So its been awhile since my last blog post but I have to say there have been many changes in my life.
First off I moved into a new house and I got a new job and finished College, which are all pretty big things. I have moved my youtube channel into the new direction that I outlined in my “The Future” blog post.
Before I get any further into this I would like to talk about that last post. Im very surprised by the response to the post. I assumed people would be very upset and meet the change with hatred, but instead people were happy to hear it and were cheering me on in a type of way, which is amazing, and this is why I truly love my fans. Allowing me to take my channel into a new direction is a pretty big thing and my fans were behind me cheering me on which really helps.
So basically what I wanted to say there was thanks to everyone for the support and I did go through and read all the comments. Thanks everyone.
Now back to the future which is NOW. At the current time of typing out this post my new show is uploading to Youtube. The very first episode of my new show about the news happening in the world around me.
The idea for the show stems from my constant discoveries of random news facts and articles throughout my day so I thought “why should I not have a show for this?” so thats just what I did. I created a show centred around me talking about the news around me. I also wanted to ensure it was upbeat and fun, not dull and boring.
This is particularly hard since I’m not the greatest writer, so bear with me for the first couple of months as I work out all the kinks in my new show.
I found it quite interesting to record a show not about the Sims 3 or Apple. For the past 3 years thats all I ever talk about on my youtube channel. Now yes this has helped to create the channel that I have today, but it was so nice to be able to talk about something else. Something that I was interested in that had nothing to do with gaming.
Im going to continue this change over the next month or so. The next item to change will the be ending of two of my shows. TCPS and Let’s Play. Let’s start with TCPS. The TCPS or the show where I talk about the Sims 3 and Apple together will be no more. I expect to record one last episode of it then its done. Any news that I want to cover that would be in that show will be moved to my news show. Let’s Play is next and its not really ending just being rebranded. Im moving it into a category I’m calling “Curtis Plays” were basically I play video games and add commentary. So I will continue to play the Sims 3, but Im also going to play some other games, and I hope to purchase an Xbox soon so you can all watch me get my noobness on, because lets face it. Im bad at video games so it should be funny for you all to watch.
The other two shows on my channel “Sims 3 Building” and “Q&A Day” are undecided yet. I think I will simply change the beginning and end bumpers for my Building videos and thats all since they are really successful and I do not want to mess with that. Q&A Day on the other hand I have no idea what to do with it. It may get worked into something else, but for right now its not to high on my list of things to think about. It may come back sometime, but for right now think of it in limbo before being rented for season 2.
Talking about Season 2, the first season of Let’s Play is winding down. Season 2 will start up under the new heading of “Curtis Plays” Im thinking of 2 more episodes of the current let’s play then thats all. It will be back as its my second highest viewed video series on my channel so don’t worry.
And thats all I’m thinking about right now. Feel free to comment, and please go watch the new show and leave constructive criticism if you would like.
What does the future have in store. Its a question that I continue to ask myself these days. Where is my youtube channel going? What will be my job in the future? Will this all continue to happen or will it fade away?
These questions are beginning to haunt the way I am as a person. So let’s walk through each one and I will explain them in detail and give you some insight as to why I’m thinking about it.
The first is “Where is my youtube channel going?” This is a big one because at the current time I’m not really sure where its going. I can see the continuous subscriptions pouring into my email, and the view numbers pouring in but what does this all mean. Does it mean that someday I may be able to create youtube videos full time?
I began to think about this more and more as I have gotten closer to graduation and heading out into the “Real World.” Im happy to get a job out in the industry but having created youtube videos for as long as I have I only feel that its what I’m meant to do in the future. Im meant to create videos for the online world. Its the one think that I love to do, but I feel other aspects of my life continue to get in the road of my continued development of the channel. I have also found that I am at the limits of my production.
The time has come for me to hire a assistant in some regards. Please note this is not an open invitation to email me your resume because as much as I would like to have you work for me I can’t so just save your time. I have been thinking about the fact that If I only had to record the videos and did not have to edit them I could produce twice as much content which would be amazing. Not only would the prospected viewership grow but I could turn this entire youtube think into a viable business for the future.
This brings me to the second questions “What will be my job in the future?” Sure I could go work out in the industry full of other great media professionals but thats not where my heart is. My heart is online surrounded by the people that I love and who have become fans of me. This is what I love, and I would never give it up for anything in the world.
