Header courtesy of Belghast of Aggronaut.com.
It’s Day 6 of Blaugust and I’m still on a high from my streaming tonight so I wanted to talk about the joys of streaming today. It’s a short one, but I hope you won’t mind!
Streaming has become pretty popular recently, with news buzzing about big name streamers and how they’ve “made it” and lots of people trying to get started with their own video game stream. In the middle of all of this, I’ve been streaming quietly in the corner, playing horror games on Saturdays and random games throughout the week. And you know what? It’s fun!
I’ve mentioned before in my Why I Stream post that I have always used streaming as a sort of surrogate friendship. It’s not that I don’t have friends, it’s that most of my gaming buddies are in different timezones, and until very recently I didn’t have people to hang out with while I played games. I craved that, especially after my good times in gaming centres and watching friends enjoy themselves talking about their favourite game with guildies.
Streaming was a gateway to this for me. I’ve just shut down my stream after around two-and-a-half hours of playing Final Fantasy XIV. Do I get a ton of viewers? Not yet, maybe one day. But the people who come to hang out with me are invaluable — they’re friends, people whom I love speaking with and whose company I enjoy. I look forward to streaming because I get to spend time with my buddies, and that’s something I haven’t been able to do in a long time.
Interested in taking part in Blaugust?
Check out the Nook on Anook, or Belghast’s post on the Gospel of Blaugust and get started! You don’t have to write a gaming blog, and your posts don’t have to be about gaming to participate. So come along and join the fun!