Streaming Tagged Articles RSS Feed | Streaming RSS Feed on en Launch Media Network Project xCloud's Streaming Lineup Expands With New Games Wed, 22 Jan 2020 17:08:18 -0500 Ty Arthur

Though Project xCloud is still only in beta, the games streaming service already has 83 games in its catalog. The increase comes as a dozen new games were just added by Microsoft. They cover a wide range of genres. 

The new lineup includes a number of Telltale titles, which goes against the norm considering the studio's demise. Some other digital services have been jettisoning those games instead. For fans of those games, though, their inclusion in the xCloud lineup is a boon. 

Other games, such as SUPERHOT, Destiny 2, The Surge, and Sid Meier's Civilization 6 also make appearances. Here's the full list of newly added xCloud titles:

Several of those games are currently available through the growing Xbox Game Pass library, although Project xCloud and Game Pass are two separate entities at this point.

Game Pass notably has a monthly fee and currently supports installing games on Xbox One and PC. The two services are expected to eventually become compatible with each other, however, and may merge in some way.

At the moment, Project xCloud remains free, though in beta. If you get into the beta, you can play all the available games at no cost, However, the service is currently only available for a small number of player testers. Potential applicants need a compatible Android mobile device, a wireless Xbox One controller, and a stable wi-fi connection to take part.

Wondering what all the fuss is about and how this streaming service works? Check our Project xCloud early impressions here! Stay tuned for more news and info on Project xCloud as it develops. 

Streamer Attempts to Fart in Mic, Poops Self Instead Mon, 20 Jan 2020 16:13:36 -0500 Tobbpitt

I'm not sure what would possess someone to fart into their mic while streaming, and I don't want to know. All I want is to witness that sweet sweet shame from doing a little more than farting if you catch my drift.

There are a number of examples of streamers farting and accidentally soiling themselves on stream, but this isn't American Dad's first rodeo based on those brown stains on his pants.


When you're at a point when you've got what appear to be poop stains all on the seat of your pants, and you think it's a good idea to shove a mic against your groin and give a little boot toot and instead get the boot sloop, you may have lost control of your life.

I'm not going to judge too harshly. Perhaps he should see a doctor? Or maybe, you know, not try to push out a fart for an audience.

Atari VCS Partners with Anstream to Bring You Even More Retro Bliss Mon, 30 Sep 2019 13:04:50 -0400 Joshua Broadwell

The Atari VCS is still a ways off, but today, Atari pulled the curtain back on a substantial partnership with the retro streaming service Antstream. It's a partnership that will let you play hundreds of retro titles on the VCS — and not just Atari games.

Atari said its full library of 300 titles will be available on Anstream, plus "an exclusive and enhanced version of the Antstream app engineered specifically for the Atari VCS." Atari wasn't too specific about what makes this version enhanced, apart from access to the Atari library. However, all this is in addition to the 100+ games on the VCS itself.

When the Antstream VCS app launches, Atari said the goal is to have 50 Atari titles on it, with the others added sometime in the future.

Atari VCS console

Antstream attracted a good bit of attention when it was first announced earlier this year. The retro streaming platform provides access to thousands of licensed titles ranging from arcade games to N64 games — not quite like an N64 mini or reboot would, though — and it adds special online features like leaderboards.

The Atari VCS is one in a long line of retro console reboots, offering enhanced versions of old classics, plus a suite of other options to make it more than just a new Atari system. There's still no firm release date for the VCS, but either way, it's safe to say the console wars haven't disappeared for good yet.

For more, be sure to head over to the official post from Atari. 

Guy Plays Dark Souls 3 Using Nothing But Raw Meat Thu, 27 Jun 2019 17:04:21 -0400 Jonathan Moore

The input lag was fierce, but popular YouTuber Damien Haas proved that Dark Souls can, in fact, be played and, to some extent, beaten with any input device.

In this case, Dark Souls 3 with little giblets of raw meat. 

While others have beaten Dark Souls using a steering wheel, a Guitar Hero controller, a fishing rod, and even a pair of bananas, Haas decided that since players essentially "play as a zombie" in the Dark Souls games, using meat as an input source was only fitting.

With the power of a Makey Makey invention kit, which can turn damn near anything into a keyboard/controller, Haas set out on his journey. 

Initially, the goal was defeating the game's tutorial boss, Iudex Gundyr, a hefty task for some even with a controller. Things were made more challenging by slippery paper plates and no way of easily remembering which piece of meat did what. 

But, according to Haas, the absolute worst was that the "meat smells like ass." 

I won't spoil much more because it's truly an amazing example of man's ingenious ingenuity and persistent persistence.

When Haas isn't literally beating meat to Dark Souls, he's busy lending his voice to games like Grand Theft Auto V and Fortnite. On top of that, he's a permanent member of the wildly popular Smosh Fam, and makes appearances on Smosh Gaming's YouTube channel

There's no denying that Dark Souls players are some of the most masochistic gamers on the planet. Many, having beaten each of the games dozens of times, seek out creatively absurd ways by which to experience the soul-crushing ARPG franchise. 

Earlier this year, ATwerkingYoshi beat the entirety of Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice on a set of Donkey Kong bongo drums. 


Square Enix Wants to Create a Digital Library of All Its Classic Titles Thu, 13 Jun 2019 11:04:34 -0400 Joshua Broadwell

In an interview with Game Informer, Square Enix CEO Yosuke Matsuda said the company is exploring various options for making all of its classic titles available digitally.

In fact, SE is already working on a dedicated internal project to port many classic titles to a variety of platforms. Beyond that, Matsuda mentioned SE is considering a subscription or download-exclusive service that would give players access to the entire library of classic Square Enix games, saying "I think everyone is going in that direction, so we do want to be proactive in considering those options."

However,  NES games are Square Enix's particular focus right now, since, as Matsuda says, many other titles are currently still available in some form or another.

Which NES titles is another matter. Squaresoft's major NES titles, e.g. Final Fantasy I, II, and III, are available in multiple formats already, and the same goes for Enix's Dragon Quest games. It may be mobile availability is being excluded from these considerations, then.

