Happy Friday, Guardians! Welcome back to one of our favorite segments on Bungie.net, this week’s Community Focus! This week, we’re chatting with a content creator who has a pretty awesome day job, Kujay!
Hi Kujay! Thanks for taking the time to chat with us! So, let’s start with a little background. Who are you, what are your pronouns and where are you from?
Hello, my name is Kujay (he/him). I’m an aircraft designer by day and a Fate content creator at dusk! I grew up in a small town in eastern Kansas before moving to Southern California after college.
Wait, aircraft designer? Yeah, we’ll have to get to that in a moment. But first, what got you into gaming and creating content?
I discovered gaming very young, when I was only four years old. I had just started going to daycare and there was a Super Nintendo that all the kids could play with. The first game I played was Yoshi’s Island (still an amazing game to this day!), and damn it, I was hooked right away! Fast forward about 20 years, and after moving to SoCal, I found myself with MUCH more free time than I was used to during college (aerospace engineering classes are no joke!) . Then, shortly after Rise of Iron launched, a friend of mine who was streaming started pushing me to try streaming on my own. After putting it off for a few months, I finally gave in and bought a PS4 webcam. I’ve found that streaming is a ton of fun (and something I’m really good at), so much so that I’ve been doing it for almost six years now!
Sounds like my kind of daycare. 😊 Okay, big question here – how on earth do you balance both a full-time job and creating content?
Over the years, it has been difficult to balance my professional career with the content creation side of my life. In the early years, I used to stream A LOT more, entering streams from Friday to Monday (usually involving lots of Trials of Osiris support!). However, as the years passed and the responsibilities of my daily job began to increase, I began to reduce the amount of content I produced. I’ve started to focus more on YouTube over the past couple of years because it’s something I can do “piecemeal”, instead of having the camera rolling for a live stream. And on the Twitch side of the house, I’m mostly a “weekend warrior” now, with streams only on Saturdays and Sundays. It has been challenging to juggle both sides of my life, but also IMMENSELY rewarding. How many people design airplanes during the week, then come home to a successful YouTube stream and channel on the weekend? This is something I don’t take for granted!
My God, this looks like such a wild ride, and you seem to have done such a good job maintaining it. So you mentioned Yoshi’s Island, but how did you find Fate?
So, interestingly, I had actually taken quite a long break from the game when Fate came to call. After blasting Skyrim my senior year of high school, I didn’t play much during my freshman or sophomore year in college. However, I was drawn to the PS4 remaster of The Last of Us (AMAZING game btw!), which I never got a chance to play when it originally launched. And then, as if by “fate” (wink), a few days after having finished The last of usI received an email from Sony inviting me to play the next Fate alpha. I’ve always been more one Call of Duty child growing up, but many of my childhood friends were MASSIVE Halo Fans. When I asked them about Bungie’s next project with Fateeveryone encouraged me to give it a try, describing the game as a mix of Call of Duty, Haloand “Space Skyrim.” I decided to try the alpha soon after, and was immediately hooked. The gunplay was by far the best I’ve ever experienced. And now, over eight years later, I’m just as hopelessly addicted to Fate as it was the first time I had landed in the Cosmodrome.
A player from the first day, I love to see him! What type of content do you like to focus on when streaming or making videos?
I like to focus on endgame content in Fate, with more of an emphasis on the PvP side, be it Trials of Osiris or Iron Banner. I also love GM Nightfalls and raiding, and I especially relish the day one raiding experiences with my party!
It’s super awesome! Endgame content can be so difficult, so having content creators like you to help teach and guide others is really cool to see. For these new players, what would you like to know before you start, or at least at the start of your Fate journey?
Honestly, I wish someone had told me how absorbed I was going to be with the Fate the universe and the wider Bungie community. How am I still playing the same game after eight years? ! Hahaha, just kidding =). But seriously, I’d like to know how important it was to find a solid group of people to play Fate with. I played solo for a good chunk of the time during vanilla D1 before finding my way to the LFG (Looking for Group) websites. If I hadn’t been captured by the magic of OG Vault of Glass, chances are I would have stopped playing. Fate during those early days. The game is immensely more fun to play when you have friends to jump into harder content with and bounce around on builds and ideas. For this reason, I’m extremely excited that Guardian Ranks and in-game Fireteam Finder are coming to Fate 2 next year. I think these will serve as catalysts for thousands of players to start forming their own groups of friends and unlocking the true “endgame” of Fate.
Fuck yeah! With endgame content being your priority, do you have any advice for players looking to improve their skills as a player?
If you’re someone who wants to dive deeper into endgame experiences in Fate and improve your skills, the best thing you can do is contact other players and start creating a group of friends that you can play Fate with. Whereas Fate can be played solo, the game’s full potential is realized when you have an established group of people you can lean on, both in casual PvE environments and deep in the trenches of Trials. Teamwork really makes the dream work, and you’ll become a better player by collaborating with other like-minded players over time.
Alright, time to ask yourself what is your main character and your favorite subclass?
I’ll probably draw a lot of ire here, but Hunter is my main character, and I’ve been hopelessly addicted to Stompees for five years now. Ever since Modern Warfare 2, my favorite way to play FPS games has always been speed, speed and more speed! To that end, I am absolutely IN LOVE with Arc 3.0 Hunter. The Speed Booster is just *the boss’s kiss* and Gathering Storm might just be the coolest Super in the game right now. I was used to main Arcstrider from seasons 2-8, so coming home with my old baby with Arc 3.0 has been amazing!
Oh yes, going fast in video games is always fun! 😊 What kind of vibe does your channel have?
My channel tends to oscillate between entertainment AND education. In a moment, we’ll dive deep into the lore of of fate universe and start speculating about future stories to come. Then in the next, something completely ridiculous will happen in a Crucible match (at the expense of my opponent OR myself, both often happen!). We’ll often talk about builds or the state of the game as a whole, while keeping things pretty lighthearted with lots of laughs along the way. Much like the balance between my professional life and content creation, my channel thrives on its duality between education and entertainment.
Entertaining and educational while remaining light? Sounds like my kind of place!
Alright, time to wrap up our interview, but I wanted to ask you because you’ve been very inspiring in our conversation so far. What do you want to make sure every New Light knows when they join the ranks of the Guardians?
With the current New Light experience, it can feel overwhelming once you’ve completed your introduction to the Cosmodrome. You are summoned to the Towe and presented with quest after quest after quest. My advice would be to pick just ONE of these quests and go it alone. By the time you complete that first quest, chances are you’ve been able to try some new weapons, boost your power a bit, and generally have a feel for the gameplay loop of Fate. And once most people get there, the gameplay alone is usually enough to get them hooked!
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And finally, where can people find you?
I stream on Twitch every Saturday and Sunday morning, with the occasional YouTube video upload. I am also very active in the country of Twitterwith plenty of hot takes and shenanigans to keep just about anyone entertained!
Stay smart, Guardians!
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