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Defender Spotlight: oNightPineberries

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If you've watched any Dungeon Defenders videos on YouTube, you’ve probably stumbled upon oNightPineberries. He’s one of the biggest names in Dungeon Defenders Let’s Plays. Who is this man? How did he come to be? We have so many questions, and he’s here to answer them. Without further ado, here’s the man of the hour!

How did you get your username?

Long Story! o = Okazaki, my godfather’s last name. Night = Short for Noctis. My godfather named me Noctis when I was little because I always looked at the stars late at night. Later my friends changed it to Night because Noctis was too hard to say when we were in elementary school. Pineberries = a white flesh strawberry with red seeds! They look like strawberries but taste very similar to pineapples! My best friend visited Europe and brought back some pineberry jam. Thought it was really bizarre. So I originally was going to do OkazakiNight, but it seemed not interesting. I ultimately took inspiration from the Yogscast’s Honeydew and Seananners and added Pineberries to my name. Thus giving birth to oNightPineberries.

How did you get into making Youtube videos?

At the time, I had several friends already YouTubing. Whenever I saw them making videos, they seemed to be having a lot of fun. So I thought, “What the heck, this will make an interesting hobby.” I originally was going to focus my channel on MMORPGs and smartphone games, but I noticed no one was making Dungeon Defenders videos anymore, and I gave it shot.

What was your first experience with Dungeon Defenders?

I am a MASSIVE fan of TotalBiscuit. He did a “WTF is…” video on Dungeon Defenders, a 3rd-person Tower Defense game. It blew my mind that there was such a game. After playing hundreds of different top-down-styled tower defense games, I thought this might be the Golden Age for tower defense games. So yeah! After watching that video, I was instantly hooked.

Why did you decide to make Dungeon Defenders videos?

At the time, I was looking for a Let’s Play of Dungeon Defenders. I was curious to see how they progressed throughout the game to get them to the higher-leveled content; however, all I ever saw was tutorials or “how to hack the game” type videos. There were huge YouTubers making LPs, but they stopped after level 30. So I decided to record my own “Quest to 78” (which was the level cap way back when) just for fun. I later found out there were hundreds of people looking for the same kind of videos!

How active is your DD YouTube fanbase?

Very active. In fact, they constantly yell at me to make more videos to see me progress. They are often (always) teaching me and giving me tips on how to improve my gameplay. I honestly couldn’t have made it this far without their help and their awesome support! Thank you guys!

About how long does it take you to film and edit a video?

That really depends on my mood. I usually record in bulk sessions. Anywhere between 30 minutes and 6 hours. Recording is probably the fastest and easiest part. Editing takes anywhere between 10 minutes to 12 hours. Recently, a 30 minute video would take about 2 hours of editing. So on average, every video takes about 2 hours and 30 minutes! Obviously rendering and uploading takes years. ;__;

What's your favorite DD video that you've made?

Ironically, it’s currently my most popular. (Probably 10k views were mine! LOL) But it was the Rainbow of Death mod by the amazing Alhanalem! That map was freaking crazy. I never had so much fun trying to fight a horde of mobs on a Rainbow. I’m also pretty sure I’ll never fight a horde of mobs on a Rainbow again...

What's your favorite DD video that someone else made?

Hm, that’s a really tough one. I really enjoyed Hatfilms and CaptainSparklez videos. Especially Hatfilms, as they are currently my absolute favorite YouTubers! Dungeon Defenders 2 videos. Definitely the bug videos on the Trendy channel are the funniest things in the world. Rainbow Cat Flask must be a thing.

What other games do you enjoy playing?

I love the Blizzard franchise. I’ve been playing loads of Diablo III: Reaper of Souls. The obvious Pokemon games. Daniel Sound’s awesome new game. And any sort of MMORPG! Looking forward to Blade & Soul!

Favorite ice cream flavor?

Strawberry <3

We really appreciate oNightPineberries for being such an active member of our community. Check out his YouTube channel for some sweet Dungeon Defenders & DD2 footage!

Who should we feature in a future Defender Spotlight? Let us know in the comments below!
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