Is there a type of game you prefer streaming over others? If so, why?
I love playing multiplayer shooter games because you can turn your brain off and just have fun with friends. Most people got healthy or learned how to garden or cook during the pandemic. I learned how to play PC shooters on keyboard/mouse, and it’s always fun challenging myself to get better. As much as I love streaming single-player games, my brain isn’t always prepared to absorb the story, solve puzzles, and take down bosses while also trying to entertain and make people laugh. I end up not hearing certain lines of dialogue or missing the most obvious hints or items. Damn ADHD.
Has there ever been a time where you feel like you needed to take a break from gaming/streaming?
I’ve never felt the need to take an extended, purposeful break from streaming. Since we’re usually on camera performing and talking during the day at Kinda Funny, I don’t mind taking the night off if I’m feeling too tired. I’m so thankful we have a community that understands [if] I’m not always up for it. Sometimes I’ll take unintended breaks from streaming if I’m playing a game for review and can’t stream it due to embar-go limitations.
For you, what’s the appeal of streaming? What do you get out of it?
Streaming is my part-time job, and I try my best to treat it as such. Having the extra revenue stream is so helpful when living in San Francisco. I also love streaming because I sort of look at it as a catalogue for my gaming history. Near the beginning of the pandemic, I started a YouTube channel because I noticed there was a demand from the audience that wished they could watch my playthrough of Bloodborne. It’s one of my biggest gaming regrets. Bloodborne became an immediate top-five game of all-time for me, and I wish there was a way I could see myself react to certain moments again. Almost like looking through a photo album and thinking about where you were in your life during that time.
Watch Andy regularly stream on Twitch at wfmag.cc/maximumcortez