There's also the challenge of dealing with code for older games — challenges such as the code being lost.

Rumors had been floating around for a long time about SE losing some of its original source codes, especially when it initially seemed like Final Fantasy VIII was the only PSX-era FF game not getting the modern port treatment.

Matsuda basically confirmed that scenario is true for many of its older games, saying that at the time, the dev teams never really thought about preserving code for future sales:

I'm embarrassed to admit it, but in some cases, we don't know where the code is anymore. It's very hard to find them sometimes, because back in the day you just made them and put them out there and you were done you didn't think of how you were going to sell them down the road.

Still, there may be ways around that particular problem. Despite some believing the Junction and Draw systems should never see the light of day again, Final Fantasy VIII is finally getting the HD remaster treatment this fall.

In some cases, Matsuda said the team is actually able to recover lost code by pure serendipity, noting one instance where a developer who had left the company years previously had the code for a game still stored on his PC.

This news isn't altogether surprising, either. A few years ago, Matsuda told investors SE would be leveraging its classic IPs extensively in the future, and the company even made almost every FF soundtrack available for streaming recently as well. It certainly seems Square Enix is following through on its promises.

Listen to Almost Every Final Fantasy Soundtrack On Spotify and Apple Music Thu, 06 Jun 2019 11:19:22 -0400 Joshua Broadwell

Spotify and Apple Music have made practically every Final Fantasy soundtrack available on their respective sites, including albums for spin-off games and even the soundtrack for the poor, unloved Final Fantasy film.

That's a lot of music.

Searching under albums for "Final Fantasy Original Soundtrack" on Spotify nets more than 40 results. These range from classics like Final Fantasy VI and Final Fantasy Tactics to the original version of Final Fantasy III that never graced Western shores.

But there's even more on offer than spin-offs and mainline games.

Several "Plus" soundtracks, including one for Final Fantasy IX, are included, which offer extra tracks not found in the original recordings. On top of those are the soundtracks for FFXI's and FFXIV's major expansions, along with remake soundtracks like FFXII: The Zodiac Age and the PlayStation versions of Final Fantasy and Final Fantasy II.

Those who appreciate the more recent audio efforts from World of Final Fantasy and even the mobile Final Fantasy Record Keeper won't be disappointed either.

There are only two notable albums missing from the list: Final Fantasy X-2 and Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII.

It's worth mentioning the track titles are almost exclusively in Japanese as well, except for some of the Plus variants. Both Spotify and Apple Music offer the same selections as well.

However, those who just want to bask in the auditory glory of what's on offer without knowing what it's called can just take advantage of audio designer Sam Hughes' massive Spotify playlist. Hughes compiled a list of all the soundtracks available for a grand total of 2,710 songs, which equates to 135 hours of listening time.

Those who don't already subscribe to Apple Music might like to know Spotify offers a free version of its services that lets users listen with ads and still create their own playlists.

PlayStation 4 to Support Disney+ Streaming Service Starting November 12 Fri, 12 Apr 2019 10:04:38 -0400 Joshua Broadwell

Disney's new streaming service, Disney+, will include PlayStation 4 support when it launches on November 12. The news came during the Disney+ announcement event as part of Disney's investor livestream.

The presentation provided a good deal of information about the platform's features and structure, including subscription costs. Disney+ subscriptions will cost $6.99 per month, or $69.99 per year.

The platform will be structured similarly to Netflix, greeting users with a variety of recommended programs based on their viewing and download history, along with new additions. The content will be spread over Disney's five primary media holdings: Disney, Pixar, Star Wars, Marvel, and National Geographic.

Disney has not yet confirmed how many movies and TV shows will be included with the service at launch, though CEO Robert Iger said the company plans to gradually increase the amount of content and production of exclusives as time goes on.

Coinciding with the service's reveal was the announcement of several new projects that will release on Disney+ on Day One, including a new Star Wars series, The Mandalorian, which centers on a bounty hunter. The platform will also be the exclusive streaming home of The Simpsons, featuring all 30 seasons of the show. 

Disney+ can be viewed on mobile devices, smart TVs, and web browsers, along with game consoles. In fact, the partnership with Sony for PlayStation 4 support was one of the first confirmed deals with outside companies for Disney+.

A graphic was presented during the stream showing systems Disney wants Disney+ support on, including Nintendo Switch and Xbox One, but as of now, there are no details about when deals might happen or if they even will.

All Disney+ content can be downloaded and viewed offline, and each viewer can create their own account. The head of Disney's direct-to-consumer department, Kevin Mayer, also said Disney+ will provide 4K viewing on TVs able to support it.

Since content can be viewed offline, it eliminates internet speed and latency issues after the initial download. Similar to PlayStation Now and other streaming services, users wishing to view primarily in offline mode will only need to check in once a week.

Lightstream Expands Streaming Services, Acquires GameWisp Monetization Platform Wed, 10 Apr 2019 14:47:08 -0400 QuintLyn

Once again, Lightstream is expanding on its streaming services.

The Chicago-based company announced the acquisition of GameWisp's monetization platform, which gives content creators a way to offer subscription options complete with benefits, exclusive content, and more.

The acquisition is part of an ongoing campaign to add more features to Lightstream's service, offering streamers an all-in-one package.

It follows the company's previous announcement that it had acquired, an analytics service that provides content creators with efficient ways to track important data about their stream performance and community.

GameWisp's technology will not be implemented on Lightstream's services in quite the same way, but instead, it will be implemented in ways that improve streamers' engagement with their communities.

Lightstream's CEO Stu Grubbs discussed the company's plans for the tech and how it will aid streamers, addressing the fact that most creatives want to earn an income with what they do.

Making meaningful dollars from all your hard work doing what you love is something nearly every creator desires. We believe that “meaningful” is different for everyone and much like GameWisp we want to deliver something that empowers streamers at any stage of their journey and whatever their audience size.

The decision to use GameWisp's technology this way expands on Lightstream's plan to offer streamers technology that addresses some of the biggest issues they face.

