Watch Us Play Cities Skylines Live

OH GOD. Why am I doing this? Well, partly because it’s high time I learned how, and partly because we’re allowed to stream Cities Skylines before we’re allowed to write reviews. Thus, in a few minutes I shall leave my comfort zone to bring you live footage of me playing (trying to play) Paradox’s new city-builder. It’s due to go live at 3.45pm UK time, but you’ll be able to watch the whole thing retroactively later if you prefer.

Things to know:
1) I’m pretty new to the streaming software, so that might go wrong.
2) My PC is prone to random restarts, so that might go wrong.
3) I have a really loud mechanical keyboard so you’re going to hear that. Will dig up a quieter one if I do more of these.
4) I haven’t played the game ever before, so that might go wrong.
5) My voice is.. well, I’ll let others offer vitriol there, other than to say that very well might go wrong too.

OK. OK.

45 Comments

  1. Cei says:

    Time to get a Cherry Red keyboard with o-ring dampeners?

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    Lexx87 says:

    Ooh interesting

  3. TheManintheHat says:

    Oh god, the tension of that countdown…! I get to hear Alec’s voice AND see this game I’m actually very interested in!

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    Lexx87 says:

    Is working!

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    Lexx87 says:

    Music a bit too loud over your voice sometimes tho

  6. morbiusnl says:

    youre doing great! ;)

  7. RutigerP says:

    This is great – we get to liveblog RPS reportage! The music is a bit distracting though, especially as it seems to come on and off rather arbitrarily.

  8. Fnord73 says:

    Is it part of the concept that you dont practice first?

    • Fnord73 says:

      That was painful.

      • RutigerP says:

        Heh I think you just got called out!

      • Fnord73 says:

        lol, this IS painful -)

        • Fnord73 says:

          Haha, “lets build a 4 lane road” :-)

          WHY?

          //laughing for real//

          • Fnord73 says:

            If you read this: You need to put in local shopping areas in the small holes in the residentials, and build more industry :-)

    • Capt. Bumchum McMerryweather says:

      Practice first. On an unreleased game they probably have time limits on. Good one.

  9. tripwired says:

    Excellent, I’m tuned in!

  10. RutigerP says:

    That clicky object dragging sound get annoying fast. I hope there’s a way to turn it off.

  11. tripwired says:

    Upvote for more RPS live streaming please, me likey

    • RutigerP says:

      Alec’s voice is so soothing, its kind of like listening to a guided meditation recording. With more discussion of sewage.

      • SuicideKing says:

        I was just about to say that! I think Alec and Pip tie for my “RPS voices I could keep listening to” award.

        On that note I’d like to hear the others too!

      • morbiusnl says:

        I had some serious ASMR tingles when watching this.

  12. James says:

    I feel conflicted. It is painful to watch but I kinda want the game now.

  13. schlusenbach says:

    “Livestreaming due to legal lalala not available in Germany.”
    Damn you, lawyers!

    • hollowroom says:

      I totally agree. It’s time GEMA were taken out and paraded naked through the streets and pelted with rotten food.

      • schlusenbach says:

        While that should totally happen, the problem with LiveStreaming is a different kind of evil… (you would need a license to broadcast because of the Rundfunkstaatsvertrag… sigh).

        It’s bureaucratic madness either way.

        • TehK says:

          Why are we getting this message only on youtube and not on twitch?

          Genuine questin, I really don’t know. But I always thought that this was a problem specific to youtube in Germany.

          • airmikee says:

            Maybe Twitch has simply been flying under the radar, out of sight/out of mind of regulators?

    • FCA says:

      Rundfunkstraatsvertrag (and rundfunkbeitrag) can join the GEMA in their special place of hell I’ve reserved for them.

      • hollowroom says:

        Well I didn’t even know about this gem, but I’ve just looked it up. Brilliant piece of bureaucracy.

        I love this country, I really do. I’ve been here for 8 years now. But you guys really need to get the burning pitchforks out for some of these -Amts.

  14. Mr Coot says:

    Ty. Am interested in the game. Your speaking voice is very listenable, so don’t worry about that. Probably needed the narration sound level boosted a bit and the game music decreased. Also, I think the city would have been improved if it were… symmetrical. *twitch twitch*

  15. tripwired says:

    Stream just finished, thanks Alec.

