Posts Tagged ‘Twitch’

Going Hollow: Twitch Plays Dark Souls

haha come on now, they'll never even reach Artorias

The story of King Canute setting his throne down on the shore and commanding the tide to turn back and not wet his flip-flops is often now referenced as arrogance, when really he was well aware that the waves would knock down his sandcastle and carry away his ball. Sometimes we attempt things to prove we can’t do them.

Almost definitely inspired by Canute (and, sure, Twitch Plays Pokémon too), a new experiment in controlling a game through commands issued by Twitch livestream viewers has chosen a surely-impossible challenge: Dark Souls [official site]. After three days, the thousands of ‘helpers’ are still in the Undead Asylum.

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YouTube Gaming Announced, Launching This Summer

Yep, that's a livestream. Now in moody grey!

When all the websites got together for their spring barbecue last month, so I’m told, YouTube had a little too much to drink and caused a scene. “Who’s beer is that?” the website would ask, teetering over the booze table. “BIG DADDY VIDEO’S BEER!” It claimed everything it saw – the barbecue, the grass, the jazz quartet – and even kicked Buzzfeed out the paddling pool. Except. When it claimed dominion over a gaming PC in the lounge, Twitch stared it down. “Don’t you know who I am?” roared Big Daddy Video and Twitch twatted it. Out cold. One punch. So I’m told.

Perhaps in retaliation, YouTube yesterday announced YouTube Gaming to shore up and bring together gaming videos and livestreams and whatnot. Streaming might be less awful, for starters.

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Make Haste! Twitch Cut Broadcast Delay By Around 33%

Tout de suite!

Twitch may be the fromage grand of the video game livestreaming world, but over the past year or so I’ve seen a fair few People In The Know switch away to new competitors like Hitbox.tv. One big complaint is that the delay between the game you broadcast and what Twitch viewers see grew too long, making chatting and interacting with viewers a nuisance – it’s hard to talk to anyone when replies come one minute later.

Well, Twitch aren’t quite going back to ye goode olde days, but they have now added a new tech option that they say “reduces delay on average by 33%.”

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Banhammered: Twitch Crack Down On Witcher 3 Leaks

The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt [official site] isn’t meant to see an official release until May 19 but a couple of stores started selling the game a week early and already there have been a few streams broadcasting over Twitch.

Naturally, Twitch is cracking down on it. Just think of what might happen if someone set their poor goggle eyes on ol’ Geralt in action before launch! Oh mercy, the anarchy.

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Lifestreaming: Twitch Hacked, User Info Possibly Swiped

Internet, Internet, where will hackers strike next? Round and round and round we go, where the security hole stops, no one kn- oh! Twitch! It’s Twitch! Streaming service Twitch has been hacked.

Twitch announced last night that “there may have been unauthorized access to some Twitch user account information”, so they’re resetting all logins and access for everyone. If you’re lucky, you only need to reset your password and change your streaming software settings. If unlucky, well, naughty folks may have your name, address, phone number, date of birth, and more.

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Why People Are Making The AI Fight Itself In Civilization

A strange thing happened in the Civilization community r/civ on January 10, 2015. Inspired by similar, smaller-scale offerings by a Twitch.tv livestream and fellow redditor DarkLava (from whom he explicitly sought permission), user Jasper K., aka thenyanmaster, shared the first part of an experiment he was conducting wherein he put 42 computer-controlled civilisations in their real-life locations on a giant model of the Earth and left them to duke it out in a battle to the death, Highlander style (except instead of heads they need capital cities).

Since then, the practice has exploded in popularity. Reddit’s Civilization community has AI-only fever, but what exactly is so compelling about watching the computer play a very slow-paced turn-based strategy game with itself?

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Streams To The Rythym: Twitch Licenses 500 Songs

The glory days are over: no more hosting a private disco on your video stream. No sir, you may not show the world what it’s like to play Animal Crossing with a Rammstein soundtrack. What you can now do, however, is soundtrack your Twitch blathering with one or some of 500 songs they’ve acquired usage rights for. None of them are songs you’ll ever hear the postman whistling, naturally, but a start is a start.
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Livesteaming: Steam Broadcasting Launches In Beta

Don't tell your password to everyone watching the first stream you saw on Steam, gang.

Oh me oh my, Valve are wading into the livestreaming waters. You know, that livestreaming thing, where you can watch other people play video games or have other folks watch you play video games? Valve today launched a public beta of Steam Broadcasting, building livestreaming into the Steam client. It’s trying to make livestreaming more casual and coincidental rather than a big fuss we consciously go through. But look, click this link and you can watch games through the Steam Community right now.

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Twitch Dress Code Requires, Y’know, Dressing

The Mount Your Friends cast themselves are exempt

FADE IN:

INT. TWITCH HQ – EVENING

A fledgling Twitch streamer is preparing for a date with their regular audience. Twitch HQ notices them about to start broadcasting and decides to intervene.

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Live$treaming: Amazon Buying Twitch For $970 Million

It's a logo.

Hey gang! Remember those rumours that Google planned to buy Twitch for a cool billion dollars? That’s not happening. The livestreaming service has been up for sale, though. Amazon announced yesterday that, all things going well, they’ll buy Twitch for $970 million in cash money. Being owned by Amazon is good for us users, Twitch say, because they’ll have the support to do new stuff faster.

The buyout would help explain Twitch’s unpleasant changes this month. It’s wiped huge archives of old video and started muting copyrighted audio in saved videos, cutting costs and getting legal ducks in a line. Investors tend to care more about that sort of thing than users do.

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Twitching: A Few Solutions But More Problems

It's late and I'm tired here's your caption what do you want?

Twitch was doing so very well. The livestreaming service was used by millions, integrated into games from Minecraft to World of Tanks, and the only real complaint was long broadcast delays making it difficult for hosts to chat with viewers. This week, two changes–one launched and one planned–burned some of that good will.

Wednesday brought the surprise launch of tech to enforce music copyright, scanning saved videos (not streams) and muting whole 30-minute chunks if any part sounds like a song it knows. Obviously that’s been a bit wonky and caused trouble. Twitch also announced they would limit the amount of video people can save after streams, and wipe huge numbers of archived videos. Now it’s back-pedalled on the latter a little but still going ahead with the problematic music stuff.

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Twitch Trimming Archives & Muting Copyrighted Music

Jerkin' back 'n' forth.

In a double-whammy of announcements, livestream site Twitch have revealed two big changes that are unpleasant but unsurprising. First, they’re adding tech to scan and automatically mute saved videos using copyrighted music (not live streams). But hey, that’ll be less of a problem than you might expect! They’ll also soon start wiping past broadcasts after as little as two weeks, no longer saving them forever, and limiting highlight clips to two hours–so you’ll have less for them to mute.

Given rumours that Google are looking at buying Twitch, one might casually remark that putting legal ducks in a line and cutting expenses are investor-pleasing moves.

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Must-See CT: Twitch Rating CS Streamers With Steam API

No scrubs.

One problem with using Let’s Plays and livestreams to fill video game-shaped longings in my life when I can’t summon the will to actually play one myself–and there may be several problems with this–is that so many are terrible. While good players or good performers can be genuinely entertaining, if they’re not I can’t pretend I’m not trying to fill a gaping emotional hole with ‘content’ and human voices. So huzzah! Twitch is tapping its Steam connection to use magical metadata so viewers can find the good stuff, starting with Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.

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