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How Game Streaming Went From Shaky Webcams To the PS4 113

An anonymous reader writes "A slightly different take on Sony's PS4 semi-launch this week. This article traces the history and growing trend of capturing/recording and streaming your gameplay on the internet, from the early days of Let's Play articles with screenshots to today, where pro-gamers make money by playing live on, and the technology is built into the PlayStation 4: 'Multiplayer video games have been around since the beginning — just look at Pong. Sony's real breakthrough with the PS4 might not be the specs, but its ability to turn every game you play into a multiplayer one.'"
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How Game Streaming Went From Shaky Webcams To the PS4

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  • Re:Hey gamers! (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday February 24, 2013 @02:14AM (#42993865)

    Tell that to AVG/VGA, AVGN, Angry Joe, PewDiePie, TobyGames, Game Grumps, Machinima...the list goes on. Basically, what I'm getting at is that people already make a living off of "Let's Play" videos on YouTube/TwitchTv/Rev3.
    How about you stop telling people what to do? Nobody cares about your "never gonna happen" attitude when it's already been done.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday February 24, 2013 @02:18AM (#42993873)

    What if my ADSL goes down again like it did last night due to heavy rain? Will that turn my PS4 into a brick? Are console developers even caring at all about proper single player support?

  • Re:Hey gamers! (Score:2, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday February 24, 2013 @02:29AM (#42993911)

    Heads up gamers, nobody wants to watch videos of you playing games, especially not your family or coworkers who are not 60-hour-a-week gamers, so please stop sending us Youtube links, okay? I'm never going to play in the NFL and you are never going to make a living playing games in your mom's basement, deal with it.

    Typical /. fallacy - "I don't want something so it means nobody else wants it either."

    Other posts have pointed out, these videos are popular, so what you think is irrelevant. What's more, _I_ have on many occasions would wanted to show my other gaming friends of my gaming, be it a new game I would like to introduce them to, or some cool or funny stuff I encountered.

    Yeah, I know, that's what people with friends usually do, so I guess it must be a totally foreign concept to some basement dwelling /.ers.

  • by Dyinobal ( 1427207 ) on Sunday February 24, 2013 @02:39AM (#42993943)
    Lets hope Publishers and developers don't decide that now every game must have a multiplayer component, no matter how little it makes sense. I'm looking at you Dead Space.
  • Re:Hey gamers! (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Seumas ( 6865 ) on Sunday February 24, 2013 @02:46AM (#42993959)

    To be fair, that's my general attitude, also. I guess it's just human nature. That's why I responded to that previous Slashdot article about the open source emoji stuff by kicking in a few bucks. Sometimes I find that is a good way to counter my initial reaction of "I AM OLD AND WHAT IS THIS NEW THING I AM SO SCARED OF YOUNG PEOPLE AND NEW IDEAS!"

    Anyway, I find watching people playing games fun, because I like playing games. Same way I like watching some sports, because I used to enjoy playing them. And of all the drivel on youtube and other streaming services, people playing videogames are far more constructive and less hideous than most of the content. Good on them for doing something potentially constructive (which is weird to say about video games, in a way).

  • Re:Hey gamers! (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Opportunist ( 166417 ) on Sunday February 24, 2013 @04:13AM (#42994193)

    Yeeeeees... and while a lot of people love watching the Superbowl, it's kinda tedious to watch some little league games.

    I hope you see the SLIGHT difference between watching a professional do what he is really good at, and watching some self absorbed geek pretend to be someone special.

  • MultiPLAYER? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Opportunist ( 166417 ) on Sunday February 24, 2013 @04:16AM (#42994197)

    So it's already multiplayer when one guy plays a game and others watch?

    In that case it's not that new. Even PacMan was multiplayer by that definition. Granted, mostly because we were waiting for that idiot to finally spend his last quarter so we can get a turn, but...

  • by locopuyo ( 1433631 ) on Sunday February 24, 2013 @05:42AM (#42994375) Homepage
    multiplayer - a mode of play involving more than one player at one time in a computer or video game
    Someone needs to learn English.

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