Why I Treat Playing Video Games and Streaming Video Games on Twitch as Two Different Things

At a certain point in my streaming journey, I made a very important distinction for myself:

Playing video games and streaming are two separate activities.

Making this adjustment has helped me manage managing my mental health while also putting myself in a better position to work towards my streaming goals. Here’s how I differentiate between the two and how I benefit.

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Trolled on My Own Stream?! – Tetris 99 Live Stream

An excellent Tetris 99 player in the chat is trolling me with silly names (and besting me on the leaderboards). Do we eventually find the identity of this troll? More importantly, can I find the skills within me to overthrow them?

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Setting New Records! – Tetris 99 Live Stream

The Tetris Gods were on my side today, as I set a new personal best for most wins during a Tetris 99 stream! We also try out some of the chips in the ultimate potato chip crossover and discuss how streamers can improve their streams by incorporating elements of storytelling!

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Examples of Twitch and YouTube Streaming Overlay Design Elements That I Really Like

What makes for a good streaming overlay? With streaming as a medium still in its infancy, the answer is rapidly-evolving and highly-subjective. Once upon a time, overlays weren’t a thing. Then we moved into a phase where streamers filled the screen with design elements and widgets. These days, the new wave is a larger camera view within your gameplay scene so that viewers get a better view of the streamer.

Furthermore, overlays aren’t a one-size-fits-all solution. As one example, I greatly prefer the look of streams that put the camera overtop of full-width gameplay. However, that particular presentation style doesn’t work for speed-runners who display their time splits on the side or for retro games that are presented in a 4:3 aspect ratio.

Based on my experiences of watching Twitch and tinkering with my own overlay, here are aspects of overlay design that I like. There are links to every streamer I reference in case you’re interested in checking them out. I’m by no means an expert on overlay design. Just using this post to share design elements that I appreciate!

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Where It All Began! – Tetris 99 Live Stream

A special someone introduced me to Tetris many years ago. Who could it be? And though I’m totally unqualified to do so, I try my best to answer Twitch-specific relationship advice!

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My Experiences with Starting a Gaming TikTok

Earlier this year, YouTube launched its Shorts video format. YouTube Shorts are vertically-oriented videos with a browsing mechanism similar to TikTok. Even in this early stage, a number of creators have greatly expanded their reach through this new format.

With YouTube being a priority for me, I decided to start making videos within the Shorts format. I was already making clips for Twitter and Instagram, so making YouTube Shorts was simply a matter of reformatting them for a vertical screen.

As it turns out, that YouTube Shorts vertical format is also same as TikTok. Though I’ve been reluctant to support more platforms with my content, I figured that if I’m going to make vertically-oriented clips for YouTube anyway, why not also post them on TikTok for greater reach with little extra effort?

Thus far, not much has come out of YouTube Shorts. TikTok though

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Light Work! – Tetris 99 Live Stream

Tetris 99 wins seem to come more naturally when I’m not really paying attention to the game. Who woulda thunk? We also discuss expanding your taste in music, this year’s crop of Oscar best picture nominees, and secrets from inside the radio industry!

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Finally! – Pac-Man 99 Live Stream

At long last, I finally achieve Pac-One status in Pac-Man 99! I also run a Show & Tell segment with some of my favourite Atari 2600 games!

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First Pac-One!? – Pac-Man 99 Live Stream

I started this stream with the goal of winning my first ever Pac-One in Pac-Man 99. Was I able to snatch the crown? We also cover some of our favourite games from the recent Nintendo Indie World Showcase!

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What Regret Looks Like! – Tetris 99 Live Stream

A heartbreaking end to a Tetris 99 match leads to a hilarious photo!

Between matches, we discuss our initial thoughts on Pac-Man 99, I review a new flavour of potato chips, and debate the merits of these video game inspired baby names!

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