Happy Friday, Guardians! Welcome back to one of our favorite segments on Bungie.net, this week’s Community Focus! This week we’re chatting with a content creator who has a pretty rad day job, Kujay!
Hi Kujay! Thank you for taking the time to chat with us! So let’s start with a little background. Who are you, what are your pronouns and where are you from?
Hello, my name is Kujay (he/him). I am an aircraft designer by day and a Destiny content creator at nightfall! I grew up in a small town in eastern Kansas before eventually moving to Southern California after college.
Wait, aircraft designer? Yes, we need to talk about that in a moment. But first, what got you into gaming and creating content?
I was introduced to gaming at a very young age, when I was only four years old. I just went to daycare and there was a Super Nintendo for all the kids to play with. The first game I ever played was Yoshi’s Island (still a great game to this day!), and my god, I was instantly hooked! Fast forward about 20 years, and after moving to SoCal, I found that I had WAY more free time than I was used to in school (aerospace engineering courses are no joke!). Then, shortly after the launch of Rise of Iron, a streaming friend of mine started poking me about trying streaming for myself. After pushing it away for a few months, I finally gave in and bought a PS4 webcam. I found that streaming is a lot of fun (and something I’m really good at), so much so that I’ve been doing it for almost six years now!Read:After pushing AV1 codec, Google goes after Dolby with HDR and audio standards
That sounds like my kind of daycare. 😊 Okay, big question here – how in the world do you balance both a full-time job and content creation?
Over the years, it has been difficult to balance my professional career with the content creation side of my life. In the early years I was streaming A LOT more, getting into streams every Friday through Monday (usually with a lot of help from Trials of Osiris!). But as the years went by and the responsibilities for my day job started to increase, I started to scale back the amount of content I pushed out. Over the past two years I’ve started to focus more on YouTube because I can do it “slices” instead of having the camera panned for a live stream. And on the Twitch side of the house, I’m mostly a “weekend warrior” now, with streams only on Saturdays and Sundays. It was hard to juggle the two sides of my life, but it was also VERY rewarding. How many people get to design planes during the week and then come home at the weekend with a successful stream and YouTube channel? It’s something I don’t take for granted!Read:Samsung’s Galaxy S23 passes through certification with 25W fast charging
Gosh, that just sounds like such a wild ride, and you seem to have done such an amazing job maintaining it. So you mentioned Yoshi’s Island, but how did you find it? Destiny?
So, interestingly enough, I had actually taken quite a long break from gaming back then Destiny came calling. After throwing Skyrim completely out of my mind in my senior year of high school, I didn’t game much at all during my first or second year of college. However, I was pulled back by the PS4 remaster of The Last of Us (AMAZING game, by the way!), which I never got a chance to play when it originally launched. And then, if by “fate” (wink), a few days after it’s done The last of usI received an email from Sony inviting me to the upcoming . to play Destiny alpha. I was always more one Duty kid growing up but many of my childhood friends were MASSIVE Halo fans. When I asked them about Bungie’s next project with Destinythey all encouraged me to try it, describing the game as a mashup of Duty, Haloand “Space Skyrim.” I decided to try out the alpha shortly after and I was immediately hooked. The gunfight was by far the best I’d ever experienced. And now, more than eight years later, I am still as helplessly addicted to… Destiny because I was the first time I ever landed in the Cosmodrome.Read:[Exclusive] Google Pixel 7, Pixel 7 Pro renders reveal complete design ahead of launch
A day one player, nice to see! What kind of content do you like to focus on when streaming or making videos?
I like to focus on the content of the endgame inside Destiny, with a focus more on the PvP side, be it Trials of Osiris or Iron Banner. I also love GM Nightfalls and raids, and I especially enjoy the first raid experiences with my group!
That’s super cool! Endgame content can be so challenging, so it’s really cool to see content creators like you help teach and herd others. For those newer players, what’s something you wish you knew before you started, or at least at the beginning of your Destiny trip?
Honestly, I wish someone had told me how thoroughly I would be included in the… Destiny universe and the wider Bungie community. How am I still playing the same game after eight years?! Hahaha, just kidding =). But in all seriousness, I wish I knew how important it was to find a solid group of people to play Destiny of. I played solo during vanilla D1 for quite a while before making my way to LFG (Looking for Group) websites. If I hadn’t been captured by the magic of OG Vault of Glass, chances are I would have stopped playing Destiny during those early days. The game is huge fun to play when you have friends to jump into harder content and bounce builds and ideas from. That’s why I’m incredibly excited about Guardian Ranks and the in-game Fireteam Finder coming soon Destiny 2 next year. I think they will serve as a catalyst for thousands of players to form their own friend groups and see the real “endgame” of Destiny.
That’s right! Do you have any advice for players looking to improve their skills as a player as endgame content is your focus?
If you are someone who wants to dive deeper into the endgame experiences in Destiny and improve your skills, the absolute best thing you can do is reach out to other players and build a group of friends for you to play Destiny of. While Destiny can be played solo, the game’s full potential is realized when you have an established group of people to lean on, both in casual PvE environments and deep in the trenches of Trials. Teamwork really makes the dream work, and you will become a better player over time when you team up with other like-minded players.
Okay, it’s time to ask, what’s your main character and favorite subclass?
I’ll probably take a lot of rage out of this, but Hunter is my main character and I’ve been hopelessly addicted to Stompees for almost five years now. Going all the way back to Modern Warfare 2, my favorite way to play FPS games has always been about speed, speed, and more speed! That’s why I am absolutely IN LOVE with Arc 3.0 Hunter. The Speed Booster is just *chef’s kiss* and Gathering Storm is arguably the coolest Super in the game right now. I used to play Arcstrider from seasons 2 to 8, so coming home to my old baby with Arc 3.0 was great!
Oh yeah, going fast in video games is always fun! 😊 What kind of atmosphere does your channel have?
My channel tends to walk the line between both entertaining and educational. In a moment we dive deep into the lore of Destiny’s universe and start speculating about future stories. In the next one, something utterly ridiculous will happen within a Crucible match (at the expense of my opponent OR myself, both happen often!). We’ll often talk about builds or the state of the game as a whole while keeping it all pretty lighthearted with lots of laughs along the way. Much like the balance between my work and content creation, my channel thrives on its duality of education and entertainment.
Entertaining and educational, yet light-hearted? Sounds like my kind of place!
Okay, it’s time to wrap up our interview, but I did want to ask because you’ve been very inspiring in our conversation so far. What’s something you want to make sure every New Light knows when they join the Guardian ranks?
With the current New Light experience, it can feel overwhelming once you’ve completed your induction to the Cosmodrome. You are called to the Towe and you are presented with quest after quest after quest. My advice would be to pick just ONE of those quests and commit yourself to it. By the time you complete that first quest, chances are you’ve tried new weapons, increased your power a bit, and generally got a feel for the gameplay loop of Destiny. And once most people get that far, the gameplay alone is usually enough to get them hooked!
For more specific tips, start using 1000% Destiny Item Manager for a vastly improved inventory experience. That, and make sure to check in to Ada-1 every day for those sweet, sweet battle mods!
And finally, where can people find you?
I stream on Twitch every Saturday and Sunday morning, with the occasional video upload to YouTube. I am also very active in the country of Twitterwith lots of hot takes and shenanigans to keep just about anyone entertained!
Stay cunning, Guardians!