Lightstream's mission to provide streamers with the ultimate service started with Lightstream Studio. Studio offers creatives and easy and free way to get their shows up and running, eliminating some of the barriers encountered with other services.

As Lightstream acquires other services like and GameWisp, it is not only providing streamers with an easy way to run their streams but creating a true all-in-one service that will make it easy for streamers to build their communities and make a living at the same time.

Just Like We All Thought, Stadia Will Require High Speed Internet Wed, 20 Mar 2019 11:19:35 -0400 QuintLyn

If you caught yesterday's GDC keynote presentation from Google where the company announced its Stadia game streaming service, you were probably left with a few questions.

With all the hype, hype, hype going on during the presentation, the company kind of skipped over a few important details.

While most of us might be more or less on board with Google attempting a run at the game streaming service thing, we've seen this idea before  and there were issues, particularly around users internet capabilities.

Interestingly, Google didn't linger much on details about how good someone's internet will need to be in order to use Stadia. So what happens if you live in an area with less than stellar service  or use a service that caps your data, such as some Xfinity accounts?

While we still don't have an answer to the second part of that question, we do have one for the first half.

Following the keynote yesterday, Kotaku's Maddy Meyers spoke with Phil Harrison, vice president and GM at Google, about the streaming service, asking what internet speeds are required to reliably run Stadia.

According to Harrison, players hoping to get 1080p at 60 FPS will need around 25 MBps in order to get the best out of it. Apparently, users can run with less, but this is the recommended speed.

As for those hoping to stream 4K with Stadia, they'll need about 30Mbps.

Ideally, the system will adjust the resolution of a game based on the user-end speeds. But that does mean anyone with lower speeds or iffy connections won't receive the best service. And it definitely means anyone in rural areas or those using satellite will probably want to just buy hard copies of their games as usual.

During the interview, Meyers also asked Harrison about the hardware required to get Stadia on the TV. Doing so will require Chromecast and the Stadia controller.

If you're on PC, any controller, or mouse and keyboard, will work, including those for PS4 and Xbox One.

As of this writing, there is still no firm release window or price point for Stadia. Alongside Stadia and the Stadia controller, Google also announced the creation of the Stadia Games and Entertainment Division

Former Ubisoft And EA Exec To Head Up Google's Stadia Games Division Tue, 19 Mar 2019 19:54:16 -0400 QuintLyn

Alongside Google's official Stadia announcement and controller reveal today at GDC 2019, the company also revealed that it would be entering yet another arena: game development. As most gaming platforms don't succeed post-launch without a library of games, the announcement comes as little surprise. 

To head up this new division focused on developing original games for Stadia, Google has tapped Jade Raymond, who has previously worked at Electronic Arts and, perhaps more notably, at Ubisoft on several Assassin's Creed games and the original Watch Dogs.

Last week, Google announced Raymond would be joining its staff as a vice president, but held off on revealing her official role until today.

At the keynote, Raymond spoke about her position and what she hopes to achieve, noting that she won't just be working to bring first-party games to the Stadia service, but she will also working closely with other developers to "reimagine the new generation of games," and bring "all of the bleeding edge Google technology" introduced during the keynote to partner studios.

Unfortunately, neither Raymond or any of the other presenters at the GDC keynote offered information on any of the titles that are currently being developed for Stadia, or what studios might be working with Google on the technology. 

As with more news on the service and controller, we'll have to wait until this summer to find out more information about the studio, even though Google did confirm what internet speeds are best for Stadia streaming

Stadia's Wi-Fi Controller Looks Familiar, But Features Google Assistant Tue, 19 Mar 2019 16:35:57 -0400 QuintLyn

When Google announced its new streaming service, Stadia, today, the focus may have been on the system's back-end, how data will be sent to players, and what the company is doing to help developers. But that wasn't all Google had to reveal.

To accompany Stadia, Google not only revealed that Jade Raymond would head its new games division and that Stadia will require a 25Mbps internet connection for 1080p at 60fpsbut that it has also created its own console-style controller for the service.

For the most part, it looks like another in a long line of controllers gamers have become familiar with. As expected, it even has a share button, in this case called a "capture" button, which allows players to easily record gameplay and upload it to YouTube.

Since Google is building a good portion of Stadia around YouTube sharing and integration, including a button like this makes sense.

The second button is Google's answer to what the company is undeniably well suited for: finding information.

Now, instead of having to stop what you're doing, open a new browser window, do a search, and scrub through walkthroughs, users can simply hit the Google Assistant button on the Stadia controller and ask it to help them get past the section they're in.

Reportedly, Google Assistant will then pull up a video in-screen and take players right to the portion they need to view.

Another interesting feature of the controller is that it can be used with any platform, just like Stadia, because it connects to Google's servers via Wi-Fi. It's also capable of identifying what screen the player is trying to use, so it doesn't inadvertently cross screens.

Unfortunately, Google did not provide pricing information for the controller during its GDC 2019 keynote presentation. The company did, however, state that it would be offering more information this summer, so perhaps we'll see a price point then.

Considering what other gaming controllers of similar style and function currently cost, we'd guess those wanting to buy it will have to dole out at least $40-$50 USD.

The good news is that if players don't want to throw around that kind of cash when Stadia releases, Google confirmed the service also works with USB peripherals, including mice and keyboards, as well as PS4 and Xbox One controllers and the Xbox Adaptive Controller, except for when using Stadia on televisions. 

Google Announces Cross-Platform Gaming Service Stadia at GDC 2019 Tue, 19 Mar 2019 15:36:20 -0400 QuintLyn

Today, during its GDC keynote address, Google focused entirely on a single project: a Chrome-based video game streaming service called "Stadia".

Stadia is a large, cloud-based project that will not only allow gamers to play any game on any platform (so long as they have Chrome installed) but one that also integrates with YouTube and Google Assistant.

Some gamers got a brief taste of Stadia last year when Google tested Project Stream. This experiment allowed participants to play Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed Odyssey over Chrome without downloading or updating the game.

According to the companies and testers involved, the trial run went rather well. So well, in fact, that Google is now getting into the gaming business. 

