Gentlemen's Lunchtime Association

Like a book club, but with video games.

Streaming ettiquete?

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.

Love, Cats

PS: remember to answer that poll!

PPS: are you enjoying this lovely weather or what?

21 – Snap into a Slim Jim

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In the funkiest episode of GDV yet, the gentlemen discuss LucasArts, Space Jam remixes, dumb nerds voting in polls, Macho Man Randy Savage and outdated slang words.

LucasArts shut down:
http://techcrunch.com/2013/04/03/disney-shuts-down-lucasarts-just-154-days-after-acquiring-it/

Kotaku’s Guacamelee coverage:
http://kotaku.com/the-many-memes-references-and-homages-of-guacamelee-471782520

Worst Company In America:
http://www.joystiq.com/2013/04/05/worst-company-in-america-poll-has-ea-respond-we-can-do-bette/

Microsoft Twitter Man:
http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2013-04-05-microsoft-creative-director-doesnt-understand-the-drama-around-having-an-lways-on-console”

Polite reminder about stream keys

Please remember, your stream key is your own personal stream key! Do not distribute it to other people. I can revoke stream keys arbitrarily, although I won’t do it unless I have to. If you’ve had your stream key revoked, I will send you another one (as long as you remember not to send it out again!).

Love, Cats

Episode 20 – Boggle Mania

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Catsman, Doddski, Evilagram, Happyman, Juju, Ramal, Moogle, Seanie and Xevrex discuss Kawaii guns, John Spaghettio, Shenmue 3, Civ 5, PETA, microtransaction bullshit and retractable beards. Plus, permanent bologna organs.

Down for scheduled maintainence at 1PM GMT, 2nd of april 2013

My host is upgrading their hardware. Soon we’ll have SSD caching, gigabit ports and spangly new hardware all round. In the meantime, remember that you can watch this stream both on our official twitch tv page and on Gather Your Party. We’ll be changing IP addresses so we may be offline for some time, depending on how fast your ISP is with that.

Love, Cats

PS: Podcast has been delayed. Unfortunately, there was an error in the recording process that screwed up the audio from around the two hour mark, but I’d edited those two hours before I realized. I was able to retrieve the backup recording from happyman but haven’t had time to finish it as of yet. Apologies to all!

Gentlemen Discussing Vidya 19 – Conspiracy

Wake up sheeple!

MORTICIANS HATE HER! Single mother from Morton-on-the-Marsh discovers secret to immortality! Click here to learn her secret!

Join Gentlemen Discussing Vidya for a special conspiracy-flavoured episode, as we uncover the truth that’s literally right there, and has conveniently been uncovered by a series of cryptic-but-solvable clues. Catsman, Happyman, Juju, Ramal, Mahboyy, Reinbach, Seanie and Yay feature in this action-packed conspiracy spectacular.

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