For this week's Tell Us Dammit, we're going to talk about streaming. Specifically, what viewers want.
As someone who grew up with regular TV, but also the internet from an early age, it's been fun seeing people transition from one medium to another. And it's been interesting to see what tricks have been pulled over from regular broadcasting, and what ones haven't.
When it comes to individual streams, however, I find I tend to work by a process of elimination rather than seeking something specific out. Streams with obtuse, gargantuan overlays are a huge red flag. Hugely dickish personalities aren't my type either - I spent enough time playing with people like that in Counter-Strike.
Technical issues I don't mind, but I don't want pixels the size of dinner plates. In general, I'd rather have most of the in-game overlay visible, although there are plenty of streams that integrate chat well (but it doesn't work for all games).
But what about yourselves - what do you look for in a stream? Do you search for particular games, and filter down from there, look for Aussie streamers only, or gravitate towards particular personalities?