Aaron Cybertron Zheng has always been a competitive gamer, but he is most well known today as content creator of the YouTube series Road to the Ranked. We deep-dive his early playing days and discuss how kids today can apply their gameplay into their real life pursuits.
- How did he start playing Pokémon? Aaron recaps the social experience from elementary school, playing Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald in 4th grade. "A hobby that calmed me down."
- What were his first tournaments like? "Free trips to Disney World!"
- How he convinced his parents to let him play: Math and reading!
- How he got good at Pokémon, as a hobby he could balance.
- eSports: Will Pokémon ever become an eSport? Does it need to?
- "No one really does it full time." - A competitive outlet without spending your life training or playing.
- How to design a competitive game in which even children and newcomers can rise up quickly.
- Competitive Chess and Poker: "How are you ever going to beat the people at the top who have studied and mastered this craft for so long?"
- Comparisons to Fortnite: A way to socially interact with friends.
- Teaching the game to his younger brother... then to the world!
- "If I can help even one person get better at the game, it'd be awesome. After that, let's see how many more people we can get into that!"
- Starting out with a very specific niche, and growing that organically.
- YouTube as a teaching platform - showcasing how to play the game.
- Learning the skillset of teaching, taking feedback from criticism.
- Content creator in modern day -- Managing a lot of anonymous comments! ...and trolls!
- World Championships: major conventions with a world flair. How to bring the younger demographic into the game.
- How to be more inclusive of kids playing casually. Bridging the single-player experience and the competitive scene.
- Kids creating for kids: Content tailored to the younger demographic.
- How people find online content, and what's still lacking for the younger viewers.
- Lessons learned from creating on YouTube
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