If you’re involved with the Fire Emblem fan community in any fashion, then you may be aware of the recent controversy that has plagued the community for a week dealing with a major Fire Emblem streamer accused of allegedly grooming minors and sexually assault a woman at an anime convention.
As such, there has been various blog/social media posts and YouTube video on the controversy from members of the F.E. community: ranging from fans within community expressing their concerns of the incident, revealing their own ill encounters with the accused, and calls to improve the community to make fans feel safe. In fact, there has been a lot of posts and videos of people talking about wanting to improve the community and welcoming new content creators into the fandom.
That is all fine and dandy. There’s nothing wrong with wanting to see your (fnadom) community better itself after such an event. However, (and this is no disrespect towards anyone who have spoken on the subject) I have yet to find anyone talking about how to use the controversy for the better of the community content creation wise. There’s talk about welcoming in new faces to this scene, but there’s nothing about how to go about it (in terms of networking with other Fire Emblem content creators, putting your work out in the community, promotion your work, etc.)
It’s not to say there not out there, but I feel that as someone who has been in this community for 15 years, and as someone who has been on this Earth for 30 years and seen his share of controversy in many nerd communities, I want to use my information and knowledge to inspire those who may want to create their own Fire Emblem content as well as be a service for the community (or for any other fan community for that matter).
So, here are my ways that you can use to make yourself known as a Fire Emblem content creator.
FULFIL/FIND A CREATIVE NICHE WITHIN THE FANDOM
Before entering the Fire Emblem’s creative community, ask yourself this question: “What do I do and bring to the table that is both unique and beneficial to this fandom that will make people want to pay attention and support me and my content?”
Do you have an (actually funny and not tryhard edgelord) dark sense of humor will make people laugh at a disturbing situation in a Fire Emblem game that they normally wouldn’t laugh at while other Fire Emblem content creators tip-toe around it? Can you use your bright, yet laid back personality to attract new viewers with no knowledge of who you are? Can you offer a service such as Fire Emblem fanart for another content creator for their YouTube channel, podcast, etc.?
How can you use your knowledge of one unrelated subject matter that nobody would have thought of to create content and make it not only interesting, but in relation to a Fire Emblem subject? Can you fulfill a niche that has yet to been targeted?
Example: Let’s say you’re into and have a passion for etymology, or the study of word origins and history. Combine that passion with Fire Emblem and create a Fire Emblem YouTube channel solely dedicated to breaking down the name origins of Fire Emblem characters, nations, weaponry, and so forth.
If you know that Sothis’s name originates from the Greek translation of the ancient Egyptian/Kemet goddess of fertility named Sopdet, then you can create a YouTube video breaking down Sothis’s name and who was Sopdet in ancient Egyptian/Kemet mythology. You can do the same for any Fire Emblem character and game that you please. And who knows? Your knowledge on etymology – a subject seemly different from Fire Emblem – could inspire a young Fire Emblem fan to get into etymology.
For my fellow musically gifted/inclined Fire Emblem fans: you can take the beaten path of covering songs from the series on your instrument of choice for people to listen. Everyone loves musical covers (for the most part). However, if you’re truly talented, you could go one step further and create a remix or new arrangement of a classic Fire Emblem song.
A classically trained jazz musician could take Divine Dragon from Mystery of the Emblem and turn into a Miles Davis inspired jazz track and post it on the fan-ran video game music arrangement website OC ReMiX. Someone versed in sampling songs could easily take a song like As Fierce as Fire from Three Houses and make it into a bass heavy trap beat. Take something already established and make it new again.
Finally, we’ve come to what is perhaps one of the largest creative circles in the Fire Emblem community: the fan visual artists. The fan visual artists have it best when it comes to creative scene of this fandom, thanks to how many artists there are in the community. People are willing to pay artists to bring their wild Fire Emblem fan-art fantasies to life.
Wild fantasies such as fanart of Edelgard as a cheating alcoholic housewife regretting her marriage to Byleth because Byleth has a cocaine addiction. We would love to see someone create a fan comic of Anna laundering drug money and running a prostitution ring with Tiki and Ceada. Someone out there in this great, big, wide world wants fan animation of Flayn having a nice, fun little visit to the abortion clinic because Flayn almost ruined her life by wanting to do more than just hug Ferdinand.
