Four Months of Livestreaming Make Joey V Go Something Something

Not that rare photo of Joey V livestreaming!Four months ago I wrote on the g33kWatch site, and came up with a plan of action.  I was going to dust off the website servers, and start putting up some content once again.  I was going to go from doing nothing for the site, to streaming on Twitch daily.

Certainly was a lofty goal, and now that it has been a good amount of time, I figured it was time I checked in and tell all of you how it went.  What went well, what went terribly, and what I plan to work on in the future.

So did you actually wake up at 5 AM every weekday and livestream video games?

Missing the livestream for Disney World was worth it!I actually did!  There were some days in which I took a day off because of various reasons (sick, vacation, my dog alarm clock overslept, etc), but for the most part I held to my schedule which was quite amazing.  I usually come up with these grandiose ideas, stick to them for about a week, and then quickly watch as my motivation peters out.

This time around though, I found that I was having an absolute blast in what I was doing.  This probably shouldn’t have comes across as a surprise, considering that my task was to play video games every morning, but the process was remarkably fun.  Waking up every morning, taking the dog on a pleasant and quiet walk, brewing up some coffee, and then opening up my chat room was a great routine to fall into.

Playing through The Swapper was probably the most fun for meI looked forward to waking up each and every morning, and enjoyed plaything games on my Steam account.  Generally speaking, most of my video game time is spent on various consoles, but I have a ton of games that I have bought during previous Steam sales and just never got around to.  This opportunity to wake up at the crack of dawn allowed me to play games that I kept meaning to get to, but just didn’t because it’s easier to play on my XBOX or PlayStation.

So yeah, I love streaming!  I love catching up with / showing off forgotten games to my small but dedicated viewer base, I absolutely adore interacting with chat while I play, and I love feeling productive with my gaming.  Well, as productive as you can feel with gaming.  If you are a gamer who has a big backlog of games in your library, you know exactly what I mean.

Wow sounds great!  Any fun stats to share?

I love numbers and statistics.  Here are some of the fun ones I kept track of.

  • Did I say Swapper?  OK maybe DmC was my favoriteI tallied up roughly 5,946 minutes of gameplay over the last four months.  That is over 99 hours!  Even better, all of those are videos up on our YouTube Channel!
  • I beat 6 games in that time, including:
    • Rogue Legacy
    • Myth: The Fallen Lords
    • Papers, Please
    • The Swapper
    • DmC: Devil May Cry
    • Alan Wake
  • People really seemed to love Papers, PleaseI also played 3 games of Sid Meier’s Alpha Centauri, and 5 matches of DOTA 2.
  • Gained 72 followers on Twitch.  For the most part, I have been lucky enough to average around 5 concurrent viewers for most of my games.
  • My most popular game was Papers, Please which averaged 10 to 15 concurrent viewers when I was playing.
  • My least popular game was Myth: The Fallen Lords which averaged 0-2 concurrent viewers.  Doesn’t matter though, it’s one of my favorite games of all time so I’ll play it whenever I damn well please.  =)
  • Was able to raise $1,500 for Extra Life in a 24 hour period! Whoot!

That is amazing!  So what didn’t work out?

Well the entire process wasn’t sunshine and cupcakes.  There are tons of little things that I learned by doing this.  Numerous little tweaks that I had to do to the stream setup that I could go into, but are ultimately boring and not that vital.  Let’s just say that when I had very little to no technical issues while streaming the gaming marathons, those were certainly me getting lucky.  There are toooooons of things that can and will go wrong.

But those are easily corrected.  What I had thought would come of all this livestreaming is me generating more content for the website.  That didn’t exactly work out.  All of the time constraints that I felt during the day while at home and at the day job, continued to be there.  The prospect of putting up a new post each and every day for every episode in a Full Play became unruly.  It just wasn’t going to happen.

Streaming on a weekend is quite impossible as you can seeWhile I was able to make weekdays work, the prospect of playing on the weekends just never panned out.  All the sleep that I was missing out on during the week, it had to made up somewhere and for me that was on Saturday and Sunday.  So while I always wanted to do a 3-5 hour stream on the weekend, I generally just ended up passed out on my couch.

Finally, one of the big things I had wanted to do was do specific one-off / infrequent streams like Freaky Fridays where I got together a few friends and played horror games.  It wasn’t a major thing, but definitely something I had wanted to do.  It’s still possible in the future, but probably going to be a bit more infrequent than I original thought.  That’s totally cool though.  =)

So what’s next?

Well I am obviously going to keep livestreaming.  I had taken off this past week because I needed to rest after the 24 hour Extra Life stream but I’m excited to get back to it!  I also have some ideas on how to fix some of the issues I mentioned above.

  • The prospect of posting something on the g33kWatch site for each and every episode of a Full Play is just not going to happen.  Instead what I will be doing is make one post for a game that will contain all my thoughts and feelings on it.  This may be written out, or it might be a video review.  Either way, I’ll then make sure that I have a full playlist on that post so you can watch my entire gameplay progression if you want.
  • If you like what Joey is doing, please leave a tip to make the stream better!There was a request for me to put up a link to accept personal donations.  A “Tip Jar” if you will.  I generally hate doing this as I don’t like taking money from people.  I just feel really gross doing it.  That being said, there have been enough requests for it at this point that I’m going to do it.  You can find links for the Tip Jar on the sidebar here, on my Twitch page, or right here.  All donations that come in this way will be put towards improving the stream.  This will include a new capture card for console gameplay, better microphone setup, and eventually a new computer.
  • Finally, I talked it over with Katie and we feel like there needs to be a week night in which we play.  This is not only because we feel bad for East / West coast viewers who miss my morning streams, but because Katie and I have a blast actually livestreaming together.  We’re aiming for Wednesdays at 8 PM – 11 PM.  This has been updated and reflected in the streaming schedule down below.  Mark your calendars!

Thanks for the update!

Thanks for reading this long ass ramble!  Please leave comments on what you think about all this, or if you have suggestions and / or critiques.

One last thing …

Photo of the first time Josh & I streamed, preparing for Mass Effect MarathonI would be remiss if I didn’t write up a really quick thing that has been on my mind.  A few months ago in July I lost my very dear friend Josh.  I didn’t really post a lot about it at the time, but this happened just about 2 weeks after I started this whole new livestreaming quest of mine.  Josh obviously had a lasting impact on my life, more than I could ever write about, but he also did so much for the g33kWatch site / brand.

Josh created our logo that we still use to this day, helped with our website design, and also taught me how to live stream in the first place.  He really gave me the drive and the tools to make streaming a passion of mine, and for that I am forever grateful.  I think of him every time I start up a stream and hopefully he’s watching me play some great games if he finds the time.

Here’s to you buddy.

Joseph Valenti

Founder of g33kWatch, Joe is the guy who makes sure nobody hurts themselves. Connect with me on Google+

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