Episode 2: Streamer Mental Wellbeing, Discord Rebranding, and More

(Daygon07) What’s up game geeks and tech junkies, welcome to A Gaming Moment, a weekly 30 minute podcast about everything gaming and streaming related, including the news, tech, and software behind it. Be sure to follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram so you can engage with us as well as find out when we’re streaming the podcast and get a first listen before it goes out across all podcasting platforms…. I am Daygon07 and with me is WildTwinsFan. 

(WildTwinsFan) This week was a very sad week in the streaming and gaming communities. We, and I say we as we’re both streamers and gamers, lost a member of the streaming and WoW community.

(Daygon07) If you don’t know by now Reckful, a prominent figure in the World of Warcraft Community,  tragically took his own life Thursday July 2nd due to depression. I’d like to take a moment of silence here in respect for Reckful, his family, friends, and community.  

(Daygon07)  Mental health and mental well being are, and have been, on-going topics in the gaming and streaming communities for a while. The toxicity inherent in the games we play, I believe, are the root cause of this. People are who they really are when they’re hiding behind a screen or keyboard. What you see when they’re around people is their facade because they act the way they believe society wants them to act. Let’s face it, today in this world that’s overrun with social media, all of your business is exposed or you’re choosing to expose all of your business has left more people feeling insecure, jealous, and filled with a lot of negative feelings. These are the attributes to look out for and the early signs of poor mental health. We as humans… not gamers, streamers, but HUMANS, need to understand and see the signs because oftentimes these people will not seek help. We have to be cognizant of those we love and those we care about, and those we love don’t have to be family or friends. If you watch a streamer or gamer and see the signs, reach out to that person, find a way to talk to them… chat, social, email, something… just intervene and be a light, a ray of positivity in their life to let them know that their life is precious, they have people who love them… unconditionally. If you yourself are experiencing depression and self doubt, please, reach out to someone, here’s the number to the suicide prevention hotline 1-800-273-8255, reach out to us we’re here and have a community behind us that will welcome you in, free of judgement and we can help you find the resources to remove that cloud of darkness looming over your head. I’m going to leave off on this subject with be a light, be a vessel that saves a life so they can continue creating more gaming moments. 

(WildTwinsFan) Day, what did you see this week?

(Daygon07) New Battle Royale from Ubisoft, Hyper Scape is in Tech Test, I’m working on getting access to stream it

(Daygon07) Discord announced this past Tuesday they’re rebranding to change the outside perception that Discord is only for gamers. Discord is one of many free open chat platforms, but this one was considered for gamers, and still is the one that gamers use most prominently. This was the platform people chose so they didn’t have to buy or create a teamspeak server when trying to run WoW (World of Warcraft) raids and dungeons. I remember those days… That’s what birthed this infamous clip (Play Leeroy Jenkins Clip) But as technology  has progressed we were gifted with services like Discord and Slack. Slack, is like Discord but most people perceive Slack as a chat tool for only developers like people perceive Discord as a tool only for gamers. As Discord stated in their blog, people are not only using Discord for gaming. They’re using discord as a way to create communities around different hobbies or even starting new professions. Full disclosure, this very podcast you’re listening to, Wildie and I are using Discord. There are so many applications to use, there are webhooks and APIs that can be integrated as well as different types of bots to automatically post and moderate Discord servers, and this is a credit to the Discord team for keeping the platform so flexible.

(Daygon07) What about you wild? What have you  heard about this week?

(WildTwinsFan) BMW the new EA? BMW is going forward with the plan to make many of their car options into software services, enabled whenever you want them. The concerning part? They can be disabled, too. Possibly paving the way for paid subscriptions, BMW announced a series of digital updates to its cars, saying current model cars will be fully software upgradeable over the air. The first update will hit BMW Operating System 7 cars in July. The most interesting revelation turned many options into software services. BMW mentioned everything from advanced safety systems like adaptive cruise and automatic high-beams to other, more discrete options like heated seats. Tesla is already famous for their similar paid software upgrade tactics. 

