The Swindle – Back to Twitch

Well I did it; I went back to twitch and sent an hour running the Swindle…

… and then hated how badly I played… when trying to speak at the same time… the problem is, because I don’t want my face to be on camera (I have a plan for that believe me).

And that was a problem, more than I actually knew at the time.

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@Twitch – Why I stopped dedicated streaming

I feel that this is the best time to say what I’m about to say.

So why did I quit dedicated streaming?

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When things stop getting fun…

I’m beginning to regret starting a twitch channel.  Not because of negative publicity but because its no longer fun.

I started playing to have fun and show people a side of me that no-one did… a honorable notion but misplaced.

The truth is it went downhill recently.

There is a buzz about playing a solo game with spectators however if you constantly go to play on twitch and you are constantly the only person, its effectively a video recorder, twitch is meant to be community not solo play.

I guess the deciding factor was Roll-play charity event.  I went back to watching these people have fun and felt part of the community watching, a few days later I played by stream and… it didn’t feel right being the only person on stream.

I also like to play games for long periods but I have to cap myself to 2-3 hours as I split them into decent length highlights, transfer them to youtube and then edit the tags and descriptions.  Its actually stopping me from letting go after a long day.

At the same time, my life has been chewed up, I work 6 days a week sometimes and when I do I lose 3 evenings to streaming and 2-3 hours of editing and checking, when you put in the effort, it makes things less fun when you have nothing to show for it… and I’ve been told that the only way to make it successful is to play games I don’t necessarily like.  If jumping through hoops and playing games you don’t want to play is part of the twitch streaming lifestyle then I want no further part of it…

I’m giving myself a week to see how I feel over the matter and I’ll make a decision then… in the meantime, I’ll probably keep going, see how I feel afterwards.

I’ll probably get back to what I enjoy and that is watching what I love.

This is staying though… it doesn’t take up much of my time, I can write this whenever I want and I do like writing about experiences.

Rollplay – How do they do it?

I don’t know how he does it?

One of my heroes in Twitch land is a guy called JP, he runs a Twitch Channel called itmejp, recently I had the chance to watch him do his 9 hour run.

One of the flagship shows he has is called “Rollplay”.

Rollplay is a show where he uses an on-line tabletop called roll20 to play a variety of roleplay systems.  He does it using skype and several of his friends from the world of Twitch.

It brings a question how does he pull them together?  I only managed 3 weeks before I had to stop because people couldn’t make the timeslot we had allocated.

I then compared my life to theirs (enough to depress you but…) and it became very simple.

Firstly, these are pure players, developers and designers, they already have a very flexible work/life balance and so they can get away with it.  All three of my original crew have jobs and lives that are not as flexible and so they have to take life when we can.

Secondly, I think the fact that they have a solid twitch base helps, you can tell they are watching the chat (travelling at 300 mph but…) and knowing that they are doing the right thing.

Thirdly they do cameras.  I want my personal life so I don’t do webcam (although I could do webcam and wear a mask but… no I hate masks) but they do and the reaction is priceless making it more personal, also they can see each other so they can bounce off each other’s reactions.

It is this combination that I think that makes them come back to the game time and time again.

Below is my feeble attempt just to show a comparison:

Twitch – Critics Already

Why do I twitch? Simple, to have fun and be myself, if I’m not then what’s the point.

I could end this blog here after this sentence but just to put some perspective in.

Someone (I will call the Critic) suggested to me why don’t I play games that are more in fashion? Games that I haven’t even played yet because it will get me more followers?

OK, let’s reference a tip about getting more followers… give yourself a hook that gives you an edge.

OK so this critic was saying that the best way of getting an edge was to play a game that EVERYONE ELSE was playing?

Be yourself was another one of the tips given online.

So the critic wants me to play a game that is not my type of game?… actually its on the border of what I like so mute point.

Now another point made by twitch users, sometimes its not the game but the person playing.

So this critic is telling me that he won’t sign as a follower because no-one else has signed up, even though he admits that my only problem is the games I play but he likes me?

Now I know that technically what the critic said is a valid tip but what this tip is saying is that you too could be a twitch superstar by playing the game everyone else is playing… when you do that you create a single tone and you find yourself competing against a large group of people.

So in my case I will follow my own rules, I won’t necessarily have 100 followers in a month but every follower will be hard earned and worth it.

And I will not use this post as a plug for my channel.