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Teala's Wickedly Cool Blog For The Masses

Just my thoughts on MMO's, roleplaying, game companies, and the people that play these games.

Author: Teala

Are you Twitching It?

Posted by Teala Tuesday May 29 2012 at 2:15PM
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Over the years that I have followed games, especially MMORPG's, technology has been pushed further and further to give gamers the best experience they can possibly get.    Same holds true for how we receive information about games.  Long ago it was primarily through gaming magazines - back before there were even things known as BBS’s and later the Internet.    Yes, before that we used smoke signals...but that is a whole other story and that is showing my age - ahem.

Today though!   Today, we have the Internet, Twitter and all that comes with it.   For gamers and publishers this is a win/win scenario.   No longer do you have to wait for a month before the gaming magazine you subscribed to was on the rack at the local book store.   Nope.   Gone are the days of waiting and we get all our info on the latest games almost as soon as info becomes known, and sometimes even before. 

We have blogs, Internet gaming websites, Twitter feeds, gaming news videos, podcast, and of course our network of gaming friends that are constantly sending info back and forth amongst one another - and now we have Twitch TV.

If there is one innovation game companies and publishers should be embracing it is this not so new, yet not quite mainstream, technology.   If a publisher were really hyped about their game they would be having people on Twitch TV playing their game 24/7.  It is a cheap form of advertisement for one.  Second, it allows players to see the game in action.  Third, it can be fun to watch as players talk about the game and describe it in real time as it is being played.

Even here on we have players like Pokket, that are taking this new live streaming technology and making good use of it.   It has opened up a window into the gaming community to a new way of getting their information on games unlike anything we’ve ever seen before.  No more guessing as to how the graphics are, or how the game play is, or if there are lots of bugs.    We can see it for ourselves right on our PC’s - or even our TV’s sitting on our comfy couches nomming popcorn.

Another thing that Twitch TV has brought to the community is a new way to network this information in an easy to get format.   Many Twitchers have links to related gaming websites or other Twitch channels that then have links to even more information to your favorite game of the moment.   When it comes to games we  can never get enough info.

Another aspect of Twitch TV is the ability to live stream gaming tournaments as they are happening.   This includes not only MMORPG’s, but other games like League of Legends, Diablo III, and the hot new Arma Mod that has the gaming community all in a frenzy, Day Z.    This leads to my next good thing about Twitch TV...

...Twitch TV can be very entertaining.   As I said you can watch live streaming gaming matches of your favorite game like Starcraft series with in game  commentaries by people that are gaming gurus.   Watch raids from high level guilds as they are happening - live.   Some of the best moments is when something in game unexpectedly happens and catches the player that was streaming off guard.   Like watching some noob for the first time trying to enter low-sec space, get bagged and tagged before he can blink an eye.   Moments like these are when Twitch TV are at its best.

All good and all a lot of fun.    So I have to ask?   Are you missing out on all the fun and info - are you Twitching it?


fenistil writes:

no - just don't find it interesting to watch some life-feed of someone else playing


I rarely am using twitch website though - but almost limited to times when I just haven't saw enough of gameplay videos of some game when I am considering 'should I buy this gamr or not?'

Tue May 29 2012 4:45PM Report
Onomic writes:

I watch alot of lol streams but rarely anything else though.

Tue May 29 2012 5:02PM Report
thekid1 writes:

What's wrong with Youtube.


Alright, lots of things but I will stick with it regardles for videos of games.

Tue May 29 2012 7:59PM Report
thekid1 writes:

"All good and all a lot of fun.    So I have to ask?   Are you missing out on all the fun and info - are you Twitching it?"


By the way, this makes it sound like an advertisement. And that's not a good thing for a news website.

Tue May 29 2012 8:12PM Report
gaeanprayer writes:

Never understood the joy in watching someone else play a game you could be playing yourself personally.

Tue May 29 2012 9:01PM Report
gaeanprayer writes:

Actually, wait, I semi-take that back. I do enjoy watching people play games I suck at, like Silent Hill/Resident I guess that works.

Tue May 29 2012 9:02PM Report
Twistingfate writes:

I find twitch handy for learning very skill intensive games, such as DOTA2, League of Legends and Starcraft 2 to name a few. Having high end players stream and provide intructional videos etc is really handy. Live streaming tournaments is pretty cool as well. 

Watching streams can be a good way to get better at a game you enjoy.

Tue May 29 2012 10:04PM Report
lifesbrink writes:

Watching a bunch of people play games is kind of proof that you need hand-holding to even get good at a game.  If a few written guides are not enough, you are doomed anyway.

As for the advertising aspect?  A couple trailers are much better put together to show the game's highlights, and watching a player play is likely going to put people off anyway, since you usually have morons shouting tons of obscenities about the game they are playing.

All in all, this site is a bad move, and I feel only the boring people will subscribe to it.

Wed May 30 2012 2:51AM Report
Kyleran writes:

I don't have enough time to play MMO's myself, the last thing on earth I would consider is watching someone else play one.

I'm too old to change, I despise videos and rarely watch them, you can't control the pacing of the information received like you can with reading. (too much like watching TV, another thing I could do without)

Now, if a game that hadn't been launched yet would let their in house testers put something up, that would be very interesting, however most titles have this huge fear of sharing and put restrictive NDA's in place which seems counter productive.

But regarding launched titles, if I have even a remote interest I just go out and buy the damn thing, 60 bucks just isn't that big a deal to me nor something I'm concerned about losing.

Wed May 30 2012 6:35AM Report
Paragus1 writes:

I've been streaming o Twitch TV daily, not really for MMOs though since I don't play any atm.   Started streaming over a year ago on own3ed as a joke so my friends could watch me get teamed with the scum of humanity in League of Legends, switched to Twitch TV a few months ago and love it.

Where else can you see the look of despair on someone's face as my level 49 hardcore Demon hunter meet his end in Diablo 3 after 29 hours played.

Double face palm, but I am crying on the inside.

Wed May 30 2012 8:47AM Report
Samhael writes:

No, I don't see the point in watching someone else play a game. If I need to learn a strat or fight for a raid, I don't think this would be a good tool for it.

Wed May 30 2012 11:14AM Report
xmenty writes: is the future in reviewing game.

Spectators can talk and asked the players live online. 

No more bias written or paid review from magazines or websites. 

Most of them are hardup for advertisement from game company.

And they tend to give 9/10 eventho the game deserves a 6/10. reviewer could get their money from donations or

advertisement that are not game related.



Thu May 31 2012 6:06AM Report
Trionicus writes:

I've watched it a few times but not so interested in live feed. Usually the gamers are distracted or come off as unintelligent with the feeds i've seen.

I don't mind watching a few minutes of gameplay on YouTube though, Starcraft 2 consistently.

Fri Jun 15 2012 8:41PM Report
wootin writes:

now see, I was carping about how SOE should do that with Planetside to a degree. Instead of true streams, I was saying they should back up the online world-map by taking selected clips of actual gameplay and making them available as ad banners. Show the NC attacking a TR base, put in the pop numbers, and add text like "The New Conglomerate need YOU to help take Gunuku!" or something like, and keep rotating different clips. 

But Twitch is cool too. TY for bringing it to my attention, I can show friends the games I'm playing now and see if they want to hop in :)

Sat Jul 14 2012 12:00AM Report writes:
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