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How To Internet Video Games

How to Stream on Twitch: The Basics

In this article I will write about how to stream on Twitch. Streaming yourself playing video games is a lot easier than you might imagine. You do not need an expensive computer or gaming rig to get started. I would recommend starting with a PS4 or Xbox console and see if you like streaming before investing in a more expensive rig.

How to stream on Twitch

First you will need to make an account with Twitch. However, before you can stream you will need to make sure your internet has a strong enough upload speed. I used to have an upload speed of less than 1mbps and it was impossible to stream with that internet connection. At minimum, I would recommend 5mbps+ for streaming. I upgraded my internet and currently I have 10mbps upload speed and it seems to work fine for streaming. Just make sure a lot of other people in your household are not streaming at the same time or it may disrupt your stream.

Start with console

If you cannot afford a gaming PC, you can instead stream directly from a gaming console such as a PS4 or Xbox One. This is a good way to get started so you can build up a few followers and see if streaming is right for you. You may find that you get bored of it. Before spending big bucks on an expensive gaming PC, make sure it’s something you really want to commit to. Starting to stream with a console can be a great way to get the ball rolling and see if streaming is something you want to pursue.

Play the game you want

Play the games you really want to play. The games that you would play anyways if no one was watching. If you want to play Fortnite, then do so, but do not do it just because it’s popular. You will soon get bored of playing a game you do not like. If you’re not really into the game you are playing, people watching your stream will recognize that. Don’t be afraid to play the game you really love the best. If you’re good at the game and fun to watch, people will tune in. Even if you’re playing a less popular game.

Stream frequently

It’s a good idea to stream frequently if you can. Many people say it’s best to have a set schedule for when you stream on Twitch. This way people know exactly when to tune into your broadcast. I would recommend streaming for short periods of time at first. What I have noticed is that when you start a broadcast, you get the most people joining your stream at the beginning. Viewers have told me that Twitch announces that you have gone live so that is why new people will enter your stream at the start of your broadcast.

If you have been streaming for several hours and no one is joining, try taking a break for an hour and coming back. Once you go live, Twitch will announce to people on the site that you have done so. My advice would be to keep your broadcasts short, but do them frequently. For example, the other night I broadcasted for 4 hours and only had new people join and subscribe subscribe at the beginning of the broadcast. Then I streamed for only half an hour the next night and had more new subscribers follow me that time. Keep your broadcast short but fun. Remember, most people don’t watch a 4 hour television show, so don’t blame them for not sticking around for your 4 hour stream.

Conclusion

Let’s go over the tips we have discussed in this article. First, make sure you have a fast enough internet connection to stream on Twitch. Nobody wants to watch a stream that keeps cutting out. Secondly, start out with a small investment. See if you like streaming before spending thousands on an expensive rig. Third, only play the games you like, you’ll soon burn out if you play games that you don’t actually enjoy. Finally, stream frequently but for shorter periods of time. Twitch notifies users when a new person has gone live so make sure you’re doing plenty of streams. It’s okay to take breaks.

I hope these tips are helpful to you as someone who is considering starting a Twitch channel. Thanks for taking the time to read this blog and have a great day.

©2020 Richard Gillespie

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Fortnite How To Video Games

How to Survive in Fortnite

So you have decided to take up playing Fornite. Or maybe you are thinking about starting to play. Fornite is an addictive, heart pounding game that you have most likely heard of, unless you’ve been living under a rock. In this article I will explain some tips and strategies that you can use to survive in Fornite. I’ll also give you my strategies for winning as well, but that will be up to you. It is not easy.

Survival

For me, survival is the name of the game in Fortnite. I take an ultra defensive approach to playing the game. Usually I’ll make it into the top 10 of each match that I play because of this approach. A lot of people seem to die very quickly in Fortnite and I do not believe this is necessary. Here is what I would do if I were you and trying to survive in this game.

Initial Tactics

When you jump out of the bus at the beginning of the match, try to stay close to the outer edge of the map, near the incoming storm. There will be less enemies here in general and it is a safer place to drop into the map. If you see other players falling with you from the bus, do not land with them. If you notice other people skydiving in with you, get away from them. It’s too risky to encounter an enemy with no weapons or ammunition so just try to stay away.

Essentially, staying away from people as much as possible is my strategy for the beginning of the match. Let the other players eliminate each other. Stay near the outer edge of the map and collect as many weapons and as much ammunition as you can. Try to avoid weapons which can only hold limited ammunition, like certain slow acting shotguns which only hold small amounts. Collect pistols, sub machine guns, and the charge shotgun if you can. Make sure you have some medical health packs as well in case you take damage. Look for a boat or helicopter as well for extra protection and mobility at this point.

Middle of the Match

Once you have stayed to the outer edge of the map for a while collecting weapons and ammunition, the storm will begin to move in and you will be forced to move closer to the middle of the map. At this point you should use the storm to your advantage. No player is going to want to stay in the storm and get killed by it. So you can take comfort in knowing no one is in the storm. Stay close to the outer edge of the storm as it moves in and find ways to move in with it while remaining concealed.

