Sorry to bump my own post, but the original video was not working. It has been replaced with a YouTube link. I wouldn't bother, but holy crap this is a game that must be seen to be believed.
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@chavtheworld: Sweetness! I've watched pieces of AGDQ, and am consistently blown away by the people on those streams. It's like wrestling or Buddhist monastic traditions, where there's a lineage of people who will have mastered Castlevania I and III. Being good at games is one thing, but that sort of focus? Balls.
@jukezypoo: Rad sauce! I've got a wildly limited amount of experience in front of cameras, but I've done a few hundred hours of college radio and ran a podcast for a while. What's your Twitch handle, and do you know anybody else who'd be interested in this?
People always seem to be begging for an endurance run so might as well put it to a good cause...I'm sure the folks in Oklahoma need help.
That's actually a really good starting point for a thing. I'm going to send a feeler out to the American Red Cross to see what they've got in terms of widgets and support for a donation drive.
@video_game_king Absolutely the case. While having some natural talent for entertaining people is a plus, I think a lot of what makes for good content is people sharing stuff they're excited or passionate about. I am not some expert streamer (I spent about ninety minutes shitting the bed before I got a good hour of content) but the games I plan on playing are games I enjoy, and Twitch makes it pretty easy for people to find streams of a given game. In theory, a community charity stream fest should have enough options to put people who like title X into a channel where title X is being played. Good vibes! Hippie crap! Yes!
I've been playing with streaming software for a few days now and finally ran my first live stream last night. It got me thinking about the recent fundraiser done by the speedrun community, and my own enjoyment of Giant Bomb's own Endurance Runs. So much awesome! Then this crazy scheme popped into my head, and I'll share it with you.
This community is full of tech-savvy, hilarious, talented people who love video games. Most of us also dig the ER collections here. Most of us are also capable of talking. And most of us would at least acknowledge that stuff likes the EFF and Child's Play are worthwhile causes. So why don't we combine these things, set some date, and take pledges/donations for what I'll label an Endurance Run Charity Stream-a-Thon?
Seriously, asking the Bomb Squad to ER *insert original PlayStation JRPG title here* is a waste of energy, but what's to stop us from doing it? We could run endurance streams of Final Fantasy IX, Suikoden II, Revelations: Persona, and Star Ocean II (because we're monsters) with a responsible adult manning a charity tip jar. Madness! Who'd ever consent to coordinate such a thing?
Well, I would. I'd be willing to help ringlead this madness, and keep things on the up and up. I'd need help at some points and it would be a learning experience, but I'm naive enough to volunteer.
I'm for Star Control II (or the open source project The Ur-Quan Masters), or Grand Theft Auto. Both would have the advantage of being available for free, and GTA would be somewhat topical as it gets another sequel in a few months.
@rorie: I will tool around with this advice when I get home. I get the impression from this thread that you can make this game whatever you want it to be, but so far the solo experience feels like a sort of clunky, old ARPG with a hint of input lag. Guild shenanigans, short of the masochistic day-long session crap, sounds like what sets apart this whole genre of game from everything else, and I have yet to experience even a hint of that.
Also, while I am not privy to all of the things the Starter accounts don't get, I can say for certain that all of the pet stuff is right out. No dog fights for me.