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Dark Souls

What's your take on Twitch Plays Dark Souls, and its shift to cheating?

It still has the modded pause feature
Aug 27
// Chris Carter
When Twitch Plays Dark Souls managed to get to the first boss of the game, there was quite the commotion. Sadly, it seems as if they just couldn't manage it amidst all the chaos, and thus, they decided to cheat. How did they ...
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Until Dawn

Sony is blocking Until Dawn players from archiving Twitch streams

Affects those streaming from the PS4
Aug 27
// Laura Kate Dale
If you were planning on streaming Until Dawn using your PS4's Share button on Twitch, archiving it, then sharing it with others who were not available for the live broadcast, you may run in to some trouble. Apparently, Sony i...
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YouTube Gaming

Google takes on Twitch today with YouTube Gaming

Will it pay off?
Aug 26
// Joe Parlock
Gaming is kind of a huge deal on YouTube -- it’s second only to music in terms of subscribers. The most subscribed channel on all of YouTube is PewDiePie, and he has been since December 2013. Elsewhere in the top 20 is ...
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Dark Souls

Twitch Plays Dark Souls managed to defeat the second boss

Taurus Demon is toast
Aug 26
// Joe Parlock
Twitch Plays Dark Souls had been a bit of a shambles right from the get go. Players spent days and days stuck in the very first section of the game, at which point the creator of the stream changed the rules and made the ent...
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Twitch Plays Dark Souls

Welp, Twitch is playing Dark Souls

One button at a time
Aug 14
// Steven Hansen
Twitch Plays Pokemon happened a year and a half ago. Participants all entered individual button presses willy-nilly to get through the entirety of Pokémon. Monkeys on a typewriter, and all that. Twitch has not been playing Dark Souls for 18 hours. I mean, if one person could beat the entire game with individual voice commands...nah. If it's your sort of thing, enjoy.
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Live chibi violence

Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds Overdrive and more was live on our Twitch channel

Chibi beat 'em up
Jul 28
// Jed Whitaker
[Update: Stream is over, you missed it.] I realize it is late, but that isn't going to stop me from streaming Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds Overdrive for PS4 on our Twitch channel. Battle Grounds Overdrive i...
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Dtoid Live Stream

Check out Vanishing of Ethan Carter PS4, and Castlevania-like Odallus on our Twitch!

Ethan Carter remastered in UE 4!
Jul 14
// Jed Whitaker
[Update: All done! Look out for my review of Odallus today. Spoilers: I liked it.] I've got some games and can't possibly play them without someone watching me, so won't you? The PS4 version of The Vanishing of Eth...
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Riding the Rift

Watch me get queasy with an Oculus Rift!

Don't do a barrel roll!
Jun 29
// Jed Whitaker
[Update: Stream is over. Embedded the replay below in case you missed it.] So I broke down and got an Oculus Rift DK2 after finding one for a decent price on Craigslist. I've been toying around with my Rift for a few da...
CEO 2015 highlights photo
CEO 2015 highlights

My favorite matches from CEO 2015

The best of the best!
Jun 29
// Patrick Hancock
CEO 2015, one of the biggest fighting game tournaments of the year, took place this weekend and had some insane moments. My favorite was probably the above match between Armada and Leffen in Super Smash Bros. Melee. Yes, it'...

