One aspect of the video game medium that has recently and steadily popularized is the ability for such a medium to be enjoyed at more than a first hand experience. In the past, most people have experienced video games through watching others play whether they be strangers or friends by physically being close to said person. However, by ways of modern internet advances, this second hand method of consuming video games has slowly gained a following. Currently gaming as a genre on YouTube is extremely populated with influential personnel and view counts for the gaming genre accounts for a large percentage of total views. Along with recorded videos, viewership for the live streaming of video games also has increased. Namely, Twitch.tv, the premier website for video game streams, currently boasts over 200,000 concurrent viewers. It is undeniable that this aspect of video games has invaded our culture. Even the iconic cartoon show, “South Park”, released an episode concerning this growth.
It’s evident that even though live streams and “let’s plays” are not “gamic” in the sense that play is not being done, they do introduce a sometimes unusual mixture of diegetic and non-diegetic material. Depending on the producer, some live streams and videos will contain non-diegetic operator acts (stream overlays, commentary, donation/subscription popups) or they could boast raw diegetic footage however influenced by diegetic operator acts. Whatever you may think of the act of watching others play video games (it is a very polarizing ideal), one cannot deny the influence it has on modern culture. The exposure of video games through other medium has grown tremendously in the last decade and will continue to grow. Who knows what will come next after live streams.
With this in mind, I invite anyone reading this to check out my stream here. I mainly stream Dota 2 which is a newly released Valve game based off of Dota 1 which was a community made mod based on the Warcraft III engine. As communication is encouraged for our playing of World of Warcraft, I will also be streaming the entirety of my time on World of Warcraft.