GH: Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
K: "My name is Kenni but I go by Kennigma (Ken-nig-ma) online. I stream video games, play board/rpg games, blog and cosplay."
GH: What passions do you have besides gaming?
K: "I am such an art geek! I bounce between acrylic painting, costume creation, digital painting, cross-stitch, and miniatures/model painting. I consume massive amounts of sci-fi and moderate amounts of Marvel comics and shojo Anime. I'm also a huge animal lover."
New painting on my website! http://t.co/Ai3i30asBn Live Long and Suffer! Spock Meets Grumpy Cat pic.twitter.com/U34gM7WujU — Kenni de Valk (@Kennigma) March 9, 2015
GH: What game got you started in gaming and what is one of your favorite games to play?
K: "I started gaming pretty young. My father cleaned a daycare when I was growing up and one night they left the original Mario Party running. My parents bought a Nintendo 64 for my brother (grr!!) but I was better than him so I always ended up with the controller on single-player games. Currently I am really enjoying Blizzard's new Heroes of the Storm! Historically I have always been a big Halo fan but I am very disappointed with the current franchise."
GH: Any upcoming projects or projects you are currently involved in?
K: "I am currently building my first set of armor for a Destiny cosplay. Right now I'm working on my Hunter's Crest of Alpha Lupi. It is a very detailed chest piece so it may have been a little ambitious for my piece of armor. The progress has been a little slow due to the chilly weather but I do like how it is turning out. This was the very first step after I heated the foam and molded the breasts over two wiffle balls:
This lame blue piece of foam is the first step towards my #destinythegame Alpha Lupi chest piece! pic.twitter.com/v70qEbFd9B — Kenni de Valk (@Kennigma) March 9, 2015
GH: What's your highest gaming accomplishment? K: "I don't know that it was really an accomplishment but I enjoyed destroying a local tournament a few years ago. My friend Molly and I dominated the Halo 4 doubles tournament because it was obvious that none of them played. I was trying to make them feel better so I agreed to play the CoD FFA, expecting to get shut down because they claimed to have played it, and ended up winning the whole thing. I never play Call of Duty so it was pretty funny."
So much fun! @a400poundwhale and I won the Halo 4 doubles tournament. And I won the BLOPS2 FFA! DUCK FACE! pic.twitter.com/afDtujXy5U — Kenni de Valk (@Kennigma) May 19, 2013
GH: Do you have any role models you look up to?
K: "Felicia Day is my geeky role model. She's extremely funny, creative, and manages to stay positive while in the limelight. Plus she's a gorgeous redhead, so that never hurts!"
GH: Just for fun, if you could become a video game character – What powers/characteristics would you want to have and what type of game?
K: "Oooh, a game like Skyrim! All the appeal of the old world without the disease, extreme poverty and patriarchy. But I'd have to go with magic, especially restoration magic, for my powers. I am so over these chronic tummy aches! Haha."
GH: How do you view the gaming industry? Especially for upcoming girls who are just starting out or want to get involved in the gaming community.
K: "It may be the online games I play but I find it very toxic for both genders. I have developed very thick skin but I wish it wasn't necessary. I occasionally have these moments where I just ask myself, "What am I even doing in this garbage?" But those moments pass and there is no way I could quit right now. I love what I do and I love all the wonderful people I have met through streaming and tournaments."
GH: How can we stay connected with you?
- I am pretty active on Twitter! Follow @Kennigma http://twitter.com/Kennigma
- I stream live at http://www.twitch.tv/Kennigma and post VOD on http://www.youtube.com/Kennigma
- But my website http://www.Kennigma.com is my central hub. I post my artwork and cosplay projects there as well as the occasional blog.
GH: Lastly, any advice you'd like to share for upcoming YouTubers/streamers/people trying to get involved in the gaming industry/etc.?
K: "Do it because you love it! Twitch is extremely competitive and not an easy buck by any means. I feel terrible when people spend a lot of money setting up a stream, pull in less than ten viewers a night and then give up. Be realistic with your viewership expectations and be careful when investing your hard earned money! And never compare yourself to another streamer, or let yourself become jealous or petty. Try to avoid the Twitch drama and support other streamers when you can!"