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Citizens of the Stars: Episode 8 Written Monday 20th of March 2017 at 03:00pm by StormyWinters

Today features Mr. Hasgaha is today's featured Citizen's Spotlight for his screenshots and John Erskine takes on Quantum Questions.

As per usual, anything said during the show is subject to change by CIG and may not always be accurate at the time of posting. Also any mistakes you see that I may have missed, please let me know so I can correct them. Enjoy the show!

Full Transcript

Intro With Jared Huckaby (Community Manager). Timestamped Link.

Jared Huckaby(JH): Welcome everybody to Citizens of the Stars, our weekly look at the amazing content creations made by you, the Star Citizen community. I’m your host for this week, Community Manager, Jared Huckaby. Now the Star Citizen community is an essential touchstone of our development and to start things out this week, we’re going to check in with Tyler Nolin and this week’s Citizen Spotlight.

Citizen Spotlight With Tyler Nolin (Community Manager). Timestamped Link.

Tyler Nolin(TN): Hey everyone and welcome to this week’s installment of Citizen Spotlight where we feature amazing content creators within the Star Citizen universe. Now this week’s guest, you’re probably already familiar with as we’ve featured his content before within our top five and our newsletter. So, without delay join me in welcoming Mr. Hasgaha. Hey, how’s it going?

Mr. Hasgaha(H): Pretty good, how are you doing?

TN: I’m doing well, now tell us a little bit about what you do within the Star Citizen community.

H: I do a little bit of everything but I’m probably best known for taking lots and lots of screenshots but I also do videos and a few other things here and there.

TN: Now a lot of players take screenshots and videos but what makes your work stand out?

H: I don’t know… probably because I take so many of them. No, there are lots of people taking great screenshots. I try to keep mine as true to the game as possible but I tweak them ever so slightly trying to make them pop. I try to make them interesting to both long time backers and people who aren’t familiar with the game. Try to show stuff that maybe long time backers haven’t seen before or showed in a different way, just try to make it interesting, things like that.

TN: Do you have any advice for other players looking to make their own screenshots and videos?

H: You got to take a lot of them. You don’t have the most powerful gaming rig on the planet, mine’s actually 5-6 years old now. You just need a knack for taking them and an eye. I’m a graphic designer so I have all that schooling and composition and framing and all that kinda stuff but you just... same with photography learning you have to just take pictures. Take lots of pictures, it doesn’t matter if they’re bad, just keep taking pictures. Eventually you’ll kinda get it.      

TN: That’s some really great advice, thanks so much for stopping by and answering some questions for me.

H: Thank you.

TN: With that, I’m Tyler Nolin and here’s what’s coming up this week in Star Citizen.

Quantum Questions With Tyler Witkin (Community Manager), John Erskine (Studio Director). Timestamped Link.

Tyler Witkin(TW): Hey everyone and welcome to another installment of Quantum Questions, where we put a developer in the hotseat to answer as many questions as they can in just under two minutes. Joining us this time is none other than the VP of Publishing and Studio Director for Austin, John Erskine. John, how’re you doing?

John Erskine(JE): I’m great.

TW: Fantastic, now how well do you think you’re going to do today?

JE: I think I’m going to do pretty good, I hear the competition’s tough but I think I’ll do pretty good.  

TW: You’re going up against Brian Chambers with I believe 16 answers.

JE: I heard he set the bar pretty high.

TW: All right, well let’s get started. Two minutes on the clock starting now, what is your name and what do you do at CIG?

JE: I’m John Erskine, I’m head of publishing for the company.

TW: How long have you been in the game industry?

JE: Since 1998.

TW: Will we have support for languages other than english?

JE: Yes, we will.

TW: Tell us one thing you’re excited about in regards to Spectrum that people don’t know about yet.

JE: Good question, at GDC our team had a meeting at Twitch HQ to meet with some of their folks and see their roadmap… development roadmap for the rest of the year and we had some really cool conversations with them to talk about how we can integrate Twitch and Spectrum in some pretty cool ways. I think it’s going to be exciting.

TW: That’s very exciting. What does the eggplant emoji mean to you?

