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?


don’t try too hard to be funny, don’t be a weirdo and interpret everything in the game sexually are the two main things for me

and please, PLEASE do not voice act dialogue unless you’re a really good voice actor (nobody is a really good voice actor). i am watching the stream and reading the text by myself. i do not need a play-by-play nor do i need to hear your solid snake impression

regarding facecams i don’t think they’re good even for horror games. they can be okay for some other situations tho as long as you have something to show

On April 20, 2013 at 6:37 pm


Facecams always get us more viewers on twitch and i dont know why so i’m for them

On April 21, 2013 at 5:08 am


facecams get more viewers on twitch for the same reason that facecams get pewdiepie views
also pizza hut and taco bell should not combine ever, nothing should combine with taco bell ever

On April 21, 2013 at 2:46 pm


First of all, I think Happyman’s first two points are really, REALLY important. Especially making innuendos of everything is just kind of creepy imo.

On facecams I have to say I enjoy them most of the time, I think it feels more personal. The thing that can get annoying is just when people try too hard (make weird expressions, exaggerate reactions and gestures, etc), but that’s not even a facecam-specific issue, so I personally wouldn’t consider the facecam itself to be the problem.

I don’t have any strong opinions about voice acting; I do prefer having the in-game text read out loud, but full-blown “different voice for each character” can really be either funny or annoying, depending on the situation.

And here’s what I think is the most important thing to remember:
Catsman mentioned stream-chat communication as an important thing, and I think that goes for these kind of things too. You can just ask the chat if they’re enjoying the stream and, if not, if there’s anything you should change.
As for the viewers, honesty is wonderful, but at least consider using a different phrasing than “your voice acting is complete shit”. It’s just unnecessary.

On April 21, 2013 at 3:01 pm


1/ Sometimes like with very voicy games it’s best to be totally silent(see Sam&Max)

2/ I won’t ask to promote anything here until it at least gets good

3/ My face being shown here would probably warrant all of us an arrest for drug dealing(long story, not your business)

4/ I do my absolute best efforts to ignore Seanie as much as I can. And I will go on doing it.

One question though, if I were to stream (again) a particularly unpopular game that nobody watches except those who’ve played it already, do I get to be sent a disapproval e-mail with cancer in it?

On April 22, 2013 at 9:14 am


maybe, mahboyy. maybe.
I actually wanted to ask, what do people consider the deadest times here? I want to try tweaking my settings now that I’m getting more time to mayhaps stream, but I wanted to do so with some feedback — while not taking viewers away from any other streamer, or causing the stream itself to look a tad unprofessional while I get my s*** in order.

On April 22, 2013 at 8:36 pm


11-15 GMT tends to be the most dead time i’ve seen – i usually see a stream on in the morning when i wake up

On April 22, 2013 at 8:53 pm


I agree with everything besides the watermarks comment. those are usually meant to show who’s streaming and sometimes what’s being streamed I.E. My glorious visage used to display my favorite character in Sanic Racing (or actual Dreamcast games is I felt like emulating them)

On April 28, 2013 at 8:03 pm