4 years ago the Welsh Gaming Network welcomed Rage Darling to the stream team. We’ve watched her develop and grow, now with over 18,000 followers. Check her out on Twitch, and read on for an updated interview!
What is your Twitch name and what is the origin story of the name?
Hello! My name is Rage Darling and my username is a funny one. Thirteen year old Jess was sitting on her bed trying to come up with a new YouTube channel name whilst listening to her “emo” songs. Two songs came on: Capture The Crown – Ladies & Gentleman… I Give You Hell and “Eyes Set To Kill – Darling. And from the lyrics the name was born!
What age did you start playing games and what’s the first game you remember playing?
I first started playing games properly when I was eight years old. Like many other families we had a PlayStation 2 console that my sister and I played Mary Kate & Ashley, Sweet 16 License to Drive, Crash Bandicoot and Rayman on. But my very first gaming experience was getting utterly crushed by my dad on NES Track & Field.
What’s your all time favorite game?
It has and always will be the hit Blizzard game World of Warcraft.
How long have you been streaming on Twitch and what made you decide to pursue streaming?
My very first stream was November 29th 2015 but I started taking it seriously in January 2017. What convinced me to start streaming was my community on YouTube at the time; they had watched my content develop from beauty and hair videos to gameplay and encouraged me to try out this new ‘Twitch’ platform. Without my community I probably wouldn’t have done half the crazy things I’ve done to this day!
What is your favourite game to stream and which game do you think your fans enjoy seeing you play the most?
I’m now a full-time World of Warcraft streamer but previously a variety streamer and I think that’s what my viewers love to see. They like the reliable WoW content but when I throw something random into the mix like body painting or the ‘popular game’ at the time, they really enjoy it.
What is a typical stream day like for you?
Wake up. Coffee. Shower. Dogs fed. Turn on the PC. Stream. I go live from 12PM most days and finish in the early evening so streaming has become my daily routine. Depending on which day of the week depends on what I’m doing that day but it’s almost always 10% gaming, 90% chatting absolute tosh.
What is your favourite part about streaming?
Wow, that’s hard to choose. I love being able to talk to anyone anywhere in the world instantly. I love being a source of entertainment to get people through their day. I love helping people with games or life advice. I love being able to be myself unapologetically and without embarrassment.
What do you like to do when you aren’t streaming?
Usually I’d answer with my ‘cool hobbies’ like snowboarding, rock-climbing or something but honestly, I’m probably on World of Warcraft. On the two days in the week that I’m not streaming I’m working as a content creator for Scan Computers. I really enjoy those days because it keeps me connected to the traditional office life whilst still keeping in the loop with the streaming industry for when I come back to my stream days.
Can you give any advice to anyone looking to start streaming?
What I said 4 years ago is still just as valid today: Get a community behind you, make friends, build a viewer-base, connect with other streamers and just be an all around great friend to everyone. But most importantly – be yourself. Follow for follow NEVER works, you just end up with a dead amount of followers on your channel. Beware of pyramid schemes where one or two streamers sit on the top of a community. And don’t ever sign yourself up exclusively to an organisation that claims that they’ll get you affiliate or partner, they won’t and your content is worth more than that.
Big poggers in chat to my community, the Pleborians. I love them very dearly each and everyone of them. So much so that to this day I’ve spent more money on graphics and merchandise and all that lovely stuff on them than my own brand! They’re a great bunch of people; helpful, honest, kind and humble and I strive to be more like them each day.
OK and now on to the part that everyone loves the Quick Fire Round !!!
PC or Console?
You’re given a bacon sandwich do you choose red or brown sauce?
Cat or Dog?
Mario or Sonic?
Squirtle or Bulbasaur or Charmander?
Star Wars or Star Trek?
Facebook or Twitter?
Coffee or Tea?
Sci-Fi or fantasy?
Marvel or DC?
Big thanks to RageDarling for this updated interview.