Review: AVerMedia Live Gamer EXTREME

Jun 29 // Jed Whitaker
Product: Live Gamer EXTREMEManufacturer: AVerMediaMSRP: $179.99 1080p, 60fps is the holy grail of console games these days and the Live Gamer EXTREME (LGX) handles those specs without issue. Footage looks exactly as intended by the game's developers. The LGX also has all the frills you'd expect a capture device to have such as HDMI input and output, its own recording software, but also includes some things I've never seen on other cards. Included in the box is an HDMI cable, a component cable, a 3.5mm cable, and a PS3 cable. The latter cable can be used to connect directly to a PS3 instead of connecting it with component cables, a feature only on the LGX, though I'm not sure how useful it is as it seems gamers and game publishers have mostly moved on from the previous generation. A component cable adapter is also included for capturing legacy consoles.  The included 3.5mm cable can be used to connect an external audio input source to be mixed into streams and captures alongside a 3.5mm microphone jack. Personally I opt to go with USB microphones, as they tend to offer a better sound quality overall, but for those on a tighter budget, a 3.5mm microphone might be a better fit as they are typically less expensive. The purpose of the 3.5mm jacks is to allow the LGX to be used in place of an external audio mixer, though most streaming software allows you to do this already. Also in the box is a manual, the Rec 2 -- AVerMedia's own capture and streaming software -- and a three-month subscription to the streaming software XSplit. I could go on for days about the various streaming software out there, but currently there is no one true winner. Rec 2 is pretty simple and great for beginners, allowing for picture in picture and layout designs with ease, while XSplit has more options and advanced features but runs a monthly fee. I personally use OBS, as it is free and covers most of my needs, though sometimes I still use Rec 2 or XSplit if they have a specific feature I need at the time.  The main feature that the LGX touts is ultra-low latency uncompressed video, meaning you see the game as intended with no real lag or delay between what you'd see on your TV. In my pseudo-scientific tests, I shot 240fps footage with my iPhone of my computer screen versus my TV screen with Mario Kart 8's timer on the screen, and found that AVerMedia's claim of under 0.05 seconds of latency is true. On average, it seemed be around 0.04 seconds, sometimes going up to .08 at worst and .02 at best. The latency is better than any previous capture device I've used and allows me to play off my computer screen instead of switching inputs, as I use a single-screen setup with my desktop in the living room connected to my TV. This allows me to react to my onscreen follower and subscriber alert without having an impact on my gameplay.  Also included is the ability to print your own cover image for branding and vanity purposes. It doesn't serve much purpose, in my opinion, but you can easily make what you'd like with the included cover creator software. I personally suggest a Red Bull can overlaid onto an image of Destiny for the coolest of covers. Overall, AVerMedia has made the Live Gamer EXTREME the capture device to beat. It is more feature rich than competitors at the same price point, and no other device has offered the minimal latency. [This review is based on retail hardware provided by the manufacturer.]
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Live streamer's delight
I've been making gaming videos and streaming for what seems like forever, and I've gone through my fair share of capture devices. My original card only did 720p and 30fps, required hard drives setup in a RAID, and only captur...

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CEO 2015 finals!

Tune in to the final day of CEO 2015

All the fighting games you could want
Jun 28
// Patrick Hancock
CEO 2015 has been underway all weekend, and today is the peak of all the hype. Just about any fighting game you could ever want to watch will be streamed today with some of the best players in the world competing. The events ...
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Destructoid on Twitch

Destructoid Live: Gears of War beta, Kameo on Xbox One, and a revised controller

3.5mm and new bumpers
Jun 22
// Jed Whitaker
[Update: The live stream is over, but check out the replay below if you so wish.] Did you know that the Gears of War: Ultimate Edition beta is going on Xbox One right now? Do you care? Either way I'm going to be liv...
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Twitch bans streaming AO games

No watching Twitch streams of Hatred
May 28
// Laura Kate Dale
Are you a video game streamer who was looking forward to streaming Hatred for your audience when it releases? Are you perhaps a player unsure if the game was right for you, hoping to watch people play on Twitch before making ...
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YouTube live streaming

YouTube adds 1080p 60fps live streaming

Twitch gets competition
May 21
// Jed Whitaker
Looks like YouTube is making a big push to steal some of Twitch's streamers and audience. YouTube launched 60fps live streaming at 720p and 1080p today alongside an HTML5 player. While Twitch has had these features for s...
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Twitch VODs now available on your mobile device

Why wasn't this available already?
May 20
// Robert Summa
Twitch is pretty much the king of streaming and today the king announced that videos on demand are now available via your mobile device of choice. Considering how long Twitch has been around and how popular it has become, it'...
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The life cycle of the rare video game streamer discovered

They eat their young and grow antlers
May 20
// Joe Parlock
Streamers are a bit of a strange lot, with their "Kappas", raidings, and being sociable to strangers… I don’t really get it, and I've streamed for years.  However, their mysterious world may have just been o...
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You can now watch Twitch on your Roku box

Because you (apparently) asked for it
May 14
// Kyle MacGregor
Twitch is one step closer to world domination and enslaving all mankind, as the Amazon subsidiary has now wrapped its tendrils around streaming media platform Roku. "The Twitch community has been asking for a Roku channel for... photo

