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Always wanted to try streaming. So what should I play? (In depth questions ho!)


I've dabbled in YouTube and Twitch for a few years now. Nothing ever major, just bits and pieces here and there. I've tried streaming just games and I've tried streaming a speed run but I've never really gotten into it properly. And I don't mean quit my job, become a professional streamer properly, I just mean, semi regularly to try and build up a small audience. I'm about to have some extended time off work, so now is a good time to try.

Question 1: What game should I stream? I'm not after just a random game that someone suggests, I'm looking for something people think would actually be watched and why, because honestly I have no idea. I play League of Legends at Gold level, but would I just be lost in an ocean of LoL streamers. I have a massive back catalogue of Steam games I can play, some I've never touched. I'm open to and will try to respond to any suggestions, but I'm something a little more concrete than simply "Assassin's Creed cause it's a video game"? Why, would really help. Also, every time I get bored, I'm never sure what to play, this would at least focus me into making a decision once in a while. Oh yeah, strictly PC only, unless I can emulate it.

Question 2: What hooks do people appreciate? I've seen things like challenges, speed runs, 24 hour runs etc. Is there something anyone would particularly like to see? Is there something that doesn't get seen enough? Or does it even need one? I think this question interests me the most as answers could help me find new awesome things to watch as well as do myself.

Question 3: When's the best time for streaming? I tend to play late at night, past streams have tended to be 11pm-2am sort of time, but again, I have no idea if this is good or bad or what. And regularity? Everyday on the dot exact schedule? I'd rather avoid this but would it really help for a beginner to do this? I have tons of spare game keys to give away as prizes (hoarding for ages in case I ever actually did this). How could that factor in with timeslots?

Well there's my three questions. I'm looking forward to having some interesting discussions, and to see if there is any real interest. I could be a gamer on request... I think...

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About Nick R P Greenone of us since 4:03 PM on 01.03.2012

So, I haven't edited my bio in four years. Time for an update.

I'm Nick R P Green; English; Theatre Graduate; Amateur Video Maker and Games Journalist; Former President of the Lancaster University Gaming Society. Pleased to make your acquaintance.

I've been playing video games since my parents bought a NES second hand from a friend, which I would guess is about 19 years ago (I'm now 26), and I've grown up with them ever since. Shortly after the NES came a second hand Megadrive, then quite a few years later, a borrowed PS1 and then finally, a brand new PS2, quickly confirming Metal Gear Solid as my favourite game franchise ever made. After starting college in Chesterfield, Derbyshire (I lived in Sheffield, South Yorkshire with my parents) and starting work at a Thorntons store in Crystal Peaks Shopping Centre, my first ever Xmas pay came in which resulted in my first ever console purchase (rather than my parents buying one), my PlayStation 3. Finally, after one year of University, I bought my brother's Xbox 360 off him as he was upgrading to an 360 S, and 2 and half years of being around and living with hardcore PC gamers, my first proper gaming PC. I'm now on gaming PC number 2, my first self-build too. Me and Shagohod (said I was an MGS fan) have been going places lately.

So as you can see, my gaming history is quite open, I've had a lot of experience, with lots of devices and with that has come a lot of fun and particularly at University, a lot of friendship. Joining the University's gaming society was probably the second best thing I ever did at University (the first being making out with the cute girl from the other corridor in a night club, resulting in what has now been a five and a half year fun, loving relationship. She even plays League of Legends as well!). If I could give one piece of advice to anyone going to university, particularly one like Lancaster where it is campus based with a college system, is to get involved with societies and your college. It's the best way to make friends and find people who enjoy doing things that you do, gaming in particular. I met my closest friends through LUGS, and I wouldn't trade them in for the world.

My interests in gaming are very broad, as you can probably tell by my collection of hardware. I'm a Gold League of Legends player, I've dabbled with several MMOs, I've recently got back into Team Fortress 2, and MGSV took my breath away. And with an interest in so many areas, I've grown a great interest in the gaming world and gaming journalism. My first regular viewing was the fantastically worded Zero Punctuation by Ben "Yahtzee" Croshaw, who teaches us that even the greatest game in the world has its flaws, and talking about it really really fast is the funniest way to tell the world. Escapist also allowed me fall in love with such shows as Doomsday Arcade and There Will Be Brawl, which made me laugh, cry, reminisce and drink (drinking games, with friends, on gaming videos, is hilarious fun!). Regular viewing now consists of Jim Sterling's Jimquisition, Rooster Teeth, cjszero01, and MovieBob.

I decided a few years ago I wanted to start getting into games journalism, as I realised it was something I was very much interested in. As a Theatre Graduate, and a hopeful actor, I've always enjoyed working with live performance, and video editing has been a past hobby, editing compilations, home movies as well as camera, writing and editing work as part of my university course. So it seemed natural to follow in the footsteps of my inspirations. I've made a lot of progress in the past four years, with new hardware and editing software making my videos look and sound better than they've ever been. My regularity usually peaks during points of low employment, I worked for The Entertainer Toy Shop for over two years and saw video releases drop immensely. I'm working very low hours right now in my current job, so productivity has risen once again. Hopefully it won't dip too much when my career finds its feet.

So that pretty much all I can say about me and gaming. If you haven't managed to catch any of my videos yet, check out my YouTube channel amongst the links below, or just have a look at my blog posts for links and scripted versions. And please comment on them! I'm always on the look out for some useful constructive criticism. In my opinion, practice and criticism are the two best ways of learning!

Thanks for reading, and I'll see you next time!

Nick R P Green

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