State of Kinglink Reviews 2019 – Life changes, hardware changes, and more.

This is a script for my youtube video available below.

Alright, what are we doing here? Well, welcome. I’m Kinglink and this is the yearly state of the channel and website, only just over 2 months late. I’ve been delaying this for quite some time because I wanted to solidify a few things and not jinx them, and admittedly E3 got in the way, and other stuff, so let’s talk about everything.

On screen, we’ll be showing Wolfenstein AYE AYE, or Wolfenstein 2 if you want to be pedantic. I hate Nazis. Controversial 2018 opinion there. If it looks a LOT better than what you’re used to on my channel, well welcome to the future, or welcome me to the future, I’ll talk about that a little later. Some hardware changes have happened. All positive ones.

Let’s start with the big news. Well first, We have 350 subscribers, wooo. That’s not a ton but I was only aiming for a hundred when I started the channel seriously a year ago, so, good for me. I’ve been doing Youtube for just over a year, and yeah, it’s odd, but you know I kind of enjoy it.

So the actual big news. I started my site and the channel as a Game developer who also reviewed games. I’ve talked about honest game reviews, I’ve talked about adding my voice to the criticism, and… I’m here doing that. However, I have talked about my 12 years in the game industry. I have a feeling, and that’s going to be it.

Officially I’ve left the video game industry, Kinglink out. There’s a lot of reasons for it, and I’m not going to change my channel or bash the industry constantly like some people, I do have opinions on the industry,

Since people are going to ask, the quick version is Crunch is bad, but honestly, I don’t think most developers would praise crunch in general. Unionizing isn’t going to be the solution, and it’s not a magic bullet that people think it is. But let’s not go into that too far. And, in general, the biggest problem is the game industry has too many people who want to make games so… that’s a problem. I’m going to leave that there for this time, I really don’t want to talk about that too much, that’s a much bigger story.

As to why did I leave, it’s a variety of factors, I wanted to do something different than my last job, I was actually at Sony, working on … alright, MLB the Show. I had a hand in 7 games with them, shipped 6, working on the networking and server teams Show Live was a major feature of mine, and honestly it was time to move on, shipping a yearly title is fine but I had enough after those titles.

Now, crunch may not be the reason, though I did have enough interviews where it was clear that developers wanted heavy commitment or weekend hours to catch up… just freaking code for “crunch” or 60 hour weeks. And I wasn’t willing to commit or accept that or act like it was the greatest thing I ever heard. It’s kind of funny some of the reactions I got when I didn’t thank them for that option immediately, one owner of a company even just walked out of the room a couple of minutes later. I didn’t get those jobs, you can take what you will from that.

In addition, other places really want specialized skills, like one of the biggest names in the industry, wanted people who already handled millions of clients concurrently, the problem is no one in the industry deals with that except this one company or their parent company. Another company made me go through a month process of interviews before telling me they want someone with a shipped Unreal title. I never said I had that, way to waste my time.

I also am happy in Southern California, so I wasn’t ready to move and… well, let’s be honest. I like money. I was a programmer so I can tell you there’s a significant pay bump leaving the game industry.

I left the game industry and I’m making 35 percent more already just by that one move and pretty much joined with the first company I interviewed with. I’m working on better projects, more interesting technology, not shipping the same thing every year, seems like a solid 40 hours, I’ve had one week with them. My commute went from between 20 minutes to an hour in bad traffic, to 5 minutes, and 7 minutes in bad traffic. I’m not joking about that, I work under 2 miles from my house. It’s heaven.

So officially I’m an ex-game developer, still a programmer, still have all 12 years of experience, still a fan of games, but… yeah, I’m out and honestly, I’m happy. I’m really happy.

So that’s the major news, a lot of that got finalized, I just started last week, so yeah, I was waiting on that. I’m not going to name my new company, it’s in telecommunications though, and as a network engineer, it’s sort of a lateral move sort of not, but still wicked cool.

But I’m working more, there was a gap between jobs that allowed me to focus on the channel. That’s over, and I’m working a bit more than I was. That’s not going to change much, but I have been averaging between 3 and 4 days between videos, just expect a small increase. Playing a full game will take a bit longer, so maybe five, six or in the worst case seven days might happen. I’m thinking of doing a little more discussion videos if you guys want to hear those. You should get something each week from me.

The other option or step I’m taking… I’m not going to play shit. I played Styx Shards of Darkness, I didn’t like it, so I stopped, I’m not reviewing it alone, maybe I will, I might just put it in a pile and every time I get three or four of those games, give them a short review about why I stopped.

So I like to say I finish every game I review. I may change that slightly. I am stopping Dragon Ball Fighter Z, and I still want to review it but I’m only about fifty percent of the way through the story. I’ll always be upfront about games I haven’t fully beat. I want to cover games, but I also don’t want to overplay games I’m not loving. Time is a quantity and we all don’t have an infinite supply of it. It’s a fact of life P.s. I do like Dragon Ball Fighter Z, Limited time means I just don’t want to play more if I’m not absolutely loving it, and I’m not.

I will try to figure this out, if you have opinions, leave comments, I read all of them, I try to respond to all of them. If I haven’t responded to yours before, I apologize, just know I really appreciate any comment, like, or of course, subscription.

With all that said, let’s move on to something a little more interesting.

Now, this is something a little different. This sexy beast is my new hardware. This is absolutely dumb but damn it’s the most ostentatious thing I’ve ever owned. So this is the LED lights that came with a new system.

Enjoy the show, I’m going to play with it a bit just changing the light. So let’s talk simple specs. I’ll put a link in the description, not like anyone reads that, but It’s a Cyberpower PC. It has a Ryzen 2700x with a Geforce RTX 2070. It’s really not bad. I got a great price with a couple hundred off and so, yeah, my games are going to run better. But that’s not the only thing I got, in fact, I picked it up because of one feature.

So yeah, this doesn’t look as cool, it doesn’t have LEDs or anything, but that is an Oculus Rift S. The Cyperpower PC was Oculus Ready whatever that means. But for me, it means I’m hitting the Virtual World, baby. It’s fun, I just got it, I haven’t really played too much with it, mostly just set it up last night. I wanted to make this video, and I’m enjoying it. I got the PC for a couple of reasons but mostly to play with this.

Now, this doesn’t mean I’m going to talk only about VR games, I actually think I’ll probably cover a few at a time unless something stands out. I might talk about a certain game that I absolutely love that was just in a Humble Monthly Bundle, Hellblade’s VR mode. The goal is to cover different content, but don’t worry, non-VR games will likely be the core of the channel as always, the Rift will be the novelty, I just really had a great time with both VR games, Sniper Elite VR, and Wolfenstein: Cyberpilot at E3, and I want to see what else is out there.

And that’s really it. I will say I did get Division 2, and Youngblood from buying the computer, which means those will come up. I’m playing Wolfenstein 2, that’s coming, and I did also get World War Z I don’t see myself covering that one, but maybe.

That’s kind of it for the channel update, if you have questions, if you’re curious about ANYTHING, we can make this comment section (or really any) comment section a Q&A, ask anything on your mind, and I’ll try to answer. I’m not going to name my new company, it’s unimportant and out of the gaming space. There’s some stuff I’m just not going to share about Sony or MLB the Show, I’m probably still under an NDA, and I still like the team, have many friends there, and they’re good people and make a great game. I personally did 6 years of it, and I didn’t want to do a seventh. It was time to go. But I’m pretty much willing to answer anything else at this time. Ask away.

Reviews will return soon, and the humble Monthly Preview will also be coming up around this video, maybe already out.

But until then, as always I’m Kinglink and thanks for watching.