I didn't see a thread like this yet so I figured I'd start a discussion on all the options for "gamer TV." It's no secret that gaming has conquered YouTube in recent years, with many of the top-subscribed channels being examples like PewDiePie, Vanoss Gaming, and Machinima. And those are just the big ones, there's thousands of other channels out there right now working to get their views and subscriptions up by doing what they love best: playing video games.
So what kind of gaming channels/streams do you like to watch? I'm just gonna go ahead and discuss each genre individually, feel free to add your thoughts!
Let's Plays are... Not exactly my favorite part about YouTube. It's basically just Twitch streaming that's been edited to fit into several shorter video segments, but all you're getting is someone else playing the game for you while they comment on it. This usually seems to be accompanied by spontaneous laughing/screaming, as the host doesn't have any sort of script so they just improvise everything they say or do. It's your typical PewDiePie video, but all Lets Plays seem to follow this formula. I think it would be fun to be real life friends and play games with people in these videos, but just watching them do this on screen feels like a waste of my time.
Twitch seems like a step up from Let's Play videos. It's generally the same concept as Let's Plays: A streamer plays their game while providing commentary to viewers. Twitch opens up more possibilities for interaction though, as viewers can chat live with the streamer to change the decisions he/she makes. A lot of Twitch streams can take a more serious tone as well, with less focus on being goofy and more on educating viewers at how to play the game better. (This is especially true for MOBA streams) Then you get into some really creative shit like Twitch Plays Pokemon, where the viewers all control the game together through chat commands. I'm sure Twitch will bring us even more innovative ideas in the future, so I look forward to see what is has to offer.
Going back to YouTube, this covers basically every video game channel that isn't a Let's Play channel. This is my preferred network of Youtube channels, as I feel like they provide more quality content than a simple Lets Play. Some of the more common themes seen here are video game reviews, fan theories, sneak-peek content, or just gaming discussion. Unfortunately this type of channel requires a lot more work to keep it going, while producing fewer (and shorter) videos and thus getting less attention when compared to a Lets Play series. (Game Theory did a pretty good analysis on this with one of their videos, I'll link it at the end of the post) These channels tend to be more centralized to a specific game or genre, and thus provide a more in-depth look by the experts for each game.
I think this one kind of gets ignored by most of the gaming community, as only the most hardcore fans of a game will be interested in its competitive scene. I only know a little bit about the world of esports, (mainly the titles of games that are part of this) but figured I'd add it into the thread anyway. I almost never watch professionals play a game, with the only exception being the occasional LCS game of League of Legends. I just don't play enough of other games to appreciate or understand their competitive play. Even with League, I mostly just watch it to see if I can learn anything from their gameplay. I never actually care who wins the way I would watching regular sports.
Well that's it for my intro, here's that Game Theory video about YouTube gaming and the success of Lets Plays: