Creator Spotlight - Micromads
Another fortnight, another Spotlight. This time we’ve taken our questions and used them to pester a pirate streamer with a passion for player interaction, variety and animals aplenty: meet Micromads! Journey across the globe with us to see what else puts the wind in this Aussie plunderer’s sails.
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[Q]: What was your introduction to the world of games?
[A]: My brother picked up a Game Boy Color and Pokémon Blue at a garage sale when I was 10. He quickly got bored of it, so I picked it up instead. My first starter was Squirtle! After that, I got hooked on RuneScape for my early teenage years.
[Q]: How did you become part of the Sea of Thieves community?
[A]: I discovered Sea of Thieves after watching CocoMayy on Twitch, and eventually worked up the courage to start sailing myself in February 2021. I’d always been very nervous at the concept of open-mic multiplayer games, after negative experiences in games like Call of Duty. Thankfully, the overwhelming majority of people I’ve met on the seas have been kind, funny and great sports, and that’s why I’ve truly fallen in love with the game.
[Q]: How did creating content become your ‘thing’?
[A]: To be honest, I was extremely lonely during lockdown in New South Wales, and turned to Twitch to make friends. I never expected to make so many! I started with a couple of cult favourite games and ‘Just Chatting’. It didn’t take long to realise the community that I was creating could be the start of something good, so I kept at it, and here I am now.
[Q]: How do you decide what kind of content to create?
[A]: I knew that sticking to one form would drive me crazy and bore me to tears, so I make TikToks, do Twitch streams and even make the occasional YouTube video.
In terms of Sea of Thieves – personal connection and player interaction matters so much to me, especially with new players. I prefer sticking to smaller crews to channel my focus toward chat interaction, and just take what comes on the seas. Sweating it out in intense PvP, loot stacking, fishing – I love it all.
[Q]: What are some of the challenges you’ve faced while creating content?
[A]: Burnout. It’s a killer. If you don’t manage your priorities, social life and physical health whilst creating content, you’ll set yourself up to fail.
[Q]: What different channels do you have?
[Q]: What’s been your most memorable Sea of Thieves moment so far?
[A]: The most memorable and treasured thing that has come out of Sea of Thieves for me is the people I have connected with and the friendships I’ve forged, most notably, my friendship with fellow content creator, Hardway_Jones. The Sea of Thieves community has brought me many dear friends and wonderful allies, but I know in my heart Hardway and I will be friends for a very long time, and it’s all because of a cartoon pirate game.
[Q]: What do you enjoy most about the game now, and what are you looking forward to in future?
[A]: The best thing about Sea of Thieves is that you can do whatever you want with it. I adore the quality of life changes that have been added to the game recently, which really add to the immersion and overall fun of the play experience. I would love to see this trend continued in the future, perhaps adding more ways we can interact with our environment? Lemme climb the big rocks!!!
[Q]: What’s something you’re particularly proud of accomplishing in gaming?
[A]: Sea of Thieves is the first game that I’ve put over 1000 hours into! While that may seem like a trivial number for some, it’s an immense achievement for me to have stuck at something for so long – I only got a gaming PC in December 2020!
[Q]: How did you come up with your channel name?
[A]: My name is Maddie, and I’m five Subway sandwiches tall.
[Q]: What do you like to get up to when you’re not streaming?
[A]: I really like to teach myself new skills, currently I’m learning to video edit! If I’m not learning new stuff, you can usually find me chilling on the couch with my Corgi puppy, Kirby, or going out to small bars or concerts with my friends. I’m also a massive fan of aquariums and will go whenever I’m given the opportunity.
[Q]: What advice would you give to a new content creator?
[A]: Diversify. Don’t just stick to one platform! And turn your flippin’ viewer count off. I still have mine turned off to this day, saves you a whole bunch of anxiety and helps you just be you on stream.
[Q]: What’s one thing you would advise a content creator not to do?
[A]: Don’t take yourself too seriously. If you’re not able to poke fun at yourself or enjoy a video game you love because you’ve lost the magic to ‘the grind’, then you’ll lose part of yourself. Also, never EVER join a “Follow for follow” Discord server in the name of growth. It’s a scam and only works in the short term.
[Q]: Could you give us one more random fact about yourself?
[A]: I spent a substantial amount of my childhood and teenage years around horses. I volunteered for a non-profit that rehabilitated ex-racehorses, and spent a lot of time retraining racers for more peaceful lives off the track. I used to hold a barrel-racing record at my local pony club!
We’d like to say a massive thank you to Micromads for jumping out of the saddle for long enough to answer our questions. If you haven’t already, be sure to catch up with her on the social channel of your choice!
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