Reportedly, Stadia will allow users to not only play high-quality, AAA video games while seamlessly switching between multiple platforms, such as PC, tablet, and phone, but to also easily connect with other players, and even their favorite YouTube content creators.

While we don't know exactly how it will work, one feature Google showed off was called "Play Now." Using the feature, players will reportedly be able to watch any YouTube video and then immediately access the game featured in the YouTube video through Stadia.

Stadia is also intended to seamlessly bring players together in games. For example, Stadia will allow for cross-platform play, specifically between companies that allow it. And fans watching their favorite YouTube creators will now be able to join them in game with a simple click, directly from the YouTube stream, rather than queuing.

Of course, creators will have control over how this works on their particular channel. However, the keynote did not address how much control they'll have. In fact, there are a few things of note that weren't addressed during the GDC panel.

Multiple presenters spoke at length about the Stadia's backend, the amount of data the service can handle, and how Google is working with game developers to get the most out of the service by offering 4K, 60fps (and eventually up to 8K, 120fps) game streaming for players.

The company showed off a Wi-Fi controller with a built-in microphone and multiple share buttons, and said that Stadia data centers would use "custom AMD CPUs capable of hitting 10 teraflops", which is four teraflops higher than the Xbox One X, and more than six teraflops higher than the PS4 Pro.  

However, Google did not mention the amount of data gamers would actually be pulling when using Stadia; particularly, Google did not address how Stadia will affect users with data caps. Google also omitted if it will be doing anything at all to quell Chrome's appetite for RAM.

However, it seems we will get some more answers soon enough. During the keynote, Google announced the Stadia service will be launching later this year, that the company had formed Stadia Games and Entertainment under the direction of Jade Raymond, and that the company will be rolling out more information during the summer. 

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Tech Giants Want in on Cloud Gaming Sun, 13 Jan 2019 13:07:27 -0500 notat_hall

The future of gaming is streaming, as two more companies are set to create cloud gaming services.

With Google, Electronic Arts, Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo, having already teased their streaming plans, two more companies have staked a claim in the streaming sphere.

Amazon, who own Twitch, are reportedly set to start their own cloud-based streaming service. Following up from an initial report on The Information, The Verge found job listings from Amazon, calling for engineers to work on cloud-based games. There is also a listing for a “Lead Cross Platform Game Engineer.”

Amazon Games does already exist (although it has done very little) so they already have the infrastructure in place for game development. Their infrastructure is perhaps what makes Amazon one of the more viable success stories in cloud gaming. The more servers you have around the world, the wider the audience your service will function for, as proximity does make a difference to quality.  

They join telecommunication giant Verizon, whose streaming service is already functioning on the Nvidia Shield TV box and is set to come to Android phones. According to The Verge, the service is being shipped out to testers for a trail period running up until the end of January. It seems to be controlled by an Xbox One controller, and screenshots show an unbelievable array of games, including PS4 exclusive God of War, and the console only Red Dead Redemption 2. As exciting as that sounds, this is very early days for the service, and these are likely placeholders.

Look out for more details on these services, and perhaps for more names to step forward with streaming services as the race for dominance in this burgeoning market continues.

Amazon Reportedly Developing Game Streaming Service Thu, 10 Jan 2019 23:49:41 -0500 William R. Parks

With Google and Microsoft both currently pursuing game streaming services, an opportunity for players to access games whenever they want, on whatever device they want, appears to be arising. Seemingly, this opportunity may be bolstered even further, as recent reports suggest that Amazon is also throwing its hat into the ring of streamable gaming.

As indicated by The Information, "two people briefed on the plans" have confirmed that Amazon is currently developing a service that would let players stream games over the internet. Not only would this service make it easier for fans to access titles, these streaming games would be playable on an array of devices, including tablets and smartphones.

Furthermore, the report indicates that Amazon is already working with publishers and developers, looking for games that could be made available through its service. However, players should not expect these games to be made available immediately, as one of The Information's sources indicates that Amazon's platform will release in 2020 at the earliest.

According to reports, the Verge has also done some follow up research on The Information's claims, and two job postings from Amazon may act as corroboration. Specifically, Amazon is the process of searching for engineers in Seattle and California to work on "Cloud Games."

A third posting has also been noted, which may have ties to the new streaming service. This posting is for a Lead Cross Platform Game Engineer, and it indicates that the position is an opportunity to "shape the foundation of an unannounced AAA games business."

Without official confirmation from Amazon, these reports should still be considered speculative, but the company certainly has the infrastructure in place to pursue such a service. That is, offering streamable games will undoubtedly require a powerful foundation of servers, something that Amazon has in spades.

If game streaming is to supplant physical copies or digital downloads, the experience is going to need match what is being offered by traditional consoles and PCs. The scale of a service's infrastructure is certain to play a critical role in offering such an experience, and, as a result, Amazon's offering could be serious competition to Google's Project Stream and Microsoft's xCloud

More details can be found on The Information and The Verge.

Biggest Scandals in Streaming in 2018 Fri, 28 Dec 2018 11:00:04 -0500 QuintLyn


And there we have it. Some of the biggest streamer-related scandals of 2018. Of course, some of you may have heard of other incidents and wonder where they're at. Well. If they're not here, there are two reasons.


First: Some of what might feel like this year's scandals actually took place in 2017 -- and in one case 2016 -- and there's just been some followup since then.


Second: Yes. There were far bigger things that happened. But to be frank, they were so serious that adding them to a listicle like this one didn't feel right.



Twitch streamer Alinity threatens to copyright strike Pewdiepie for calling her a "thot"

As mentioned elsewhere in this post, a lot of assumptions can be made about female streamers -- particularly any that might be considered attractive. The general consensus among certain groups of (mostly) male streamers is that these girls wouldn't be popular if they weren't using their bodies to attract male viewers.


A popular term used among those that feel negatively about these girls is "thot", an acronym for "that ho over there". It's thrown about often -- and by other streamers and content creators who make some -- or all -- of their living talking about their fellow creators.


