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Steamhawke / Jul 16, 2014
Hey, everybody!

I will be absent from my normal streaming and content production for approximately 1 month as I spend some time with family, and explore South America. I have just recently graduated from college and am taking a few weeks off to travel and go on vacation with some family members. Upon returning, I will be moving out of my home of 3 years and begin the great apartment jostle of adulthood.

While I am gone, I will be in something of a technology blackout. I will not be gaming, streaming, or creating content from July 14th until my return in mid August. I will once again spool up with video guides, blog posts, and videos on a weekly basis, as well as reestablish a regular and frequent streaming schedule. I plan on being back online and active starting the week of Monday, August 18th, but I may be slowed a bit by any civil unrest in foreign countries, lack of a place to live and stream from upon my return, and the infestation of D-Wolves that Colorado has suffered from recently. I may be able to start streaming the week prior to the 18th, but expect me to be back by that date.

In the meantime, I'll be enjoying life and backpacking through South America. I will be scuba diving in the Galapagos islands, hiking the Inca trail to Macchi Pichu, and dining on pirrahna in the Amazon River Basin. I look forward to the excitement and enjoyment of the trip, and taking some time to explore a different portion of the world to enjoy the culture, cuisine, and experience. When I return, I'll be spooling up to make my passion for gaming a legitimate career path, and I'd love to have you all along for that journey. So... spend some time with your loved ones., power level a new toon, prep your desk for nonstop gaming sprees, and I'll see everyone in a month!

Steamhawke / Jul 01, 2014
Hey, all!

I have just started to delve into video editing and production, and have produced my first ever video guide. For my first topic, I chose to cover the tradeoffs between the Stalker Support abilities Nano Field and Frenzy and how each one stacks up when it comes to tanking. I was receiving questions about my tanking builds quite frequently in my live streams, and decided to put this together to explain in detail where each ability shines, and why I personally prefer to run Nano Field.

In a nutshell, Nano Field beats the tar out of Frenzy in terms of threat generation and threat generation is the number one priority for tanks, especially when you get into raid content and are trying to hold aggro against well geared DPS classes with tons of damage buffs rolling and heavily optimized builds. This is due to the fact that Nano Field is off the global cooldown (GCD) and can therefore be stacked on top of your auto attack spams of Whiplash, allowing you to simultaneously build and spend your suit power, and effectively giving you ~3 attacks / second on average.

As this is my first video guide, I would greatly appreciate feedback from you all on how i can improve the quality of these for the future so that they're more accessible and easy to watch/understand without becoming boring. I wrote the script for this and then found myself not really knowing what all to put into the visual portion of the guide to give you something to look at while I jabber on, so that's definitely one area I'd like to improve in.

Anywho, here's the guide!
Steamhawke / Jun 02, 2014
Alright everyone... it's time for real talk.

Wildstar has launched, and I'm gearing up to go big with the game, and use it as a central platform for launching myself as a professional gamer and streamer. I'm a newly graduated Electrical Engineer, and want to give this thing my all so that I can achieve my dreams of turning video games into something more than a hobby. I've been gaming for almost 20 years now, and have always had a competitive drive, so I'm excited to try and play at the highest tier of Wildstar PvP. I've been writing for slightly less than that time, and have found that it's a valuable tool for generating content and interacting with the community. I'm a highly sarcastic guy who has never won any popularity contests, but has always had a strong sense of community. So I've built this site to function as something of a portfolio of my writing and gaming accomplishments... and want you all to join with me as I take each and every step from where I stand now to where I'll end up (wildly famous, of course). The support of my fans, followers, and fellow gamers is going to be what makes or breaks this attempt at reaching Internet stardom, so my fate is in your hands. That being said.. .here's what I'm looking at doing in the coming months:

