Live Streaming and Embracing Audience Participation

When Tetris 99 introduced Invictus Mode, I switched to playing that mode exclusively. Part of it stemmed from believing that I have the skills to compete at that level. Wins are sparse, but I’ve won enough Invictus matches to feel like this is the right mode for me.

Beyond that, I also chose to play Invictus matches as a means of attracting viewers to the stream. Skill can play a major factor when it comes to drawing an audience, and I felt like I had to play at Invictus-level difficulty in order to stand a chance against other streamers in the directory. Even though the focus of my show isn’t so much about competitive play, I figured that players streaming classic Tetris 99 would get left behind.

Skill still goes a long way, but the factors that determine viewership are more complicated than that.

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Paladins – Can Paladins on Switch Compete with Overwatch?

My brother Randy rejoins me to play Paladins on Switch! We talk about some of the recent updates to the game, upcoming Nintendo releases, and wonder what the world of Paladins on Switch will look like once Overwatch drops.

Highlights

A bias against “basic” characters in video games?

Why one would pick Paladins over Overwatch

A rant about fanboyism and console wars

Shoutouts!

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My Favourite Free-to-Play Games

My crippling addiction to Dr. Mario World has reignited my internal debate about the merits of free-to-play games. While I grew up in a world where you either dropped quarters into an arcade machine or bought a cartridge to play the full game, I understand now that games have always been driven by the business models behind them. Free-to-play is just another permutation of that, and it’s up to me how much I want to engage with that. With Google Stadia and 5G looming, streaming may add yet another approach to monetizing games.

Though I generally prefer to buy my games outright, there have been a few free-to-play games that really sunk their teeth into me. Here are a few of my free-to-play faves!

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Jett and Randy Play Paladins! And Ukeleles!

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Randy and I reunite in the world of Paladins after an extended hiatus from the game. We try out the latest character Imani, who seems really cool! Also, we poorly play ukelele!

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5 Reasons Why You Should Check Out Paladins

Ever since I started playing it a few months ago, I have been a champion for Paladins. While the hero shooter space is dominated by one big player who I will try to avoid using by name in this piece, its presence doesn’t invalidate the fun to be had in the alternative created by Hi-Rez Studios. Yet on numerous occasions, I’ve seen and heard from players that they won’t touch Paladins with a 10-foot pole because they’re either fans of “the other game” and don’t want to let go, or they dismiss it for not being the “other game”.

That other game is fantastic. In fact, nowadays, I play it more than this one. Ultimately, you’re allowed to play or not play whatever you like. However, I think it’s unfair how overlooked Paladins is relative to what it has to offer. Because of that, I was inspired to make this list of five reasons why you should check out Paladins!

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My Favourite Paladins Characters Version 1.0

On the heels of my favourite Overwatch characters, I had to do the same for the other hero shooter in my life. With a roster that’s over 30+ characters deep, Paladins has many to choose from. With so many equivalent characters across the two games in terms of look and function, how many of these parallels make it onto my list?

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Jason Makes His Paladins Debut!

Jason is an avid Overwatch fan, but he steps out of his comfort zone to try out Paladins with my brother Randy and I! Besides teaching Jason the ropes, we talk about some of the games Jason is selling on eBay, the Apple Conference that took place today, Nintendo Direct predictions, and an appearance in the chat from Extra Life Toronto!

Brothers of the Realm! Jett and Randy Play Paladins!

Randy and I reunite in the world of Paladins for the first time since the Dragon’s Call update! We play one game of that before going back to the standard modes. During the show, we discuss Paladins vs. Overwatch, how Dragon’s Call is busted, the sad state of Pocket Rumble, why Jett doesn’t play PC games, and more! Also, their parents make a cameo appearance off-camera as they try and coordinate a family lunch outing!

 

The Shoe Fits, But…

A few weeks ago, my friend Jascha and I were went on a multi-hour Overwatch binge. New to the game, Jascha bounced around from one character to the next, hoping to find a character to invest in. At first, he struggled mightily with high-learning curve characters like McCree and Widowmaker. Then he moved onto Symmetra and Tracer, where he started to show some positive gains. Despite his initial success with those characters, he stubbornly went back to McCree and Widowmaker, failing now just as he did before.

Piquing my interest with this curious decision, I asked him why he went away from characters that were working for him. While I don’t remember his exact response, it was clear to me that it was going to take more than being good for him to stick with a character.

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I Need a Hero (Shooter)

Not long after the game’s launch in 2016, I bought Overwatch out of curiosity. It was the biggest game in the world at that point and I wanted to see what the hype was about. As much as I enjoyed it back then, it quickly fell out of my rotation, as I was still investing most of my competitive gaming time into Street Fighter V, and just starting to ramp up my obsession with Pokemon Go. Despite my own pressure and poking from myself and others to get back into it, the game collected dust on my shelf.

Inspired by the recent release of Paladins on the Nintendo Switch, I’ve found myself falling in love with the hero shooter genre as a whole in a big way.

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