What’s the actual interest in streams?

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April 22nd, 2014 9:18 pm

As far as I can tell,¬†game jams are usually fairly self-contained within their community. It’s not like there are lots of random fans who would watch people stream themselves making games over a weekend, with very few notable exceptions (e.g. Notch). Or, at least to my understanding.

Am I correct in this thinking? I’m trying to decide whether or not it’s worth my time to stream, or to simply make a timelapse.

4 Responses to “What’s the actual interest in streams?”

  1. I’ve logged into livestreams concerning coding and art and I’ve learned loads from that. I never usually stay for hours but there are tons of great things you can pick up.

    So my opinion is, if you decide to stream, it won’t really be for you, it’s more for the audience and will probably be worth their while. Some people like to share code, others timelapses, others detailed tutorials, others no sharing at all etc. go with what you feel comfortable IMHO

  2. noom says:

    I agree with the above.

    For me as well though I wanted to learn how to stream and this was a good opportunity.

  3. deathray says:

    The people most likely to watch (us Ludumites) will be busy making games. I’d recommend recording it rather than expecting a big audience while live streaming.

  4. quill18 says:

    Here’s why I stream:

    a) It gives Ludum Dare a bit more of a *live* jam mood. You get to soak up the atmosphere of having other people participate in the same thing you are. It’s the same reason that people post progress reports mid-jam.

    b) It’s a great way to spend a break, or even to just reboot your brain a bit if you get stuck. Spending 5 minutes watching someone program a completely different type of game in a completely different language can re-start your creative juices.

    c) (And I think this is the most important one!) It gives us the ability to cheer each other on and encourage each other to finish. Having an audience is very motivating. At least it is for me. I honestly don’t know if I’d have the willpower to complete a LD entry if not for the motivation that my viewers give me — and it doesn’t matter if I got two viewers or a million.

    (And certainly for me there is a 4th reason: I am a regular youtuber/streamer and Ludum Dare interferes with my regular content creation, so I stream the jam as a replacement.)

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