DVIDS – News – Escape the routine: an Air Force broadcaster hosts a video game channel
YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan (AFNS) – No one knows who Smokey Massacre is. That’s kind of the beauty of it. Video games create alternate worlds for gamers looking to escape the routine of everyday life.
Smokey Massacre creates Halo Ninja Warrior obstacle courses and runs online tournaments that challenge players from around the world to compete against each other for a chance of total victory. Tournament results are edited with comments and posted on the Smokey Massacre YouTube channel.
The real mastermind behind it all is Staff Sgt. Samuel Burns, American Forces Network-Tokyo radio host. It is a hobby that combines his passion for cinema, his love for American Ninja Warrior and the pleasure of playing video games.
“When I was little, I made war films. My friends and I always got into war gear and we had our toy guns and we would run around pretending to shoot each other. I got to learn to do stuff that looked pretty cool, ”Burns said.
Burns enjoyed making videos, but struggled to involve others in the filming process. The challenges of making movies forced Burns to find other solutions to keep making videos.
“I quickly realized that there were two types of videos I could do that didn’t require me to know a lot of people in real life. I started making stop motion army men movies with little toy army men, ”Burns said.
His second idea was to create videos through video games and this is how the Halo Ninja Warrior tournaments were born. More people were interested in playing video games than playing real life scenes.
The process of organizing tournaments and editing videos always presents its own obstacles.
“I have to make the 100 competitors compete, I have to record them all, I have to make the video themselves, then download them and make the comments. So there are a lot of steps in the process and doing a single tournament takes a very long time, ”said Burns.
His first tournament was uploaded to YouTube in December 2012. Since then, Burns says he’s run 21 tournaments with 1,100 attempts and only three contestants have beaten all four stages to claim the overall victory.
One interesting thing to look back at is how his videos have evolved over the years.
“The most important thing that is a noticeable change in my videos is my commentary. I finally learned to use my voice. I figured out how to slow it down and how to have the right pace and control my comment a little more”, He said his hobby and career in the Air Force complemented each other in different ways.
Hosting a daily four-hour radio show for AFN Tokyo helped Burns find his voice for video commentary. On the flip side, spending hours editing at home made it more efficient at producing videos for work.
He has no vision of what the future holds for his videos and his YouTube channel, but he has no plans to stop anytime soon.
“It’s a hobby, you know, I don’t get paid for it. There is no one I report to for these videos. It’s just my channel and I can do it anytime I want, so I’ve learned to be patient with it, not to rush, and whenever it’s okay with me I will, ”Burns said.
Each Halo Ninja Warrior tournament allows Burns to escape his daily grind, spend time online with his friends, and be himself.
“My videos have become a way for me to express some of my emotions,” Burns said. “People will watch my videos and they don’t even recognize me. I am very different in my videos than I am in real life, ”said Burns.
|Date posted:||07/10/2021 03:21|
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