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So much more than war...
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Posted on 04/18/14
The recent blog, Peace in the Era of Call of Duty  really made me think about war games that dig deeper than simply a kill streak reward. The first game that came to mind was Spec-Ops: The Line and although I haven’t played it, I began to wonder if it did the war genre as...

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An Interesting Trend
Posted on Saturday, December 14 2013 @ 10:48:23 Eastern

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With the release of the PS4 and its Share functionality, I'm sure everyone in the gaming community expected the amount of console streams to increase. Just the sheer curiosity gamers have over what this new button did would aid in generating new and interesting content. This was a given. What wasn't expected, but should have been anticipated, are some of the creative ways people would be using their newfound streaming ability, more specifically the Playroom streams. Tuning in to watch someone play Battlefield 4 or Knack is expected, and the idea of engaging the broadcaster with real-time responses will open the door to more possibilities related to an interactive gaming experience.

In addition to turning their channel into PlayStation's version of LiveJasmin, some users are demonstrating their entrepreneurial spirit by using the cams to promote thier own brand - whether it be a makeshift animal cam, creating game walkthroughs, streaming live shows in podcast format, talking to viewers from their couch, or a medicinal marijuana user showcasing their rolling skills - people are finding their voices with this technology (and getting MASSIVE amounts of viewers while doing so).
Now obviously, with a technology like this and the ability to reach a broadcaster directly while maintaining viewer anonymity, there has also been a large influx of vicious trolling. The interesting part about this dynamic is not only are the broadcasters NOT disturbed by this... but they seem to invite it and have honestly been holding their own in verbal tussles. I'm not even going to lie. I secretly watch streams where the level of trolling goes above passive and just becomes mean - just to see how the broadcaster reacts. Also to see which questions they answer and which ones they ignore. I'd imagine that if you are somewhat familiar with the streaming infrastructure, you'd hit that "Broadcast Gameplay" button fully prepared to be assaulted by comments like, "Your mums a slag," "Shoe on head," "spark up that bubblegum Kush," "clean your f***ing room," and "show me your tits." Needless to say, if you choose to go live, you'd better have some pretty thick skin. It also helps that a large amount of these broadcasters are VISIBLY under the influence when they are live.

Getting back to my main point, I'm more and more impressed when I see people using the tools given to them by a platform and console to venture beyond the scope of what was to be considered "intended use." I will be monitoring, very closely, the channels that gain traction and those channels that die out and become stale. To me this is very exciting, because it is another avenue available to the average Joe to have their voices heard and to drive traffic to the content they create using limited resources. I'm including some images below to help illustrate some of the streams I mentioned above...  I'll let you guess which content gets the most traffic.







Urbz..
out.

The opinions expressed here does not necessarily reflect the views of GameRevolution, but we believe it's worthy of being featured on our site. This article, posted originally on December 9, 2013, has been lightly edited for grammar and image inclusion. You can find more Vox Pop articles here. ~Ed. Nick Tan

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UrbanMasque... Shilling up the place
Posted on Wednesday, September 18 2013 @ 18:47:10 Eastern

While at E3, I asked a significant number of gamers their thoughts on streaming and why they chose one platform rather than the other.  In essence, basically asking, “Why aren’t you streaming your games on Ustream?”  That question got a lot of answers, some legitimate relating to fanbase being already established while others were along the lines of Platform bashing. Most of the negative feedback was largely based on fanboyism and wasn’t really based on any concrete grievance.  For example, “because they suck” isn’t really a legitimate answer unless you can back it up – which almost all of them couldn’t. Don’t get us wrong, we get it you’re comfortable.  What we basically want to tell you is that you have a stable, modern, ubiquitous alternative, and in summary here are five simple keys to what we can offer you aside from the stability and reliability of our platform:
 
Channel customization: Our Dashboard allows you place HTML based apps and widgets into your iframes and channel info. If you don’t like the page layout, our widget reorder feature allows you to place PayPal Donations widgets and other content higher or lower on your page. Your Ustream player, channel and embedded, will carry over channel branded watermarks that allow you to click through to linked pages.  
Social integration: Our Social Stream module allows your to communicate with your viewers on Ustream as well as across other social media platforms by pulling in specific Tweets addressed to a Twitter Username/Hashtag, as well as similarly linked Facebook interactions. Not to mention your content can be visible across Facebook & Twitter
 
Easy VOD Management Managing your recorded videos are simple on Ustream, easily allowing you to trim, upload, and transfer to YouTube.  
Free Software Based Encoder Our in-house application, Ustream Producer, allows you to easily stream content to your channel using your basic laptop/desktop with the only limitation being the input slots on your device and your bandwidth.  Ustream Producer recognizes a number of capture devices as well as its Screen capture capabilities. Download Producer and try it out for free at Ustream.tv/Producer  
Live & VOD Metrics On of the great features of Ustream is its Live Analytics Console, found inside the dashboard.  This allows you to see who is viewing your content, how many people, what devices they are viewing from, and in what regions they are located.  
We acknowledge that not everyone is at the same level or technical expertise in reference to streaming, and will have varying experiences but at the very least check out my page in order to get an idea of what’s possible (  http://www.ustream.tv/urbanmasquegr ) and Tweet at me with questions you might have or if you feel the need to call me out on anything I’ve said. I can be reached here @UrbanMasque. In the mean time try our platform out.  Again, we understand that you want to go with the flow and fit in, but maybe its time you stood out.