I can’t take myself out of the public spotlight as I have tasted it and want more, just like every other person in the world. Going back to the viable business of Youtube I have begun to think of youtube as a job and possible future business. It has became a personal goal to turn my youtube career into a full time business and small production company. I want to surround myself with others like me. People who love to have fun and produce videos for the online world. Someday in the future I would love to drive to a small office somewhere full of people like myself. Go into my office and look at todays tasks then head down the hall to the studio and record a show. After that hey maybe I would sit down read some emails and respond to fans, then head off to another nearby computer and plan out a sims 3 house or play some games or work on a script for an upcoming video. While at the same time other members of my team would be editing and uploading the videos. Another large part of this is that I want to expand my show from just me. Yes its fun that everything on my channel is created by me and stars me, but its much more fun if you have other people to interact with and possibly host the show while your gone.
This is a future that I can only at this time wish for. I can see it becoming a possibility someday, but currently I’m held back by the universal fact that my channel does not make enough money to sustain that many people working for me. Let alone the space needed to employ everyone, and all the other not so fun costs of running a business.
This brings me to the last item “Will this continue or fade away” I would like to think that I will always be on youtube but its a simple fact that my channel is centred around something completely out of my control. I’m literally at the mercy of Electronic Arts and there continued development of the Sims Video game franchise.
Im sure many of you might think this is great. ”Hey Curtis gets to play Sims all day” Ya no. sorry thats really not what my life is like. I spend maybe 2 hours a week playing the game, and thats simply for Let’s Play and the random other times I fire up the game, only to turn it off 30 minutes later because I no longer enjoy playing the game because its a business to me. Now don’t freak out, I still love the game and I love designing houses for it, I’m just not sure what the future of it all is.
This is a big one for me. For the past 2 years after the initial rise of my channel I took to looking at how my channel was structured and how self sufficient it was. I came to the conclusion that my channel is not self sufficient and it has an experation date on it. This date is not for many years but it does exist. I am at the mercy of EA and my own personal age.
The simple fact is that if EA stops making the Sims video games, or they do something drastic with the game that turns it into something no one wants to play my channel is basically dead. Also I have to work around the fact that as I age people continue to think less of me because I play video games. Also the people watching my shows think less of some random old guy playing the game. Im not trying to offend anyone here this is just what I think of an older me playing the game.
So what does this all mean. Well it means that I need to find another way to make my channel relevant for a much longer time. I need to find a way to continue attracting fans while moving my viewership to a new format and possibly show.
Ok so many of you may think I’m crazy for saying this because you love my show the way it is, and I will say that I’m going to keep building houses, and making let’s plays and whatnot but I actually have already moved my channel in a new direction, and I did it over 6 months ago.
If you remember awhile back I had two news type shows. The Sims 3 Update, and the iBlog. When I merged these two shows into “The Curtis Paradis Show” there was a reason behind it. I wanted to create a new show that was less based in the gaming world and more based in the News World.
News is a constantly evolving platform. Now when someone usually says news everyone instantly thinks boring old six o-clock news. Well I have to say that creators on youtube have been turning news into something more entertaining and its quite amazing, and I feel that just like gaming has exploded on youtube over the past year, news will soon also explode. As people continue to ditch there cable TV for only internet they will need to get there video news from somewhere and If I can capture only a small number of people thats still an audience and over time it will grow just as my other shows have.
Changing my channel to news and gaming will be a little bit of a stretch, and will not happen instantly but at this moment in time its where I plan on going.
So now I have a feeling all my fans are thinking about unsubscribing because OMG news is so boring. Hang on the transition has not begun yet, and won’t for some time, possibly a year or so but I do want to say its going to happen.
I will move my channel to more entertaining news about the world around us. Something to keep my young audience interested but yet attracting a more mature audience at the same time. Shows like my house building videos and let’s will continue on but under a new gaming heading. They will still be on the same channel, and there frequency will not decrease. Heck if the channel continues to grow and I can afford a production team I would be able to produce more game videos for everyone so its basically a win win.
This “Entertaining News” future is the path I feel I am meant for. I will bring my fun and upbeat character to a new environment for all to enjoy, while still retaining the area that helped to create who I am today.
So this is it. This is whats floating around inside my mind right now. There are a lot of things to think about and many more to take into account before this all happens but if all goes well and I can create youtube videos as a full time job in the future I can only see my life getting better. Better Videos, Better Curtis, Better Fan interaction, these are the things I want to achieve in the future.