If you can use your artistic talents to bring those ideas to life, people will love you for it.
(And by “we”, “someone”, and “people”, I mean me, of course.)
If you can fulfill a niche within this community and put yourself out there, eventually, people will come to you. Look at what the community lacks in terms of (original) content, take advantage of that lack of, and build upon it. However, the only way to achieve this is through networking with other F.E. fans and promoting yourself online.
Look, the internet isn’t just for you sick nerds out there that enjoy downloading a ludicrous amount of L’arachel hentai because you have a thing for holy women doing unholy things and/or having unholy things done to them. Social media isn’t just a place where you can troll all day because you think trolling others to make them feel bad about themselves will cure your crippling depression (it won’t).
Use the internet and social media to your advantage by networking with fellow Fire Emblem fans and content creators. Follow a couple of artists online and talk to them. Share and comment on their art. Chat it up with fans on Fire Emblem Facebook groups or message boards. If you’re into the cosplaying and traveling to conventions, share Fire Emblem meetup cosplay events at major conventions as a way to find people who also love to dress up as fictional characters to escape your lowly reality.
Commutate! There’s no other way to find fellow Fire Emblem fans to talk to, learn game and information from, and share you creation with other than commination. Plus, if you want people to support and share your works, you got to let them know who you are. If they see you putting in work – solid work, mind you – into the F.E. community while building your brand up, then the people will grow to trust you.
Another benefit of networking with fellow F.E. fans is collaborations. As you build your brand and continue to network with others, fellow content creators will take notice. If they enjoy your content and work, they might offer to do a collab with you for their channel, podcast, or art project.
By collaborating with other F.E. content creators, you’ll create a new network of creative types whom you can bounce ideas off of, exchange news relating to the series, and capture their audience and fanbase; adding them to your own.
Never neglect the advantage of networking and commutation. They’ll always be key in doing business, forging bonds, and personal growth. Nobody will do watch and support a content creator who is unknown, which leads to my final point:
PROMOTE YOUR WORK!
You must promote yourself and your work in order to gain followers, fans, and traction. If you believe that your works should be viewed by others, then put it out there.
So, how do you promote?
It’s simple. You go wherever Fire Emblem fans hang out: may it be on Serenes Forest, GameFAQ, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, whatever. Post your works there, ask for feedback, subs if they like your work, and engagements. When somebody comment on your video, fanart, Podcast, or whatever, reply back to them.
Thank them for viewing your work and listening to your content. Keep it at and eventually people will promote and share your works for you on their page, groups, etc; organically growing your brand through word of mouth.
In order to gain what you want from this community, you must spread your name, content, brand, and products. Spread ‘em like how Manuela used to spread her legs on the casting couch for creepy, shady, corrupt stage producers for Opera roles in her prime.
Now, there is one thing you must know when you’re promoting yourself: Not everyone will rock with you and your brand. There will be those who will be turned off by what you’re offering, saying, or producing.
Let’s take me for example. I know I just lost readers and listeners with my low-brow comments on Manuela being a ho-for-a-role nature (even through it’s the truth why you think she sleep around with young men so easily and often). If Manuela is their favorite and they lack a sense of humor, or they take virtual world people seriously because nobody in the real world take them seriously, they’ve already left the blog or my channel. They’re not fans of low-brow humor and commentary.
And that’s alright because there’s going to be people who appreciate someone who can approach Fire Emblem characters with low brow commentary. You have to be like that with you works and say to yourself “I know there will always be those who will never rock with me or my style. That’s cool: there are countless others who will regardless.”
Focus on netting those who you know will like your style of showing love to Fire Emblem (or anything else you do in life). Don’t waste your time on those who will never get with you.
The Fire Emblem community needs more people to create content around this wonderful and amazing series. We need more folks to show their love and respect to Fire Emblem by the way of the arts, dialogue, romhacks, whatever! Hell, myself included, as I’m planning to create Fire Emblem content on my YouTube channel in the near future. I hope this video/blog post inspired you to do the same if you’re a fan.
Until next time, take care
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