Community Member of the Week: DarkPython

12 August 2013

We first met DarkPython when he was streaming Prime World: Defenders, the tower defense game built within the Prime World universe. His on-screen charisma and impeccable taste in music caught our eyes and ears, and we invited him to stream Prime World. The rest is history:  His official Prime World channel streams have been seen more than 200,000 times, and at least 370 people have joined the community because of his efforts. He streams every day from 11 a.m. EDT and 5 p.m. EDT (one stream for EU and one stream for NA).
DarkPython was recommended by Crazed for the honor of Community Member of the Week, so this week, we took a moment to know more about the man behind the livestream. 
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I suppose I could. My name is Shane Garner, and I’m 23 years old. I am from the UK. Originally from the South West (think hobbits or Hagrid accent, which thank god I don’t have anymore!), but I now live in Manchester with my other half.
What’s the story behind your name?
That’s a very good question. It has been my name on the Internet for as long as I can remember. It all started on RuneScape when I was about 8 (God I’m old) as Darkpytho98. The missing “n” was a typo, and it’s been like that ever since. I’m really not sure how it popped into my head. I was 8 and probably thought, “That sounds cool!”
How long have you been streaming games on Twitch?
I have now been streaming on Twitch for just over a year and have loved every minute of it! I started off with random games that I was playing at the time and then went into streaming Dungeon Defenders for a long time until I completed everything.
Did you have to work on your streaming persona, or is that close to your natural voice and personality?
The only thing I have really changed is how much I swear when I’m on the Nival_PrimeWorld stream. Other than that, what you see is what you get. No point in trying to hide what you are really like, because it will come out on stream eventually and you will end up losing your following.
What’s your favorite part about streaming games?
The interaction with the people watching. I love being able to talk to people that also enjoy playing the game, helping new people out and also learning things from them that I might not have been able to on my own. I also love making them type silly things for the chance to win gold! #Magikarp for the win!
How long have you played Prime World?
Since [Iamisom] joined the team a few months ago. Think it was the first beta weekend, and I had no idea what I was doing. And I’m pretty sure I died to the AI bots, but the less said on that, the better.
Favorite hero?
I don’t really have one yet. I have really enjoyed the “Hero of the Week” Meijin/Brawler last week, but who knows, I might end up enjoying this week’s hero even more!
Least favorite hero?
Rumbler/Quarrier and most tanks to be honest, but I think anyone who watches the livestream knows how I feel about the above hero.
Favorite mode?
Love Native Land and Outpost. I find them really fun, and they have new and interesting mechanics, which keeps bringing me back to them whenever I queue solo.
Least favorite mode?
Dragonwald, but only when you have to queue solo. It’s a lot of fun when you have a party of four, and you can all talk to each other!
How did you find out about the game?
I found out about it from Iamisom. I did livestreams with him every week back when he was at Trendy, and when he said he was leaving and going to work for the company that made Prime World: Defenders (which we both spent too much time on when it came out), it peaked my interest in the company and found out about this game.
What was your first impression of the game?
Strange. Like I said before I had no idea what I was doing -- ended up being killed by bots a few times. But once you get used to the Talents system and stop treating it like a MOBA with RPG elements and start treating it like an RPG with PvP, then it all starts to make sense.
What’s your favorite Prime World memory so far?
It would have to be when I did the 24-hour stream on the launch day of the open beta. I met lots of interesting people and got lots of people not to just dismiss the game as another LoL ripoff. Also not sure if you have ever tried speaking to 4k people all at once, but it gets your confidence up!
Do you have any other hobbies?
I like to play the guitar. Other than that, games are what I know and what I love!
Do you have any advice for newer players?
Treat it like an RPG with PvP elements and the Talents system will make much more sense! Other than that, just come and watch the Prime World team play, and you may pick up some useful tips and tricks -- also the chance to win gold, which is always nice!
Is there anything else you’d like to share?
I would like to express my thanks to Iamisom and Tsuda for letting me stream on the Nival Twitch channel, and I hope I can grow the community of this game to help the company! Other than that, I guess it’s time for the shameless plug! You can follow me on Twitter, Facebook, Twitch and YouTube. I hope to see you all on the Nival_PrimeWorld stream soon!