Twitch: I’ve Been Doing it Wrong

This is one of those blog posts that started out as a series of 4 or 5 (or more) tweets in my head, and then I realized that tweet-storms like that were the exact reason I created this website in the first place, so here we go.

I’ve been doing Twitch streaming all wrong.

Let’s back up a bit here before I get too deep into this.

I started streaming seriously in the wake of the 2016 Destiny Community Con charity stream. I was so blown away by what the Destiny community on Twitch had been able to do with that stream that I knew, deep down, that it was a community that I wanted to be a more active part of. I knew, deep down, that Destiny was the game I wanted to stream at the end of the day. As far as I was, and still am concerned, the Destiny Community on Twitch is my home, and it probably always will be thanks in no small part to all the awesome people who live there.

That all said, I think I need to move out for a while.

Like I’ve already said, both in the title of this post and in the post itself just a paragraph ago, I’ve been doing this Twitch thing all wrong. Not because I got into it for the money or the fame, but because I’ve caught myself trying to sprint to the end of a marathon. Because I’ve caught myself trying to emulate other streamers. TheSpazzyProf, Angry Iceberg, King Gothalion… these and others are all awesome streamers and people, but I’m not them, and I’ve caught myself trying to be.

And then there’s also the fact that for me, Destiny itself is in a very weird place right now. Or rather, I’m in a very weird place with Destiny right now.

You see, I hated Destiny when it first launched. I was massively disappointed by it in pretty much every way a video game can disappoint me. The only reason I kept playing it at all was because the core gameplay was just that good. Fast forward to today, and especially with Rise of Iron, it’s become clear to me that Bungie has learned from and fixed basically ALL of the things that used to piss me off about Destiny. The Taken King added a legitimate (and sorely needed) questing system to the game, it added the equally needed (though still imperfect) Infusion system, and then Rise of Iron took all that and then finally put lore and story front and center, pairing almost all of it’s story missions with in-engine cinematics like Bungie had done before with Halo.

In short, Rise of Iron has finally made Destiny the game I was always hoping it would be. And yet, in a weird way, it’s almost too little, too late.

Let me rephrase: Rise of Iron has finally made Destiny the game I was always hoping it would be, but all that’s done has made me exceedingly impatient and excited for Destiny 2.

It’s no secret that Rise of Iron was developed with a relatively small budget and team, and it’s been known for quite some time that the majority of Bungie was hard at work on Destiny 2. So given all that, if Small Bungie can turn out a product as good as Rise of Iron, what the hell has Big Bungie got cooking in its oven? That’s what I really want to know. That’s the game I really want to play, and unfortunately, that means that I really don’t have much energy or enthusiasm left over for Destiny 1.

Which brings us back to Twitch.

I don’t think I’ll be streaming much more of Destiny 1. It’s hard enough trying to entertain an audience by playing a game you yourself are no longer all that entertained by, and the fact that I’ve been trying to do that while also trying to effectively be someone I’m not while on camera? Yeah, that’s just pure madness.

So I think I’m gonna let Destiny sit on the shelf for a while and stream some other games instead. Games that I also love, but that don’t come with quite so much extra baggage. Off the top of my head I can think of three that I’d like to stream. Shadow of Mordor, Alien: Isolation, and the Mass Effect trilogy in preparation for Mass Effect: Andromeda, which I also plan on streaming. So I guess that’s more like six games…

Point is, my stream isn’t going anywhere. The games I play on it might change, and I might become a little (probably a lot) more relaxed on camera, but the streaming will continue.

And when Destiny 2 finally comes out, I’ll finally be able to move back to the community that I call home. 🙂