  1. Stream regularly; stream often. With my new game of choice finally being released to the masses, I will be levelling, raiding, practicing, and kicking some serious booty on the planet Nexus. Through this entire process, I will be streaming my PvE experiences as I level characters up to the cap and begin raiding and engaging in other challenging PvE content. Along the way I will be engaging in PvP like crazy, attacking anyone I meet in the open world and playing Battlegrounds religiously. Once at level cap, I will be banding together with several other rockstar players to form one of the greatest 3's arena teams ever known to man. All of this will be live streamed on my Twitch channel, in a regularly scheduled fashion.
  2. Release high-quality gaming content. Since I aim to be a top shelf player and I care about the gaming community, I want to devote my time and efforts into producing high quality written and visual content that will help other players become better, more competitive gamers. To this end I will begin creating videos weekly, and continuing to publish written articles on builds, strategies, and game mechanics to help educate you fine readers as to how you can gain an edge in Wildstar and other games. New guides will be posted on this website every Thursday.
  3. Write about my journey of becoming a professional gamer. This is going to be a long, difficult process. Trying to build a following, demonstrate my skills, get my content noticed, and establish myself as a credible figure on the Internet is going to take a lot of time and effort. Battling login queues and poor viewership during stream events, dealing with toxic community members who show up and try to tear me and my friends down, and remaining fun, engaging, and respectful will be challenging. The success of my efforts will ultimately be determined by you, but i want to be as transparent as possible about where I'm at, what I'm struggling with, and how I'm doing on my road to becoming a professional gamer. As such, I will be writing up a weekly article dripping with opinions and personal thoughts that give will give you all a much deeper, more intimate sense of what it takes to make your dreams a reality.
  4. Empower other gamers. Almost all video games, especially MMOs, rely heavily on social interaction to be successful. Players tend to enjoy their time much more when they're part of a community that will aid and encourage them. Too many times have I seen the gaming community lash out and tear down fellow players, simply because they were new and did not understand the game mechanics or fully grasp a boss fight. Gaming, at its core, is meant to be fun. As such, I believe that players should look to enjoy themselves and each other as they game... so I want to foster a respectful mentality amongst my peers that will persevere through the darkness of the Internet and offer everyone a chance to conduct themselves in a respectful but laid back manner. I am not able to change how players behave, but I can behave in a manner that aligns with this notion, and encourage others to do the same. If you do not like something I'm doing, call me out on it, and feel free to discuss it with me. I want to be very honest and open with other gamers, and help them grow and become better players and people, rather than bash on them for the sake of my own ego. Me and my ilk are here to make gaming a positive experience, so leave your crap at the door and focus on building each other up.
  5. Bring light to gaming couples. I am a geek. I am a dork. I am very comfortable with who I am, and will not try to cover up this side of me. I have an incredibly intelligent, beautiful, kick ass girlfriend who not only accepts this side of me, but encourages it. Men don't all have to be tall, dark athletes with rock hard abs and bulging biceps. Women don't all have to buy into media stereotypes and worry about their appearances. We are who we are, and when we can accept each other's geekiness, we have something awesome. To embody this, I want to start a weekly stream where I game with my girlfriend in an honest and genuine manner. We both like very different games, and both have very different attitudes when it comes to competitive gaming. But in spite of all this, we manage to find middle ground where we both can enjoy our efforts and have fun, no matter how much we die. Gaming can be an excellent activity for couples to game in, and guys and gals alike shouldn't have to hide their nerdy side. Tune in and join us for the upcoming show "Off the GCD" where we'll chat, have fun, and enjoy the company of each other and the community in a social gaming night.

To accommodate these changes, I'll be revamping the website and rolling out a series of changes in the next few weeks that will give a firm foundation for each of these to take off. My twitch channel is currently active and up to date, but will soon be given a broadcasting schedule so you can know when to watch the live stream and catch any replays for sessions that you missed. My youtube channel is very new, with one video on it, but this will start changing very quickly as I produce video guides and host them there. I'll be restructuring the sitemap so that players can more easily find the content that they are most interested in, be it the blog of my struggles and successes, the latest PvP builds, or simply the forums o0r shoutbox where players can link up with each other and chat. I am just one man, and this is a large undertaking, but I very much want to be engaged with everyone who comes along with me, so you're always welcome to contact me on a one-on-one basis to chat about games, builds, suggestions, complaints, or how scary Haast's Eagles are. It's an open door policy here at Steamhawke gaming, where I'll be upfront and honest with you... but expect the same in return. So... the journey begins right here...

Tally Ho!
Steamhawke / May 30, 2014
Welcome, one and all to Steamhawke Gaming!

In honor of the launch of the brand new MMORPG Wildstar, I'll be hosting the vVv Gaming 24 Hour Live Stream Marathon Launch Event sponsored by Steelseries! Starting at 12:01 AM, and running for 24-straight hours (or until I drop dead) we'll have levelling, question and answer sessions, PvP, and of course... awesome giveaways. Come join us on the Live vVv Gaming twitch channel to watch, chat, play with me, or just simply nab yourself a brand new gaming headset or mouse.

