Due to popular demand, I’m happy to announce my intentions to enter the world of livestreaming!
Starting next month, I’ll begin getting my feet wet by streaming some gameplay on Twitch and posting “Let’s Play” videos on YouTube. This is something I’ve been wanting to do for some time, but I didn’t really know where to start or how I wanted to make my entrance.
These days, Twitch streamers are a dime a dozen. Most play eSports related titles like Fortnite, Hearthstone, etc. I knew that if ever started sharing my gameplay with the world, I’d want to do something different. So after much consideration, I’ve decided to approach things from a different angle and stay true to my moniker: retro style gaming.
Now, notice I didn’t say “retro gaming”. Instead, I said “retro style”. These days, the game market is filled with nostalgia. Developers are making 8-bit throwback games in droves. There’s even a number of old school CRPG clones on the scene making a low buzz for all those with their ear to hear it. My plan is to explore the world of these throwback games on my streams. Having just finished my review of the classic Ultima series, one of the first new “old” games I plan to stream is Shroud of The Avatar – Lord British’s spiritual sequel to the Ultima franchise.
Now, this doesn’t mean I’m shifting my focus from written reviews to streaming. Not at all. In fact, I’ll still be making written reviews for every game I’ll be playing. Including those I share on stream. I’m just going to be adding an option to watch me as I explore some of these retro-esque titles.
Another thing I would like to incorporate into my streams is what I call “blind playing”. This means when I start a game, I’ll actually be playing it for the first time. I’m not going to be some expert trying to speedrun my way through things. Instead, I would actually like to seek advice from my viewers and make decisions together. In a nutshell, instead of doing a “watch me play this game”, I want to do a “let’s play this game together”. I hope this will bring a new a refreshing dynamic to those of you who like to watch livestreams.
Over the last month, I’ve been purchasing some new equipment (a second monitor, microphone, etc) and designing graphics and animations for my upcoming stream. I also have my fingers crossed for a change in my work schedule that might allow more time for this new endeavor. Regardless, I’ll be sure to make a more concrete announcement once things are about to start.