Earlier this year, Pewdiepie -- whose seen his own share of scandals the last few years -- drew the ire of Twitch streamer Alinity when he showed a clip of her stream and referred to her as a "thot" in one of his videos. Seeing the video, Alinity addressed it the way all content creators do, by commenting about it live on stream, saying, "Just for that word. I'm going to copy strike him," before telling someone offscreen to do just that.


Following the copyright strike on Pewdiepie, channels reporting on the situation also received copyright strikes from Alinity, who used an agency called CollabDRM to strike any video using clips from her stream.  At one point she's reported to have bragged about how much money she pulled in from the copyright strikes. Even prominent YouTuber Philip DeFranco decided to investigate the whole thing, due to the apparent abuse of the copyright claim function.


Of course, there was the obligatory back and forth between Alinity and Pewdiepie before the whole thing was over. Some spectators continued to take issue with Pewdiepie's use of the word "thot", while others  -- particularly those in the YouTube community -- voiced concerns over the abuse of the company's less than stellar copyright system.


It's not at all uncommon for companies to make dubious copyright claims, and take in all of the revenue from the videos while the creators work to get the claim removed. When that happens, the content creator is just out that money. So you can see why this would be such a huge issue.


That said, it's easy to see why any streamer would be upset at having such a derogatory term used to describe them. But, it also stands to reason that abusing the YouTube copyright system is not the way to handle it.

Streamer "Gross Gore" investigated by Jagex after an incident at Runefest 2018

It's only been a few short months since Jagex's annual love fest for all things RuneScape, Runefest took place. Unfortunately, what may stand out the most about the event for some people involves a public altercation between two attendees --  Ali "Gross Gore" Larson, and a RuneScape content creator who goes by the name of "Skiddler".


Since the altercation happened in person, rather than online where everyone could make clips of it and post it to their YouTube channels, there's a bit of "he said, he said" to the situation. That said, Jagex thought it was serious enough to investigate.


News about the encounter between the two personalities hit the internet almost immediately and Skiddler took to his Twitter account to tell his side of the story -- which involved Gross Gore sexually harassing a friend of his. According to the account,  Skiddler's friend told him what happened, so when he ran into Gore outside he pulled him aside to discuss the issue.


Gore then escalated things by pushing one of Skiddler's friends, and a scuffle broke out that resulted in two of Gross Gore's friends holding Skiddler down and kicking him -- after throwing him into the side of a moving car.


Gross Gore, for his part, responded to the whole thing with a video, where he said he didn't mean to offend the woman, but "she was wearing a really, really, really revealing top." He went on to add that, "if you're going to wear something so revealing, people will comment on it."


As for Jagex's investigation, they simply stated that they "found that the content creators concerned did breach [their] code conduct," and that they wouldn't be working with them or inviting them to events in the future.


Gore was also banned from TwitchCon following the event.

Ninja draws ire for saying he doesn't play with female streamers because he wants to avoid the drama

Tyler "Ninja" Blevins is the streamer of 2018, a top Fortnite player who's played with Drake and -- even more recently -- appeared on The Game Awards with a muppet. But that's not to say he doesn't have his detractors, or that he hasn't had his share of gaffes.


Earlier this year, Twitter practically blew up after he explained why we never see him teaming up with any female streamers. Blevins, who is married, hopes to avoid any gossip or drama that might upset his wife. It's not an unreasonable concern. The internet loves to speculate about what celebrities are getting up to, particularly if it seems like there's some form of attraction or flirting.


That said, while his logic might seem sound, it still drew the ire of many for being exclusionary. As many pointed out, Ninja has a massive platform and anyone he elects to team up with gets a big boost.


But it's not just the boost that people were concerned with. Many felt that even if it's not what he intended, Ninja was sending the wrong message regarding women streamers -- especially when female streamers already deal with harassment from viewers and male streamers who are convinced that they're simply cam girls out to use their looks to separate men from their money.


Ninja did try to address the matter, noting that his intent was to avoid online harassment himself, but for many his stance continues to be a problem.

Streamer causes too much drama for a drama-based subreddit

When it comes to drama, it's rare for Reddit to ever get tired of it. But earlier this year they did, in fact, the members of the subreddit r/livestreamfail submitted a petition to have a streamer banned because he generated more drama than they actually wanted to deal with.


The consensus among the subreddit's members is that Jones -- who was obsessed with viewer count, reportedly complained about the success of other casters and even publicly rebuked viewers in his chat for not hitting the subscription button. 


Interestingly, Jones' behavior drew the attention of one of the other streamers on this list -- xQc, who stated he needed to focus on the content. Although, not in those exact words.


Jones eventually addressed the drama, speaking to Polygon who wrote a rather lengthy piece on everything that happened. According to Jones things like his comments about subscriptions were taken out of context and were meant as a joke. He even stated he doesn't try to make drama, that it happens naturally.

Overwatch pro xQc suspended by Dallas Fuel for a homophobic tirade on stream

This particular event took place at the beginning of last year. The Overwatch League was just a week into its first season and player Felix Lengyel -- better known as xQc of the Dallas Fuel -- had already earned himself a four-game suspension from the league and a $2000 fine. His own team even suspended him from the remainder of the season's first stage.


So what did Lengyel do to earn his punishments? He used a homophobic slur against an openly gay player in an opposing team. Lengyel was reportedly set off when the player -- Austin "Muma" Wilmot of the Outlaws -- jokingly used one of Lengyel's catch-phrases after the Outlaws beat the Fuel in a match.


Lengyel later addressed Wilmot on his own stream, verbally attacking him and taking several jabs at his sexual orientation. (I won't post the quote verbatim here, but there is a video available at the link above.)


Obviously, Blizzard wasn't cool with this, and since they own the Overwatch League, it took them no time to dole out a punishment.


Unfortunately, Lengyel didn't learn from his suspension and was in trouble again just a few months later, prompting the Fuel to part ways with him permanently.


The year is drawing to an end, and that means it's time to take a look back at some of the things that happened over the past -- kinda crazy -- year. As with any year, there's been some good, some bad, some weird, and some straight up WTFery.


In this post, we take a look at some of that last category in the streaming community. Large communities have a way of having messed up things happen. And when people live their lives on camera, everyone else is going to know when they've done something questionable.


As with previous years, this one was a mixed bag for streamers. Some drew the ire of specific groups for things they said. Others picked fights with other creators. And some even lost their jobs due to their behavior.


In this post, we take a look at some of the biggest scandals that hit streamers this year. So, let's roll back the wheel of time.

Logitech C922 Pro Stream Webcam Review Fri, 16 Mar 2018 16:55:10 -0400 Jonathan Moore

Logitech's C922 Pro Stream webcam has been on the market for a good while now. Released in 2016, this version is improved over the lauded C920, and it's one specifically geared toward providing pro-quality video to new and veteran streamers alike. 

Coming in at an affordable $99, the C922 has proven over the last two years to be a widely popular webcam: Dozens of streamers use it for their broadcasts every day, and it's easily made Top 10 lists around the web for its crisp video and sleek design. It also helps that the C922 is intuitive and easy to set up. 

We recently decided it was time to take the C922 for a spin and see what all the fuss was about. Here's what we thought. 


Out of the box, the C922 comes in two parts: the webcam itself and a detachable tripod. Both are sleek, if understated, and will fit right in with all the other peripherals on your desk. The point of a webcam isn't to call attention to itself, and the C922's utilitarian aesthetic nails that ethos. 

Looking at the wedge-shaped cam itself, the C922 has a single lens in the center and two omnidirectional microphones on either side. When the webcam is in use, two soft-white, half-moon lights flash to easily indicate you're live. With Logitech's more recent push to incorporate more RGB elements into their products, the C922's soft-white is a bit drab knowing what could be -- but then again, you can't fault a two-year-old product for not implementing more recent design decisions.  

Underneath the lens, the webcam is seated on a sturdy, L-shaped clip which has an adjustable mechanism that allows it to be clipped to a monitor (or other display). When in use, most of the clip sits on the back of what it's connected to. In most cases, I didn't find that to be a problem, but thinner displays may prove a tad fickle depending on the make and model. 

If you find yourself falling into that boat, or just don't want to mount the C922 on your display, then the included tripod is going to be your best bet. The bottom of the L-shaped clip is where you'll find the threaded hole for the tripod. Once attached, you can position the webcam how you want it and lock it into place. 

At its initial height, the tripod stands at about 7 inches when fully unfolded. Depending on your setup, this might work for you or it might not. I found that the tripod was the easiest, sturdiest way to mount the C922, but I also found that it didn't always provide the most flattering angles. In the end, it's completely up to personal preference since the tripod and clip both work as advertised. 

Lastly, the C922's 5-foot cable means you can basically place the webcam anywhere on your setup. It's nice to see a webcam afford its users flexibility in this regard, even if I'd prefer the cable to be braided instead of the usual plastic. 


Considering you buy webcams to actually use them and not look at them sitting on your desk, we're all really here to see how the C922 performs. And from our time with it, we can say it performs exceedingly well. 

The C922 camera can record (or display) video at both 1080p and 720p. However, unlike the C920, the C922 is able to hit 60 FPS at both resolutions, making it a much better option than its predecessor. What's more, whether you're streaming on Twitch or catching up with pals via Skype, this webcam's video is super crisp and clear. 

With the C922's easy-to-install software, you can tweak a ton of settings, too. Everything from contrast to field of view and more has a dial to turn. Even in low-light conditions, the C922 performs very well, taking photos and capturing video that were clear and essentially lag-free. 

Integrating the C922 into something like OBS is hassle-free. In my experience, I took the C922 out of the box, attached it to the tripod, plugged it in, and started using it in the streaming software in less than five minutes. And that's on the initial setup. When you're a streamer or YouTuber, time is always of the essence, so it's great to see that Logitech's made a quality webcam that's super simple to use. 

When it comes to actually streaming, I tested the C922 on my high(er)-end desktop. With an i7-770k 4.2GHz processor, 32GB of RAM, and a GTX 1080 8GB in my rig, I was able to stream Warhammer: Vermintide 2 on Twitch without too many issues. Although I would've liked to have gotten a solid 60 FPS, I was able to get 1080p video out of the C922 at about 45-50 FPS -- even with streaming the game on High settings at 2560x1440. That's pretty damn good for a $99 webcam. In fact, I'd argue it's more than enough for your average streamer.  

Green Screen Effect

OBS Chroma Cam capture dark room

The C922 Pro Stream also comes with Personify Chroma Cam, which lets you put various overlays on your video, among other things. But its biggest draw is that it purportedly allows you to remove your background sans green screen. In theory, it's an awesome bit of tech, saving you the hassle of buying and setting up your own green screen. But in practice, it's more hit or miss. 

If you're in a brightly lit room, Chroma Cam does a pretty darn good job of removing your background, although if you're like me and wear glasses, there are some areas that it just won't remove, such right through the lenses. In a darker room, Chroma Cam is considerably choppier, cutting off parts of your ears and head if you move too much -- or not removing all of the background, such as your chair. 

If you want to look as professional as you possibly can when you're streaming, it's a bit hard to rely on Chroma Cam to get things done. You're still going to want to grab a green screen and go that route. But if that type of thing doesn't bother you too much, then the C922's Chroma Cam works fine enough. 


Right now, this two-year-old webcam is still one of the very best on the market -- especially at its price point. Its popularity is underlined by its easy setup and ability to output 1080p video at 60 frames per second. It works with OBS and Xsplit out of the box, as well as PC, Mac, and Xbox One. 

It might not have all the bells and whistles found in other webcams, but it provides the essentials in a convincing manner. Sure, Chroma Cam green screen can be hit or miss, but most software solutions to background removal encounter issues from time to time anyway (that's why a lot of streamers still use actual green screens). Just buy the C922 and a green screen -- and you're more than future-proofing your setup. 

Reliability often comes at a price, but Logitech is giving it away at a steal.  

You can buy the C922 Pro Stream on Amazon for $99.

[Note: Logitech provided the C922 Pro Stream webcam used in this review.]

