Upping my gamer status. (aka my first livestream)

2 November 2015

I have a weird relationship with videos on the internet. Not weird in a bad or gross way… more weird in the mixed feelings way. I enjoy some YouTube videos, but I’m not someone who really watches a lots or even really follows that many people. Even if they’re my friends. I kind of feel a little bad about it, but at the same time, I know not all my friends read my blog even if they know about it. And that’s ok.

Anyway. One of the video things on the internet I do actually enjoy and participate in is through Twitch — video game streaming. I’ve been watching my friend TJ stream games for a few years now. As he was playing SOMA, I started searching around for other streamers to watch. Not because SOMA was bad or anything. Quite the opposite. It was a really enjoyable game. It’s how I found the other relatively new streamer that I now follow.

Watching people play games about 5 days a week got me wanting to play more games. And it got me wanting to stream myself. I had set up my channel a while back, but hadn’t done anything with it because I don’t have a capture card. Without it, I can’t stream or record any of my Wii U game play. However, after a little bit of searching, I found some interesting games for Mac on Steam. Now, I still don’t have a capture card, but I could (and did) download a free streaming software like OBS.

And so.. well… Now I’m streaming. I still haven’t quite settled on my schedule. The best times for me are Tuesdays and/or Thursdays after my class (so around 1 or 2pm EST). And of course that will change next semester. Anyway.  I had my first stream over the weekend. I think I’ve been going a little stir crazy with being sick all week. I recorded one of my play throughs. Though I’m sort of regretting it because I most definitely sound sick. I’m just happy I don’t have my cam and green screen stuff set up so you guys can’t see how sick I actually am…

I’ve never really been a PC gamer. I guess I’m still really not, given that I’m using my MacBook Air for this. BUT. I am really enjoying it so far. It’s different being on this side of things. The delay between the stream and the chat is real. And definitely a challenge. But it’s fun having your friends join you as you play a game. (And as someone who’s been stuck in sickness isolation, it’s been nice having some company even if it’s virtual.)

I’m going to start a new game on Tuesday*, so if you want to swing by and say hi that would be super awesome.

*Assuming I’m feeling well enough and I don’t have too much going on school-wise.

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