(Daygon07) So they’re taking EA’s route to micro transactions

(WildTwinsFan) Although not a total bomb drop, people predicted this happening back in 2018 when BMW wanted to charge an $80 annual fee for the privilege of accessing Apple’s otherwise totally free CarPlay service. Instead of a one time $300 fee, BMW Backpedaled and ended up caving to mass amounts of consumer pressure and now, Carplay is now standard on all vehicles with navigation.

(Daygon07) – This is where the auto industry is going, Tesla is doing this with the full self driving capability, it is now going to be a subscription based service

(WildTwinsFan) An Article from AndriodAuthority.com Talking about  a new US Bill would require makers of encrypted devices to leave a backdoor. The Lawful Access to Encrypted Data Act could be a crushing blow to privacy in the US. The bill would require manufacturers to leave a backdoor that the government could access when needed. There’s plenty of opposition to the bill from security and privacy advocates.

(WildTwinsFan) There are a few issues that would be a problem for end-users. First, there’s the argument of whether this is in violation of any rights to privacy. Second, there’s the issue that once a backdoor is purposefully left in for the use by law enforcement, that same backdoor could be found and exploited by more malicious individuals, thus making the encryption all but useless.

(WildTwinsFan)According to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham said, “Terrorists and criminals routinely use technology, whether smartphones, apps, or other means, to coordinate and communicate their daily activities.”

(WildTwinsFan) Graham went on: “This bill will ensure law enforcement can access encrypted material with a warrant based on probable cause and help put an end to the Wild West of crime on the internet.”

(WildTwinsFan) Rebuttal from Riana (fefercorn)Pfefferkorn, associate director of surveillance and cybersecurity at the Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School, said that the bill is “a full-frontal nuclear assault on encryption in the United States.” 

(WildTwinsFan) That’s just about as terrifying as it sounds. Even if you’re not worried about the government gaining access to your private information because you’re not doing anything illegal, there are far worse people than the government that you need to worry about. 

(WildTwinsFan) One could only imagine the implications for US tech companies, would anyone else ever use a US tech product?

(WildTwinsFan) Andi Wilson Thompson, a senior policy analyst at New America’s Open Technology Institute, says, “This bill is just another attack on encryption, and trying to portray it as a ‘balanced solution’ that could protect privacy is just an attempt to distract from its true intent. This bill would ensure that companies that provide products and services used by millions in the United States have to offer weaker encryption technology, putting all of their users at risk.” That’s some scary stuff when you sit back and think about how much you have stored on the internet and how much of it is private in nature.

(Daygon07) I’m 100% against having backdoors… I work in cybersecurity, that’s just begging for a huge breach and there’s a massive liability on these manufacturers…

(Daygon07) Hey if you haven’t already, be sure to follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram so you can engage with us as well as find out when we’re streaming the podcast and get a first listen before it goes out across all podcasting platforms… SO DO IT! 

 (WildTwinsFan)Well now that you mentioned that no better reason to hit us up then the Top Questions of the Week:

  1. What game did you last complete?
    1. (WildTwinsFan) BO2, epic Avenger sevenfold ending
    2. (Daygon07) Modern Warfare the newest one
  2. What’s the best weapon you’ve ever used in a game?
    1. (WildTwinsFan) Peacekeeper with Millimeter Scanner
    2. (Daygon07) MK14 MW2
  3. Which movie would you never get tired of?
    1. (WildTwinsFan) Monty Python and the Holy grail
    2. (Daygon07) Twister
  4. What was the last movie you watched that was based off of a game?
    1. (WildTwinsFan)Pokémon Detective Pikachu 
    2. (Daygon07) Sonic the Hedge Hog
  5. What’s the next investment in your gaming/streaming setup?
    1. (WildTwinsFan) Camera or background stuff for stream
    2. (Daygon07) New Gaming PC or New Headphone since my rabbit chewed the ones i liked

(Daygon07) That’s it for this episode. Remember to look out for eachother, be a light, again the suicide hotline number is 1-800-273-8255. Thank you guys for listening in and supporting us. Be sure to check every Tuesday for new episodes. Until next time keep grinding!

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