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Versus

33%

Live streaming

Live streaming
Being a gamer is fun. Of course it should be, since videogames are hobbies, fun stuff we do when we just want to relax... after all they are games, indeed. But there are some people that want something more from games, something more than a simple hobby. Maybe they could gain from videogames, make gaming their job! Usually, the first activity that this people try is live streaming. Internet offer a good amount of different softwares and service to live streaming while you're gaming: Twitch is the bigger one, naturally. People can find any game being played in that moment on Twitch, and partecipate in a chat, donate money and a lot of other nice stuff. The streamer eventually might gain something from donation or Twitch itself, becoming a partner. Otherwise there is Youtube Live, where you can livestream directly on your Youtube channel. Both options are very nice, and while in the first you might gain more but it will be harder to start without any viewers, livestreaming on your Youtube channel – if already big – might grant a bigger audience. Of course services and sites like this aren't enough to live stream: you need games, and a personality! Not every game is enjoyable in a live stream, and for some of them you might need to have a strong personality. You need to talk, you need to make your viewer enjoy. It will be almost liek a TV show, and if you don't say anything it would be pointless to stare at a screen while someone else play without nothing much added. Sure there are people that like non commentary let's play, but a good streamer always try to make his followers feel good and enjoy the content. Live Streaming need you to have a good improvisation ability: anything might happen at any time, not just in the game. You might have some of your followers prank you somehow – and in the past there have been very severe cases of dangerous pranks, with people that even called SWAT. It wasn't fun for those streamers. But you also need to pay attention to what happens in the game, and react quickly as the situation request. Of course this might also be good, since if you are stuck on a puzzle or a boss particulary hard your follower might give you tips directly in the chat, without you having to look on Internet for a solution. And there might be moments where nothing happen, neither in the game or in the chat: you might want to start talking to avoid people getting bored, maybe asking question, making your followers feel part of the whole thing. Live streaming can be surely fun, and it surely isn't easy.

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Pros
  • Usually you gain views faster
  • With multiplayer games you could even play with your subscribers
  • You have a direct feedback from your audience
  • You can be a partner, gaining some money

Cons
  • Extremely resource demanding on a hardware level
  • You need to be a good entertainer and improvisator
  • You can't edit audio or video problems
  • You need to be consistent and have a schedule
  • Different timezones might be a issue for some viewers

Supporters

wiseagent

One word: Fun.

I prefer the option Live streaming because I think the emotion is always more genuine and the situations are always more fun. Of course not everyone can do it in such a fun way, but it's always something more interesting to watch.
Posted by wiseagent on 11-04-2017
blank629

3-2-1 Action! Live!

I prepare to watch a live streaming than a recorded gameplay. Well, even though it is not a game, I will love to watch live! You can feel the tension as the players feel at that time. It's like I am a part of the game. I want to watch also the recorded gameplay but for some reviews about the players not for supporting them for the match.
Posted by blank629 on 11-05-2017

67%

Recorded gameplay

Recorded gameplay
Since Youtube was created, something happened. Ideas were growing, and new types of videos and channels appeared everyday. There were review channels, channels focused on parody, small channel created just for one single video that somehow went viral... and gaming channel. Who know who was the first, but someone one day asked to himself “Why if I record myself playing?”. Whatever was the origin of let's play, or recorded gameplay in general, today are one of the biggest part of Youtube, with some extremely popular channels with thousands of subscribers, not only in English but in any part of the world. And this would allow me to introduce a big part of the Youtube Gaming: is not easy to gain views. There is a lot of offers, and unless someone is really good or can offer something new, it will hardly be considered. But imagine that you are good indeed, you play fun game, you have a lot of views... Is it still that great? For most part, yes, it might be. With recorded gameplays you can cut a lot of stuff, or add some funny effects and jokes. Why would you bother showing your viewers that long walk in a empty space where nothing happened? Just cut it! You realized that you could make a extremely funny joke when you died against that particular boss? Just add the joke in the video, nobody will realize! Editing can play a major part with recorded gameplays. You might even do something more, maybe some fun montages and not simply let's play. Or reviews focusing on a particular aspect of the game, or videos showing just the bosses, or a single particular moment... Anything. There are not the same limits of live streaming, but editing is not that easy as it sound. It requires time, it requires effort, and you need to know how to use the various softwares avalaible. Not every youtubers edit videos, and there are some of them that upload unedited videos, just direct recording of gameplay, without changing it a bit an still have a lot of views. But remember, that effort always gives you proper rewards.

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Pros
  • You can edit, cut and modify anything you record
  • Even without having a schedule, your video will be always there to be watched
  • Anyone from anywhere in the world can follow you without problems
  • You can have a lot of different ideas than simple let's plays

Cons
  • A lot of effort required with editing
  • It will take time to gain some views
  • Harder to gain money
  • Copyright problems might strike your videos

Supporters

kingcool52

Recorded

I don't really like live streams that much. Most of the time you have to watch the user go through loading screens and other stuff which just gets boring after a while. But with recorded gameplay, you can watch the user actually play the game and you don't have to suffer through the boring parts.
Posted by kingcool52 on 11-04-2017
limberg

Long time Pewdiepie fan

Pewdiepie has become popular because of his let's play videos of horror games. I find his videos hilarious. He does live streaming and recorded gameplay videos. I like both of them but I find the recorded gameplay videos a lot funnier. In the past, he just uploaded the gameplay he captured with very little editing. But as he gained more experience, he learned to edit the videos and just show the funny parts.

Live streaming has a lot of boring sections, awkward sections and cringey sections. Love streaming of video games are also so very long. I want videos to be sort and sweet.

Posted by limberg on 11-04-2017
lilac123

Recorded

As a viewer, I prefer watching recorded gameplays because I can watch on my own time and they are usually relatively shorter compared to livestreams which can last for hours. During livestreams, there is usually nothing interesting happening a lot of the time whereas recorded gameplays usually only feature highlights and interesting clips and I have the option to skip parts that I don't find interesting.
Posted by lilac123 on 11-06-2017
felabruno

Less stressful

If I had to make a gameplay I'd definitely record it. This way I could inspect everything I did and said, I could record it again or edit it. It is way less stressful for the person playing. Even if you have to take your time editing it is a better solution for me.
Posted by felabruno on 11-11-2017

Comments

hermessantos
I think it depends on the game. But most of the time I prefer recorded games. And I think I have better fun playing offline than in online games. In Conter Strike, for example, I particularly do not like to play online, because players are often arrogant. Anyway, it depends on the game.
Posted by hermessantos on 11-04-2017