Nothing makes me feel older and more like my own dad than game streamers/YouTubers. I’m certain it’s a generational thing (my son loves them), and before you think this is going to turn into a get-offa-my-lawn-type sitch, relax.
I don’t get game streamers and streaming — it seems lazy and loud — but ok boomer, who cares, it’s not for me. It’s for the youths.
At its height, more than 355,000 viewers showed up for this second coming, but Dr Disrespect never did. It was just some clip of a car in a gas station with a voiceover going on about something, but I didn’t care enough to stick around because, again, it’s not for me.
But it made me think that there is an opportunity for someone, or many someones in the middle-age set to step up and create a streaming channel for the olds (like what 40 Bit reader Better Call Paul is trying to do).
Rather than trying to mimic the success of younger Twitch stars, any budding Gen X streamer should do the following:
- Give your stream polish. Get a decent camera and for the love of God, a good microphone. Audiences will forgive anything except bad sound.
- Keep it short. I barely have enough time to play my own games, I don’t have time to watch you umm and ahh through yours. After your broadcast, edit it down.
- Make it scannable. While you’re editing, add chapter markers or break it up into digestable highlights — and label them. This way, if you’re giving me an excellent tip for a particular level, I can go straight to it.
- Don’t make it for everyone. Dish out those Generra Hypercolor and Depeche Mode references, be you. (ed. note: Violator 4EVR)
- Have fun! If you’re not enjoying yourself, audiences definitely won’t.
Considering the average expert Twitch streamer makes between $3,000 and $5,000 a month, it makes me think I should get more coaching and add a streaming side hustle to this side hustle. Though admittedly, it still wouldn’t be for me.
Should You Buy Fall Guys?
Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout came out this week (and is free this month for PlayStation Plus members).
It’s a candy colored, bouncy battle royale game where you play a jelly bean type creature trying to outlast a host of other jelly beans through various obstacle courses that wouldn’t be out of place on a modern game show like Floor is Lava or Wipeout.
It’s also very Mario-like. Like, very Mario-like. The colors and soft edges, the spinning pinwheels you have to sneak through, even the very jaunty soundtrack all scream Nintendo.
But is it fun?
Well… Here I am playing the age card again. For families, especially those with multiple younger kids, it’s a blast. My 9 year old is hooked. The matches are easy to get into, pass pretty quickly (so lots of kids can get a turn), and unlike Apex Legends or PUBG, it doesn’t double as a gun-toting murder simulator.
For adults, i.e. you, dear reader, the games are fun the first few times, but get a little repetitive after that. So you don’t need to knock yourself out downloading it just for you.
Ian MacKaye’s Record Label
The whole point of 40 Bit Gaming is to entertain, inform and connect the many many people over 40 (well, 35, really) who play videogames. While I hope this newsletter does indeed entertain and inform you, today, I want to share a way for you all to connect.
I put together a 40 Bit Discord server this week. For those unfamiliar with Discord, it’s basically like Slack. For those unfamiliar with Slack, it’s like Microsoft Teams. For those familiar with Microsoft Teams — I’m sorry. (rimshot!)
The Discord channel is meant to be a place where you can meet other gamers like yourself, chitty-chat about videogames, and maybe even make new multiplayer friends.
It’s just getting started, so there aren’t a ton of people on there yet, but that’s good! We can build it from the ground up so it doesn’t have all the aggro garbage and caustic cruft that can be found in so many other gaming communities. I want everyone to feel welcome and have a good time. Many good times, really.
If that sounds good to you, email me, and I’ll send you an invite.
Apex Legends dropped Season 6 launch trailer. New season starts August 18 and will feature a new Legend named Rampart. I will still die seconds after dropping into the match.
How to Pre-Order the Microsoft Xbox Series X. A handy list of places (Best Buy, GameStop) that will take your email address and notify you when pre-orders are live. Though no one knows when that will be yet.
Intellivision Amico reboot pushed back. Release date slips from October 2020 to April 2, 2021 (4/3/21, get it?). Delay was attributed to COVID because of course it was.
Nintendo’s quarterly profits jumped 428 percent thanks to COVID. The company sold 5.68 million Switch and Switch Lite units and 22.4 million copies of Animal Crossing.
Epic Games Raises $1.78 billion in funding. Fortnite will be sticking around for many, many fortnights, it seems.
That’s it for this week.
Stay cool, have a great summer.
Class of ’90 rulez!
-Team 40 Bit