5 Things You Can Do While Exploring In Elite: Dangerous Fri, 19 Jan 2018 12:42:16 -0500 SpaceGamerUK

My name is Raphael Vespertilio, and I am an Elite: Dangerous commander. I am also an explorer.

Life as the explorer in the acclaimed open space/sandbox simulation known as Elite can be described as a series of jumps between star systems. To be precise, we are talking endless jumping. Probably the only break is to scan some planets that could be worth a few credits when I get back home.

There are some who would say that this is an extremely boring way of earning credits and gaining in-game experience. Perhaps I would agree with them, but there are things explorers can do to make the trip worthwhile.

Let me give you five good suggestions to entertain you, but also to make your exploring experience more realistic and, I am sure, amazing.

EDDiscovery Assistant is a small and useful application which will serve as your trusty co-pilot. It features a commander's log and tool to calculate your income from whatever you scanned during your journey through the Milky Way.

The real perk of having EDDiscovery installed and working while playing Elite: Dangerous is that it will talk to you as a real on-board computer. Farewell lone rider feeling, and welcome useful information about your trip, scanned planets, earnings, distance from your home, etc.

There is one thing, though, which this handy app cannot do: answer your questions. To have decent conversation during your journey, you need to consider Voice Packs -- HCS VoicePacks to be precise. With this addition, you will be able to give your ships commands with your voice and also receive answers to all sorts of questions.

HCS VoicePacks are not some sort of AI, so please do not expect answers to all sorts of questions wandering in your head. But what you can have are answers to pre-programmed questions, jokes, and personalized voices of your ship computer recorded by known sci-fi personalities such as Mr. William Shatner aka Captain James T. Kirk from Star Trek. You can, for example, ask about the origin of nebulas or black holes.

There is nothing better than the computer listening to you and answering to you in the voice of the legend. This guarantees hours of entertainment so that even a couple thousand jumps to the end of the galaxy will be pleasurable.

No doubt the ship computer adds some reality to exploration in Elite: Dangerous. What about pushing this experience to a completely different level of reality? 

Virtual reality without a doubt would be a game changer. Of course, this is not a cheap or commonly accessible option, but from descriptions of those who were lucky enough to use VR devices, Elite: Dangerous in VR provides a completely different perspective and a sense of the vast emptiness of space.

Below is a video from YouTuber ObsidianAnt in which he discusses playing Elite Dangerous with the Oculus Rift.


Watching ObsidianAnt's YouTube video brings up another suggestion on how to make the most of the long journeys through the Milky Way.

Streaming on Twitch, like these 5 streamers who are certainly worth subscribing to, or recording and posting your gameplay on YouTube can help you to make a lot more out of the trip such. There are few Commanders worth to watch on YouTube.

Personally, I can recommend a different activity, which is my choice of entertainment while travelling in Elite: Dangerous (and also in EVE Online from time to time): photography from space. Not too many people in the world can say that they snapped some pictures from the Cat's Paw Nebula.

But I did actually. The proof is below:

Elite: Dangerous is perfect game for making pictures from space. Even if there are no big skills engaged, no Photoshop or other editor involved, there is always a chance to catch a very nice view from the cockpit.

Thanks to the developers, the game has a decent camera suite, letting anybody go virtually outside the ship and make a postcard for the family.

For example, from a distant planet:

Or maybe from the vicinity of the black hole:

The possibilities are endless, and the amazing views unlimited. 


Flying from star system to star system, anybody can sink into the deep space feeling and relax, which is a nice break from the usual gaming monotony and repetitive tasks found in so many games.

What are your thoughts? Have you found other ways of making the most of your exploration in Elite: Dangerous? Let us know in the comments.


Rules of Survival Announces "Hunt the Streamer" Event for December 17th Fri, 15 Dec 2017 11:38:25 -0500 It's Gavin!

The battle royale genre has been beloved this year, and NetEase is using that love to make the holidays a bit greener -- with $30,000! December 17th will mark the beginning of the Rules of Survival "Hunt the Streamer" event.

The rules for the contest are easy to break down:

  1. Join a match with the streamer according to their world server (EU, US, and Asia) and match type (Solo, Duo, and Squad).
  2. Find the streamer in-game. They will be wearing pumpkin-shaped helmets to show their status.
  3. Take 'em out. If you're one of the lucky few to defeat a streamer, you'll be placed in a lottery for $100, and you'll win 1,000 in-game gold coins. Since there are 30 streamers announced for the event, this gives players a (statistically unlikely) possibility of winning $30,000. 

Streamers who have been confirmed for the event include LIRIK and AnomalyXd. DrDisrespect, as pictured above, was originally meant to join the streamer hunt. However, he has announced he will cancel events and livestreaming after revealing infidelity to his wife.

The event will begin at 12:00 a.m. on December 17th and end at 11:59 p.m., lasting all day. What do you think? Will you try for a $100 cash prize on the 17th? Let us know what you think.

Minecraft 1.2.5 Update -- Mixer Interactivity and Windows Mixed Reality Support! Tue, 21 Nov 2017 14:32:06 -0500 Kengaskhan

The latest Minecraft update brings the game to Windows Mixed Reality headsets, and users will finally be able to explore their favorite sandbox world from a much more intimate perspective.

In addition, the 1.2.5 update introduces Mixer to Minecraft. Mixer is a brand-new, fully integrated streaming platform for mobile devices that will allow Minecraft streamers and viewers to experience the game in a whole new way.

Mixer adds a great deal of interactivity to the streaming medium, allowing a streamer’s audience to play along with them by giving them access to special buttons that will have an in-game effect when pressed. For example, in Minecraft, viewers could have the power to spawn a horde of zombies for the streamer to fend off!

Here are some of the specifics from the press release:

Native mobile broadcasting and Mixer Interactivity:
Players on Android and iOS platforms will gain access to instant, native broadcasting from directly within the game. By pressing the new “Broadcast” button in the Settings menu, you can begin broadcasting to streaming services such as Mixer, YouTube, Twitch, Mobcrush, and Periscope. If you’re streaming on Mixer, you’ll utilize the power of Faster Than Light technology, enabling you to broadcast with sub-second latency and also co-stream your gameplay with up to three friends.

