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Posted 4/18/16
I've been noticing lots of game streamers online, and I have always been curious what's the fuss of watching game streams.

I only watch short gameplays & game guides to get through one of the game area that I have difficulty on. I don't really sit through an hour or so just to watch a stream or an actual live stream and honestly, I don't get the idea of sitting down and watching a stream for hours, that a game that you will play or playing and be spoiled on the story & etc. It's like for me, my time is better off playing that game instead of watching it...

But that's just me, So I'm quite curious, Why do you watch game streams? What's game streaming for you? Do you actually play and finish the game that you watched? or you just watch it leisurely (for the heck of it)? Please enlighten me.
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Posted 4/18/16 , edited 4/18/16
Personally, there are two reasons I'll watch a stream or "Let's Play" of a game:

The Game Itself:

Is it worth buying? Is it worth investing my (rather more limited than it used to be - thanks, work) free time into? If I watch an hour or two of a game that isn't a carefully choreographed demo by the developer and it looks fantastic, then I feel more comfortable investing my money and time.

Or there's a skill or time-investment reason I'll watch an LP instead of play the game myself. RPGs (particularly of the Japanese variety) are notorious for requiring lots of repetitive level grinding. I haven't got time for that crap as an adult, and most LPs cut that fluff out of their videos, which means you can enjoy the story without the 40+ hours of grind.

The Commentary:

Some do it well, and many don't, but the commentary itself can be the primary reason to watch these videos. Humor is often a big draw, if they're able to tickle your funny bone then their video can be more fun to watch than playing the game itself.

Other LPers treat the medium as a vlog and discuss topics of interest to them. The "Far Lands Or Bust" guy, for instance, is a big NASA / Astronomy buff, so he's often discussing the latest news in those fields. Scott Manley also frequently talks science crap in his videos (I think he actually did work at NASA if I recall correctly).

TL;DR... Different strokes for different folks.
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Posted 4/18/16
I like to see what the competitive gamers of today are doing differently in mindset and strategy. These KIDS are breaking these games down to a science that didn't exist when I had the energy to try hard at things. Esports is evolving in a way that I couldn't have imagined as a kid and I like what I'm seeing and watching.

I don't really watch streams on the regular like that though. Just tournaments and major events. So maybe I didn't answer your question at all!
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Posted 4/18/16 , edited 4/18/16
I pretty much exclusively watch Total War lets plays- specifically Lord of the Rings mods. They help me sharpen up my own battle skills in the game.

I do the same with a couple other grand strategy games as well.
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Posted 4/18/16

Balzack wrote:

I pretty much exclusively watch Total War lets plays- specifically Lord of the Rings mods. They help me sharpen up my own battle skills in the game.

I do the same with a couple other grand strategy games as well.


You going to play Total war Warhammer?!

And I watch game streams to procrastinate nowadays.
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Posted 4/18/16
From my perspective, game streams are worth watching if I want to see what
others are doing, or not doing that may work for me in my favorite games (Sid
Meiers's Civilization
series, or the better Total War games). I also watch You-
Tube clips of game glitches to pass the time and have a laugh at the poor
suckers who had to go through them.
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Posted 4/19/16


Personally, I suck at most games (even though I'm a professional game developer - go figure!). So I watch them to see someone who might actually play the game, and kind of get the same satisfaction I would from a movie (or a Mystery Science Theater 3000 version of one depending on the game and commentary) in a way.

I also enjoy things like Team Four Star's "in-character" plays. They're a fun intro to the game, but not as involved as, say, someone going through the Halo series and the several hundred hours that takes. Don't get me wrong, those several hundred hours make for great background as I work! Just different approaches.
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Posted 4/19/16
To try to avoid having to purchase and play those games, not that it generally works because most people who post Let's Plays and stuff have voices like tearing metal.
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Posted 4/19/16
Background Noise. Hahah, not quite like that but i like to have something to watch when I for example grind in either WoW or CoD. Other then that i do it for the commentary and/or that streamers skill.
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Posted 4/19/16 , edited 4/19/16
I like to watch or listen to Twitch streams when I'm bored at work or when I'm at home multi-tasking. It's good secondary entertainment for me when I'm occupying myself with games, work, or various other tasks.
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Posted 4/19/16 , edited 4/19/16
There are all sorts of reasons.
Some people watch streams like they watch sports, they like to see competitive play.
Some watch for the player's personality and commentary because they're funny, interesting, or informative.
Some watch because they're too awful at the games themselves.
Some watch for the story of the game and have no interest in playing it. This is especially true for games like Until Dawn or Firewatch where you, arguably, get the same experience just watching it instead of playing it. Heck, some can get even MORE enjoyment from watching it.
Some watch to find out if they would like the game themselves.

These are just at the top of my head, I'm sure there's lots more reasons. It's another form of entertainment. As a guy earlier said, different strokes for different folks.
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A big part of it for me is the personality of the streamer. If the streamer themself is boring or barely talks/engages with the viewers, regardless of what game he's playing, I won't watch for long. The good streamers are entertainers first and foremost imo. I don't even necessarily need to want to play the game being streamed if the streamer is entertaining. I'll watch someone like Maximillian_Dood play something like Killer Instinct cause he's a fun guy to watch and engages with the viewers, even though I really don't care for Killer Instinct by itself. I watch streams of KingGothalion because he's an entertaining personality, even though he really only streams Destiny and the Division. I haven't played the former in a while and only casually play the latter right now.

Some streamers are just in general entertaining people while others provide really interesting insight into the games they are playing. Watching someone like Trump or Strifecro or Savjz play Hearthstone is fun because they are incredibly well versed in the game and strategies and can really talk about the decisions they are making as they play which helps me be a better player. I learn more about Street Fighter V by watching Justin Wong or Maximillian_Dood stream the game.

But outside of streaming tournaments, I primarily watch Twitch secondary. I'll be multi-tasking and doing some work or just browsing the internet. I'll leave up a stream on one screen while I play various games on my primary screen such as Hearthstone or WoW or Blade & Soul, primarily games without a narrative I need to focus on. It's kinda replaced TV is my main form of background noise.
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Posted 4/19/16

gornotck wrote:

To try to avoid having to purchase and play those games, not that it generally works because most people who post Let's Plays and stuff have voices like tearing metal.

I'm so confused, you watch people play the game so that you don't have to play it yourself? so you watch the whole playthrough, but the persons voice makes you buy the game? O_O



I watch streams purely for the streamer's personality Some streamers i follow it doesn't matter what they were playing i just watch it because i want to see how they react to it and the audience watching them play.
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Posted 4/22/16
The community aspect of streaming hugely influences why I watch streamers. If the streamer is someone I converse with outside of Twitch, it's likely I'll watch him / her. Hell, I even talk with other people in the stream as well. It's fun.
Posted 4/23/16
To see games I cannot play mostly.
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