An afternoon of preparing for streaming

So I decided I wanted to try out making a live stream. I took the decision two days ago, decided on three different games, and posted on three different communities, asking people what they wanted to watch. It was a close voting between Braid and Portal, but ended up with being Braid.

So, the whole saturday afternoon went with me getting ready fro a stream on sunday, and inviting people to the stream as well.

It went like this;

Taking my new keyboard and plug it in our gaming PC. This included taking several pictures with my phone to check where the USB ins were on the back…

Started to search online on how to stream on twitch.tv. Found it to be easier than expected with the setup. Then I realised it would be more fun for people to watch along if I was speaking as well. Found my headset, just to figure out I needed a splitter (usually just headphones), and I knew it would be somewhere close. After like 30 minutes of looking for the splitter, I found it.

Now to plug it in. All testing methods (both the native windows one and in steam) told me it wasn’t working. Tested it on my boyfriends laptop, worked fine, tested it on my own laptop, worked fine. Dammit. And I had no clue what should be done on the gaming rig to make it work, and I’ve already made my fiance help me enough through this process. Perhaps I could do this on my laptop? Time for testing it out.

Oh, did I forget to mention I downloaded and installed Braid on the gaming rig, along with Xsplit which is vital to broadcast on twitch? Yeah.. I had to re-do that on my laptop. Time for testing out broadcasting and gaming at once as the specs on my laptop could be a problem. Twitch recommends i5 core, my laptop runs with a i3.

That went all right, apart from some annoying flickering on my screen, which also ended up on the streaming. A quick search revealed this happens for free users of Xsplit when playing in fullscreen. I was not even mad, as I planned to play in windowed mode anyway, mostly due to having the chat available to the right of my playing screen. After digging some more online, I found out that I could force Braid to boot in 1000×625 mode, which makes for the perfect size having the chat to the right of the game. Also, playing on my laptop means I’ll be able to have webcam on as well.

That took me a good chunk of hours, but I’m set for tomorrow and for future streams down the road. Streaming will occur at 15:00 in GMT+1 (european standard time +0). Post will be updated with youtube video of highlights below.

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Getting sucked into games by Super Mario as a kid, gaming got on hold during her teens. Lured into gaming with the 7th generation by GTA IV, and a few years later intrigued by reviewing games, and now she's running gamingirl since 2009.
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