We’re also introducing native Mixer Interactivity for Bedrock Engine-based platforms! Any Minecraft command can be turned into an interactive button on Mixer, enabling communities to play along with their favorite streamers in real time. Create mazes or puzzles for the streamer to solve, or summon Mobs, pets and zombie spawns – the possibilities are endless.

Windows Mixed Reality: Building, exploring and coming face-to-face with monstrous mobs in Minecraft takes on new meaning when experienced with a Windows Mixed Reality immersive headset. Now you can share the adventure with friends playing on mobile, Windows 10 or console, set up your own world with Realms, or join one of the massive player-run servers. Creeping into dark caves inspires even greater trepidation thanks to 3D audio, and Creative mode will take on a fresh perspective. Minecraft will work across all Windows Mixed Reality-immersive headsets and badged PCs.

Minecraft is a game that's all about exploration, so it'd make sense for it to try to push the boundaries of interactivity -- and it does just that with the 1.2.5 update, introducing some brand-new ways to play the game.

Check out our other Minecraft-related news, and stay tuned for more updates as they roll in!

Gift Guide: The Best Gifts for YouTubers and Streamers Thu, 16 Nov 2017 14:49:54 -0500 Sarah Elliman


There was our gift guide that will suit your YouTuber or streaming buddies perfectly! 


What did you think of the guide? Are there any gifts you think are perfect for content creators? Let us know in the comments!


Razer BlackWidow Mercury Edition Keyboard


Price: $149.99
Buy it on: Amazon


The price tag does jump significantly with this piece, but if the person you’re purchasing for is serious about gaming or about their online platform, then this keyboard is perfect. This keyboard offers maximum response times, so you can play your best every single time. However, it does mean if a match doesn’t go well you can’t blame the keyboard.


The most beautiful part about this item is the programmable back-light keys -- so many pretty colors. Side note, if your friend doesn't use Razer than it is best to stick to the equipment brand they use.


Razer DeathStalker Keyboard


Price: $43.31
Buy it on: Amazon


Once again, every aspiring YouTuber or Streamer needs good equipment, no matter what content they are creating. This is one of the lower-end Razer keyboards, but all their keyboards are expertly made. Whether you’re editing videos or filming your gaming content, having a good keyboard is key to your success. It would be hard to work without them.


Recon 320 Gaming Headset


Price: $39.95
Buy it on: Turtle Beach


Having a good headset is key to getting the audio on your videos perfect and for fine-tuning the audio on your streams. Even if your friend isn’t a gaming content creator, a good headset goes a long way. This headset focuses on clarity of sound, both in games or in chat. It is easy to set-up and you don’t need to be exceedingly techy to understand how it works.


Glitch Pillow Plush


Price: $25
Buy it on: Amazon


If your friend is going to get thirsty while streaming, then they are definitely going to get uncomfortable. Sitting in the same position for long periods of time is something nobody wants to do. You can make their streaming lives easier with this adorable pillow, so they can stream in style and comfort.


Eat, Sleep, YouTube, Repeat Unisex T-Shirt


Price: $19.50
Buy it on: Redbubble


The motto printed on this shirt couldn’t be more adequate in explaining the hectic lives of most YouTubers -- you may have already heard from your favorite channels how much work goes into making one video. The work load can be exhausting, and it's realistic to expect all they have time to do is 'Eat, Sleep, and YouTube.' Also, they may have some very angry subscribers if they're late with content when they don't stick to your schedule. This T-shirt is perfect for your hard-working YouTuber friend.


Pac-Man Pinky Ghost Plush


Price: $15.99
Buy it on: Amazon


Nobody likes to be alone all the time, and when you’re streaming or creating videos sometimes it may feel that way. That is why you should gift your friend an adorable desk buddy, like the cute little pink ghost shown above. You can get creative with this and find an item that suits your friends interests and hobbies. Gaming wise, Pac-Man inspired gifts are always a safe bet. Plus they're always super adorable!


Twitch Tumbler Cup


Price: $15
Buy it on: Etsy


Streaming is not the easiest activity in the world -- the constant commentary for hours on end can take its toll while streaming. So, why not invest in a cup sporting the Twitch logo? Streamers can keep themselves hydrated through those five-hour streams while supporting the very platform they use! There is no doubt that this tumbler cup will be useful for anyone who is an avid streamer.


Cell Phone Camera Lens ZPTONE


Price: $11.99
Buy it on: Amazon


We are all aware that vlogging has taken the internet by storm and many YouTubers have already incorporated this style of video into their channel. Your friend could be out in the world and spot a perfect vlogging opportunity, but perhaps they don’t feel their camera is up to the job. This easy clip-on lens can turn a wide variety of devices into a vlogging machine, able to capture more content at a more consistent quality.


Twitchin': The Basics of Twitch Streaming for Beginners


Price: $3.51-$9.99
Buy it on: Amazon


This book is the closest you'll get to a Twitch for dummies. Well it’s a bit nicer than that, but you get the point. This is an ideal item for someone who is starting out in the streaming scene and wants to understand the platform. It can be tricky when you’re learning the ins and outs of something new, so having a guide can be really beneficial. Furthermore, if your friend own a Kindle, or has the app, it cuts the price down to $3.51!


Retro Vintage YouTube Poster


Price: $5.45-$12.28
Buy it on: Etsy


Etsy is a wonderful site to find unique and handcrafted items that suit your interests. This expertly-made poster is a fantastic way to inspire your friend to get up and make some videos. In addition, if they love what they do, then this poster is a great reminder that they have found something that makes their time worthwhile.


YouTube boasts a following of over one billion people, with most users watching hours upon hours of content created for the site. Furthermore, the popular streaming medium,, boasts 15 million active users daily! These entertainment mediums have become ingrained in our culture and many people use these platforms to replace watching TV.


So, there is a fair chance you know an aspiring YouTuber or streamer trying to make their way in the digital realm. Or, you know someone who has already "made it" and you’re looking for the perfect gift for them. Look no further as our gift guide will present you with the perfect presents for your YouTuber or streaming buddies.