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[Streaming] The dangerous new fad your parents don't want you to know about!

LockedOnTargetLockedOnTarget Registered User regular
edited January 2015 in Social Entropy++
So the kids these days, they've gotten into this little thing we like to call streaming. Video games aren't enough to keep their warped brains engaged anymore. Now to get their fix, they're watching other people play games. Sometimes from their own gaming consoles, even. And they they turn around and make other people watch THEM play games. It's a deep, dark abyss. Systematically swallowing our youth. Spreading the evil of gaming. We face a global crisis.

There's a place so depraved, so overpopulated with what we now call "streamers", that it simply can't be contained. It can't be stopped. We call it
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Twitch has a stranglehold on the streaming community. Everyone who's anyone is on Twitch these days. Mostly. If you know someone who has lost their life to the seductive desire to scream obscenities at Solid Snake at four in the morning, they probably have a Twitch account.

So how do these lost souls stream to Twitch? Well, that depends on what they're streaming from.

PC gamers have a variety of software they can run in the background, safely hidden from prying eyes. What you might want, and what would work for you, might require some research, if you dare. Recently, the digital gamefront Steam has introduced the ability to stream gameplay to Twitch as well, offering a simple and easy way to hook your friends.

Sony's Playstation 4, and Microsoft's Xbox One, both have their own suite of video recording and streaming tools, allowing direct connections to Twitch. Though lacking in features and limited in length and quality, they provide console gamers a very acceptable way to jump into this new and scary world.

Another option is to buy specific hardware. This can be expensive, depending on what you're looking for. But it's the only way you're going to stream from other kinds of consoles, and they tend to do the job better than the PS4/One. While Sony, MS, or Steam might give you your first hit, soon you might find yourself with no money left to eat, because you just had to have that Elgato Game Capture HD60.

But Twitch isn't the only game in town! There's also

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Just kidding, no one cares about Ustream.

Also I guess you can stream to Youtube? I dunno that seems weird.

No matter where you stream, please, do so in moderation. And never stream and drive.

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Welcome to the streaming thread! This is a place where we can talk about our adventures in recording ourselves failing at video games and trying hard to be interesting.

If you want to talk about streaming/recording hardware and software, this is the place to do it!

Stumble across a really cool channel and want to tell us about it? What are you waiting for?!

And lastly, I thought it would be really nice to have a place where we can go to find fellow PA community members' stuff. If you have a Twitch channel or whatever, tell me! I'll keep a list going in the OP. If you don't livestream but make Let's Plays or anything along those lines, give me your Youtube channel or wherever else you might be keeping them, and I'll keep track of those, too.

It should go without saying that you shouldn't talk about any kind of illegal recording and stuff. But I'm gonna say it anyway. Don't do it!

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  • LockedOnTargetLockedOnTarget Registered User regular
    I'll try to keep a close eye on posts here to get people's channel information, but if you want to ensure yours gets in the OP, just PM me.

  • SCREECH OF THE FARGSCREECH OF THE FARG #1 PARROTHEAD margaritavilleRegistered User regular
    I streamed and drove a few times, once with a chicken parm sub

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  • LockedOnTargetLockedOnTarget Registered User regular
    edited January 2015
    To get the ball rolling a bit, I'd be interested to know if anyone has some particular favorite channels like tune in to watch. Help spread the word about guys making stuff you enjoy.

    Recently I've been watching a playthrough of Dragon Age: Inquisition on the channel Josiwe

    I've browsed around a lot of DAI playthroughs while bored, and a lot tend to rush through the game, not really taking the time to let themselves soak in the game world. So I'm finding this run a breath of fresh air. He really takes his time, considering his dialogue choices carefully, interacting with everyone, checking out all the lore. It's been a nice thing to have on in the background while I do other things, and his willingness to really engage with the game has been pleasant so far.

    I really like the PS4 for this reason. Being able to just casually flip through some streams while being lazy on the couch. I really have to commend this round of consoles for giving me that entry-level place for both watching and creating content. It might be my favorite thing about this gen.

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  • Mr FuzzbuttMr Fuzzbutt Registered User regular
    Day9's Mostly Walking show is my new favorite stream thing.

    He gets drunk and plays old adventure games with a couple of buddies.

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  • LockedOnTargetLockedOnTarget Registered User regular
    In retrospect this may have been a better thread idea for G&T.

    Well, anyone here who does streaming of their own, I figured a thread would give us a chance to have some sort of centralized hub to feature that stuff for the community. So if someone is going to stream or Let's Play, or anything of that nature, feel free to post an alert in here, so people can check it out.

    I'd like to get some stuff of my own going soon, once I have some proper equipment.

  • PeccaviPeccavi Registered User regular
    I'm a big fan of OverBoredGaming.


    They stream from 7-11 every weeknight, doing blind playthroughs of a wide variety of games. Fairly small community (was bigger when Dag streamed Pokemon in the afternoon) but they're really good and it's fun to watch them struggle their way through puzzles (although the viewers backseating and trying to spoil is annoying).

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  • BotznoyBotznoy Registered User regular
    Koopahtroopa has a thread in GnT about this just as an fyi

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    Want to play co-op games? Feel free to hit me up!
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