I really wish that I could provide a completely consistent schedule, but my lifestyle just isn't quite suited for that kind of commitment. However, you can be certain that I will always stream late at night (from an NA perspective, at least), with the start time usually no earlier than midnight EST. I sometimes start 8 hours or more later than that, depending on how crazy my sleep schedule is at the time, but you'll usually never see me streaming during the late afternoon/early evening, except during special events. The best way to know when I'm live is to follow me on twitch and on twitter.
Absolutely! I really appreciate suggestions for games and/or music to check out for the stream, as well as other types of things that could improve the overall stream quality, or even unrelated things like anime to watch. The best way to offer these sorts of suggestions is via twitch message and on twitter.
I don't mod people on request (and asking will likely impede your chances), but I do mod new people from time to time, typically based on how frequently you're in the chat, your overall apparent level of maturity, and how much you tend to help out when you can. However, try to avoid 'mini-modding' in the hopes of being modded. Mini modding means to act as though you're a mod when you aren't actually one. Being helpful is great, but when it comes to discipline, rules, etc. the mods can handle it.
Absolutely! You can use the highlight suggestion system at this website if you think something interesting or funny merits a highlight. The channel's editors regularly check this page for suggestions. (Works for all Twitch channels!)
Speed runs use this naming convention to differentiate types of runs. The original category was 'Any%', which means 'Finish the game with any percentage completion', or in other words, beat the game in the fastest possible way, with no other restrictions or requirements—whatever's fastest, period. Other '%' names are derived from this original one, and usually are self-descriptive. Low% means to complete the game as fast as possible with the lowest possible percentage of completion—so no non-essential items or pickups. The exact parameters for Low% runs vary from game to game, and are typically decided by the speed running community for that game. Any% and Low% are the most common, but many other speed run categories exist, and they vary from game to game. In some cases, you may just have to do some searching or ask the streamer/chat if you encounter a category type that you've never seen.
Glitches are something that have been fully accepted as a valid part of speed run strategies for as long as speed runs have existed. Please note that glitches are absolutely not the same as cheats, as they are part of the game, so are considered fair play. In some cases, runners may do what are known as 'glitchless' runs, which are a special type of run in which you specifically attempt to complete the game without the use of glitches. Whether you wish to watch runs with or without glitches is personal preference, but in many cases, people misunderstand the reality of glitches by assuming that they make the run easier, when in fact, they typically require a lot of skill, and make the run harder, not easier. In rare cases, there might be a glitch that completely ruins the appeal of the speed run, in which case runs with that glitch are simply not deemed interesting, and runs without it are widely considered to be the 'main' category for the game. Rarely, a glitch might be considered entirely invalid, but the circumstances for this sort of thing are very rare.
Speed runs are generally done on whichever version of the game is fastest. Since patches usually fix glitches that can make runs faster, speed runs are often performed on older versions of games. Since patches could continue to be released for an unknown amount of time, and each release is considered an official version of the game, only allowing runs on the newest version wouldn't be very practical. However, in the rare case that a patch introduces a new glitch or mechanic that makes speed runs faster, new runs would then be done on that patch. This is, however, extremely rare.
Splits are natural division points during speed runs that are used for comparing your pace to previous attempts or your personal best run. For example, if a game has 5 levels, you might 'split' after each world, which marks the time that it took you to get there. You can then use these splits to compare your pace on any given run to the pace of your personal best run, to determine whether you're ahead or behind. A gold split is simply the fastest time that you have ever gotten for that specific split. So for example, the fastest that you've completed world 2 specifically. 'Glod' is simply a misspelling of gold, and isn't different in any way, other than it being a running joke.
An eggplant run is a challenge run in Spelunky in which you attempt to acquire the eggplant by sacrificing a mystery box on an altar, bringing it to Yama, and throwing it at him. It is considered an easter egg, and was thought to be impossible to do solo (it was originally meant only for co-op.) It is a very luck-based and challenging endeavor for various reasons. I was the first to complete the eggplant run solo. You can find the run here, and you may also read this pastebin for full details on the required procedure.
I'm currently using a Razer Sabertooth Elite Xbox 360-Style Controller. The feel of it is amazing, and the individual D-Pad buttons and mechanical face buttons really seal the deal. The only problem is the hit-or-miss build quality with Razer products, but if you're willing to take the gamble, the controller is fantastic.
Currently, I don't accept steam games as gifts. I sincerely appreciate the offer, but accepting games as gifts makes me feel obligated to play them, and it can be an inconvenient process. The best ways to support the stream if you want to go above and beyond are by subscribing or donating. Thanks!
I've done speed runs of Portal 2, Dustforce, Paranautical Activity, Risk of Rain, Spelunky, Dark Souls 2, and 1001 Spikes. Portal 2 and Spelunky are the two that I'm most well-known for. I've previously held or currently hold world records in all of these games.
I've been speed running for several years, and it all started with Portal 2. I coincidentally met a like-minded stranger in the online co-op mode, and we started to try co-op speed runs out of the blue. From there, I switched to single player runs and started setting world records, and it all just sort of took off from there.
Sorry, but I haven't yet gone public about my appearance. If you're determined enough, I'm sure that you could find something by digging through facebook, but it's not currently public knowledge. I haven't completely written off the possbility of ever doing a facecam, but for now, it's my preference to do the stream cam-free, and it would also be a little bit difficult to set up proper lighting and a green screen in my current living situation.