About Ro / FAQ

Below here, I provide questions and answers so you can get to know me better. Feel free to ask me anything that you want by clicking Ask Me Anything in the sidebar.

Who are you? What do you do?

I’m Romanel Fleming, born and raised in Seattle, WA, USA.
In 2005, I moved into a group home, immediately adopting the name 'Ro'.
In 2008, I moved into foster care, relocating me about 40 miles south of Seattle.
In 2014, I returned to Seattle.

In November 2014, I launched my YouTube channel (originally named 'R0Gaming', later changed to 'VEKTR0'), with viewers from all around the world.

Android or iPhone?

Back in 2012, I made the choice to leave my old Windows Phone behind for the iPhone 4. From here, I progressed up to the iPhone 5, iPhone 5s, and finally the iPhone 6. I fell in love with the OS, as it was simple, universally known among all iOS devices, and was easy to migrate from one device to the next. However, with the iPhone 6, Apple decided to really cut corners, allowing the phone to bend and have a wide variety of manufacturer errors. This led me to have to replace my first iPhone 6 due to a fire, my second iPhone 6 to massive overheating, and my third iPhone 6 to an Error that bricked the device without reason. After having a fourth new iPhone 6 in my hand, I wanted out of the iPhone game.

At the beginning of April 2016, I bought my first Android device since 2011, and admittedly hated my first few days with it. As much as I was excited to finally have a new phone, I didn't know anything about Android. Throughout the next few months, I learned the ropes, and am now very happy with Android. But I wanted a better phone. My Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3 that I received in April was plastic, fairly cheap ($250 MSRP), and didn't feel right for me.

September 2016 came, and with it, a new phone. Queue the OnePlus 3, a flagship killer at a great price of $399. So what does this device come with? A Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 CPU, Adreno 530 GPU, 6GB of LDDR4 RAM (nope, that's not a typo), 64GB of UFS 2.0 storage, a fingerprint sensor that's probably the fastest on the market, A HEADPHONE JACK (ahem, anyway...), dual nano-SIM card slots, 16MP rear-facing camera that can take 4k image/video, and a charger so fast, it'll blow your mind (not quite like how the Samsung Note 7 will...). Am I done there? Nope. The phone comes with a 5.5" OpticAMOLED 1080p display that's jaw-droppingly good, shipping with OxygenOS (OnePlus' custom OS that's built on Android Marshmallow), while the phone is built out of Anodized Aluminum, and the screen is of Corning Gorilla Glass 4. Oh, and NFC is packed into this phone, so you can enjoy Android Pay.

So wait, you're asking a simple question: Android or iPhone. My answer is simple: Android. What I've talked about above this paragraph is the clear answer to why I would pick Android over iPhone. You get so much more, for so much less. While Apple wants you to "Think Different", none of their products truly represent that, especially their iPhone lineup.

How did you come up with your nickname?

Back in mid-2015, when the internet knew me as R0Fleming, I was desperate for a new name. I wanted something unique, something that stood out and really clinged to me. One night, while playing a random session of Grand Theft Auto: Online, I asked a few friends what my new nickname should be. The game's text chat immediately blew up with insults, silly names, but nothing serious and/or fitting. At some point, someone typed “vect0r”, which I liked, because it resembled the artwork that I create under my (now titled) 'VEKTR0creations' name. But, part of me wanted something a little more unique. A few minutes later, I came up with “vektr0”, and immediately typed it into the chat. A large majority of my friends agreed to the idea, and just a few short days later, VEKTR0 came alive across the internet.

Why is your logo a wolf?

Well, first of all, my logo is actually a fox. Second, I wanted a new logo as I had gotten bored of my previous logo which made no sense, so I started thinking about an animal. First, I asked people if they'd prefer feline or canine, with no reference as to what the answer would be for. From there, I decided to go with a fox. When I created my fox logo, I wanted it to keep the style of my old logo, so with the help of others, my current design released. The current fox design, titled 'fl0manel v1.0', features the same forehead, eyes, and honeycomb texture as my old logo. It also features full straight lines, with no curves, matching my previous designs. While the old face logo had variants for the different divisions under the VEKTR0 name, this new fox logo is universal.

How did you come up with your lettering?

Back in 2013, I started feeling creative enough to want to make my own designs. The designs were purely created by myself just for fun, with not real inspiration. Over time, the designs got better, and now I've got a more centralized feel where the VEKTR0 lettering is evident across all divisions, while each division uses the Open Sans font.

Why did you start your YouTube channel, and what were your plans for it?

I was inspired. All my life, I had wanted to be funny, to entertain people, for people to accept my personality for the mess that it is. I was bored, had a lot of time on my hands, loved playing video games, and decided to give it a shot. Admittedly, my original content was horrible, but as time grew, so did my audience, my knowledge, and my motivation to continue. I didn't plan. I thought I'd upload a few videos here and there, and I should be okay. But I became addicted. I was having fun, and I was entertaining people. Flash to nearly 2 years later, and here I am with an audience across the globe. This didn't go as planned, as I didn't have a plan. Sometimes, being spontaneous is the way to go.

What kind of videos are on your YouTube channel?

When my channel launched in late 2014, the main focus was LCPDFR (a police roleplay modification for Grand Theft Auto V) and Euro Truck Simulator 2. Over time, games such as The Long Dark, Grand Theft Auto: Online, and The Sims 4 were featured through their own series', only to later be killed off due to lack of views. LCPDFR was eventually replaced with the GTA V version, LSPDFR, while Euro Truck Simulator 2 was replaced by American Truck Simulator. The largest series on the channel is my 'LSPDFR' series, with a rivaled spin-off series titled 'LSPDFR Wanted'. In May, both series' were killed off in favor of their own spin-off series', 'San Andeas: Law' and 'San Andreas: Wanted'. In late August, Rainbow Six Siege made its debut on the channel as an official series.

