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YouTube Live: Easy Streaming and the Joy of Not Editing

Posted by Greg Rozen

Mar 26, 2015 8:30:00 AM

Conferences like PAX East, for us, is about talking to creators. There are few better opportunities for conversations with YouTubers, streamers, and any number of other gaming celebrities, to find out about how they work, what’s working, where they struggle. What makes them tick. While having a great time, meeting amazing people and taking in the incredible games, booths, and panels, we also learn more about the space in three days than we can gather in weeks back home, tracking people down or scrounging the internet for little bits of information. It’s hard to overstate how much we enjoy it; really getting into the nuts and bolts with the people doing the real work.

Thing is, you listen enough, patterns start to emerge. This last time out, in Boston, one theme kept popping up, again and again.

“I’m making fewer videos,” they’d tell us, “and I’m streaming a lot more.”

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Topics: Opinion

PAX East: JackSepticEye, Markiplier, and the Power of Positivity

Posted by Greg Rozen

Mar 19, 2015 8:30:00 AM

The internet is a complex place. Now that the whole world is connected, and almost anyone can get online, frequent message boards and news aggregators, and find their way to incredible content on YouTube, its easier than ever to have a conversation, to make your voice heard and become part of a community. Of course, not everyone uses this incredible gift for good.

Comment sections, forums, live chats, these all let people get a word in without having to show their face, or give their name. Anonymity, for the most part, is ubiquitous, and that doesn’t always encourage the best behavior. YouTubers often experience this first hand.

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Topics: Opinion

Lessons From PAX: Runaway Guys Doing "Live" Right

Posted by Greg Rozen

Mar 12, 2015 9:00:00 AM

Well, another PAX has come to an end. We spent this past weekend in Boston, along with developers, YouTubers, streamers, and tens of thousands of fans, celebrating the games we love and the people who play them. Of course, it was an absolute blast; we were able to show off our new Insider program and connect with a lot of talented creators, but just as important, we again had the privilege of hosting meet-ups and autograph signings for a fantastic list of YouTubers.

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Topics: Opinion

GameWisp Comes to Bean Town: PAX East 2015

Posted by Greg Rozen

Mar 5, 2015 7:30:00 AM

Now that mother nature has taken a few weeks off from her job of pounding the northeast with one catastrophic blizzard after another, it’s time for the world of video gaming to converge on the city of Boston for the annual extravaganza of nerdom that is PAX East. It was just a bit over a month ago that I attended the inaugural southern iteration of the expo down in San Antonio, Texas, and had an absolute blast. But, from what I hear, that event was small, quaint, compared to what lies ahead.

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Topics: Opinion

Don't You Dare Make Us Cool: Nintendo, Saban, and 'Power/Rangers'

Posted by Greg Rozen

Feb 26, 2015 9:30:00 AM

This week, the internet gave us something great in the form of director Joseph Kahn’s ridiculous, over-the-top, very NSFW short film based on the Power Rangers children’s show. It’s violent. It’s self-aware. It’s awesome. But, it’s not easy to see the unedited cut. Not anymore. Not since Saban pressured Vimeo into taking the video down.

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Topics: Opinion

DLC: The Best and Worst Thing Ever

Posted by Greg Rozen

Feb 19, 2015 7:30:00 AM

One of the internet's preeminent gaming personalities, whether he likes it or not, made a statement of note earlier this week when TotalBiscuit posted this video, detailing his personal evolution on so-called “day-one cosmetic DLC.” You see, back in 2011, the same TotalBuscuit made a video decrying content of this type during the release of Portal 2, player skins, mostly. Cut to this year’s release of Turtle Rock’s Evolve and its controversial DLC program, and TotalBiscuit doesn’t mind.

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Topics: Opinion

Are You Streaming Mobile Games? You Should Be.

Posted by Greg Rozen

Feb 12, 2015 7:30:00 AM

My last handheldwas a Game Boy Advance. I remember taking it to summer camp the year it was released, and how I was always the center of attention, sitting in my bunk or at a picnic table, playing Tony Hawk Pro Skater in mind-blowing 32-bit graphics. It really did make me giddy, having the power of my Super Nintendo, mired away under the television back home, at a moment’s notice, in the pocket of my backpack.

