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Being A Video Game Streamer on Twitch Is Now A Big Thing, So I Spoke To Steph 'Hex' Bendixsen On What The Deal Is And How To Stream Like A Pro

Turns out there's a lot more to it than just playing games and watching other people play games.

The last few years has seen the video game world take an interesting pivot due to the rise of live-streaming and Twitch.

Whereas people previously bought games and played them in their own time for entertainment, more and more gamers these days are finding entertainment in watching others play video games.

Now I never got the whole point of this. Why watch someone play a game when I could easily just play it myself?

Clearly I needed to chat to someone who is experienced with the live-streaming scene and what the whole deal is with Twitch, and luckily, I managed to do just that with gamer/TV host/Twitch streamer/Lenovo Legion ambassador/all around lovely person, Steph ‘Hex’ Bendixsen.

Much like myself, Steph also “never got the appeal of watching someone else play video games”. But having been a media pro for a number of years now, her impression of live-streaming and Twitch changed when she noticed the media shift from TV to online, particularly among younger audiences.

They can subscribe to a YouTube channel from a YouTuber they like, they can subscribe to Twitch streamers who create content that appeals to them, and they can watch shows from subscription services they pay for. They’re watching content specifically catered to their own personal interests.

And it is this shift towards tailored content that makes Twitch such a rapidly growing platform for those who want gaming content:

Twitch is a way to consume gaming content around something you really love, hang out with someone in your bedroom while you’re doing other things, and sharing social interactions with people you get to [gradually] know. The more I did it, the more I started to realise what a wonderful community [Twitch] is.

For Steph, some of her favourite moments have come not during the playing of games but before she even goes live and there are people in the chatroom are just conversing and catching up.

It’s just this wonderful community that exists whether I’m there or not. And it’s kind of awesome that these people met through me, and although I’m there and we have a good time, it’s kind of its own beast and wonderful.

Who said that there can’t be heartwarming moments on the internet?

Now at this point, having been given a lowdown on what the deal is with Twitch, I decided to ask Steph for some advice and general tips on how would one go about becoming a Twitch streamer since it is a growing community in Australia.

As it turns out, there’s a lot more to it than worrying about what you’re going to look like on camera, what you’re going to say, or what game you want to play:

1. Have at least one day where you can stream regularly

If you want to grow your audience, make sure that you have at least one guaranteed time where your fans can check in and know you’re there.

Nothing worse than audiences not knowing when they can tune into your shenanigans.

2. Get some good gear and don’t cheap out (too much)

Having previously “Frankensteined” her setup with various bits and pieces, Steph says she faced a number of stability and technical issues. But after becoming a Lenovo Legion ANZ Ambassador, her Twitch setup is now much more streamlined with every bit her gaming equipment being compatible with one another. So in short, make sure your gear and hardware is good and works properly.

No one wants to watch you spend 10 minutes trying to hot fix some weird issue because you were too cheap to buy a decent microphone or camera.

3. Juicy, juicy NBN

Since Australia is still sadly lagging behind in internet speeds, regular ADSL2 isn’t going to cut it for streaming. You’re gonna need some NBN if you want to ensure your broadcast is watchable. If you live in an area where there’s no NBN, sorry, you’re out of luck.

The other option is to stream using 4G mobile networks, but that’s super expensive and you don’t wanna drain your hardware budget for that.

Don’t take these tips as a surefire way to make you the next Ninja though. The path to becoming a successful streamer is long and hard, so treat this advice from Steph as stepping stones rather than gospel.

Regardless of whether you want to be a video game streamer, to watch other people play games for your own entertainment, or still don’t completely get the whole live-streaming thing, there’s no denying that Twitch is definitely a big deal nowadays.

And besides, we live in a time when sexy female Bowser is an actual thing, so watching people play video games as entertainment doesn’t seem that ridiculous at all.

