It’s never been established, formally or informally, so I thought the best thing to do would be to pick people’s brains on the subject. What are your views? In the past, I have strongly recommended that all streamers use microphones to chat and engage with their audience. I’ve found using a mic when streaming is a lot more fun, both for the audience and the streamer themselves. I know microphones are incredibly expensive and hard to acquire, but please, I urge you to find one and put it near your face when streaming.
Secondly: promoting your channel (your twitch channel, your youtube channel, etc) is absolutely a-ok. However, try not to do so in a way that is detrimental to the viewer experience – this includes putting ugly watermarks on your streams, or spamming the chat with a link. If you shoot me an email, or just tell me, I can add a link to your channel\website in the site sidebar.
Thirdly: facecams – are they okay? There’s a new poll on the sidebar entitled ‘are facecams annoying?’ While not a bad invention in principle, they have become rather a crappy cliché in the Let’s Play community and are often misused, in my opinion. But is that to say we should rule them out for good?
Oh, and one final thing: Seanie is still Vice President and Emperor of quality control. But he’s not just there to bully you – feel free to pop any questions about streaming you might have in his combination pizza hut and taco bell, and see if they come out with fajita pizza. Xsplit can be a challenged to set up if you’re new to it. Also remember that you can use the wordpress login I sent you to log into the admin area and look at the streaming tutorial I wrote last year.
PS: remember to answer that poll!
PPS: are you enjoying this lovely weather or what?