All videos on the channel feature gameplay with commentary, with a plan to start recording vlogs in the not-too-distant future.

What programs and equipment do you use to make YouTube videos?

During a typical recording session, gameplay on my gaming PC is recorded using ShadowPlay (a recording program that comes packaged with Nvidia's mid/high-end graphics cards), with my voice being recording through my Audio Technica ATR-2500 USB microphone, connected to my MacBook Air with a program called 'Audacity'. When recording Grand Theft Auto V videos (Grand Theft Auto: Online, San Andreas: Law, or San Andreas: Wanted), I use Rockstar Editor to create cinematic clips (often found in my series' intros).

After recording, I edit my voice audio in Audacity to kill/reduce background noise using the built-in Noise Reduction feature, and then export that audio to a '.aiff' file on my MacBook's desktop. With my gaming PC and MacBook being on the same network, I am able to simply transfer files back and forth. Using this ability, I import my gameplay footage into Final Cut Pro X (Apple's premium video editing application), as well as that '.aiff' file, and being editing the video.

When I am finished with editing, I begin exporting the project into a format that is compatible with YouTube (I typically use '.m4v'). While the video is exporting, I find a good thumbnail (I have different methods for thumbnails depending on the game/series) and edit it through Sketchbook Pro 6 on my MacBook (if needed). Once the video is exported and the thumbnail is complete, I move all files to the 'YouTube' partition on my PC, write up a description, and upload to YouTube via Google Chrome or Opera.

Is there anyone that you would like to shout out?

First of all, I would like to thank Jase Wolf (a.k.a. Jwbjnwolf), who's super awesome and MADE THIS WEBSITE! That's right, he pretty much did everything while I was cluelessly stumbling around in the dark (a.k.a. HTML, CSS, PHP, JavaScript, and all that blah stuffs).

Secondly, I'd like to shout out to Kovin for being an awesome subscriber to my channel, and being the most active subscriber.

And third, a huge shoutout to the first person to donate to my channel. He goes by the name 'somniumisdreaming'. Thank you very, very much.

Favorite gaming channels?

I have to start with SpeirsTheAmazingHD, who's the first YouTuber that I ever subscribed to. Without him, I don't know where I'd be. He's helped me through some pretty rough times, and without him, I wouldn't have found BayAreaBuggs and Code Zero Gaming. Within Code Zero, I watch Polecat324, TheNorthernAlex, and Y0telex. I also watch Officer Prophet, Rooster Teeth (Achievement Hunter and Let's Play), as well as BrownMan (former member of Rooster Teeth).

Favorite tech channels?

When it comes to technology-based YouTube channels, I frequently find myself watching videos from LinusTechTips and Unbox Therapy. I also enjoy watching videos from 9to5Mac, PhoneDog, and iDeviceHelp.

What type of music do you listen to?

I was introduced to Hip-Hop/Rap in 2004, which I frequently listened to until 2014. In 2011, I was introduced to EDM, originally listening to Dubstep.

Though I mostly enjoy the life-threatening sounds of Dubstep (you know, the robot sex noises, growls, and storm of bass) as well as Drum & Bass, I also enjoy the calmer side of Electronic music, such as House and Progressive House.

Favorite artists in Hip-Hop/Rap?

Eminem (Marshall Mathers). Simply put, the Rap God himself is forever going to be my #1 pick for best rapper.
Besides his solo career, the head of Shady Records is also part of a duo with Royce da 5’9” (also a favorite rapper of mine, also from Detroit) called Bad Meets Evil, as well as a member of D12 (Dirty Dozen).

Royce da 5’9” (Ryan Daniel Montgomery) is an incredible lyricist and is part of the duo PRhyme with DJ Premier, as well as a quarter of Slaughterhouse (with Joell Ortiz, Crooked I, and Joe Budden). In 2016, Ryan started his own label, Bad Half Entertainment, and released a mixtape (“Trust The Shooter”) and a studio album (“Layers”) through it.

Favorite artists in Electronic music?

Datsik (Troy Beetles). The Firepower Records leader and half of the duo called Ephwurd (with Bais Haus) is incredible.
There are not any songs from him that I could say I dislike. He’s dynamic, but his wobbles are always insane. As for a favorite track from him, there’s just too many to pick from.
He started Firepower Records after being a part of Excision’s Rottun Recordings, naming the label after his hit “Firepower”. His most recent release is his Darkstar EP, which released on 25 March.

Another member of Firepower Records is Bear Grillz, who is also one of my favorite artists in Electronic music. Excision’s powerful, bass-heavy tunes are what get him to be one of my favorite dubstep artists as well.
Leader of Rottun Recordings, part of Destroid Music, this guy is sure to kill the scene with bass.

Last, but certainly not least, Barely Alive. Currently my favorite duo in music, Matt and Willie have released plenty of tracks across several genres, from Dubstep, to Drum & Bass, to Hip-Hop/Rap, to Trap, and so on. They are currently signed to Disciple Recordings, which is backed by Never Say Die Records. While it's impossible for me to pick a favorite track, here are some tracks worth checking out:
- “Shudder”, Barely Alive feat. Coppa [DUBSTEP]
- “Hackers”, Barely Alive feat. Armanni Reign [DUBSTEP]
- “Wedabes”, Barely Alive feat. Splitbreed [DRUM & BASS]
- “Next To You (Barely Alive & Virtual Riot Remix)”, LDRU & Savoi [DUBSTEP]
- “Experts (Barely Alive Remix)”, SKisM [DUBSTEP]
- “Calamari”, Dubloadz feat. Barely Alive [DUBSTEP]