YouTube star, Call of Duty expert, and mega hottie Ali-A has added author to his list of credentials. We had the chance to sit down with him and ask him some of our burning questions.
Check out our exclusive interview with Ali-A!
First, let’s get down to business. . .
1. How did you start making YouTube videos?
Back when I was in school, I used my laptop webcam to film my TV as I played my Nintendo Wii. I wanted to show my friends cool gaming clips. That’s where it all started!
2. What was it like when you first hit one million subscribers?
Surreal. I remember doing a livestream where subscribers could come and ask me questions. It really hit me just how many people watched my videos!
3. Did you always love playing video games? What was your first favorite?
I was always really into gaming. I particularly loved Pokémon and Mario, and that has led to a lot of Mario Kart and Pokémon GO videos on my channels! My first favorite was probably Pokémon Gold on Game Boy!
4. Can you give us any Call of Duty tips?
Watch pro players play COD, and study any parts of the map where they spend a lot of time. Play a LOT. Practicing against bots before you jump online is always good, too!
5. What was it like writing Ali-A Adventures: Game On!?
Crazy but very fun! I love the artwork for the book, and Eevee, our dog, looks super cute. I hope everyone enjoys the adventure we go on because it’s really exciting.
6. Who is your favorite YouTuber, or what are your favorite videos to watch?
I follow hundreds of YouTubers, but I really like Casey Neistat. He makes great vlogs, which are always fun to watch while I eat lunch!
7. What is your favorite book?
Probably the Alex Rider series. I loved reading them as a kid, and they played a big part in influencing my own book—I wanted to make sure it was filled with action and adventure!
8. What are your plans for the future?
My girlfriend, Clare, and I are in the process of buying a house, so for 2018, we hope to be in our own home! We also want to get a second dog, but we’re unsure of which breed at the moment.
9. Have you ever given up on a game?
Recently, Clare and I were trying to get our Pokédex to 100 percent on Pokémon Sun and Moon, but Clare lost interest just as we reached around 98 percent. As a result, I gave up, too. We need to go back and catch the last few Pokémon!
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And now for some fun questions!
10. What else do you like to do in your free time?
A lot of dog walks with Eevee. I love driving my car and going shopping, too—I can never have enough clothes.
11. What is your favorite snack?
Probably a banana and water! It’s super healthy, but I also just like to have them on my desk in case I get hungry or thirsty.
12. What is your favorite show to binge-watch?
Oh, wow, I’ve watched a lot of TV over the last few years. Game of Thrones, Stranger Things, Friends, Grey’s Anatomy, Frasier, The Supervet, and Suits to name a few!
13. What is your most embarrassing moment?
Probably getting caught picking my nose on a video once . . . super gross!
14. What was your worst autocorrect fail?
Oh, man . . . I’m a terrible speller at the best of times, so I often get words wrong. I actually have autocorrect turned off on my phone. I just make mistakes because I’m typing way too fast.