To Livestream or Not To Livestream: The struggle of choosing to expand on a wider, active platform

Are you going live? While choosing whether or not to livestream your content is one of the questions I’ve been asking myself recently. It is one of the questions I’ve been rolling over in my mind and wonder if it would be worth it. As it should be. Going live isn’t an easy task today. Not to mention, I’m not the only person who struggles with making a decision like this.

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In our current world, a lot of people are online. They livestream everything from the time they wake up, eat a meal, put on makeup, hang out with some buddies, while driving (HUGE PET PEEVE), what their pets might be doing, etc. I could go on and on and on. We have all been subjected to this world.

Why do people want to livestream? Very good question as livestreaming has its pros and cons, especially in the gaming world. You can grab a very active, constant audience that is always logged in. It’s hard to pry ourselves from our screens. Don’t get me wrong, I love catching up with GameGrumps to see what Arin is yelling at and Dan creating fabulous commentary to Arin’s yelling.

Livestreaming provides great entertainment in our current age. I know many friends and family members that keep up with their favorite Youtubers, Podcasts, etc. every day to see what new content has been posted.

There are two different ways to livestream your content. Visually and auditorily.

 

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Visually: You can see the person in the video. They’ve set up a camera to put a face with the voice. This is great to see the expressions, reactions, emotions of the person streaming. When it comes to video games, this is probably the best because everyone loves to see how people react to stimuli (heehee horror games). The streamer can also make fake eye contact with the unseen audience. You can break a physical barrier that you can’t with auditory. Seeing someone’s facial expressions and use of their eyes, eyebrows, mouth movements all help us create a relationship that seems more personal. There can be a quick connection between the streamer and the watcher that keeps you coming back.

Auditorily: The streamer is using only their voice to interact with the audience. This can be a bit more complex and difficult (for some). Some people are great audio streamers, where they provide great commentary, storytelling, and discussion for their viewers to enjoy. The sound of your voice, inflections, tones, choice of grammar, etc, are all techniques a streamer needs to be aware of in order to keep their audience engaged. The fun about being an auditory streamer only is the mystery behind the voice. You might not know what the streamer looks like, but since that visual isn’t there it does not play a factor in your thoughts and opinions about the streamer and the quality of entertainment they are providing you.

I’ve known a few livestreamers that have started out auditorily and moved into the visual livestream experience. In my opinion, this is a good way to get yourself established and comfortable before expanding. Learning to perfect one skill is easier than perfecting two at once. Unless you are a natural, then kudos!!

 

A Girl Who Games

Well, since I’m a woman I was going to touch a little on this.

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I have been told that livestreaming is really fun and can be great for many individuals. However, I’ve been warned by a few women that if I wanted to go live, I should be ready for any and all nasty talk from other viewers, specifically male viewers. This isn’t the main reason I haven’t gone live but it does stick in the back of my mind.

Do I really want to subject myself to rude, unnecessary comments? I am someone who lives by the “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.” I know that not everyone likes how everybody lives their lives, or how they express themselves, how they dress. Everyone isn’t going to agree with everyone’s opinions. So I already know going into this, if I went live, someone isn’t going to like my material and they might have something bad to say about it.

The great thing about livestreaming is the options viewers have. They can choose to watch or not to watch. Not everyone who watches will stick around, because it may not be their cup of tea. This is refreshing because you know the people are going to stay with you are most likely the people who enjoy your product.

Being a woman and streaming video gameplay is a hard task and even more difficult if you aren’t entertaining. It’s even worse if you aren’t seen as attractive to the male gaming community, but if you do too much to your appearance, then you are a fake gamer.

I grew up playing video games and loved them just as much as my male friends. So, when I see this type of judgement it really irks me. I understand attraction is different to everyone, it’s called a diverse gene pool for a reason. When you are watching a streamer who has a camera installed, physical attraction is a part of the reason you become a constant streamer. I do that! That’s all fine and dandy. It’s normal. It’s when a portion of the gaming community targets a streamer and bashes them for their appearance, even if it had nothing to do with their content. Again, viewers have the power to watch or not watch, so the comments spewed between individuals just to be mean is annoying.

 

Things To Consider Before Going Live

There many topics I’ve discussed and mulled over which I think anyone should analyze before choosing to go live. Going live isn’t easy and could have potentially devastating ramifications if not prepared. In order to see if you are truly ready for the live gaming world, doing research will help you to make an informed decision.

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1.) Research the types of livestreaming. Find out which method of streaming would best work for you. Youtube, Twitch, etc. Not all these platforms can benefit you. Some might be better for your streaming personality than others. You might reach your type of audience easier with certain platforms.

2.) Content you want to stream. Whether it be cooking videos, bedtime stories, video games, reviews, etc. you should find what you would like to share with the world to make yourself known for that providing that type of content.