Twitch is reducing its delay for partners

Reduced by 500 years
May 14
// Joe Parlock
[Update: Turns out this applies to all streamers, and not just partners. This has been confirmed in a tweet from the Twitch PR director.] Hey, Twitch streamers! Remember those glorious days a few years ago when the delay on ...
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Newgrounds turns 20

Flash game portal Newgrounds turns 20 years old today

Now I feel old
Apr 25
// Darren Nakamura
These days, Tom Fulp is probably best known for his work with The Behemoth, behind games like Alien Hominid and Castle Crashers. Way back in the day, I knew him as the guy in charge of Newgrounds. I spent a ton of time (proba...
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Summa Aftershow

Summa Streams: Tropico 5 on PS4

Viewer participation is encouraged
Apr 17
// Robert Summa
Tropico 5 isn't out on the PlayStation 4 yet, but somehow we were able to snag a copy due to our overwhelming allegiance to the dark Gods. Set for release on April 28, this will be your first custom Dtoid play through of the ...
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Twitch will play a man in the woods for three days

LOL he's dead now Kappa
Apr 13
// Joe Parlock
Remember Twitch Plays Pokémon from last year? That’s okay, neither does anyone else. That won’t stop advertising agencies from trying to capitalise on a year-old, played out Internet phenomenon though! Tech...
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Rainbow Six Siege LIVE!

Watch me be sexy while playing the Rainbow Six Siege alpha!

I'm going to capture so many woman flags
Apr 07
// Jed Whitaker
[Update: Live stream is over but check out the replay embedded below.] The closed alpha for Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six starts at 10am Eastern / 7am Pacific, and I'll be streaming it live here on our Twitch channel at ...
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Square game reveal

An unconscious man kicks off Square Enix's three-day game reveal

Can't Kill Progress
Apr 06
// Brett Makedonski
Square Enix is slowly and mysteriously revealing a game, and it's pulling out all the stops. Across three days, we'll learn what this new title is, and (hopefully) what kind of game it is. Right now, all that we know is shown...
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Square Enix

Square Enix revealing new western-developed game today

Which of their western teams will it be though?
Apr 06
// Laura Kate Dale
Don't we all just love a little bit of mystery with our game reveals? Well, according to the official Square Enix Twitter account there's a new western developed Square Enix game being revealed today and it's going to involve...
Dtoid Live! photo
Dtoid Live!

Drinking, driving, giving handjobs, and playing Affordable Space Adventures tonight!

Let's get weird
Apr 04
// Jed Whitaker
Ever wanted to see your favorite Beard Buddy get sloppy drunk while driving a gay car and giving it a handjob? Be at our Twitch channel tonight at 12AM ET / 9PM PT where I'll be doing just that with the recently released Stic...
Don Pilar photo
Don Pilar

Old school cRPG-inspired Pillars of Eternity out now

Don Pilar's Of Eternity
Mar 26
// Steven Hansen
Obsidian Entertainment's crowdfunded, Baldur's Gate-style role-playing game Pillars of Eternity is out today. Reviews are coming in hot, mad positive, though you'll have to wait (with bells on) a whole hour longer for ours. ...
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Devolver Digital Stream

The Devolver Digital and Destructoid live-stream series starts today

It's like being at PAX East, but without all the fart smells and cosplay
Mar 24
// Rob Morrow
Howdy, partners! In a special collaboration with the city slickers over at Devolver Digital, we're gunning for a five-day-long series of live game streams on our Destructoid Twitch account featuring some of the rootinest toot...
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You missed our Bloodborne stream!

Watch us get gud!
Mar 23
// Mike Cosimano
Hey, everybody! The Bloodborne embargo has just lifted, and we've already got a review from the lovely Chris Carter. But that's not all! We're also streaming the game live from the Destructoid Twitch account. I'll be mes...
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Twitch Hacked

Twitch security breached, passwords reset

Hit the reset button
Mar 23
// Jed Whitaker
[Update: In an email notice, Twitch asserts "there may have been unauthorized access to some of your Twitch user account information, including possibly your Twitch username and associated email address, your password, the...
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Hearthstone world record

Someone rigged their Hearthstone turn to take over 40 hours

Live now
Mar 23
// Steven Hansen
Hearthstone player Mamytwink is going for a world record: longest turn taken. Setting up a match against a friend, Mamytwink has rigged Blizzard's card game to do a 40+ hour turn, which is slightly longer than the typical 90 ...

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