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Submitted by moviewatcher 1033d ago | opinion piece

Gaming Voyeurism: Why Watch Other People Play?

Planet Ivy: I feel like I start every opinion by referring to ‘the day’ and how, back then, things were simpler and everything since has been bastardised. Well, in the halcyon époque of gaming, if anyone was lucky enough to have a NES or Master System then they could be pretty sure of having a gaggle of friends to crowd around it. There was no online gaming, no headset and no community beyond the couch. The console vs PC war fought one of its first battles over this social aspect. PC gamers were making a primary foray into high latency online competition whilst the console crowd cruelly boasted that having mates round to play was less geeky and loserish. (Industry, PC, PS3, Xbox 360)

moviewatcher  +   1033d ago
When I hear about people making a living off this, that's crazy (I'm jealous)
jimmyofages  +   1033d ago
Yeah, damn dream job-this is mainly in the far east though
appleandroid  +   1033d ago
It's declined a bit recently and is off national TV now. But the fact that it was on national TV is crazy.
Mikeyy  +   1033d ago
SC2 not doing that well in South Korea anymore?
appleandroid  +   1033d ago
It's all possible, just spend more time playing games ;)
jimmyofages  +   1033d ago
I play a lot, but I've never felt the urge to watch others. Ever.
appleandroid  +   1033d ago
It's strangely addictive-and sometimes they are so good it is like they're playing a different game to the rest of us, masters of a trade
Bladesfist  +   1033d ago
I only really watch people play pro Starcraft 2 as it gives me all kind of ideas to try and implement into my play. Although I still fail. Forever bronze.
Mikeyy  +   1033d ago
Same here but im a gold player, though I feel silver.

I just get lazy mid match, my early game is rock solid, but midmatch my macro is non existant. I forget to expand im more focused on my army as I like to lead there every footstep, all while my SCVs are just standing there, out of minerals.

LMAO, I fail at SC2, I still need to get HOtS.
sfalexl21  +   1033d ago
I equate watching other gamers to watching professional sports; it is the best way to pick up a game. Just as you can learn how to run a pick and roll in basketball, you can learn proper flanking techniques in a shooter. The more exposure that live video games get, the better we will all become.
CaptainYesterday  +   1033d ago
I usually only watch someone playing on Twitch.tv or YouTube if its a game or some DLC I'm interested in buying. I don't really understand why some streamers have a webcam on them while they play a mic is fine but a webcam seems strange to me.
Roper316  +   1033d ago
While I probably won't use the feature that much some people just may want to learn how to get past a certain part of a game or see where a hidden item is etc etc.
Neixus  +   1033d ago
Well by that logic, why watch movies then? why watch soccer and food programs?
mydyingparadiselost  +   1033d ago
I've used them to get a better idea of whether I want to buy a new game by watching the first hour or two. Also for watching people play through older games that I dont want to go through again, like some of the older Snes/Ps1 era stuff.
Raoh  +   1033d ago
Its one of the features I loved in SOCOM games. You die, you stay dead for that round. I could use the bathroom or make a something to eat but most of the time I would spectate other players, learn other strategies, notice things in the map I normally wouldn't notice when I'm playing myself.

I would normally go to a youtube video to see how to pass a hard level, why not watch as someone else is playing and learn other strategies.
Robotronfiend  +   1033d ago
I watch to learn. Exclusively fighting games, like SF4 or TTT2. I watch other people play because their actions and decisions are important down to the fraction of a second.

I like to observe the skill displayed and aim to recreate effective tactics in my own matches.
Donnieboi  +   1033d ago
The only games I can watch others play is a tournament, or really hard multiplayer game (Like Metal Gear Online or hardcore mode of BF3) or a game that's hard as hell and requires crazy skills, like a Dark Souls speed run.

That's really it for me.
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FamilyGuy  +   1033d ago
I like watching games that release in japan before they come out here to get a better understanding of it's game play and to solidify my intent to purchase.

I watch some rpgs for their story line and some for their visuals.

I also sometimes watch my friends recent matches in black ops to see their strategies or if they tell me something cool happened.

I personally reeeeeally look forward to watching friends play ps4 games. Sometimes I don't have a game and want to chat with them and watch or see why they like a game so much. I'll definitely be streaming the stuff I do as well.

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