Ryan Kinel is the Co-Founder of Geeks + Gamers, a company that specializes in helping game developers build their success into sustainable careers and businesses.
Ryan Kinel, the founder of Geeks + Gamers, is an avid gamer and has a wife who also loves gaming.
Ryan Kinel of Geeks + Gamers was interviewed.
Ryan Kinel of Geeks + Gamers and I recently got down to talk.
Collector of blabber: Why did you decide to enlist in the Navy? What was your rank, and what were your responsibilities?
Ryan: In August of 2010, I enlisted in the Navy. For a variety of factors, I decided to join. After high school, I had no idea what I wanted to do. I just enrolled in college for one semester and did not declare a major. I realized I was squandering my parents’ money by attending college. During WWII, my grandpa served in the Navy and was stationed on a carrier in the Pacific. It wasn’t until I discovered the Navy’s nuclear program that I understood this was something I really wanted to undertake. It’s a structured program that, with proper training, might lead to a fantastic career down the road.
I decided to pursue a career as a nuclear electronics technician. So I was in charge of all of the monitoring and control equipment that monitors and regulates the reactor aboard aircraft carriers. I departed the Navy as a “Enlisted Rank 7 Chief Petty Officer” in September of last year (2021), although my actual rank was “Chief Electronics Technician, Nuclear Grade.”
BC: What drew you to Geeks + Gamers and YouTube in the first place?
R: Because I’m a multi-tasker, I’d be surfing YouTube while watching sports and playing a video game at the same time. I’m a tremendous Star Wars fan, and I despised The Force Awakens when it came out. I despised everything about Disney Star Wars, particularly when the Expanded Universe was dropped. It irritated me much when everyone praised The Force Awakens. I came discovered a few YouTube channels who were critical of The Force Awakens and decided to check their responses to The Last Jedi. When I watched the replies, I was incredibly excited because it seemed like others were finally seeing what I was seeing with Disney Star Wars. G+G and Nerdrotic were among the channels I discovered.
Jeremy and Gary (from Nerdrotic) hosted a brief gathering of a few folks in June 2019 at San Diego Comic-Con. I decided to go. I was discussing Star Wars and comic books with them. Then, two days later, they had a follow-up meeting, and Gary approached me and said, “Have you ever considered starting a YouTube channel?” “No, not really,” I said. I like conversing, but I had never considered it.” “I believe you’d be incredibly excellent at it,” Gary replied, “since you’re educated and have a presence.” Then, 10 minutes later, Jeremy approaches me and asks me the same question: “Have you ever considered being on YouTube?” Jeremy had no idea that Gary had mentioned YouTube to me. “If you ever decide to join YouTube, let me know; I want to work with you,” he continued, effectively repeating what Gary had said to me.
I considered it for a few of days before deciding, “Let’s do it!” And that is how Gary and Jeremy came to be my cyber fathers. I was free to speak anything I pleased when I left the Navy. I wanted to make sure that my views did not reflect those of the Navy. I kept my service in the Navy a secret.
BC: Can you tell me about your YouTube goals?
R: My objectives are continually changing. I’m never satisfied with anything.
BC: I see what you’re saying.
R: I’m not pleased with things in general, but I’m not happy with myself since every milestone I reach is only the beginning. I don’t think about it much. In little over two years of doing YouTube, I never imagined I’d reach 100,000 subscribers. For me, it’s continually evolving. The previous week has been my most popular on YouTube in terms of views! Every month, I assess my performance and determine what I need to do to improve. It’s difficult for me to sum up a YouTube aim.
Overall, I want to assist G+G in growing, as well as myself. The eventual aim is G+G. It’s the reason we’re all here. We have so many things going on with what Jeremy has produced and what people are attracted to! Sports Wars, in my opinion, has a lot of potential in the future. G+G has the potential to be massive!
My ambition, I suppose, is to assist G+G to the point where it can be a full-time job for many people rather than just mine. And fulfilling those objectives will benefit me personally. In the alternative media world, we have the potential to be quite strong.
BC: What are your thoughts on the Jonas Brothers?
R: *laughs* No, I honestly don’t know whether I can identify a Jonas Brothers song. I will admit that when Demi Lovato came out as a woman, I saw Camp Rock, a film starring the Jonas Brothers and Demi Lovato.
BC: What is your favorite aspect about being on YouTube?
