Qatar's vibrant gaming community is full of talented individuals who partake in different aspects of the platform. Whether it be game development, competitive gaming, art, cosplaying, content creation, and more, each has something truly unique to offer.
One such individual is Khaled Abdoh, also known online as Iced Tea Gaming, a gaming content creator specializing in classic and modern video games and technology. We caught up with Khaled to learn about his content and experiences at Qatar's community events.
Khaled: My name is Khaled Abdoh, born and raised in Qatar, and I have been on YouTube for a couple of years now, creating content about video games and game tech.
Khaled: I have been gaming all my life. I started back with DOS games and Atari days. To me, these were the real games, total imagination, amazing stories, and in general a new thing. They were a step up from board games, a way to live a thousand lives, to be someone else, to have powers, and to experiment.
Khaled: My first attempt to create video game content was back in the Sega Mega Drive days. Someone told me you could capture your gaming on VHS, and I thought to myself, "Hey, I can record the games and share it with my friends."
Unfortunately, I was not able to do that because of all the hardware you needed, but with time and after the proper tech became available and affordable, I wanted to do this for real. I could not make anything seriously, as back then, I used to be a student and didn't really have much time to do so, and you could not share your videos properly.
Then came YouTube, and boy, was I excited.
A few years after finishing college and during COVID-19, I found some free time and started to experiment with YouTube. I can also say that the main reason I started was because of the lack of proper content about gaming in Arabic.
Khaled: It took me some time to come up with a name. But, one day, sitting with a friend and having a cup of iced tea - my favorite drink - it just clicked.
Khaled: My favorite games would be:
Khaled: It's hard to choose one console, as each one of them had an impact on the industry: Sega with their magnificent colors, Nintendo with the coding, Sony with graphics, Xbox with multiplayer and online games.
But to me personally, the PlayStation 1 was my favorite console. I can also add Sega game gear to the mix, that behemoth of a handheld game with 6 batteries and a backlit screen was a beast, to say the least.
Khaled: To create proper content, you have to follow the latest trends and news. I surf the internet looking for information and new games, do my research, and build a story that is both informative and entertaining.
At the same time, to keep things interesting, I do episodes about things I personally love such as tearing down consoles, DIY builds, story reports, etc.
To sum it up:
Khaled: The most challenging part is to keep creating creative content. I struggle with this and sometimes take a few days or weeks to come up with something I consider worthy of posting. When I create something, I need it to have value and not just be a waste of time for the viewers.
The other part would be working alone. If you could work with a friend, do it. Because writing a script, recording yourself, and after an hour of recording you realize your camera battery is low and stopped or maybe the mic wasn't set correctly, and everything is ruined, it's just frustrating sometimes.
Khaled: I would highly suggest if you want to start, just do it. Don't overthink it. Your first video might not be your best, but it's something you created and the feeling is amazing.
Always try to come up with new ideas and a special "brand" for yourself. Don't copy other people, as this will most likely be the reason why your channel won't grow.
Khaled: I started with Geekdom before it became Geekdom, many years ago, as a participant in the event, a collector, and then helped manage the event for a few years.
Currently, in addition to being a Geekdom coordinator, I run the Karaoke night activity.
It started with a handful of friends in Katara Building 18 with a TV and laptop. Now, it's always a full house with people queuing outside waiting to have a chance to join the fun.
I had a great chance to meet and host many artists and celebrities from our childhood, voice actors and singers, including the magnificent Sami Clark, the voice of the Grendizer theme song, thanks to Doha Film Institute and Geekdom.
I hosted a karaoke night attended by Mr. Tarek Alarabi Tourgane, writer and singer of many of our beloved childhood cartoon songs, and his family with Ted in an Arabic event.
The community in Geekdom is one of a kind, kind people all around, from all over the world and all ages, pure hearts and amazing people in general.
Geekdom is an important part of our lives. It encourages us to become better in many fields and helps us connect with like-minded individuals, and I'm happy to be a part of that family.
Khaled: Don't give up. Create more and make sure to subscribe & smash that like button. Also, THE CAKE IS A LIE!!!
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