  16. dsch says:

    Perhaps consider reading the manual/doing the tutorials next time?

    • Capt. Bumchum McMerryweather says:

      it’s an unreleased game, so there probably aren’t any tuts

  17. airmikee says:

    Looks pretty sweet, and by the time it’s released with all the planned DLC options, I should be done with Cities XXL. :)

  18. Dark Malady says:

    SO that was fun to watch, got a nice look at how some of the systems work and such… and Good grief have you never played a city builder before? no? ok then. I hope you are having fun and learning.

    the game does indeed appear to be quite close to Simcity4, Cities XL, ect. to be able to pick up immediately with little learning curve. we shall see won’t we?

  19. tnankie says:

    Um….I am going to presume you were nervous. Or do you typically ignore tool tips? I found my self watching the stream and saying aloud “Alec the game is telling you why you can’t do that….why do you keep trying that?”

    Just a bit surprised a professional game player and writer wasn’t faster/open to/adaptable at learning a new game. it sort of came across as a MAC/PC user trying the other and saying why can’t I do X? I always do Y using X on my OS.

    Having said that thank you for taking the time to show us the game…..and you probably sold a copy of it to me :-)

    • bonuswavepilot says:

      Hee hee, yeah I found myself doing a bit of that too… “A loop! The description said the bus stops need to make a loop!” but it is always easier to see these things as the over-the-shoulder guy than the actual player. Despite the occasional shouted instructions I think overall it was a lovely stream. Looking forward to more to come!

    • Alec Meer says:

      Yeah, nervous, basically. But also it’s a multi-tasking thing. Bear in mind I haven’t ever done a stream before – it’s a new discipline to be commentating as I play, and I was worried about dead air/mumbling. Felt I had to be doing something all the time so stopping to read tooltips seemed antithetical to that, plus I was reacting to stuff instinctively because it didn’t feel as though I had time to think.

      This is something that will improve with practice, and I need to learn ways to make reading tooltips out loud entertaining, as well as other ways of playing for time without going silent.

      All that said, I’d hoped more of the audience would be onboard with the fact I was openly going into the game completely blind, unrehearsed and live. I’ll probably learn the ropes of any game I do this with again first in order to keep some of sneery people at bay.

      • hollowroom says:

        Fair enough, but just for the record. I preferred the “jump in blind with no idea” plan myself. It’s very much how I play games. It’s quite refreshing. Tutorials be damned.

      • Bracknellexile says:

        I’d say that going in blind is fine – I really enjoyed the stream and it gave me a better idea of what to expect from the game than a polished pre-planned presentation from the devs (although those have their place too).

        Only thing I’d say regarding things like tooltips is take the time to read them, and read them out. Most folks won’t mind the few seconds it takes, you get to take your audience with you in the process of understanding the game rather than them reading ‘over-your-shoulder’ and getting bits you missed – everyone’s then at roughly the same level of comprehension of a game that’s new to almost all and the rest of your stream will probably be better for it. Lastly it’s possibly worth bearing in mind those on lower-bandwidth video feeds or watching on phones/tablets may not be able to read the tooltips for themselves so may actively appreciate knowing what the game is offering in terms of tutorial.

        All in all, great first effort – you’re a braver man than I to take on live streaming! :)

        • tnankie says:

          Exactly, I’d suggest that you share your though processes a bit more too, you know like in maths/science exams you get marks for showing the working? “why can’t I build the damn road there? … whats that tool tips say? Insufficient funds? Oh dear. Whats it say? location occupied…..hmmm then what about here, nope. Oh I get it, it means that XYZ…..”

          So if you’ve got the bottle I’d like to see you going in cold again, just take your time with your actions and tell us what your thinking , read aloud what you are reading etc.

          Have fun

  20. zakpack48 says:

    Looks great!
    All the cars, is carparking a thing in this game? (not seeing any roadside parking or parking buildings)

  21. Muzman says:

    That was cool. Good work.
    I enjoyed the feature of the game where after enough dodgy road placements the game starts making a crying baby noise.

  22. heretic says:

    not watched the whole thing yet but so far was great! looking forward to more of these, would be great to get another RPS writer there as well – could be quite fun hearing you guys discover the game for the first time :D

  23. MartinWisse says:

    So what did you use for streaming technology?