JE: Pass.

TW: What is your favourite ship?

JE: The M50.

TW: Will publishing ever expand outside the ATX office?

JE: Yes and in fact today we have publishing in Austin, Manchester and Montreal already and we’ll expand even further than that in the future.

TW: Now what’s something you’re especially excited about on the platform road map?

JE: There’s a lot of things but the new launcher and patcher that we’ve been developing, it’s been in development for quite awhile is going to be pretty cool. It’ll make it easier to download and patch the game and with the new launcher we’ll be able to integrate Spectrum and add even cooler functionality there.

TW: How strategic is Spectrum to the overall platform and publishing operations for CIG?

JE: It’s super strategic. You’ve probably saw some of the videos where we talked about it but initially we envisioned it as a chat platform and a communication platform and now we’re really envisioning as your connection to the game. Whether you’re in the game or out of the game or at work or on your phone or whatever so strategically it’s importance is major.

TW: In your opinion, on the publishing and dev ops side of things what are you most looking forward to that is currently being worked on?

JE: Probably stuff that nobody else cares about but some cool stuff on the logging and tools development side.

TW: And we’re done, we’re out of time.

JE: Ok.

TW: Thank you so much John for taking the time to come out and do this with us.

JE: You bet.

TW: Well, that makes 8 questions for John Erskine which doesn’t quite put him in the top spot. Make sure to tune in next week to see if Brian Chambers will finally be dethroned at the Quantum champion.  

MVP With Ben Lesnick (Director of Community Engagement and Content Strategy). Timestamped Link.

Ben Lesnick(BL): Hey everybody, Ben Lesnick here. It’s time for your top five and MVP. Five, five, five, five, five, five, five, five. fiiiivvvveeee, top five.

Number five goes to Bobwire71 for his photos of the PAX East Bar Citizen. Great job, Bobwire you really captured the action.

Number four goes to my good friend Chris Reid who started the Wing Commander community with me way, way, way back when. It’s hard to believe but he just had a baby, so congratulations to Chris and his wife Lacey on the birth of Julianna.

Number three goes to TradTeam, a group of French speaking citizens who translates all sorts of Star Citizen content into french. Most recently they adapted the Hurrican brochure from our last concept sale, check it out on their website.

Number two goes to Dr. Oversteer for his amazing homemade cockpit. I’ve always wanted to do something like this, I am green with envy and no wonder they call you Oversteer. You have quite a steering wheel in the centre there.

And the MVP goes to AlexS189 as well as his conspirators P4nda and Radlock who put together an amazing Merlin trailer. Congratulations, you’re our MVP.

Sub-Conscious With Alexis Lesnick (Subscription Manager). Timestamped Link.

Alexis Lesnick(AL): Hello everyone, Alexis here and it’s time once again for Sub-Conscious and since I’m such a nice person, I’m going to let everybody watch just this once. When I say jump, you say point… Jump! I’m going to assume that you said, anyway the March 2017 issue of Jump Point the exclusive digital magazine for subscribers was released last week. This issue includes a look at the Hurricane and interview of the AI work happening at Foundry 42 right now and plenty of new lore. Check it out.

Are you down and out over wanting to ask a Star Citizen developer a question, well here’s a quantum of solace, you can post and vote to the Quantum Questions thread on Spectrum for a chance to have your inquiry included in an upcoming Citizens of the Stars. Be sure to ask some short ones cause somebody have to beat Brian Chambers.

We’ll end this week with the vault… last week we shared some of the in progress update to the Aurora starter. It’s looking as they say a few universes over… downright shiny. This week you can look forward to some art to what we’re calling the truck stop, so stay tuned.

That’s it for Sub-Conscious this week, thank you for all of your support. If you’re not a subscriber and would like to be, you can learn more here. This has been Alexis and I will see you in the Den.

Outro With Jared Huckaby (Community Manager). Timestamped Link.

JH: Well, that’s this week’s show. A special thanks to John Erskine, Mr. Hasgaha and all the Star CItizen community members who take their time to share their work with us. For Citizens of the Stars, I’m Jared Huckaby and we’ll see you in the ‘Verse.    


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