I’ve been talking with Graev and our K&G Community for a long time about the rise of video game streams. A couple of them were harassing me last night because I do tend to rant and “QQ” when it comes to this new found medium for gaming commentary and entertainment. It’s big. There’s no doubt about it. Seriously, people are making a living doing it, all the consoles are building it right into their feature list, and game developers are starting to pay (too) much attention to those who stream their games. Let’s break this down.
Streaming vs. Blogging
Yeah, it was inevitable. Podcasts, Blogs, Youtube videos, etc., all had their big day. Streaming is in the spotlight now and it will be for a long time. About a year ago was when the start of the decline began. We certainly haven’t let up around here, and never will, but we’re feeling the burn. Streaming provides that TV level of visual stimulation. I won’t lie — even I prefer watching streams over reading blogs!
I feel like blogs and written commentary typically provide a higher level of quality commentary. Streams are entertaining, and blogs are more analytical / academic / theoretical / philosophical/etc. It’s watching a tv vs. reading a magazine or a book.
Streaming is becoming a money maker. In all the time we have ever blogged we’ve never once turned a profit. We run ads here and receive donations to help us cover costs, but we still lose. I can’t even fathom how or why I would want to do this for a living — it’s simply not the feel we’re going for here. Streaming on the other hand feels, as a whole, more like a capitalistic endeavor. That’s really not a bad thing, but it sets a tone. [Read more...]