And yet, I don’t remember how that relationship ended. My Game Boy Color had fallen out of rotation the moment the Advance arrived, and my old Game Gear was a casualty of childish forgetfulness, left sitting in a Ft. Lauderdale airport lounge during a journey back from Disney World, but the GBA just sort of faded away, out of mind, hidden in a drawer full of junk. I never stopped gaming on home consoles or the PC, but, as I grew older, the newer handhelds, the Nintendo DS, the PSP, the Vita, they simply never appealed to me. I know now that it’s fallacious, but while consoles seemed to grow up with me, the smaller devices always felt more like toys for some reason, meant for children, the games less mature.

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Topics: Opinion

Seeing YouTubers in Person is Becoming the Best Part of Conferences

Posted by Greg Rozen

Feb 5, 2015 7:30:00 AM

This weekend, Playlist Live is taking over Orlando. Since 2008, the annual convention has brought social media stars, mostly YouTube content creators but also, now, people who’ve made names for themselves through Twitter and Vine or elsewhere, directly to their fans, hosting panels, live performances, and meet-ups. The thing is, this year’s event sold out so quickly that a lot of the audience was left out, precipitating the addition of the Playlist Live Virtual Experience, the company’s fancy name for a live-stream.

They’re forced to do this because this audience, fans who not only want to watch their favorite vloggers, YouTubers, and Viners, but want to pay good money to see them live, in person, is very, very real, even though most of these personalities wouldn’t fit neatly into the box of “live performer.” These, for the most part, aren’t musicians or stand-up comedians. They don’t already have a stage show put together, ready to take on the road. They’re brand mostly consists of them simply talking, or produced pieces, but their fans don’t care. They just want to see them, live, in the flesh, and are satisfied no matter how it looks or plays out.

If nothing else, our time at PAX South proved that this applies just equally to producers of gaming content. Maybe more so.

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Topics: Opinion

Joy is Infectious: What I Learned at PAX South

Posted by Greg Rozen

Jan 29, 2015 7:30:00 AM

I’ve been playing video games my entire life. Most of my earliest memories, as a tubby little kid in the Chicago suburbs, were sitting on the couch of our loft, watching my brother play the combination Mario/Duckhunt cartridge in our original NES, waiting for my turn. I remember the impossible brick wall that was the second level of Battletoads, the revelation of plugging in the first Game Genie and finally breaking through to the stages beyond. I remember the weeks and weeks of renting Earthbound from Blockbuster, again and again, to crack the codes and see how the story ended. I remember sweating it out for hours in the final battle of Final Fantasy IX, dying again and again, alone in my room on a Friday night, until I finally prevailed, only to feel a little sour that the game was over.

I’m an adult, now, or at least I like to think so, and I know that the images in my head of all the other kids, out, at parties or with friends, that made me feel isolated and lonely were all in my head. But that doesn’t mean the games were any less of an escape. You talk to gamers long enough, they’ll all tell you something similar. Games, for many of us, were what let us get away from those feelings of isolation, even before the rise of multiplayer. It was just entering another world, diving into a story, and just letting it take you over.

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Topics: Opinion

PAX South: 5 Things We're Excited For

Posted by Greg Rozen

Jan 21, 2015 7:30:00 AM

It’s getting dangerously close, campers! PAX South is only a few short days away, and we couldn’t be more excited. GameWisp will be hosting a booth of our very own, and we’re pumped to show off the awesome new tools we’ve been working on. We’re also raffling off three, count’m, three brand new Snowball iCE mics from Blue Microphones and a handful of Steam cards, in addition to the sweet, sweet swag we’ll be handing out to guests, so if you’re going to be in the great city of San Antonio this weekend for the festivities, be sure to stop by and say hello! 

Of course, there’s a lot more to PAX than the opportunity to finally bring our site to the masses; it should be a weekend packed to the brim with amazing gaming experiences, first looks, previews and demos, panels and shows. It’s going to be a three-day video game party! Here’s just a handful of things we’re looking forward to about this amazing expo.

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Topics: Opinion

    

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