest way to go about this is building up your skills and applying to companies that already do just that. There is the option to make your own website like I mentioned. That is a significant amount of more work, but the earnings could be greater. Though, if you ever hit it big, you can hire people to do some of the work for you. Before all that though, you would have to run an entire website–including promoting, website creation, and the journalism itself. Plus, it’s a competitive market.


#4 Walkthroughs/Gaming Guides

If you know a game completely, every nook and cranny, then writing a walkthrough or guide is just for you. Lots of people love them and will even pay money for one.

Once you’ve written your walkthrough, you should consider it an ebook and sell it as such. That means you can self-publish on Amazon or Killer Guides. Your game guide could sell for $15 or more! What I absolutely love about this choice is once you’ve completed the initial work there isn’t much left for you to do but collect money for years. However, you do want to get in quick. Being the first guide will really help with sales.


#5 Farming Gold/Items or Selling Character

Farming gold and items in some games are banned (like World of WarCraft), but in other games it is a-okay. Counter Strike: Global Offensive is one of the games that actively promote it. This option for money making is unfortunately very time consuming and not particularly attractive. However, you can make some real cash.

Perhaps the easiest way to sell goods is through Steam. Use their community market to sell items and gold for money.

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You can also sell your MMO character, instead of gold or items. Now, this is strictly banned in a lot of games so you should definitely check up on that before trying to sell a character. Once you have all that sorted out, you can auction off your character at Player Auctions. Just remember, people want the best, and if that isn’t your character then you may not make much money.


#6 Game Testing

Not all it’s cracked up to be, but bragging rights are still a plus. The biggest complaint about this one is you’d think it’s great but it’s actually pretty boring. Possibly more entertaining than farming gold and items at least.

The better paid and more reliable way to do this would be to be hired on as in-house gaming tester for a company. However, you do not need to do that. There are several places online where you can sign up to play some games and make some cash. Some places to check out for that are PlaytestCloud, BetaFamily, MyAppAware, BestReviewApp, and ErliBird.


#7 Professional Gamer

Become a professional gamer in esports is not for any old player. This is for the experts among us. This is the hardest thing to accomplish on the list but if you have the skills that set your sights on this goal!


#8 Gaming Coach

With a whole mess of people who would like to be professional gamers that means there is a need for gaming coaches. You can sign up at Gamer Sensei and make $25/hour to tutor others in a game. Hey, and get good enough maybe you can even aim to be a gaming coach for a professional or collegiate team!


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