Video games brings everyone together. We care not for looks, color, ideals, or anything else. You game and we vibe well? That's all that matters. We joined DLive on March 14, 2019. We didn't think this platform would change our lives. First of all, we knew nothing about cryptocurrency. We learned little by little—the bare minimum of understanding this new money exchange. We gained good traffic. Met cool people and in turn received donations. DLive was and will always be a community despite the freeloaders, the hobbyists, the take-all streamers, and the 24/7 negative naysayers. We then met an amazing young streamer named Epikism. But we all call him Epik. Epik streams on YouTube, Twitch, and DLive. He's a failed Korean pop idol wannabe, a gamer, a foodie, and humble human being with the best purple hair.
How we're friends? Over chicken.
Seriously. He had his early foodie days on his DLive channel. He sat in front of his webcam, a bright light hovering over him, and ate his Korean Fried Chicken while talking to chat. Why couldn't I look away and deem him jobber? Because it was unique, and different to see on stream. In a time when the gaming market is saturated with Call of Duty, Apex Legends, Fornite, and PubG, eating and talking with chatters saves day as standing out. On this day, RavageDragon (game host and founder of RavageLands) and I couldn't decide on what to eat. After watching for some time, we were swindled into buying chicken from Texas Chicken and Burgers. We brought it and posted it to our RavageLands twitter feed and tagged Epik in it.
Fast forward to this month, July 2019. Epik had purchased concert tickets to see the band Twice. Made the announcement that he was traveling to from Toronto, Canada and passing Pennsylvania, New York, and New Jersey. His Airbnb wasn't ready yet, so sleep in the car for one night early. I didn't approve of that. I told him that I worked on Wednesday, July 17. He stopped by and then invited him over the house for dinner. That day, mother nature rained furiously upon us. Driving on the FDR was scary. But we made it in one piece. Cooked. He approved of my Chiense Fried Rice. Had him try Spanish espresso coffee Bustelo. He drank it black—straight up. That's too strong for me. He tried Spanish Malta. Didn't like that. We then watched Detective Pikachu. The car lag was real with Epik, so we offered him to sleep on the couch instead of his car. We made a video for Emily Wants to Play. Look out for that. Night one was dwindling.
Night two. Made breakfast. Watched some WWE Network Evolve anniversary show. Then Epik finally checked into his Jersey Airbnb safely.
Night three. Epik adventure only made by us. Epik decided not to drive on this day. Experiencing the subway made him a true New Yorker even if he used: Sorry I'm Canadian. Epik is a simple guy. Take him to places you know he'd like. I promise him on the next trip we'll eat cake at the well known Vineros spot.
Anyway, he's a basketball fan mainly Toronto Raptors. We're excited that they finally won, Toronto can wave the victory all round, and knocked off Golden State. The ultimate underdogs. So we took Epik to the NBA store. I used to work there in a past job-life, and still get treated as a rockstar. We showed him all three floors while I talked familiar faces that still worked there.
Epik is a gamer. He's a streamer like us. So where do we take him? To the famous: Nintendo World. Exciting times for us. Anyway, Nintendo World is two floors. First floor is clothes, demos, games, accessories. Second floor is plushies, clothes, demos, and figures. We went all around and eventually brought stuff. We purchased Ultimate Alliance 3 for the Switch. Epik purchased an Animal Crossing tee.
We then went inside the newly located FOA Schwartz. It's at least three floors filled to the brim with plushies and toys. It was cool for a bit.
After that, we walked to Sam Ash, a guitar place, to at least wait for JD Alpha whom would accompany us on journey with Epik. But co-workers aren't reliable at times. As time ticked faster, and the ride from 34th street to Coney Island—our final destination—would take an hour, we decided to go and JD Alpha would meet us there. We stopped in front of the Manhattan Center to film a short This Is The Worst Town bit.
We soon boarded the D train that'll take us straight to Coney Island. We sat together and talked about Canada, games, wrestling, life in NYC, and the occasional pointing out of a Japanese Market we saw in Brooklyn. We made it to Coney Island. I insisted Epik take a picture under the Coney Island sign. A rich historical beach in NYC. The area changed since hurricane Sandy. Most of Coney Island submerged underneath water, then. We walked towards our famous roller coaster: The Cyclone. In the past, the ride would be under construction, or not safe to ride. The panels and track alignment made of wood and steel. Ever since its creation in 1972, small upgrades took place throughout 92 years.
We enter the park. Look at all the rides. It wasn't super packed like normal. Epik enjoyed himself, taking small video clips of the amusement park run by Luna Park. We got onto the Broadwalk. An area where any and all types of people walk to and fro in bikinis, full dressed, shorts and shirts with sneakers, shoes, or sandals. No cares how you look or dressed. We walked passed the Karaoke spot that's become a staple on the Boardwalk. Brave enough? Sing in front of people. We then headed towards The Aquarium. RavageDragon had wanted to go in but we wanted to save money. On the next time, promise. We then decided to walk some more along the Boardwalk and turn onto the extended pier. People gathered. Children played on the hill benches. People fished and crabbed. A small group of Puerto Ricans played Spanish music and danced the night away. We chilled on the benches. Talked about life, and the music we heard behind us. Epik let the cool ocean air, the tranquility of beach life, and contemplating soak in.
Honestly, for us, RavageDragon and I, getting away meant a recharging of our batteries for the streaming world and life. We've been going full force with everything that happened to us. I switched jobs: toxic to fun environment. He, still working the same job, streaming more, and feeling like we're making it. We've been through loses of family members and I know being out in that serene calmness that the ocean provides helped us. I didn't want to leave. I wanted to stay. Personal obstacles didn't weight on my mind. But we finally left and met up with JD Alpha. Unfortunately, he couldn't be with us the whole day. We ordered dinner at this place on the Boardwalk called: Ruby's Bar and Grill. Cheap quick food. We didn't want something big and fancy. Hot days call for small dinners, chilled dinners, rather than huge plates of heat. After eating and talking, we went out onto the Boardwalk. It became super packed. And then:
Fireworks display lit up the night sky. We stood on the Boardwalk for its completion. We took video and pictures, capturing this moment in time. We never experienced the fireworks out in Coney Island. Not even RavageDragon's mother before she passed. She always wanted to see them. The fact that we were there, we dedicated the moment to her, a good soul that left too soon.
The fireworks finished and we exited the Boardwalk. Now before we went home, RavageDragon decided to find an arcade so we can have some fun together. We found one. We recorded a Jurassic Park arcade video with RavageDragon and Epik. Then, I hope you noticed the above video. Epik saw a Dance Dance Revolution machine. He's been practicing at home. I record two of the dances. It was interesting to watch.