Be Careful, PlayStation 4 Owners, Apparently There's A Dodgy Message Glitch Going Around That Could Mess Up Your Console

Don't worry, there's a solution that doesn't involve factory resetting or buying a new console.

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey was released just a week or so ago, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 dropped yesterday, and what’s bound to be 2018’s biggest game Red Dead Redemption 2 is scheduled for launch in a couple of weeks time.

If you’re a PlayStation 4 owner, this is clearly a period where you want your console to be in tip top shape and hope that nothing bad befalls you or it.

But alas, there is always something out there to spoil the fun for everyone and this latest little something comes in the form of a nasty new message glitch that may brick (i.e mess up) your PS4.

Over the last day or so, many PS4 owners have taken to Reddit to report a newly discovered messaging glitch that essentially causes their console to stop working and forces them to factory reset the whole thing.

All the affected users’ experiences follow a similar pattern: gamer gets a random message, their controller and sound stop working, and resetting the console sends it into an endless error message loop that is only fixed by a factory reset. The message itself isn’t anything special either; it’s usually nothing more than a random word followed by a question mark in a box and a love heart. If I were a messaging glitch, I’d put in something way cooler, like “look behind you”, or “pizza boxes are an inexpensive source of cheese”.

At the moment, the cause of such a heinous glitch is not exactly clear though some users think it may have something to do with a flaw in the PS4’s messaging system.

If you were one of the unlucky few to be affected, there are a couple of solutions to this problem:

  1. Factory reset – you’ll lose all your saved data and settings, but hey, at least the console isn’t hurt.
  2. Download the PS Messages app onto your phone, log into your PSN account through it and delete the glitchy message. You can also do this on a computer.
  3. Set your messages to private so that you won’t get any dodgy texts from randoms or bots.
  4. Worst comes to worst and the whole thing is buggered beyond rescue, do a Ron Swanson:

Sony have yet to respond to reports of this glitch so we’ll keep you updated on that when/if it comes.

In the meantime, let’s keep our fingers crossed that our PS4s don’t get hit by this dodgy glitch because it will not only cause a lot of heartache, it will also prevent you from doing this in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey:

Ryan Reynolds Is Going Full Ryan Reynolds In A New Movie About A Man Who Realises He Is Actually Living In A Video Game

It worked out for Deadpool so why tinker with a winning formula that isn't broken?

If there is one thing that Ryan Reynolds is good at, it’s playing Ryan Reynolds in basically every movie he’s in. And seeing as how it’s been a winning formula over the past couple of years for Deadpool and Deadpool 2, Reynolds has decided to double down on his schtick in a new movie that’s as high-concept as it is bonkers.

According to Deadline, the actor is teaming up with Stranger Things producer and director Shawn Levy for a film titled Free Guy.

Reynolds will play an ordinary bank teller who discovers that he is actually a background character in a “brutal open-world, action-adventure video game” and is the only one capable of stopping the game’s makers from shutting everything down.

Um, yeah. Just… yeah.

Free Guy‘s concept is pretty whack but I have hopes for the final product because it appears to be taking influences from all the right places. The idea seems to channel the genius of The Truman Show while throwing in sprinkles of Wreck-It-Ralph and Stranger Than Fiction.

If you’re going to do a high-concept, meta movie about video games and entertainment, those aforementioned three films are some great jumping off points. Hell, it certainly can’t be worse than the mess that is Ready Player One. My eye still twitches at how awful that movie is.

Throw in the wise-cracking charm of Reynolds and what you have are the pieces to what could be quite an intriguing movie. To be honest, I’m just super-keen about the idea of watching Reynolds basically play a character who is Deadpool in all but name and red jumpsuit, and seeing him do his fourth-wall breaking schtick to video games instead of comic books.

The only gripe I have about the whole project is the title. I mean, what the hell does “Free Guy” even mean?

They totally missed out on a chance to name it something more appropriate, like NPC or Stranger Than Truman: Wreck-It-Reynolds.

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