The Dawning decorations are up in the Tower, the Sparrows are racing, and everyone is getting ready for the holiday season. The Destiny community loves having new things to do and new gear to get. We always look forward to times when we can deliver updates to excited Guardians. We also love taking some time to sit down with leaders of the community to learn who they are and what they love about Destiny.
Our next guest is a streamer who runs a welcoming community on her Twitch channel. She loves having fun with her viewers, but it’s not all about the jokes. She is also a fierce competitor in the Crucible.
Please meet She Snaps.
Please tell us a little about who you are and what you do in the Destiny Community.
SS: My name is She Snaps (most people call me Snaps) and I'm a Chicago-based professional photographer who is fortunate enough to also stream on Twitch full time. I've been gaming since I was a child, and loved FPS games since the beginning. I was introduced to Destiny by a friend of mine and fell in love fast. I'm a huge fan of martial arts, scuba diving, craft beer/bourbon and music of all kinds. So, that's me I guess. That part feels like it was easier than the second half of this question.
What do I do in the Destiny Community? I think I do just about the same as what most people in the community do: I play the game, talk about the game, stream the game, dream about the game. Ok maybe not so much the last part, but you get the idea. I wasn't expecting to find a true community when I started playing Destiny, but now the relationships I've built since starting are such an integral part of my life that I honestly can't imagine where I'd be right now without this community. I'd like to think I do a decent job of paying it forward and being as good to everyone as they were to me when I started out, and I certainly strive to do my part to keep things positive and inclusive whenever possible. You guys are like my extended family, and I hope to always make that evident in my daily routine.
We’re glad you’re a part of this community. Where do you call home on the Internet?
SS: I think I'd probably shrivel up and die without my Twitter (@shesnapsgaming,) so you'll find me there sharing the random things that occur in my brain quite often. Aside from that, my home is now Twitch where I stream usually daily. You can also follow me on Instagram (@shesnapsgaming,) or check out my YouTube (@shesnapsgaming.) I just started a new vlog series with some real topics that I'm excited to delve into with people. If you're trying to find me outside of those avenues, you're likely to see me hanging out in one of the chats from any broadcaster in The Pizza Party stream team. It's a bunch of super chill, really friendly, (primarily) Destiny streamers.
So you’re a streamer, how long have you been streaming Destiny? What kind of content can we expect to see on your channel?
SS: Yep, that's what they tell me. I've been streaming Destiny for almost a year and a half now, and I'm thankful to have stumbled into this community. You can expect to see me doing pretty much only PvP activities on my stream, I don't do too much PvE these days. During the week I like to play 6's with viewers or I run 1v1 challenges via a raffle system to try to step up my game a bit. I'm hoping to start running some Game Battles soon now that there's an MLG side to Destiny, and get back into playing sweats with friends. On weekends, I generally stream Trials the entire time, I alternate between Xbox and PS4 and will either run Lighthouse carries with a friend or I'll do double raffles for fun runs. We've done somewhere around 80 successful runs since I started playing Trials with viewers. On Fridays, I also run a fun (yet usually competitive) card with Professor Broman and Dr. Lupo, we call it DrBroSnaps. It's a great way to start off a weekend of ridiculousness in Trials.I take a great deal of pride in my channel, especially when I get compliments on how friendly and welcoming the chat is. If you are looking for a place to hang out and listen to good music, stop in and talk some smack to us - we're all pretty sarcastic and love getting to bring new folks into our pizza loving community. Just don't you dare try to tell them a hot dog is a sandwich. It's just not. A HOT DOG IS ITS OWN THING.Sorry, had to.
Agreed, hot dogs are not sandwiches. What is your favorite memory while playing Destiny?
SS: This one is tough. I have so many amazing memories from playing offline before I started streaming, and from after I started broadcasting, so many come to mind. I think the one that would have to stand out the most though, would be when I was playing during the St. Jude's Charity stream this past summer. My time slot during the marathon was second to last, right before Broman closed things out mad strong. I was so nervous to stream for so many people, with such high donation goals. Amazingly, but not surprisingly, the Destiny Community came together impressively and we had a crazy emotional four hour block together. I was so honored to be a part of it, especially since my older sister was constantly hospitalized as a child from being born with a liver disease, before she passed away early in her twenties.It's hard to have witnessed a child having to go through the struggles associated with cancer or childhood illnesses. After sharing my story, many others shared theirs as well. Everyone can agree that no child should have to suffer like that, so I was incredibly proud when we pulled in almost $20k in my four hour block. It was so beautiful and special to be a part of, I called my Mom afterwards and we cried together. It was really cool to be able to tell her all we did is talk and play Destiny for a week and we collectively raised over $500,000 for “da keeds.” Even someone who doesn't understand the gaming side of things can see how incredible that is. Mad props to the Destiny Community for that one. I'll never forget how I felt that day.
It was really humbling getting to stream with Broman and watch the community come together for a great cause. Let's change the subject from real life heroes to talk about the Guardians in our game. What is your favorite Class to use and why is it Hunter? Do you have a favorite weapon?
SS: Hmm...Something tells me you already knew the answer to this question. I definitely love the hell out of my Nightstalker Subclass, and I can't see myself changing anytime soon. I enjoy the mobility of it most, especially with my particular play style. I tend to be pretty aggressive and I like knowing that I can push up and then evade quickly if necessary. Being able to back off and then quickly rush in or find a new angle has helped me with a great deal of 1v3 situations. Believe it or not, I used to main Titan. I think I'm just more prone to finding fast-moving, aggressive builds enjoyable. Agility is a big deal to me, I can't sit still for long.I used to be all about The Last Word, but for a while now I've been super locked into using my Eyasluna. I'm a Hand Cannon enthusiast for sure, so whenever I find one I like I tend to stick to it. I have one on Xbox that has Luck in the Chamber and it's just nasty when I'm actually accurate with it. A friend of mine is even sending me a replica Eyasluna as a Christmas present this year and I can't wait to display it on my desk next to my gong.
Hand Cannons are a ton of fun. Still looking for that perfect Eyasluna with Icarus. The Dawning just launched. What is your favorite thing about the update?
SS: I see you increased the drop rate for Trials of Osiris vanity items, so I'm crossing my fingers that this means I'll finally get that kitty cat cloak on Xbox. I have it on PS4 but haven't had one drop on Xbox yet and it's depressing me that my Hunter isn't as stylish as she should be. Oh, and waving off Heavy Ammo is an awesome addition. I can't tell you how many times I've had players wave at me on heavy round during trials, but then pull it anyways. I don't think everyone fully knew that waving meant, "Hey, we're not going to use heavy this round!" This should help reduce my weekly raging by at least one or two outbursts. I'm also excited for all the folks who are jacked up to do some Sparrow Racing, and I know a bunch of my friends are looking forward to checking out the new quests.
It’s been great watching waving off Heavy evolve from an unwritten rule among players to being implemented as an in-game choice. Anything else you would like to say while you have the mic?
SS: If you want beef, then bring the ruckus. *drops mic, walks out, eats Chicago pizza*
I hate to keep saying this, but please do not drop the mic when you are done. Just hand it back to me.
Big thanks to She Snaps for taking the time to share her story and give us some info on her Twitch channel and the community that follows it. Go give it a watch, maybe you can accompany her on a trip to the Lighthouse.
We are not done searching out members of our community to feature. We are never done. As always, the suggestion box is open. Visit our #Community forum and make a post with the tag #CommunityFocus to share who you would like to see as the next Community Focus.