Twitch and Live Streaming Beyond the Bounds of Video Games

“Person Playing Video Games” is probably the single largest form of content that exists in the world of live streaming. There’s nothing wrong with that. Will be the first to admit that the vast majority of my streaming content is in that format. I also have no shortage of amazing memories that have come from game streaming. Odds are, this type of content will be my bread-and-butter for the foreseeable future.

Even so, I have ambitions of doing more within the medium. Boss Rush – a talk show I host with Jason, Mat, Jon, Kris, and Rachel – is just the start.

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Let It Out: Coping Through Streaming

When I have heavy thoughts in my mind or weighty emotions in my heart, I handle them by letting it out. Good or bad, I need to get that energy out of my system to stay sane. More than anything else, In Third Person is my mental and emotional release valve.

For me, the most recent streams were more than just an a means of flexing my block-stacking prowess or continuing a friendly rivalry. It was an opportunity to open up about my feelings regarding the current state of the world.

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DnD 101 with Jason, Kris, Rachel, Mat, and Jon!

Our adventure (technically) begins here! Jason from Downstab.com graciously guides us through the character creation process and an example scenario. If you have any interest in learning how to play Dungeons & Dragons, definitely check this one out!

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Delaware Blue Coats vs. Raptors 905 in NBA G League Action!

Ballin’! The NBA G League broadcasts its games on Twitch and allows for co-streaming. Of course we had to get in there to hype up my Raptors 905! Besides cheering on my home town team, we use this opportunity to talk about all things Toronto Raptors, the worst board game I’ve ever played, and the value of non-gaming related content on Twitch. I also share some of my Toronto Raptors and Raptors 905 championship bling!

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Swag Combos! – River City Girls Live Stream

With their boyfriends kidnapped and the whole world seemingly wanting to kill them, Misako and Kyoko have no choice but to punch, kick, and headbutt their way through River City! By the end of this River City Girls live stream, I’m hitting some really stylish combos thanks to the unlocked moves and a lot of practice. Also, we take a moment to talk about my experience at the SickKids Hospital Extra Life 2020 Kick-Off Party!

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The Pros and Cons of Becoming a Twitch Affiliate

For many Twitch streamers, attaining Affiliate status is a major milestone. It allows streamers to generate revenue from Twitch’s built-in tools while also acting as status symbol. You don’t have to browse very far in the world of gaming social media to find streamers that prominently display the title in their profiles. Heck, reaching that level was so important to me at one point that I went down a depressive spiral during my quest.

When the invite to join Twitch Affiliate finally came in, I pounced on it. But is that the right move for everyone? Probably not. Though I’m no longer weighed down by the stress of not having Twitch Affiliate, having the status hasn’t magically transformed me into a better or more important creator. It’s also limited my options in a few key ways. Here are some things you should know before you accept the deal.

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Griffin Hunting! The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – The Beast of White Orchard

In order to get the information on Yennefer’s whereabouts, we’ve got to take down a griffin for the Nifgaardians. Geralt gets sidetracked with a few menial tasks along the way, but this Witcher 3 stream ends with a chaotic battle against the big bird! During our quest, I take a moment to share all the new toys and art in my game room, and rant about my fascination with Kidz Bop. Yes, really.

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I tried streaming on Mixer. Here are my notes.

Wanting to be taken more seriously in the world of streaming, Mixer sent shockwaves throughout the industry by getting the exclusive rights for streaming’s biggest star. The platform still has a lot of work to do before truly becoming a rival to the likes of Twitch and YouTube, but moves like the Ninja signing have gone a long way towards building name recognition. At the very least, when people discuss streaming platforms, Mixer is usually mentioned on that list as an equal.

Recently, I streamed on Mixer as part of a stability test for my ISP. Because I was having issues streaming to Twitch and YouTube, they wanted me to try Mixer in hopes that they could isolate my network issues to something relating to RTMP (Real-Time Messaging Protocol). Twitch and YouTube use RTMP, while Mixer uses their propriety FTL (Faster Than Light) technology. Here are my notes from that experience.

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Even More Posts About Streaming! #BloggersWhoStream

[This post is part of a blogging collaboration by Later Levels and Hundstrasse called #BloggersWhoStream. Make sure to give them both credit and follow the hashtag on Twitter for more posts from the community!]

My efforts for #BloggersWhoStream are technically wrapping up today. However, writing about streaming is something that I have a deep passion for. I write posts about the subject on most Fridays and I’ll continue to do so for the foreseeable future.

If you enjoyed my work this week and wanted more, here’s a handy post that compiles links to a number of my previous efforts. Give it a look and I hope you enjoy!

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Welcome to My Streaming Room #BloggersWhoStream

[This post is part of a blogging collaboration by Later Levels and Hundstrasse called #BloggersWhoStream. Make sure to give them both credit and follow the hashtag on Twitter for more posts from the community!]

Building the game streaming setup of one’s dreams is an evolutionary process for most. It’s an expensive hobby to get into and the majority of those interested in pursuing it don’t start out with the equipment they need to produce a high-quality product. For example, I started streaming in 2017 with just the laptop I already had. Great for blogging, but it didn’t have the horsepower to display my gameplay and camera feeds at the same time.

More importantly, it’s a hobby that you really need to try for yourself before you go all in. Just because you like playing video games doesn’t mean that you’ll like playing them on stream. For instance, I love playing Tetris Effect when I’m not on stream and no one’s watching. However, when I streamed it and no one watched, I came away from that experience feeling miserable.

The outcome of no one watching was the same, but the dynamics and expectations change when broadcasting was introduced to the mix. The worst thing one can do is to buy all of the most expensive equipment and realize after the fact that they don’t actually like how streaming warps the gaming experience. You’re better off starting with whatever you have and determining whether you want to pursue it further.

This tour through my streaming setup is the culmination of my journey thus far. The road to get here was filled with failure, doubt, and MacGyver-esque life hacks. Even so, I truck along thanks to everything I’ve learned, the friends I’ve made along the way, and positive impact I’ve made on the world. From providing entertainment, to those that tune in to the money I’ve raised for charity (over $2,000 and counting for Extra Life!), I don’t take any of this for granted. All of this has inspired me to continue honing my craft and improving as a streamer on every front. As long as I continue to grow within the hobby, so will my streaming setup. Without further ado, let me show you where the magic happens.

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