3.) Techniques of streaming. Visually or auditorily. As mentioned above, each has its pros and cons. They can both provide great entertainment for the streamer and viewer. Which do you think you and your streaming will benefit from most?

4.) Personality. Everyone has their own unique personality that people can find a way to connect with. Give us a great show! Show off your skills to your viewers. Captivate us with your funny jokes, silly mistakes, eyebrow waves, or quirky commentary.

5.) Think of your audience. Whatever content you are going to share with the world, research what people like. Keeping up with the current culture in that topic is important to be successful. Who are you trying to talk to? Elderly, youngsters, gamers, readers, teachers, pet lovers. Find out what they want to learn and provide them with your twist on that content.

6.) Emotional dedication. Remember that going live can be emotionally taxing. When you are trying to live your life and provide the world with your thoughts and talents, it can become daunting. Give yourself time to relax between streams. Your mental health is more important than a video. If it gets too much for you, take a break. Re-evaluate your platform and come back stronger than before.

 

I am still on my own journey if I should go live with the games I play. I have been featured on my friends Twitch account before with great feedback from her viewers. The confidence to know I could be live with positive viewing was great to experience.

Hope you enjoyed this article. Let me know what you think! What helped you to make the decision to go live?

Slainte!

 

7 thoughts on “To Livestream or Not To Livestream: The struggle of choosing to expand on a wider, active platform

  1. I would add to this that you should consider whether you really want to go actually PROPERLY live, or if you’d rather do something like a Let’s Play, which demands similar skills at commentary and storytelling, but allows for editing and preparation.

    Both approaches have their pros and cons, but I much prefer doing Let’s Plays, personally. At least part of that is down to the fact that I live on the opposite side of the world to most of the people who might want to watch my streams so it’s just a convenience thing… but more broadly, I think I just prefer talking to “myself” and giving the game my full attention rather than having to keep one eye on the chat and one on the game.

    Try both! It’s easy enough to give both a shot and see which you prefer 🙂

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    1. That is a very good point! I actaully don’t know that much about Let’s Plays. I’ve watched Markiplier do some and I’ve heard a little about them.

      That’s a very good point to make to. Livestreaming versus posting edited videos gives you many options to do the same thing but how much control you have varies.

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      1. I saw you mentioned Game Grumps in your post — check out their YouTube channel (I assume you’ve been watching them on Twitch mostly from the sound of things?) for a good example of Let’s Plays being done well. They are fortunate enough to have each other to bounce off and talk to while they play the games in question, but that’s unfortunately not a luxury everyone has.

        For solo Let’s Players, PBGGameplay is pretty enjoyable. Or if you’re feeling super-kind and note that I am in no way comparing myself to a full-time professional at this sort of thing, you can see what I’ve done here 🙂 https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCaUNt3XWVlWfslXbqM7_vkQ

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      2. I actually watch GameGrumps on youtube 🙂 I guess I never put two and two together that what they do is considered a Let’s Play. HA! The things you learn! I think it would be great to have a counterpart to help keep the dialogue continuous and uplifting.

        I’d love to check out your material! Thanks for the link.

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  2. I agree with Pete. Let’s Plays can take the pressure off for sure. I think the key is whether you want the live viewer interaction. It can be a little daunting go handle playing a game and also reading and responding to chat at the same time. When it comes to video vs just audio, well you know you’re gorgeous so if some troll says something rude about your appearance you know they are wrong and you’d simply ignore them and block them from your stream. It’s harder to gain followers without video. People really like that personal touch. But yeah Let’s Plays with video could be a good place to start.

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  3. I stream on occasion and don’t much care for it. Trying to read chat and interact with people while playing a game isn’t something I can do, so streaming really isn’t my scene.

    That said, the few times I have streamed was to show off something in a game to friends. Just last week I saw a tweet from a fellow blogger who was struggling with Monster Hunter World, so I spent 2 hours streaming the game going over tips specific to the monsters they were struggling with and general tips for the game. While I know I’m hot garbage at entertaining people, I did enjoy that stream and was glad to hear that it helped them out.

    So in summary: streaming isn’t really my jam, but I can be persuaded into doing it on occasion.

    From reading your SOMA review and this you seem to be enjoying streaming though. I said I’ve struggled to keep up with chat, but how have you found trying to manage your focus between the game and the viewers?

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    1. I actually haven’t streamed by myself. I’ve been a guest on a friends. And watching both is very hard. Engaging your audience while playing a very interesting game can be a challenge. I’m sure how you set up your chat menu for you to view makes a difference.

      I’m not sure how I would do by myself. It’s very helpful to have a second person there to keep track on the comments while one plays.

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