Its time to hear what you think. Having read this entire post which I realise is very long what do you think? Also don’t shoot the idea down right away because you have never seen me deliver news. You think you have but sorry I have a much bigger idea in my head for this project. So tell me what you think, and what you think about my future on youtube. Do you think I can continue just creating Sims 3 videos? I personally don’t think I can only do that. I feel I need to expand to something more.
Ok I’m standing in line to head into a keynote by THE Steve Wozniak. OMG I’m geeking out.
Its no secret that I am a fan of Glee. Ever since the very first preview for the show was shown on TV I was hooked. The show looked so different, and so interesting like nothing on TV at the time.
So the first season started and I was sucked right into it. I immediately became obsessed with the show and all the characters in it. When a new show came out I was glued to my tv. Sitting in my chair 2 feet from the screen with my eyes glued to every action and ever song they played or did. It was great, the show had so many interesting parts, from the music to the plot lines it all drew me in and turned me into a Gleek.
After Season 1 ended I began to look forward to the second season. I wondered where the plot lines would go from here. How they would improve and how the characters would grow. I had no idea how much it may change.
Season 2 started and I was once again glued to my TV set but I soon found myself knowing I was watching a TV show. I was not sucked into it like I original I instead simply watched the show to keep up with the characters I originally loved but now find myself wondering about. The show moved in directions that I never thought would happen and this was the beginning of my falling out with the show.
Soon the show began bringing in special guests that I could care less about and I found that it was less about the show and more about the music. Now for some people this may have been exactly what they wanted to see on there TV, but for me I would rather more story line and less singing. Don’t get me wrong I loved the singing in the show and obviously Glee would be nothing without the music but maybe they could have spent a little more time on developing there characters more.
After a few episodes they did begin to develop the characters more, but only certain ones. Characters like Kurt, Fin and Rachael became the main characters with more backstory that I could even remember. Where characters like Puck and Mercedes have had little to no development over the course of the two seasons. Now to let you know Kurt was and still is my favorite character but I found it unsettling that he got so much backstory where other characters did now. I would have loved to see more development of Mercedes or Brittany who has moved to become my favorite character die to her persona and constant idiotic nature.
As the season continued on I found myself skipping over the singing parts of the show. This was possibly the second step in my falling out with the show. I would skip over any singing and cut straight back into the plot line. I now only cared about the characters and not about there singing. I no longer download there music or even listen to it as I don’t care. It then came time for the final episode of the season and well it didn’t surprise me that they went to nationals because last year they only went to regionals. Its a simple step up from one to another and following with this trend I immediately knew that they would not win nationals because they what could they possibly win in the third season Duh. So that basically through that entire episode off for me. In the end I was right they did not win Nationals but came of so close, and I bet at the end of the third season they will win because thats just another step up.
The third season then began and I was right back in it. I was hoping that maybe that had changed back to a season one mentality and less like season two but I was wrong. They had went further into the world of glee that I did not fall in love with. Again kinda like a stepping stone. I watched again not listening to the music but only watching the bits and pieces in between to know what the characters were doing and all the other bits of the plot line that was evolving.
First thing that I noticed about this season was that either the writers were different or they started to write differently from the way they began because characters were doing things and saying thing I never thought they would. It was kinda like the writers didn’t even know there own characters anymore. This was the third part to me falling out with glee. The biggest to me was that fact that Sue was no longer her old self. She was nice and having a child “WHAT!!” to me this did not fall inside here normal characteristics. I miss the old Sue who was mean and nasty but a loving sister and truly a great person with a heart of gold. I miss that person who has now been replaced by some strange alter ego of her own self.
This was the fourth and close to final chapter to my falling out, I stopped watching religiously. I now watch glee only when I care to. I may miss 3 or so weeks of glee and then spend a night catching up. I no longer care to follow the characters as close as I once did, and I no longer care to be classified as Gleek, the show has lost all meaning to me. I really do not care what happens to them from here on out. To me I will remember the characters for there first season, the way there were supposed to be and were originally. Now some may say that everyone evolves over time, but I think its hard to see people evolving this much.
The last step, Step 5, would be when I stop watching. I hope this does not happen soon, but with every new episode of Glee I find myself getting closer and closer to just turning it off.
