Welcome to Community Focus. From time to time we like to call on the great members of our Destiny community to bring this to your attention. This week we welcome a Destiny player and content creator.
Meet Gampita, please.
Tell us a little about yourself and what brought you into the game.
Gampita: Hello! My name is Jen, but I go by Gumpita / Gump online (yes, that’s a reference to Forrest Gump, a great movie by the way). I was born and raised in Southern California, but recently moved to the Netherlands to fill the void of my long distance relationship. I’ve been a content creator on Twitch for just over five years. When I’m not playing, I like to watch movies, keep a bullet journal, and learn how to keep my many houseplants alive.
Growing up, my older brother and I bonded through video games. He introduced me to the SNES and games like Donkey Kong Country, Super Mario World, TMNT, Street Fighter and many other classic games. At some point we got the Nintendo 64, and that’s how my passion for video games started. I used to play Super Smash Bros, Banjo-Kazooie, Bomberman, Diddy Kong Racing, and of course Pokémon Stadium minigames. When the new consoles came out, I plunged into Call of Duty and met a bunch of noob hits until I learned about Destiny.
That’s a solid list of Nintendo games! How did you get involved with Destiny?
Gampita: When Destiny came out, I was with someone who had just bought the game, so I watched him play every day. I remember being very intrigued by PvP and how supers worked, and how great it was to get lost on different planets and in different places. So I knew I wanted to try it myself. My father-in-law gave it to me for Christmas 2014, and I’ve loved this game ever since. I’ll never forget my first public event: I was walking around the kosmodrome when suddenly my screen went blank and I started hearing strange noises, so I got scared and turned it off. I really thought I was cheated when I bought a horror game….
At one point I played a lot of PvE by myself because I wasn’t very good at Trials, the only thing my friends were playing at the time. Sometimes they would talk about a guy named TripleWRECK and his Twitch stream, so I decided to create an account and meet people on the platform in hopes of making new friends to play with. I’ve spent a lot of time in his discussions and in the
SchviftyFive community. I remember admiring this confident woman with pink hair, playing games and talking to people, and feeling inspired to do the same! My first stream was a solo Mole raid, and even though I had no audience, I had fun and knew I wanted to do it more often. c :
Public events can be uncomfortable the first time. Tell us about your channel and the kind of content you like to create.
Gampita: My channel has definitely evolved since that solo stream from Mole! In the beginning, when I met a lot of people in the community and made new friends, we did something called PvP Karaoke. Six of us boarded the Crucible and the one in the lobby had to sing a song for us in the tower. We also met weekly to help people through the King’s Trap. Some of the people I met on these raids are now my best friends! Even though KF no longer exists, I still enjoy helping my community complete the deep crypt raid and teaching newcomers how each meetup works.
Lately, I’ve been chasing titles and spending a lot of time in the evenings at Grandmaster Falls, which I’ve never done before this season. It certainly wasn’t easy, but it was very interesting to learn what the best builds are and how the armor mods work. On days when I have to switch and play PvP, you’ll see me stealing kills from my teammates in the crucible and blowing up my super. c
My community is my streaming priority, it always has been. We have a redemption chain where we tell bad jokes to each other. If you hang around long enough, you’re bound to hear one. You might even see the real star of the show, Luafito (he’s a bread crumb; everyone loves him). I try not to take things too seriously and obsess over what I do, but focus on the meaningful conversations I have with people who are willing to spend their precious time with me. So even though I love playing video games, I started on this platform to make friends, and that’s what I still love to do today.
What are your favorite subclasses and weapons?
Gampita: I’ve been the main hunter in Destiny since day one, and although I’ve changed all the subclasses over the years, I always go back to the gold pistol + Nighthawk for PvE and the spectral blades + Dragon Shadow for PvP. Since I started GM, the Nightstalker floor tree with the Sixth Coyote has helped me a lot too! But I may or may not be playing Titan….. Maybe.
Handguns have always been my favorite weapon, and I use them for just about every activity! I’ve been trying out my new igneous hammer in PvP lately, and I really like it, but the steady hand is also one of my favorite weapons. In raids and other PvE activities, I’ll probably use Anarchy unless I’m a designated Divinity user.
It’s always fun to interview another hunter. Tell us something about yourself that people may not know yet.
Gampita: I’m a first-generation American! My parents were born in El Salvador and moved to the United States not knowing English. Spanish was my first language and I had to go to kindergarten as an ESL (English as a Second Language) student because the only English I knew was talking to my brother and watching Pokémon. Since I moved to the Netherlands in 2020, I also started learning Dutch. All three languages are currently spoken in my courses! In the future, I would like to learn ASL (American Sign Language) and German.
Where can we find you online?
Gampita: You can find me on Twitter and Instagram @xGumpita, and I tweet live five days a week on twitch.tv/Gumpita (late at night/early in the morning for NA)!
Anything else you want to add before we go?
Gampita: Kindness begins with the realization that we all have difficulties.
As you read this, I want to encourage you to be kind – to others and to yourself. Channel positive energy into the world and use each day as an opportunity to know and become the best version of yourself.
Thank you very much for your time, I am honored to be a part of it.
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