ASTRO’s Stream Team consists of hand-picked live-streamers of varying interests and styles. On top of hosting on the ASTRO channel, they run their own streams and provide monthly give-aways of ASTRO products.
Jordan “Soma” Tayer is a self-proclaimed “military brat” from Cleveland, OH with a penchant for big, open-world games. You can always expect a laugh from his stream as he forges through various digital worlds with his own agenda.
ASTRO: How did you first get into gaming?
Soma: My first gaming experience was with Duck Hunt/Super Mario Brothers at my grandma’s house in 1990.
I’ve been hooked on gaming ever since.
ASTRO: What game(s) are you currently playing?
Warcraft off-stream. I’ve also been dabbling a bit with the ArcheAge alpha and like it quite a bit.
ASTRO: Which game(s) or game series has been with you the longest? What can you not get enough
Soma: When it comes to streaming, I can’t stop playing DayZ. It’s the perfect game to stream in my opinion.
It has a great balance of down-time (to talk to the viewers) and exciting, “up-time” (killing players or
running from zombies) that most games just can’t compete with. But overall… World of Warcraft. I can’t
get the damn WoW needle out of my arm. I keep going back to it, even years later and after months
away from it.
ASTRO: What is your favorite game-related memory and why?
Soma: Nothing beats the first time I beat Lavos in Chrono Trigger. It took me MONTHS to beat that game. I was
13 years old and absolutely loved that game to death and jumped for joy when I finally beat it. But I was
also overcome with sadness knowing my characters had finished their journey… So I started over and
played through it again, though I didn’t beat it a second time.
ASTRO: What do you hope to see in the future of gaming?
Soma: I believe the future of gaming is along the lines of where Twitch.TV is taking it. Live audiences or people
directing how a player plays the game. I think when virtual reality tech is at a place where people finally
want it to be that it’ll be amazing to guide a person via an audience or at least watch someone play a
game in a virtual reality. It’s going to be amazing when it finally happens. Imagine watching a guy in a
VR chamber cutting down bad guys and doing kick flips and casting spells at bad guys as thousands of
people watch. It’s pretty amazing to think about.
ASTRO: If you could tell your younger-self one thing, what would you say?
Soma: Something along the lines of, “don’t listen to mom and dad. Video games are your future and one day
you’ll make a living playing them.” That and, “don’t start smoking cigarettes.”
ASTRO: What advice would you give to someone who wants to do what you do?
Soma: Find that aspect of yourself that makes you unique and utilize it as best as you can. Whether it’s singing,
doing accents, dancing or doing back flips it doesn’t matter. Be unique. And talk to you audience! There
is no entertainment medium quite like streaming. You can get feedback in real-time That’s priceless.
Engage with the people that are there to watch you. It’ll make streaming a lot more fun.
ASTRO: What, in your opinion, makes your stream unique and awesome?
Soma: I suppose my weird personalities that crop up out of nowhere in-game and the voices I do to mess with
people definitely add a certain flair to my streams. But really I think the awesome part is that people
want to keep coming back to continue the conversation that we ended with from the last stream.
Everyone in that chat room gets along and wants to be there and just talk about nerdy stuff. The relaxed
conversation about anything and everything, that never seems to end, is the awesome part. For me at
ASTRO: What has been your favorite game to stream thus far?
Soma: Definitely DayZ. Hands down. It’s the perfect game to broadcast to an audience.
ASTRO: Which ASTROs are your favorite to use?
Soma: I absolutely love my A40’s. They are the most comfortable headset I’ve ever worn and when you have to
wear a headset 6-12 hours a day you have to have comfort. I’ve never had any pain with my A40’s and
I’m very thankful for that.
ASTRO: Are they rocking any special speaker tags?
Soma: I do rock some custom “Survivor GameZ” speaker tags on my A40’s. The Survivor GameZ are a
DayZ e-sport I created with some friends a couple of years ago. I’m very proud of the event.
ASTRO: What do you do when you’re not streaming?
Soma: I play games off-stream! It’s nice to just sit in silence and play a game without having to worry about
entertaining people after the stream is over. I also watch a lot of movies and love traveling. I also play
with my dog a lot and sort of just laze around. I’m definitely your average nerd. I’m not the guy that runs
outside to throw a football around or anything like that. Put on a Marvel movie and I’m good to go.
ASTRO: What about your hobbies—those fabled things you do for fun when you’re not gaming?
Soma: Like I said before, I’m not a sports guy but I do like being outside. I love to travel and hike and camp.
I love music festivals and live shows and seeing local bands in some crappy dive bar in the bad part
of town. I love wine-tasting and checking out new restaurants and just food in general. Movies, live-
productions/plays, museums (for sets of armor and dinosaur bones and stuff, not so much for paintings
or sculptures) and the orchestra are all up there too.
ASTRO: Favorite vacation spot?
Soma: I absolutely love Stockholm, Sweden. I’d vacation there every summer if I could. It’s a beautiful city with
ASTRO: Best movie of all time in your opinion?
Soma: Jurassic Park. No wait… the Goonies. Actually never mind. It’s Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back.
ASTRO: The music that is, to put it succinctly, “your jam”?
Soma: I love classic rock and indie rock. My favorite bands are Pink Floyd, Electric Light Orchestra, The Beatles
and Tame Impala.
ASTRO: And speaking of jam—what’s your favorite food?
Soma: Nothing beats a hot bowl of Pho Ga.
ASTRO: Best brain food (books, a quote, tv shows etc):
Soma: When I start to see my vocabulary slip or my memory is getting leaky I read a couple of books. Reading
is, by far, the best thing I can do to exercise my brain. It helps with speech, cognitive thinking and just
overall brain speed. I’d be pretty sad if I didn’t have a book to read once in a while. I’m still waiting on
Winds of Winter so George R.R. Martin better get on it, ASAP.