Hats and Cats community interview thread

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  • Hey so I recently started a recording series of interviewing tf2 players about their competitive experiences, community interactions, and general sentiments regarding the issues we face and recent community events. The general focus of the series is looking back to the past, and seeing what we can learn from it and where we can go as a community, league, and players in the future.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6J7E19AevOo
    The American interview is probably my favorite interview so far, I think it best represents the series and the sorts of topics we’ll be covering. Kinda going along with that I’d definitely be interested in covering more topics collaboratively and maybe organizing stuff like class round tables in the future, or trying to inspire other people to do them. I think there’s a lack of these sorts of collaborative class based community projects, and community projects in general these days; that results in a lack of the community feeling like an actual community. Reviving that sense of spirit should help in regards to accountability going forward.

    To help elaborate on the premise a bit, read this
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    Feel free to reach out to me if this is something that interests you. Some of the earlier (I think first 4-5? episodes) have audio issues which I believe I have fixed now. New episodes come every Mon/Wed/Fri at 12 pm est. This is a solo project at the moment, and I am constantly looking to improve my game. Most of the formatting of the videos is intentional for the sort of atmosphere I am looking to cultivate.

    I would very much appreciate anyone who’s interested in interviews or community collaboration, or some other form of contribution reaching out either through steam or to me on discord. My main concern at the moment, is my lack of contact with and connection to 6s players, as well as just a general possibility of running out of people to cover. I do not particularly feel the need for help otherwise, but I am always interested to hear what people have to say.
    https://discord.gg/qZT7faBwbq

    After I run through my reserves of interviews, I’d probably start aiming more towards having multiple people on to talk about things or just generally podcasting about recent tf2 happenings.

    Coach’s corner from coach bucks was some inspiration, along with vaguely chocc talk; but this series has a lot of it’s own community focused goals as well that I think help give it an identity of it’s own. Most of these interviews are highly individualized and focused on things a person has experience and developed perspective on.

    Interview Log:
    Darzie: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v5lgDVMJ3b4 rgl and staff experience focused

    Green Beret: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=30Tq36C0Mpc lots on the transition between ugc and rgl, and the culture surrounding the timeframes and sniper

    Ac130/Ness: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=azcHg--W0LQ rgl and sa cross regional focus

    Vibeisveryo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PZdJqDUGOz0 rgl and community initiatives focused

    American/Danny: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6J7E19AevOo lots of older experiences, coverage of present events, pyro class discussion & class identity focused

    Ire: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b74HRFSgtxk casting, multiregional, and administratively focused on 6s/hl

    Katryna: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WMs1TePnSVo covers a lot of ugc lore and perspective coming from the standpoint of a mentor

    Maven: https://youtu.be/ELOwM1U5ytQ
    I really enjoyed talking about his experience on the RGL channel, content creation experience, and other side projects

    Interview 9- Baconblitz
    First one with a larger content creator and explores a lot more of the personal motivations. Was fun to view it from a more community based stance.
    https://youtu.be/qRTKIs8yegM

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  • @spring-rolls this is why we need new class wars. the mistakes of the past must be rectified.

  • good job, keep it up brodie

  • coach stamp of approval

  • Appreciate it, coach. I made some edits to the original post including linking each interview. Would people be interested in posting requests for who to interview and whatnot here like the coach’s corner; or what sorts of collaborations could be interesting to see when it comes to groups of players?
    Again, the formating and goals of the series is a bit different from older forum based ones, and I will not necessarily focus on wider community sentiment when deciding.

    Also let me know if I should like, give a new forum post for each individual person that gets interviewed, or just add it to the original forum post given the consistent upload schedule, thanks!

  • @Bliztank said in Tf2 player community interviews:

    Also let me know if I should like, give a new forum post for each individual person that gets interviewed, or just add it to the original forum post given the consistent upload schedule, thanks!

    Keep them all in this thread would be preferred.

  • @Mothership Yeah within the same thread of course. I was just wondering if people preferred new replies to highlight each post, or if they prefer it all just being on the same one.

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    Edit: I need to figure out how to add in Tenor gifs into the forums. manually searching for gifs is dumb.

  • alright then
    the ire one just came out today, yes i am working on timestamps still
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b74HRFSgtxk

    this one covers a lot of ire’s differing experiences as both as 6s and highlander admin and insight into rgl/how they operate, as well as a lot of a focus on the casting experience; and general community sentiments.

  • hello yes i have finished timestamping current episodes and will make sure to have them done ahead of time before future episodes release; i hope it makes for a better experience

    it only took like 2 280 mgs of caffeinated water and the entire night and most of the morning

    also i added a bit more of what each interview means to me personally and talking about how each one is helpful for me to build from in the future with these videos in the descriptions.

    should i post these to the tftv forums too tho?

    also prolly should include this

    Episodes for this week:
    Mon 12 pm est, rgl, past ugc drama, mentoring and community focused
    Wed 12 pm est, rgl & content creation focused
    Fri 12 pm est, also rgl & content creation focused

    Lots of free time this week if you wanna schedule any interviews!

  • revised upload schedule, but do want some input.

    https://forms.gle/ZaXoihYZEbbJrkzY9

    what’s more appealing between a 3x a week Mon/Wed/Fri upload schedule, and a 4x a week Mon/Wed/Fri and either Sat or Sun upload schedule?

  • Spoilers for the week after this one

    Class wars & Medic
    Asian HL coverage
    Australian HL coverage and Qixalite

  • Interview 7- Katryna, covers a lot of ugc lore and perspective coming from the standpoint of a mentor https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WMs1TePnSVo

  • btw is there any interest at potential in person interviews shortly before/during/after the upcoming philly lan with a higher quality mic?

  • I will be doing the Mon-Wed-Fri uploads with an occasional Sat upload if I have one that I think gives some really unique insight. Expect there to be one this week covering a super detailed look at mapping and the processes of doing it.

    there will probably be one next sat as well.

  • Interview 8- Maven https://youtu.be/ELOwM1U5ytQ
    This one covers a lot about what it was like for maven to work as a member of the rgl staff and graphics team, a bit about anxiety and impostor syndrome and how that affected his content producing career, and just a lot of lore about the rgl video channel and various side projects of his.

  • Interview 9- Baconblitz
    First one with a larger content creator and explores a lot more of the personal motivations. Was fun to view it from a more community based stance.
    https://youtu.be/qRTKIs8yegM

  • Interview 10- Rorek
    It was suuuper fun to just talk about mapmaking and the methodology of balancing maps around each class
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x7iR2u2FUQA

    also shorter side preview of the daff interview
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CcEBt1JErxs

  • Interview 11- blake
    We had a super detailed discussion on class wars and it was great. Bring it back, rgl.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LOyAEjbUVG4

    i’m super excited for the saturday upload this week, covers an unconventional legend

    next week:
    super detail rich nabla interview
    engineer. tf
    kegaman

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