From SC2 Casting to FFXIV Raiding
Today, we have a special interview with our very own Geno! He is a talented streamer, gamer, and now writer with a lot of experience. He has been a partner of Machinima and CyberPowerPC for about 5 years and still going strong. He has casted games such as the grand finals for the Starcraft Gaming League in 2010 and many more! He has moved on to writing articles for Final Fantasy XIV and has gathered a following on his articles on, CyberPowerPC. We are very grateful to have him here for an interview and we are excited to hear about how life of a streamer was and his transition to blogging. Lets begin!
1. Can you introduce yourself and how you got there?
My name is Lauro Pangilinan and I go by the moniker “GenoCast” and in Final Fantasy XIV I am “Genos Axel” on the server Famfrit although Geno seems to work well. I used to be in the esports world as both a competitive player and a commentator but now I’ve taken my talents to FFXIV where I play tank instead of support or Terran. These days however, instead of casting StarCraft or playing Dota 2 and holding tournaments or even blasting bandits in Borderlands, I just write Final Fantasy XIV articles to promote my server’s raid scene and talk to the biggest content creators to get their insights on what they think the scene lacks. How I got there was mostly talking to a friend of mine that works at CyberPowerPC because I was bored and wanted something productive to do so I decided to write articles in hopes of getting Final Fantasy XIV much more exposure. Why I started playing FFXIV? I wanted to play something different but I also wanted to pick up a MMO and so I saw my brother and a few friends play FFXIV and I was hooked on the fact that the story updated itself like Final Fantasy XI did with patches but I also loved that patches came out every three months instead of six.
2. How long have you been streaming and how do you prepare for it?
Streaming FFXIV is virtually non-existent for me but I’ve been writing articles since last summer. When I did cast the other games, I started in 2010 with StarCraft 2 and then ended that in 2012 along with Dota 2 casting. Borderlands took over once I met a ton of friends who streamed in that section but because of the lack of a new game or content, I decided to take up a MMO and I chose Final Fantasy. I actually used to eat peanut butter and jelly sandwiches before doing anything because I always got hungry but it was always my go-to sandwich. I’ve heard of NBA players taking up eating them before and after games. Otherwise to answer the question, I’ve only streamed a little bit of FFXIV this year.
3. What advice would you give to someone who is interested in streaming?
The advice I would give is to stream knowing that it’s going to be a very very long journey and because FFXIV is a small section keeping viewers entertained is extremely important. It helps if you are good but a lot of people want entertainment so if you can make wiping entertaining, there is something there. As long as there is entertainment in even the most mundane things, there will always be an audience even if it’s grinding dungeons all day. I think that Avalonstar is someone people should be looking at in terms of streaming because he’s doing everything right. Most streams I see in the FFXIV section have low video quality or the streams are silent and I hope that changes because the top streamers in the section are the best for a reason. Other than that, just keep grinding!
4. What made you want to go into writing articles for Final Fantasy?
For my articles, raiding lacked an incentive and I also was influenced by World First groups because I’ve never experienced a competition where people are the first to beat content. On my server Famfrit, a lot of the raiding scene was destroyed because the entry level floors were too much for most groups to handle. In the next raids, I suddenly had this idea to have the raid graphic chart displaying the groups that beat the raids and ones who were still currently progressing. The original intent for me to write in the first place was for esports (mostly Dota 2) articles but I decided to use my column to showcase some other streamers and FFXIV content.
5. What are some goals you would like to achieve at the end of 2017 in regards to what you are doing right now?
This is an interesting question because I think at the end of 2017 my raid group will be going into the Stormblood expansion’s end game content. Clearing content is always the goal but as far as outside the game, I definitely think I’ll be in another community like a Destiny 2 or probably back in Borderlands just because of how many people have reached out to me recently. I am thinking about streaming again but it definitely will have a different approach than just raiding if I do try it for FFXIV. In 2017, I will be split between two or three different communities and I should have a couple of projects released later in the year.
6. What are some improvements you would like to see in FF MMO?
Final Fantasy XIV needs a better storage system for the players that like to play “dress up” for their characters and a better storage system for crafting materials because the amount of items and recipes there are in the game far exceed the inventory slots players are given. Yes they are giving more inventory slots but I also think it would be okay for players to get different types of storage. As far as raiding goes, there should be an additional boss fight to bring the count from four to five because the difficulty from floor two to floor three has been massive and an additional fight would help with difficulty scaling. The PvP side of things needs to be more spectator friendly if they want to turn the game into an esport but that’s very much far down the pipeline.
7. What are some memorable moments you have had in casting?
8. Any shoutouts?
Thank you for the interview, Geno!
Its been a pleasure to interview him and we really hope to have him back for another one some time. Check out his articles on CyberPowerPC and his youtube channel Here. Follow him at @GenoCast and if you have any questions for him, let us know! Any comments, feel free to post them down below. Thank you Geno for the interview and thank you all for reading. See you next time at our next article!