Streaming is almost ready. Now, where to stream?


Everything is in the final phases, and streaming and videos should be live in the next week or two.

That’s right. I have been talking about it for a while. Finally, everything is more or less in place. The layouts are working, the cameras are as sound as I can make them, and I have the content mainly planned in my head.

This leaves one big question before going live. Twitch or YouTube?

So what are you planning on streaming?

I am thinking of two regular streaming session. For one, I was thinking of streaming through all three Witcher games. Starting at the original, I would be starting again and playing through Geralt’s story from start to finish.

Why do this? I think it would be interesting for people that never played the original game. Also, I have managed to lose my Witcher 2 save games, and there is an often forgotten feature in the series where past decisions carry through. So if I am going to play through them all, why not share the experience?

There is also the stream of building my Retropie retro gaming station and enjoying old favourites while trying games I never got to try! These sessions would be more irregular, but I think just as much fun!

Streaming - The Witcher Enhanched Edition
I'm going to restart Geralt's saga from teh beginning

Video games? That’s all you want to stream? What about the other stuff you were talking about?

A lot of people do stream video games, but not a lot of people stream older games. I think it’s important to keep these games alive in one way or another, and it will give me something to chat with people about going forward.

The other regular-stream I want to do is board games. This also leads to video content. As a mainstay, I was thinking of grabbing some print and play games, doing a how to play video on YouTube. Later that week, I would then play a few games on stream, and I am hoping that people can print the board and play along with me.

How to play videos would be on the YouTube channel, and then the stream would be where I am streaming.

On top of all this, there will be intermittent streams with different content. Things like solo playthroughs of other games that don’t quite work as ‘play with me’ experiences.

Streaming - Lockpicks
A how to play and then a stream you can play with and maybe beat me - how does that sound?

That sounds straightforward. What’s the problem?

It does sound simple enough. Now all I need is some time to learn and make how to play videos and set a streaming schedule. But where to stream is still niggling me.

Twitch is a popular streaming platform, and it does the job well. It is tough to find the things you want to see. Searching Twitch is always a nightmare, and I know lots of board gamers that don’t want to make Twitch accounts.

There are also a lot of people that enjoy video games and might really like the retro gaming ideas, but they might not want to watch board game stuff.

I could technically split up the content between different channels, but I am not keen on this idea. This thinking is pretty selfish, though.

To me, gaming is gaming. It’s pretty simple. I am almost as excited about Pandemic Legacy Season 0 (which I got the notification is being sent today!) as I am for Cyberpunk 2077. I am just as frustrated that I haven’t played God of War as I am The 7th Continent.

But not everyone thinks this way, and I don’t want to discourage people from joining in on the fun because of content that isn’t important to them.

Streaming - YouTube vs Twitch
Which platform would you prefer I used - Twitch, YouTube, or both?

So what’s the plan?

Well, that’s the million-dollar question, isn’t it? My thoughts on this are really turning around in circles!

The way I see it, I can either stick with just Twitch or YouTube. Or I can split content between Twitch and YouTube. I can see pros and cons for every option.

There is one aspect that is really nice for me. I am not worried about the revenue benefits of any platform. Ads are just as annoying on both platforms, so that isn’t really something I can control either.

So we come to the crux of today’s article.

Voting closes Tuesday, October 27th at 12am (AEST).

Thanks for helping with this decision, and I can’t wait to share some fun gaming with you soon!

Until next time,

JohnHQLD