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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.


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