Random Thoughts - January 7th 2022: Streaming on Twitch

Please follow me on Twitch at https://twitch.tv/ChrisElison - I’ll be streaming modded Minecraft, Grim Dawn, WoW, Diablo III, Kingdoms of Amalur and many other games! I also have a YouTube channel where I upload all of my livestreams!


My good friend Christian once remarked I should try streaming, but at the time the idea seemed preposterous, who’d want to listen to my nasal voice as I badly play World of Warcraft or Diablo? Plus there’s the hardware and software, I’d need a new PC, lighting, a top of the range webcam and a microphone, surely. Well, on the 22nd I decided for some reason to download OBS and I somehow easily managed to stream and record some footage of me playing Grim Dawn on my Twitch channel.

I recently decided to take the plunge and get myself a Logitech C922 Pro HD webcam from Amazon for just £65, it had rave reviews and is pretty much the standard for mid-range webcams. Setting up was simple and it worked straight away with OBS and the Logitech Gaming Software app I use to configure my G600 mouse. The camera captures at 30fps @ 1080p or 60fps @ 720p, I decided to go with the C922 rather than the C920 for the 60fps option. I was initially a little nervous about having a webcam and people seeing me on stream, but I’ve gotten used to it already.

Logitech C922 webcam

Now I’ve got a webcam, the next obvious thing for streaming is a microphone. I’ve been looking at some on Amazon that are under a £100, but I’ll do a bit more research first.

As I mentioned, I’m using the brilliant OBS free software to stream and capture my games and webcam, it’s so easy adding scenes and adding layers on top of other layers just like Photoshop to build a scene, I can have a slideshow background image of WoW wallpapers with my webcam on top along with all my follower/sub info.

OBS

After each of my test livestreams I’ve used the Twitch Inspector tool to analyse my stream bitrate and FPS, I’ve noticed Minecraft is extremely unstable, often resulting in warnings, while other games like Terraria have no problem. I’m not sure if this is a connection problem or a hardware bottleneck.

Twith Inspector

One thing that always put me off from watching livestreams were the constant notification alerts from followers and subs, I have currently set up a few follow alerts in Streamlabs, but if I ever get a bigger following I’ll probably consider turning them off. I think a really simple setup for my stream is the way to go, just the webcam, the game and maybe latest follower/sub, no gaudy layouts or transitions.

So far I’ve streamed Grim Dawn, Diablo 3, Call of Saregnar, modded Minecraft and Terraria. I’m coming up with a list of other games I’d like to try streaming, including Fallout 3, 4 and New Vegas, Skyrim, Oblivion, Minecraft Dungeons, Kingdoms of Amalur and many others.

Call of Saregnar

I’ve had 170+ viewers on my channel and four followers so far, although one was a promoter spam account. I don’t mind if I don’t get many watches, it just is really nice to stream games I love to play like Minecraft and D3, if people want to come along for the ride, great. This for me is a learning experience more than anything, I’ve watched streamers for so long on Twitch without knowing their secrets of how things work, but now I’m learning.

Pretty soon I’ll be getting a wired ethernet connection put in, so I’m hoping for a significant improvement in my upload speed and connection stability. Modded Minecraft seems to be a problem with very unstable FPS, I’m wondering if it’s an issue with my PC hardware, I may need to upgrade my GTX 960 card and maybe install more RAM.

I have been thinking about whether I want to stream under the ‘ChrisElison’ username, on the one hand I’ve had the username on Twitch since 2013 and use it across all my links except YouTube and Steam. I was thinking of streaming under ‘Hellwrath’, my gamer name or whether I should come up with a catchy 4-letter name like all the top WoW streamers do (Payo, Cdew, Guzu, etc)… I don’t know, maybe I will just stick with ChrisElison, I don’t want to attract idiots to my channel, I want it to be a chill, mature place to hang out and watch top-tier gameplay of games that came out 5-10 years ago.

If you tune into one of my livestreams, you’ll notice I have music playing, but this music doesn’t appear on the VoDs or YouTube videos. This is thanks to a little bit of magic done between Twitch’s Soundtrack service and OBS. Basically I can isolate the music in a channel and have it only play for the live stream. The reason I do this is because the music is only licensed for streaming, not for videos.

My main inspirations for wanting to stream are Payo, RektByProtoss, Krakean, Mason AKA The Cantina, GixG17, Robbaz, Sips, SorcererDave, Snackybox, Index, Guzu, Veriax, Swifty and Metagoblin. They each have great communities and play the type of games I want to play on stream. Hopefully I can build a little community of my own some time.


I’ve also recently started a new modded Minecraft playthrough on the Project Ozone 2 modpack (MC 1.7.10), I may be insane for even thinking this, but I’m going to livestream my entire journey, around 2 hours per episode, my goal: getting a BILLION (one thousand million) diamonds, yes a billion with a ‘B’. Since I completed my one million diamonds playthrough I am pretty confident it can be done, although it will take a lot of time and work. Oh, and I’m doing it on an offline single player world, so no server I can just leave running.

Anyway, if you’re reading this, give me a follow, I’m ChrisElison on Twitch, see you!