If you're looking for a guild or community call home, I encourage you to check out vVv Gaming and join us on Dominion side of the NA PvP server, Pergo. I'll be focusing my time and efforts in becoming a top-shelf 3v3 arena player with the Stalker class, but still be engaged in battlegrounds, warplots, raiding, gold-level dungeon runs, sweet hoverboard tricks, interior decorating, and all manner of other Nexus-based goodness. Of course, I'll continue to publish content here every Monday and Thursday, but with a greater focus on high level PvP and with MOAR VIDEO CONTENT. I'd love to play with you all and have you along for the journey from scrub to god-tier, so if you're interested in joining me and the rest of the vVv community, I encourage you to head on over to the vVv forums and apply today!

Steamhawke / Apr 18, 2014
Hey all.

After some recent feedback on the guides I've been writing I'll be taking a second pass on all of them to try and clean them up a little bit and ensure that the information is relevant. Many of the earlier posts were before I had beta access and were theorycrafting based on what leaked information I had available at the time. Major content and balance patches have also come down the line since the original post dates, so some of the information may no longer be accurate or relevant.

There is currently no time-table for getting this done, but it should hopefully be all up to date by mid May so that no one is led astray with bad information as the game's launch date looms. If you're reading through a guide and catch any inconsistencies between the current build of Wildstar and my associated write-up, please shoot me a private message so I can track these anomalies down more easily.

One other thing... I've been getting a lot of comments in the vein of "that's not the best build" and "my build is better" and "stop trying to say your build is the best". These are somewhat surprising to me, as I am by no means trying to offer optimized builds in my class guides. In fact, I generally try and dumb down the builds a bit so they're a bit more obvious with how they should be played and more user-friendly for newcomers to the class. I expect people to get a reasonably firm understanding of their class as they level to 50 and decide on what works best for them within their chosen role. To that end, these sample builds are usually more of "this is one way you might build your character at 50". I think most people are skimming the articles, looking at the builds at the end, and then complaining, without reading any of the justification used to arrive there. I can't control other people's reading comprehension, but I can adjust the language if this is indeed what's coming across. If any of the material you encounter on this site gives the vibe that it's the best, most optimized, or be-all end-all of anything, please let me know and I'll revise it straight away.

Steamhawke / Apr 07, 2014
As a member of the competitive MMO team for vVv Gaming, I was recently interviewed by the organization as part of the Player Spotlight program. I'm about to graduate from college with my B.S. in Electrical Engineering and like all new grads, I'm looking to completely ignore my degree in favor of pursuing my dream of being a professional gamer. As such I'm investing time and effort into building up this site, writing guides and articles twice a week, and streaming content regularly through Twitch.TV.

If you're interested in learning more about me, my goals in Wildstar, and competitive gaming in general, I invite you to hop over to my about page or click the image below to go the vVv Gaming forums and check out the interview!

Steamhawke / Mar 03, 2014
After countless DoA parts, faulty PCI-E sockets, and a host of other issues, the Hawkebox has been sucessfully constructed, tested, and tuned to maximum performance. Here are the final specs:

Mini ITX footprint
16 GB DDR3 RAM - 1800MHz (9-9-9-24)
4.4 Ghz Quad Core i5 CPU
1096Mhz Base Clock GTX 780

Voltages were on the high end, but temperatures stayed below 80 degrees Celsius for the most part. Stress testing is stable, but the graphics driver may be a little sketchy as I'm running into some issues with the GPU freezing up every now and again. Anywho, here's how she looks:

Steamhawke / Jan 28, 2014
Merry Christmas, everybody!

To help me pursue my dreams of being an online stripper gamer, my awesome girlfriend has helped me purchase the components for a brand new rig. After her cat spilled milk all over her laptop, she has been in need of a new computer, and figured she'd try a desktop instead of a laptop this time. So I'm cleaning up my current, respectable machine to give to her, and building a fancy new box to bring you the latest and greatest plays in 2014.

In tune with the world's constant shift to make electronics smaller, yet more powerful, I've assembled a pretty beastly build using a Mini ITX case and motherboard as the base. All of the components have arrived, and I'm ready to start cramming everything into its tiny form factor. Here's where we're at now:

Case: CoolerMaster Elite 130
Motherboard: Gigabyte Z87N - WIFI
Power Supply: Seasonic G Series 550W
Processor:Intel Core i5-4670K (3.5Ghz)
CPU Cooler: CoolerMaster Seidon 120M
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaw - 1600 (16GB)
Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 780 SC
Solid-State Drive: Samsung 840 EVO (250GB)
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda (2TB)
Optical Drive: LG DVD Burner (Because I still burn CDs/DvDs)