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Free Streaming
Posted on Monday, December 24 2012 @ 14:03:00 Eastern

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...well ...sort of.

Odds are if you are streaming to Twitch.tv, Livestream or Ustream - you are already interested in streaming and have the infrastructure necessary for maintaining a successful stream. This guide will most likely be for console gamers, but if you're a PC gamer with a rig that can decipher Alien DNA, I will mention your option a bit at the bottom since your setup will be extremely simple. For the rest of the world (console), try your best to let the information I'm giving you wash over you.

Steps to Broadcast: Sign up for a Ustream Account (Free - How to->http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/20952870) Create a channel (Free - How to ->http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/20907196) Download Ustream Producer for Windows/Mac (Free - http://ustream.tv/producer) For PC gamers these are the only steps you will need to follow. Once you've gotten this software installed and your account setup, your broadcast is as simple as using desktop presenter to create a screen grab http://www.ustream.tv/producer#Screencasting --- and you're off! If you are already streaming, you can begin to broadcast to Ustream without issue. The big draw here is using Ustream Producer to customize your broadcast to fit your needs and your bandwidth capabilities. If you are new to broadcasting, then you might need a little bit more information. In short, the amount of $$$ you spend will be directly related to your hardware needs based on how you connect your console's video/audio to the hardware you plan on broadcasting with. I'm not going to teach you how to connect one plug into the next; you are the gaming generation. If you can't match color cords or are trying to plug a Firewire cable into your Television, do us all a favor and kill yourself. [He jests, of course... ~Ed. Nick]

Broadcasting tips to remember: Test your bandwidth on Speakeasy.net/speedtest (connect to the SF server) Your upload speed is the important variable and will determine your broadcast quality Your average bitrate upload should be twice the amount of your dimension size [set in your broadcast settings]. So if you're broadcasting at 640x360, your recommended upload bitrate should be 800kbps [again determined by your internet speedtest] If you're broadcasting at 1280x720p, your bitrate speed should be 1400kbps (or 1.4Mbps) These settings are recommended and aren't mandatory, but anything less you may experience viewing issues. Do NOT watch the broadcast from a browser on the same computer you are broadcasting with [Broadcasting is CPU intesive and it will bog down your CPU] Connect to the internet using a hardlined ethernet cable and not a wireless connection [wireless speeds fluctuate and can choke your bandwidth making the stream choppy] Cheap and Easy hardware: -Easy Cap [USB Connection] Found online for $6. Windows only. There may be some Mac software out there for it, but it's built for Windows OS - for $6, well worth the risk. -Dazzle [USB Connection] Can be found for $50 at your local Bestbuy/Target [both Mac and Windows] -Hauppauge [USB 2.0 to USB Connection] Ordered Online for $150 - for Windows -Black Magic Design Intensity Shuttle [USB/Thunderbolt] Ordered Online for $180 - for both Mac [Thunderbolt] and Windows [USB] Obviously, if you would want your stream to be of higher quality you would invest in the higher priced hardware and a solid internet connection. But for you neckbeards that prefer your setup like your masturbation - quick and dirty - Urbz has got some of those options posted too. 

You got questions about your setup? Post 'em if you got em - I'll amend this post as needed. In the meantime - Follow me: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/urbanmasquegr so you'll know when I go live with games


Ugh, get your ass back online - I love watching you die!

The opinions expressed here does not necessarily reflect the views of Game Revolution, but we believe it's worthy of being featured on our site. This article has been lightly edited for grammar and image inclusion. It has been submitted for our monthly Vox Pop competition. You can find more Vox Pop articles here. ~Ed. Nick

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My Quest: To Chase the Dream
Posted on Thursday, March 22 2012 @ 23:02:52 Eastern

So, as some of you may or may not know I am an aspiring actor/voice actor... and porn star.  As far as becoming a professional film/TV actor is concerned I have about as much chance at that as I do marrying Marisha Ray. Not a long shot, but high...   read more...

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and that's when the whores come in.
Posted on Sunday, December 18 2011 @ 14:29:51 Eastern

Men laying their trick-money down. Twenty dollars to pay the rent? Maybe not. Maybe instead I'll spend it on the WHORE!

It has been recently brought to this community member's attention that there is a complete lack of estrogen...   read more...

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MMORPG-match.com
Posted on Tuesday, September 6 2011 @ 20:12:30 Eastern

So, the day has finally come! You're going to meet your WoW gf IRL!!! (if you can't follow the acronyms, you probably won't get most of the humor in this blog.. silly nUbs)   Remember, slow the F*** down! Try not to g...   read more...

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Niko Bellic... you're my only friend.
Posted on Monday, May 17 2010 @ 22:50:21 Eastern

Sometimes... I'm driving down the street and I wonder what it would be like to plow into a sidewalk full of pedestrians and children.  I also, wonder what I would be like to take a helicopter to the top of a skyscraper and just start pickin...   read more...

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Totally gay for Vincent.
Posted on Friday, April 17 2009 @ 22:23:19 Eastern

[Not really but, hey if he was real, who knows...]
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. . . . .The recent release of FFXIII's new  trailer has stirred my sleeping love affair with you (the Final Fantasy series).   Winter cannot come soon enough for go...   read more...

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