I’ve always played video games!
Hi, I’m Brian “CrazyDadSpeaks” Johnson… thanks for checking out my site.
I’m Gen X, so not only am I great at video games… I’m great at offending snowflakes, who tend to melt in my presence. “The Dude” is my spirit animal.
I’ve been playing video games since I was a kid. My 1st electronic game was a Merlin. I still have my original Atari 7800. I grew up playing Asteroids, Centipede, Pac-Man, Choplifter and all of the classics. Through playing Sega Genesis “A, B, A, C, A, B, B” through the Playstation coming out “plug in your controller to port 2 to defeat Psycho Mantis because he won’t be able to read your thoughts.”
As a kid, it was always my dream to be able to play video games for a living… which was often laughed at and ridiculed by adults.
I grew up in the middle of nowhere in Missouri “small farm town USA.” So hearing from a friend… who “read in a magazine… at my cousin’s house in Kansas City last summer…. about video game championships in California,” yeah, that kind of thing was pretty much an urban legend where I’m from.
As I grew from being a kid into an adult, I never stopped playing video games. Games have always been a part of my life.
How I got into playing Call of Duty
Fast forward to late 2003 into early 2004 and the 1st time I broke one of my legs.
I had just got Call of Duty for Christmas on my PS2… I couldn’t get enough of it. I wished I could just sit at home and play it all day. Well, my wish was granted. Long story short, in January of ’04 I broke my leg and I was laid up for 3 months… and, I got to play a lot of Call of Duty.
I’ve casually played most of the COD titles on the PS2, PS3 and now PS4.
How I got really good at playing Call of Duty
Fast forward to January 1st, 2014… I broke my other leg, really bad…by looking awesome on a feature snowboarding but didn’t quite stick the landing. So that allowed me to sit on the couch with my right leg in the air for 7 months.
I played a ton of COD during that time, like, many hours each day. And that’s when I started to get really good at COD.
During that time, I taught both of my daughters how to play COD on my account. They were 4 and 5 when I broke my leg the 2nd time. I had them all over Team Deathmatch running around shooting butterflies, walls, fences… racking up 0 kills and 30 deaths. It was all in good fun and still is.
Actually, my youngest daughter, to this day, loves riding the motorcycle in Warzone like it’s an offroad championship until she gets shot off the bike then, 97 out of 100 times, she’ll die in the Gulag. She’ll play 20 games in a row not caring at all that she just died 40 times without a single kill. And that’s okay.
My goal with my COD account from the get-go was to have fun. With me having my girls start playing COD at a very young age, it wasn’t about winning… it was about them having fun and developing better hand/ eye coordination. And that goal still hasn’t changed.
The best idea ever
Fast forward to November 2020. I get the idea that, because there are many video gamers who are millionaires from just playing games, I can do the same thing. Then I got Covid.
So, while laying on the couch super sick, I started cooking up a plan to make money playing video games, but I had to get over Covid 1st. Then, within days of getting over Covid… I broke my right arm the 2nd week of January 2021 (snowboarding of course), so had to wait approximately 3 more months to be able to even attempt to play video games again.
And due to my radius and scaphoid both being broken and numbing through the tip of my thumb, my thumb was “spiked” in the cast for that 3 months. That means the cast went to the tip of my thumb and I had no motion with my thumb.
Late March ’21, I picked up a controller again for the very 1st time and wow, I sucked. I had numbness on the tip of my thumb, no reflexes to speak of and no dexterity at all. It wasn’t until around June that I started to feel comfortable playing Call of Duty again.
Now… it’s mid-July and I’m just starting to build strength back up in my hand/ starting to lift my 20lb dumbbells… hoping to get back up to my 30lb weights by August/ September. And I’m starting to feel really good playing Call of Duty again.
Though the numbness is gone, my right thumb will still slip every once in a while, like my thumb just kind of gives out. The Dr. said my nerves will repair themselves and it just takes time. So if you ever see my aim go all over the place out of the blue… that’s what’s up. All I can do is laugh about it.
And side note: remember when you’re snowboarding to “make a fist to save a wrist” when you fall.
Making money playing video games
How did I know I could make money playing video games online?
Well, I’ve been making money online via blogs and websites since 2008. Our flagship website is Happy Mothering, we own Real Green Mom, Keto Diet Mom, PLR Content Hub, Our Family Crushes and several other websites that all bring in money. I’ve decided to apply all of those principles to gaming.
I’m skilled in content creation, marketing, branding, affiliate marketing, search engine optimization, product creation, sponsorships, ambassadorships and a plethora of other things needed to create and run a successful site.
While my arm was broken, I studied tons of top COD gamers who are making boatloads of money from streaming and creating video game-playing content. I dove into every mention of these gamers online and realized, the vast majority of them are leaving the lion’s share of their potential income on the table. Why? Because most don’t have websites and those that do, aren’t monetizing them properly.
And then I realized there are tons of other dads out there who love playing games, just like me. I know those dads would love to quit their 9 to 5 and make money by creating gaming content.
I then realized… I can, not only play games and create gaming content, I can help other gamers too.
In my Watch Me Create section, I show exactly how I’ve created this site, create/ record/ stream all of my gameplay and exactly how I monetize this blog. I also show how I try to make money playing video games on Twitch, Facebook and YouTube.
My goal with Crazy Dad Speaks is to take this site and my gaming from a part-time side hustle into our main income-producing website.
My sincere hope is that by following my journey, some of you will be able to replicate the concepts of what I’m doing so you can have your own online success.
Regardless of why you’re reading this, thank you for taking your time to do so. Time is our most valuable commodity and I truly appreciate you spending yours with me. Have an amazingly awesome day!!!