Streamed wows?? ლ(ಠ益ಠლ) How to blindly stagger around twitch 101

So Warcraft on twitch is an odd thing.

Workmate was saying her YA son is a nerd and that he loves to watch live streamed games on Twitch, particularly minecraft and such, that this is what kids these days do. I was all “Oooh yeah I use twitch.” But poking it with a stick a little bit further – honestly I really do not use twitch the way peeps do now. The online gamer streaming community is pretty huge and has been for the, what?, last five or so years. Its popular to watch people game and that’s more than just watching your fav commenter like TotalBiscuit or Towelliee or that TwitchPlaysPokemon stream…

Its subscriptions, chatroom, followers, donations and popularity wars… wowsers. Its professional gamers and top raiding guilds like Method , Serenity , Exorsus , Limit & Midwinter (well I know Method… lol but I am not up with the others – too fancy for the Bytes).

Meeee? When I did twitch with the guild really we just did the odd twitch stream and vid for raiders who were benched – which raiders never are these days thanks to flexible raiding. I’m interested in machinima but as ever have so many f-ing issues getting wow model viewer to load (must trouble shoot that). Occasionally I clipped some moments of video… once I looked up how you could protect yourself from having your vocals recorded off vent. None of this is really much to do with the stream community… that’s more like scheduled chat roulette or televised sports events… I was never great at watching people play because I just want to zone out quietly within the game myself.

Podcasts are much better for me because I can listen to them at work – streamed video is not really something i can enjoy at my office 9-5 with out getting in the poop.

I think you are meant to stalk the streams like you stalk the tweets, have conversations and connect with peeps see new trends etc. Maybe look up particular fights or top guilds doing progression. Social gaming – not my strength. Things I like are maybe archived vids off blog sites, new people trying wow because thats fun, conversational world exploration – it seem harder to track down.

Blizz stream awards 2013: 

Some Twitch channels I didn’t mind:

Failing that I am sure you’ll find something by subscribing to the mire that is the Warcraft Channel or the Warcraft Community (which allows you then to stalk online steamers when you check in … for me its always Method raiders O_o weird). Tip: Limit to English language in the wow communities… although its sort of addictive to listen to playing and ranting in other languages. 


What have I learnt: 

  • Honestly … I’m 200% more likely to watch a live twitch vid that has fancy little ascii emotes in the title! Its a fancy butt > (‿ˠ‿)
  • This reminds me of channel surfing on the TV before netflix 😮 #age
  • Its not just chick-cleavage in the selfie cameras, one bloke was full bear-belly-out in his computer chair #superImpressed… he mentioned Jesus though so I had to flee.



About Bytes

Returning wow player, one of those elderly burnt out ex-officer types. My current main is a Hunter (MS the under-dog talent tree Beast Master), but thats shifting back to hybrid Shaman. Together with my virtual cat I battle evil, kick butt and take names.
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