R: Being in charge of my own destiny. It’s fantastic to have the freedom to take care of things in my personal life, and it’s even better to know that the more I do on my own, the more successful I’ll be. The harder I work, the more successful I will be. In other roles, this isn’t always the case. In the military, for example, you may be paid the same as someone who works at a vending machine but has the same rank as you! Something doesn’t sit right with me about it. I got it, but the ability to direct my own life and be my own boss is the finest part.
BC: What is your least favorite aspect about being on YouTube?
R: Dealing with YouTube nonsense, such as being branded as “hate speech” or “misinformation,” when it’s blatantly oriented toward one political party. Because YouTube is owned by Google, one error, one “delete,” and you’re no longer your own boss. Your whole YouTube channel might be deleted in a matter of seconds.
BC: What is your favorite subject to talk about?
R: Star Wars is what brought me here in the first place, and to put things in perspective, I own every adult, many youth, many children, and a plethora of Star Wars Expanded Universe comics. After they purchased it, Disney tossed it all away. Because George Lucas, Kathleen Kennedy, and Bob Iger had all mentioned it, many people anticipated Disney to employ such storylines, characters, and worlds.
I was quite enthusiastic, and I preferred the novels to the movie since they continued the story of Luke, Leia, and Han, as well as their offspring and other characters. Because Star Wars is so dead, I don’t speak about it as often as I used to. But I’m willing to speak about anything, and I have an opinion on almost anything.
BC: What is the first Star Wars EU book you would suggest to a newcomer?
R: I suggest the Timothy Zahn Thrawn trilogy from the 1990s if you’ve never read a single one. It’s a fantastic narrative that provides the answers that people were looking for.
BC: How do you keep your personal and professional lives separate?
R: I try to keep it as isolated from the rest of my life as possible. I simply don’t say anything about it. That might be difficult since things happen and you want to inform others.
BC: Explain why you don’t drink your milk with your cereal. It’s incomprehensible.
R: That makes complete sense. Soggy cereal is one of my pet peeves. I prefer to know what I’m consuming is consistent. I’m not going to eat it quickly – fuck that. I eat a piece or two of cereal and then drink a glass of milk because that way, I get the crunch all the time; I get the complete crunch experience. I don’t have any soggy cereal, and the consistency is maintained throughout! It is not difficult to comprehend. If you attempt it, you’ll quickly find that you’ve been doing it incorrectly all along.
BC: What is your favorite piece from your collection, and do you have any plans to add to it?
R: If I like anything, I’ll elaborate on it. I’m not seeking for anything at the moment, and I can’t afford to purchase a lot of statues. I do have a Sith holocron that, when pressed, causes the Sith Book to come out and light up, and it’s quite awesome. Because it’s retired, I believe they’re extremely fucking expensive now.
Andy Masterson sculpted a sculpture of myself for me. It’s a Star Wars handcrafted figurine of me. That’s something worth noting!
BC: I believe you would only see yourself if you looked into the Mirror of Erised.
R: Yes, this doll is just like that.
BC: Who would you bring on an adventure with you if you could bring any character?
R: Holy crap, that’s a very difficult question.
*It’s been five years*
Jaina Solo has to be it. She’s a badass who knows how to handle herself and can defend myself. She’s also attractive, which is a major plus.
BC: Do you have anything you’d want to say to your audience?
R: It never ceases to amaze me when I wake up and see how many subscribers I have and how many people have seen a video in the first hour. I’m only here because of those of you who are watching. From every remark to sharing it on social media, it means a lot to me.
A year or two ago, we were in your shoes. We were simply watching videos on YouTube. It’s incredibly humbling, and I consider myself fortunate to be able to do this. It’s all thanks to the audience.
BC: Have you ever been the victim of sexism?
R: Hmm… No, I don’t believe so, since I don’t see things that way. Because I’ve never been in that situation, I’ve never observed true misogyny directed at me. It would not have had any effect on me if I had.
BC: What would you put on a sandwich if I prepared it for you right now?
R: I’d like it on wheat bread… turkey, bacon, mayo, spicy brown mustard, tomato, lettuce, banana peppers, and salt & pepper to taste
Only brief replies are allowed in this round!
BC: What is your favorite film?
Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith (R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R, R,
BC: If a woodchuck could chuck wood, how much would he be able to chuck?
R: There are two logs.
BC: Which is better, Harry Potter or The Lord of the Rings?
BC: Right now, I’m passing judgment on you.
The Lord of the Rings (Lord of the Rings).
BC: Ryan, you’re a jerk!