This is simply my opinion on Glee and its current state. I would love to hear what you think of the show? Do you still love it or do you find yourself in the same predicament that I am? I would love to hear you thoughts. Remember that I’m not hating on the show and I don’t wish to turn people off of the show, I’m simply stating my opinion on the show.
So I had a chance to check out the movie that everyone seems to be talking about these days, The Hunger Games.
Now before we get into the review I would like to clear a few things up. First I have not read the books. Im not much of a reader, and I never read books that have been or are being made into a movie. I would much rather just watch the movie. Now I realize that I may be missing some major parts of the story, but im really not to worried about it.
I also have something to say to the people who insist this movie is better than Twilight and Harry Potter. Yes it may be similar to Twilight in the love triangle of such, but it has nothing on Harry Potter. At least in my mind.
Ok so lets get into the review. I went into this movie expecting alot because it was so hyped up. Its one of the things I hate about a movie like this. All this hype and I find myself walking out of the movie theatre feeling unimpressed.
So the movie opens in a poor little village in some strange land that is an alternative world to our own. We also find out the the main character in the film is a good archer which pans out well for her in the rest of the film, but really im still not enthralled at this point. We move on the part of the film that everyone knew happened and really had lost all point to me since I had seen it so many times in the trailer, the selection for the hunger games.
So the younger sister is selected than the older sister takes her place, blah blah blah still not interested at this point. So the main character and some other boy are selected to be basically sacrificed for some strange event that I still am not sure about. Really the writers did a bad job explaining this in the movie. Or they explained it and did not make it memorable enough.
The kids then meet up with some Niki Minage type chick who always insists on wearing Pink, which is kinda funny because the world is always so dark yet she is bright. Not smart just wearing bright pink.
The kids then board a train to the capital city. While on the train they meet up with there mentor, who i think won the Hunger Games once, but im not sure if they said that or not. Anyway at first I thought the guy was a drunk be he turns out to be a pretty good guy compared to the pink chick. I notice that the world they live in has the strangest fashion sense ever, and I finally find out that the entire game is being televised around the different districts which makes it even more messed up for me. Im not sure how the world evolved into watching children slaughter each other but I want no part in it, and really to the person who thought this all up, the author, WTF is wrong with you? Someone has a twisted mind.
One cool thing that I did like about the film was the way the kids were shown off to thw world. Lets just say being on fire looks dam cool.
Ok so now the kids are judged by some random guys and what appears to be the chairmen of director of the games. This is the part where I started to get interested. Without spoiling the movie im going to leave some parts out. So the main character uses her archery skills to do something pretty impressive and gain the attention of the Director which ends up giving her a high score. You may be wondering what he score is for. Well I can’t tell you because they never freaking explained it. They all got numbers assigned to them but I have no idea what they are for. Are they rankings? Are they a skill level? Are they a threat level? Defensive level? I have no idea all I know is the main character got what I think is a high rank, but really im not sure because they never explained the scale. 1 to 10, 1 to 100, what is it? They also never reference this level again through the entire film. I found that it may have been a part that they could have just cut out. Maybe replace it with something more interesting or more towards the main plot line of the film or books.
Ok so past the random judging thing and the kids are left in a forest to kill each other while the rest of the world watches them, Within the first 2 minutes of the games half of the kids are dead. Then more kids die, and some alliance is formed and at this point im once again tuning out. Eventually some wasps that are genetically modified kill a chick and im kinda back into the movie. I also find it interesting how the director and his staff use different natural disasters to keep the kids within the playing area. Its strange that they are not fenced into the area. Instead they are just scared off from the boarders like wild animals with fire. This bring up another part of the movie that I found kinda strange. When one of the kids gets injured they can get sponsors to send them medicine or anything they require to get better and live longer. From what I gathered the rich people can pay a large amount of money to send the kids these care packages. Slightly strange but if they are betting on the kids, which is not mentioned anywhere in the film and im simply assuming it, would make sense because they want the kid to win.
Its not until there are only 3 kids left that I really get into the movie. I find myself cringing in my seat as night falls and something that resembles a dog / cat hybrid is released to kill the remaining kids. This movie does get the honor of scaring me so much I screamed in my seat when the dog thing jumped out from the darkness to lunge and one of the kids. The kids then run, and run and run some more. I then talked to my friends a bit because I totally tuned out of the movie, and then bam it was over. The 2 kids won from the same district yay. Ok actually it was a little more interesting than that but I don’t want to ruin the ending for everyone. Even tho I kinda already did, but if you read the books you will have known this all already.