Once the storm has started moving in several times, already 50+ players will likely have been eliminated from the match by this time. Once the storm has moved in more, you will get down to 25 players left, 10 players, etc. You just need to keep following this strategy of staying towards the outer edge of the storm and constantly staying on the defensive. Fools rush in.

Endgame

You should have been collecting as much ammunition along the way as possible. You may have encountered a few enemies at this point and you may have ammunition from them as well. Try to get as much ammunition as you can for the final showdown. Here is where things can get tough. Since I am a new player I tend to find building things somewhat difficult at this point. I am slowly learning to build structures quickly because this is obviously one of the best ways to win, but I am currently not fast at it. So here is my advice to you as a newer player; do not try to build structures.

This may sound unorthodox, but I have had some luck winning with it. Here is what you do. Have so much ammo on hand that you can destroy an enemy structure with your fire power. Once the match gets down to you and the final player, they will most likely be building a structure to try to snipe down on you. Try overwhelming the structure with ammunition in order to destroy it and force them to fight you one on one without a structure. This can often be your best chance to win.

Conclusion

This is just my personal strategy for playing Fornite at this moment in time. It may change. I will update you in the future if I start adopting different strategies. So far this one wins once in a while. I am still new to the game though. Let me know in the comments about your strategies for Fortnite. I’d love to hear them.

Thank you for reading this blog and have a good day.

©2020 – Richard Gillespie

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History Nintendo Video Games

My 5 Favorite Retro Video Games

I first started playing video games as a kid in the late 1980’s. Over the years I have played many different video games but in this list I am going to give you my top 5 classic retro video games from the SNES and Genesis time period. This is a personal subjective list however and is not meant to represent the best games of the time period. I will list each game and write a bit about why that game was so special to me.

1. Final Fantasy III (SNES)

This is the video game that taught me what a Role Playing Game is all about. Final Fantasy III (Also known as Final Fantasy VI) had an incredible story line, amazing music, and a game that you could easily spend 60+ hours playing and not get bored of. Final Fantasy III would draw you in like a great novel. It was a game very much ahead of its time and a legendary title among video game players worldwide. If you have not yet played this game, I highly recommend going back and playing it today. Hopefully Square Enix will release a high definition remake for it one day.

2. Chrono Trigger (SNES)

Once I had learned to love Role Playing Games by playing Final Fantasy III, a very special game was released called Chrono Trigger. This game told of an epic story about a boy named Crono who travels through time on an amazing adventure. He meets interesting characters from different time periods, including a talking frog. The game was produced by Square Soft, the same company which produced Final Fantasy III. The music in Chrono Trigger is some of the most memorable video game music of all time. I’ll never forget my first time playing Chrono Trigger. I had rented a copy of the game from a local video store and was so amazed within the first few hours of playing that I knew it was a game I would need to own as soon as possible. I knew right away that the game was something special and I was right. Chrono Trigger’s legacy has lived on for decades.

3. Super Mario 3 (Nintendo)

This is an ultra classic game that almost everyone knows about and loves. Super Mario 3 featured groundbreaking game play and level design that is still highly playable to this day. I used to read copies of a magazine called “Nintendo Power” in order to get tips for playing Super Mario 3. This game was so popular that it was even in Hollywood movies. There was a movie that came out in 1990 called “The Wizard”. It featured Fred Savage from television show “The Wonder Years”. At one point in the movie there is a video game tournament and they play the game Super Mario 3. The game was a highly popular cultural phenomenon in the late 80’s.

4. Shadowrun (Genesis)

While many people may not have played this game, it is one of my all time favorites. Shadowrun for SEGA Genesis was an incredible game and I’ll explain why. This game was interesting to me as a kid because it was rated MA-13, intended for more mature audiences than a regular video game. It was a essentially a cyberpunk role playing game. Unlike other games I had been playing at the time like Sonic the Hedgehog and Super Mario, this game featured mature themes, futuristic worlds, hackers, corporations, and the whole game was simply mind blowing to myself as a youth. I still enjoy Shadowrun to this day and recently downloaded a Shadowrun audio book on audible. There are many books published under the Shadowrun name as well. You might want to look into the franchise if you’re into cyberpunk.

5. Shining Force II (Genesis)

This is another game you may not have heard of or played before. It is not as well known as the previous titles I have mentioned but I wanted to include it because I really like the game. Shining Force II had a very interesting game play style. It was a standard role playing game in terms of having a fantasy story and a lot of interesting characters. However, the battle system was unique and different from other games I was used to. The game featured a strategic, turn based battle system where you would carefully move your characters across a large map to engage with enemies. Almost like game of chess with RPG battle elements. The game had an amazing cast of characters and is a personal hidden gem for me among classic role playing games.

Keep Playing Retro Games

I hope you enjoyed reading my personal list of my top 5 classic retro video games. I could write for hours about all the different retro games I have played and enjoyed over the years. Perhaps I will write another article in the future about some of the other classic video games I enjoy playing. Let me know in the comments your list of top 5 retro video games!

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©2020 Richard Gillespie