Pixelade is dedicated to providing you with the latest in life simulation news and original gameplay content. We cover The Sims video game franchise as well as upcoming life simulation game, Paralives.
How It Started
“In the autumn of 2012, I created my first YouTube channel. The idea of recording myself playing and reacting to video games always fascinated me and I was obsessed with content creators ‘Quxxn’ and ‘LifeSimmer’. Their infectious personalities and intriguing storytelling inspired me to start my own channel and create a let’s play series for The Sims 3 Supernatural Expansion Pack, even though I didn’t have the best equipment.
With time, and after a hundred or so videos, my channel began to grow. First slowly, then picking up after 200 subscribers or so. I was receiving so many comments and so much support from viewers I could finally call my fans. It was so refreshing to be able to tell stories and explore a virtual world with real-life people that came back to watch every single day. For a while, I just couldn’t wrap my mind around it. Filming and uploading gradually became the core of my existence as a teenager. It was all I thought about at school and all I did when I got home. Pretty soon, I was able to monetize my channel and after saving up, could upgrade some of my equipment so my game wasn’t as laggy. I built my first computer in 2013 and my second computer in 2015.
After several series’ for varying sims 3 expansion packs, I began to branch out. In 2017, I started to cover sims news and shortly following, started creating discussion & speculation content. Playing the game is fun, but I also loved talking to my viewers about what I thought was going to be coming to The Sims franchise and for what was already a part of the franchise, could be changed or improved. Immediately following this decision to experiment, my channel exploded. Soaring from 10,000 to 25,000 subscribers. Then from 25,000 to 50,000. The biggest leap was from 50,000 to 100,000 subscribers in just a few short months. It was overwhelming, but still, even with the unexpected success, things still felt the exact same as when I first started. I just love creating content and talking to other people online that share the same passion for The Sims as I do.
Where I Am Today
Today, in 2022 I have over 180,000 amazing subscribers and a wonderful team that assits is content curating, planning, & moderating. So much has changed since when I first started creating content on YouTube, whether it be in the sims community or a part of the franchise as a whole, but I still get that same tingly feeling when it’s time to sit down and film. I also stream content on Twitch from time to time as well. Before I wrap this up, I want to personally thank everyone who watches or has watched my content at some point. Without you all, I wouldn’t be able to call this both my favorite hobby of many and my full-time job.
It doesn’t end here. There are so many things I want to tap into over the coming years. I want to learn and experiment with custom content whether it be creating re-colors of existing assets already in-game or brand new meshes for objects or CAS pieces. I know it’ll be a long journey, and things might not turn out well at first, but I’ve always wanted to be a part of the modding community as they’ve been (in my opinion) the reason the current sims game, The Sims 4, is still holding strong after several years of stale, rushed content. I plan to start experimenting with all this sometime this year, and hope to see you join along in the process.”-Matthew Giordano (Pixelade Founder, Content Creator)