Posts Tagged ‘Twitch’

Twitch Prime goes global, getting Plunkbat clothing

To celebrate the (almost) global launch of Twitch Prime, Twitch have announced next month’s perks will include hideous exclusive Twitch-themed clothing for PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds. Twitch Prime, to refresh your memory, is an extension of Amazon Prime. Prime Members get to see the streaming site without ads, and each month get a premium subscription to one Twitch channel, the occasional free game, and trinkets and baubles for games. This month, Plunkbat gets the shinies.

Let me be clear: these Battlegrounds togs are ghastly and I will hunt anyone I see wearing them. I will kill you, I will take your awful Twitch clothes, and I will throw them into the red zone to be bombed. Read the rest of this entry »

Watch this AI learn to drive inside Grand Theft Auto V

You might have heard that some folks making self-driving cars used Grand Theft Auto V to help train their AIs. You might have wondered what that looks like. You… might not learn that watching this Twitch livestream of an AI learning to drive in GTA V. The compubrain, named Charles, is less advanced, though Charles sounds fancy in creator Harrison ‘Sentdex’ Kinsley’s description: “a convolutional neural network that learns to drive through deep learning.” Charles often ends up atop highway barriers, ramming walls, or battered in ludicrous police chases. This makes Charles no less fun to watch. Read the rest of this entry »

Twitch ‘IRL’ continues site’s transition back into Justin.tv

ACTUAL HORROR

The universe, you’ll know if you buy the DVDs of my teachings, was created as a perfect loop. All matter, energy, and thought were fractal repetitions of one divine event. Then someone’s mate Dave kicked over the universe while dancing smashed on Lambrini at the universe’s launch party and it got wonked into a spiral which loops increasingly broken. Case in point: Twitch began as a gaming subcategory added to livestream-your-life site Justin.tv, then it span off into its own site, then Justin closed down, and now Twitch has added livestreaming your life as a subcategory. Thanks again, Dave. Read the rest of this entry »

Amazon Launch Twitch Prime, Part Of Amazon Prime

Amazon launched Twitch Prime over the weekend, adding perks for the livestreaming service to Amazon Prime subscriptions. Primepeople don’t see Twitch ads, get a free subscription to a Twitch channel, get chat emoticons and stuff, and will receive a small freebie every month for a game, such as a Hearthstone hero. Or, as Twitch say:

“We wanted to make it like a secret level that unlocks the best parts of Twitch and the best parts of Amazon, where members would feel like total bosses.”

Come on, swallow that vomit back. That’s unbecoming of a total boss like yourself.

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Amazon Game Studios Announce Three Games

Amazon have announced three PC games being made by their own games studio: a multiplayer sandbox world, a MOBA-ish 4v4 mythological murdersport, and some sort of class-based Battle Royale ’em up. That sandbox ’em up sounds like it might be interesting, at least. As Amazon also owns Twitch, all three games have bits to entertain livestream viewers or let them fiddle with what’s going on. Let’s look at New World, Breakaway [official site], and Crucible in decreasing order of interestingness.

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Twitch Plays Chess Against A Grandmaster And Wins

The power of the hive mind shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone by now, but for some reason I assumed chess was an exception. When the creators of Pure Chess [official site] decided to promote their new game by pitting the chat stream of Twitch against British grandmaster Simon Williams, I shrugged and thought: “well it’s nice that they have graduated from Dark Souls and Pokemon” – assuming that they would be soundly trounced. The chess champion went on to win the first two games. But during the third, Twitch struck back and won.

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Poly Bridge Lets Twitch Viewers Pitch In With Creations

Bridge-building puzzler Poly Bridge [official site] has managed to cross the chasm of early access and is now in full release territory. There’s a bunch of new bits and bobs as part of the 1.0 build but the one which caught my eye was the collaborative play options for Twitch streamers and viewers.

The idea is that streamers can accept viewer suggestions for a bridge design – either an altered version of what they were already working on or an entirely new design of your own concoction. It feels like a pretty cool back and forth as well as a good fit for the kind of game Poly Bridge actually is.

Here’s the info:

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Liveslurping: Twitch Sanctions ‘Social Eating’ Streams

Okay!

If you – like me – are fascinated by watching other people eat, observing the glisten on their lips as food glides in, savouring their slurping, and jotting down observations on the motion of their cheeks writhing in mastication but you – like me – are banned from every restaurant in a two-mile radius, good news: you can now watch people livestream themselves eating on Twitch. It’s a curious but not surprising development as Twitch realises people are as much interested in hanging out with imaginary Internet friends as they are watching video games. The phenomenon is already huge in South Korea.

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Rocket League Official Championship Announced

Rocket League [official site] and Esports may seem like a match made in heaven, yet, somewhat surprisingly, the ball-cage-cars ’em up has gone without an official competitive league since launch last July. Enter the inaugural Rocket League Championship Series, which will see players compete for the first ever Rocket League Championship title and a prize pool of $75,000 (£53 grand).

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Amazon Lumberyard Is A Free CryEngine Spin-off

Amazon have launched their own free game engine based on Crytek’s CryEngine, fancied up to focus on online games. It’s an interesting idea with an awful name: Amazon Lumberyard. It’ll simplify setting up online stuff and fancy features like ‘Twitch Plays’ for devs, is the idea, tied into Amazon’s various server hosting services and Twitch (Amazon bought ’em for $970 million, remember).

No, I don’t get whether it’s meant to be some sort of ‘lumber is made into paper which becomes books which we started with’ joke or something?

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Twitch Plays Dark Souls Beats Notorious Roadblocks

It took 28 days, but the eternal, self-propelled machine that is Twitch Plays has finally managed to defeat a couple of the toughest bosses of Dark Souls [official site]. That is to say, the notoriously tricky Ornstein and Smough, who were taken out after several attempts – I haven’t a clue how they managed that one. You can watch it all unfold after the jump:

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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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