So if you have not been able to tell from this review the movie did not impress me much. Given the chance I would not go see it again, it was cool to watch but not something I wasn’t sucked into it, I was very much aware I was watching a movie. I think the main reason why I did not like the movie was that I was expecting something crazy amazing due to the hype, but it just did not live up to my expectation.
In the end I give this movie 3.5 stars. Its good but nothing like Twilight or Harry Potter now if they come out with a sequel I will go see it, maybe I’ll try not getting over hyped about it and it will end better. Don’t let me tell you how the movie is tho, you should go see it for yourself and tell me in the comments section below what you think. Im always interested in your opinion. Just remember this review is my opinion and I don’t wish for it to affect your thoughts on the film.
Go check out The Hunger Games for yourself while its in theaters.
So before I say anything else I should say that I’m not announcing a new season of Let’s Play. If I was I would do so on my main Website, or youtube channel. This is simply a series of thoughts going through my head right now.
So it was a few days ago that this first popped into my mind while reading a comment on my youtube channel. Someone had posted a simple question to me “When will Season 2 start for let’s play?”
At first I passed this off as nothing more than a simple question but then I got thinking about it. Will my let’s play series ever have a second season? Are there even seasons in this type of show or any of the shows that I create?
The answer that I have had in my mind for the longest time was no. There are no seasons in the shows I create. They are just open ended. Like the evening news they really have no defined seasons. But then I thought Why? Why could my shows not have seasons and what affect would that have on my videos and the people that enjoy watching them?
I started to think, well if Let’s PLay did have a Season 2 we would need to finish off Season 1. Ok great how do I go about doing that? Does this season end when Jason Dies? Bianca? or Ashley? Where do you decided that its time to leave one family for another? I finally came to the conclusion that like stages in Life, Let’s Play will follow my sims generations.
The way to think of this is Jason and Bianca are both Season 1. Now since Ashley is there child she falls into an interesting category. She is a Season 1 character, but she could also become part of Season 2. How I have thought up the process, and I’m not going to lie how it seems to be looking as I type this very post out is that Ashely would be the only cross season character.
When Jason and Bianca die like all sims it will leave us with Ashely. This will then begin Season 2. At this time everything will go back to the original way we decided Let’s Play a Vote. A poll will be created to allow people to decide “Should we keep Ashley, or get a new Character?” Its kinda funny to think of but Let’s Play is more like a reality TV show than anything else and just like a show we get to decide if an actor stays of leaves in the new season. Well this is all the same.
So let’s go through all the different situations that can arise from this:
- Ashely Stays: If she is chosen to stay then other polls are created. Does she stay in her parents house? Does she stay in Bridgeport? Does she change her job? All these things come into account. This is major change agent that gives new life to the show.
- Ashely Leaves: This is another big point. If you the fans choose for Ashley to not come back for season 2 then the new auditions will begin. I see this as a great way for you to submit your Sims to become the next Let’s Play Star. I will open up the doors for submissions from the community. Then limit it down to 20 sims. After that its up to everyone online. A poll will be set up and it will be time for people to vote on the next Let’s Play Star.
Its kind of fun to think of it this way. I always like to think that Let’s Play is very open and the fans choose a lot of what goes on, and this really proves it. Now after our new Sim is selected we need to decided where He or She lives, and what they do there.
Its really amazing to think how this is all coming together, and to think that all this was caused by one fan asking a simple question. Now at this point I’m not sure when or If Season 2 will happen. but I can tell you that Let’s Play will continue even if a season component is not prevalent.
This gives me a lot to think about, and hey maybe I have already begun to bring the thoughts of Seasons into my Youtube life because Q&A Day has been gone for a few weeks. Maybe subconsciously I’m working towards a launch of Season 2?
Im happy to say that the new blog design is now available for all to see. I like this design a lot more due to its simplicity but yet stage on a simple yet meaningful colour bar.
I can’t wait to get back to blogging. I also plan on posting my daily vlogs on this page. Along with movie reviews, or whatever I feel like talking about.
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Hello everyone, I know I have not posted on here in the longest of times, but I have been busy and such. I do plan on starting this up again, and what better way to kick off a new start than with a new design.
I will be remodelling the entire site, and I’m very excited to show you all. Its going to simple and modern.
So look out for a new start coming this week.