These are the people who had the most influence on me over the years, and I would like to give them a special thank you! These are no in particular order, you’re all equally awesome <3
This dude has been my partner in crime for over a decade, and was there since 7th grade. We starting talking after ending up as 2 of the 3 at the “less popular kids” table in art class. Our first iconic gaming moments were shared in COD zombies, and ever since we have played a ton of games on and off camera. Our most well known experience “Minecraft – Survival Island” lasted over 5 years and 425 episodes. We’ve been through a lot together, even through the toughest of times. Thank you man, for being the most gucchi of friends.
As far as computer nerds go, Mike is the coolest. Dude knows how to have fun and oftentimes is the go to guy to make plans with. After chiming into the debate of “Fallout 4” vs “Black ops 3” with the correct opinion, Antoneee and I picked up our third member for the iconic trio in the “SkyFactory SMP” series on YouTube. Despite my disappearing to college for 4 years, we still manage to keep in contact and play games from time to time. I hope that we get to chill out some more now that I am free of that prison!
We have known eachother for years, and actually met just as I was starting to do YouTube. Originally known to me as “the kid who could do backflips”, I discovered during an advisory period in middle school that he too was a nerd for gaming and building computers. We share many iconic memories including playing together for the “Minecraft LP” YouTube series. Nowdays he is a talented af music man and one of the most creative dudes that I know. No matter what happens or how much time passes without us talking, I will be there to catch up and share deep conversations like we have been for years. That goes for all of you here!
This dude is on another level in terms of motivation and accomplishment. We met during the end of our 2 year journey through BOCES at CTEC at the graduation rewards ceremony. I was the #2 highest scoring in the department, and he was #1! We quickly became friends and college roommates up at RIT. As antisocial as I was, he brought me out to lots of fun events and tried his best to bring me along when he was being social. He trully was my only friend that I made during that time, and kept me grounded when things got stressful. I can’t wait to see what you accomplish man, make sure to keep me in the loop when you make it big!
Fezzy aka Sam
A valuable business partner then turned best friend, Fezzy was (and still is) the single most influential person in making YouTube my full time job. Not only does he do amazing work in his video edits, he is a valued and supportive friend. We often share many hours in discord calls and playing games, on and off stream. He was there to pick up the pieces when my emotional state was at its darkest, and I would like to think that I helped him get over some grief of his own. We have been, and will continue to, prop eachother up as the ultimate YouTube dream team.
By far my favorite professor in the 16 years that I have been in school, this guy is in large part responsible for my passion in game development. He approached class in a hands-off way, and gently pushed us in the right direction for not only OOP concepts, but seeing the impact of the work that we are doing. Because of him, I spent 3 hours a day, 5 days a week, for 2 years working on my own custom game engine. I snuck through the program with a perfect score due to a loophole that he allowed in my grading, allowing me to do projects through adding features to my game rather than individual projects. Thank you for everything man, I learned more in your class than all of my time at RIT!
Many parents would think you were crazy for giving me so much time on the computer growing up, none of what I have accomplished would have been possible without you taking a chance on your kid chasing the YouTube dream. You found the perfect balance between being the parent and best friend, urging me into eventually completing scouts and martial arts. You taught me healthy eating, compassion, humility, balance, and so much more. Even when I brought the hardest challenge a parent can face (a student dropping college), you believed in me yet again to chase my dream instead. I can’t express how much of a positive influence you have been in my life, and I hope to continue making time for us even though I have my own place now. I love you <3
Although we didn’t get to see eachother very often as I was growing up, we always made the best of it. We share a lot of the most memorable and fun moments in my life, and I always look forward to what crazy adventures are next on the calendar. You taught me a lot of practical skills (especially how to properly manage money), got me excited about cooking, the “great outdoors”, and working with my hands. I feel like I inherited your unstoppable work ethic and witty humor. I feel like your goal has always been to be a great dad to me, Sam, and Mikey, and you absolutely have done that. Thank you for everything, love ya 😀
Sammy & Mikey
As much as I wasn’t around much to be the big brother, its always fun to talk with you guys on the phone and catch up. You too have crazy imaginations, and always manage to lighten the mood. A trip to the beach or amusement park just isn’t the same without you guys! I’m always happy to share my experiences and equipment with you guys down the line, and I’m confident that you will make the best of it. After all, you are a CALABRESE
We haven’t known eachother for very long, yet I already feel at home chilling out with you guys. As would be expected for a discord full of content creators, you guys are tons of fun to be around. Since we all make content, we have the unique opportunity to understand eachother’s situation, and help us all improve as YouTubers and Streamers. I consider you guys great friends, and hope to stay in touch even after the we all find our own path!
Bot Net Staff
These guys have been in our community for years, and have put so much of their time aside to help keep things going. The Bot Net Discord, SubioCraft for years (RIP), stream chat, and other community projects thrive because of their efforts. They have shown me more support than many people know, and were here for me during the toughest of times. Thank you guys 🙂
BlockShot Network Staff
I don’t know how I got the attention of such a talented bunch of people with a couple idea-based YouTube videos, but I am grateful for it. We all see the insane potential of Hytale, and with our combined talents we can make it our own. For me, BlockShot represents the next step in my career: game development. Most likely our collective work will be the first impression for ButtonPress Studios on the world, and I bet that it will be a good one. Keep being awesome!
These are the awesome people that went out of their way to support what I do through donations! There are hundreds of you guys, so I had to limit the website entries to $100 or more. I appreciate all of your support regardless 😀