R: I’m afraid I have to say that. Because there’s a lot of Wizarding World content I don’t like, I say that. Cursed Child irritates me, and I’m not a fan of the Fantastic Beasts franchise.
BC: So you’ll come back to us when the new Amazon LOTR program comes out?
R: Possibly! That’s not something you can depend on. But let it be known that I adore Harry Potter.
BC: Who would you rather see, Rodney Dangerfield or Robin Williams?
Robin Williams (R).
BC: How about pineapple on a pizza?
R: No way.
BC: Jack Murphy or Amy Schumer?
*sniggers* R: I have no idea what it implies. Amy Schumer is a funny woman.
BC: What color is your lightsaber?
R: The color silver. It’s a European Union thing.
BC: What is your favorite kind of cheese?
R: My name is Pepper Jack.
BC: What’s your favorite alcoholic beverage?
Jack Daniels (R).
BC: What is the best Robin Hood film?
R: The Thief Prince
BC: Who is your favorite Harry Potter/Wizard of Oz character?
R: Oh, that’s a tricky one. Oh, for God’s sake. Fuck. Draco Maflyo was dealt a bad hand. Choose Draco.
BC: What is your favorite sport?
R: Football, of course. It’s hard for me to choose between those two options.
BC: Who is your favorite composer?
John Williams (R)
Princess Leia or Padmé Amidala in Star Wars: The Clone Wars?
Padme, R. In a heartbeat, I’d clap Padme’s cheeks.
BC: Do you have a thing for hamsters?
Krista Novva has a few questions of her own:
“Being that you’re a hairless cat and all, how much cat food do you eat every day?” BC:
R stands for zero. Despite the claims of the alt-right website Geeks+Gamers.com, I don’t eat cat food since I am not a hairless cat.
“How many controllers did you break while playing Mario Kart?” BC inquires.
“How many times this week did eateries get your order wrong?” BC:
“I know you eat floor pizza because cats often eat on the floor,” BC says. Is there anything else you eat off the floor?”
R: In terms of having a bunch of garbage all over the place, I’m pretty untidy… I’ve got mail, a water bottle, and tax receipts… I’ve got things all over the place on all the flat surfaces! So if I’m eating something and it has to go someplace, I’ll simply throw it on the floor!
I’ve done late-night streams before and left a pizza on the floor till the morning. However, it’s either in a box on the floor or on a plate. It’s not as if it’s simply laying around on the floor!
Take a look at some of the Twitterati’s questions:
BC: Who do you envision yourself as being on the squad in the event of a zombie apocalypse? Would your Navy skills come into play and you’d be the resourceful one, sniping zombies and making fancy rope knots, or would you be the first guy eaten, the annoying guy who betrays everyone and gets eaten, or would your Navy skills come into play and you’d be the resourceful one, sniping zombies and making fancy rope knots?
R: My Navy experience would come in handy. In terms of survival and killing people… whatever I needed to do, I’d be resourceful. But I’m sure I’ll betray everyone at some time.
BC: You’re a jerk!
R: But I’m not going to die. I’d almost certainly murder them, and I’d be better off for it.
BC: How did your time in the Navy influence your choices and life now, and what was the primary reason (if you can call it that) for your departure, other from Brandon?
R: I never expected to serve full-time in the military. My plan was to do six years, which was the standard registration period for nuclear power. They offered me a sizable incentive if I agreed to remain, and then another sizable bonus if I agreed to serve shore duty. I spent eleven years there. I didn’t want to go back to sea because I didn’t want to get myself into trouble. I didn’t want to work for the government any longer. In the military, there are both good and evil individuals, but at the end of the day, a lot of things are out of your control, such as getting a haircut or shaving. That was not how I wanted to live. I could also earn a lot more money outside of the military than I could if I stayed in.
BC: If you had to choose between the Star Wars sequel trilogy, Captain Marvel, and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, which would you choose?
R: The Star Wars sequel trilogy, so I can mock them.
BC: How do you feel about the Lucasfilm civil war?
R: Yeah. Since the beginning, my opinions have been the same: there is no “civil war!” Some individuals were spreading the story in the hopes of seeing Dave Filoni and Jon Favreau salvage Star Wars. But, as far as I can tell, there is only one squad, and that is Team Lucasfilm. The sequels will not be retconned. Star Wars is dead as long as Disney is in charge and everyone there is still in charge.
Thank you for taking the time to speak with me, Ryan! On Twitter, Instagram, Twitch, and YouTube, you can find him!
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