All Sorts of Thoughts on Streaming

So, I’m not only a big fan of playing video games, I love watching other people play them as well.  I have ever since my sister played The Legend of Zelda when I was young.  These days, I’m not limited to watching what people in-house might be playing.  And this is all thanks to a wonderful website www.twitch.tv .  This site’s biggest draw seems to be Star Craft 2 (meh) but you can also catch anything from Skyrim to WoW.  And to tell the truth, I can’t get enough of this thing.  Sometimes I even watch people play their games more than I play my own.

Twitch has a few simple, yet fantastic features for the viewers. First, you are able to bring up a list of streamers categorized by game.  For example, lets say I felt like watching someone play League of Legends because I’m not sure if I want to play it or not.  I can type League of Legends in a search field or click a link if its one of the ones provided, and like magic I see the name of everyone streaming that game and a thumbnail image of their stream.  Secondly we have the ability to follow streamers.  If I should decide that I really like to watch someone’s stream to the point that I want to be able to watch it again, I can click the follow button on their page and be sent an email informing me of when the start streaming.  What’s that? You don’t want to be bothered by email?  Well, you can turn that option off in your free account’s options and you will still be able to easily see if someone you are following is streaming when you bring up the Twitch homepage and click the link that takes you to a list of all live streams that you are following.  There was another feature that I thought was pretty cool, but that thought has apparently escaped my brain.  I will edit this post should I be able to capture it again.

Cool features aside, I love this website because as I said before its a great way to get a good feel for a lot of the games out there and meet some cool people who are out there.  Even with a game like Skyrim, being able to watch other people play has taught me so much about playing the game (partially because I am too proud and stubborn to ask for help for fear of looking stupid).  I was so excited to find out that sheathing your weapons stopped guards from attacking you in some cases!  Though, my knowledge about the various games I have watched being streamed isn’t limited to just watching the gameplay.  Most, if not all, of the people that I am following there are extremely friendly and helpful when time allows.  In the future, I hope to go into more detail about some of the awesome gamers I follow there.

I remembered the other thing! Everything someone streams on Twitch is recorded and is listed in the videos tab on their page. Usually about a day after they streamed it.

Streams I watch:

  • Rainicorn is a kick ass woman who plays nearly everything.  She’s cute as a button too, but don’t let that fool you.  She is knowledgable and is no stranger to playing hard modes.
  • Pokket with her blue hair and informative commentary is like an up and coming  rock star of the gaming world.  She plays mostly SWTOR, WoW, and LoL.  She also makes guides.
  • Lore is “the guy with the hair” from Tankspot.com.  WoW is of course the game he is married to, but he also plays some others on the side such as SWTOR, LoL, APB and recently the entire Mass Effect series with the first run through as renegade and the second as paragon.

More to come!