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YouTube reportedly acquiring Twitch for $1 billion

YouTube is set to acquire Twitch.tv for $1 billion, according to sources at Variety. At the moment, there are few details about the deal, but the acquisition would make sense. Since Twitch's launch, it has become the de facto livestreaming service for gamers. Gaming channels are also some of YouTube's most popular content, but their own attempts at provided a livestream service have left something to be desired in comparison to Twitch. Joining the services rather than attempting to compete is the obvious choice for YouTube. With this acquisition, Google will become an even more dominant force, owning the largest video sharing site on the internet in addition to the largest streaming service, combined with their marketshare in smartphones.

The news of the acquisition has raised some concerns about potential Google+ integration. There has been no word about that happening as of yet, but the gaming audience considers its integration with YouTube a nuisance at best. Maintaining a separation of real identities and online identities has long been a sticking point for gamers, as displayed by the Real ID incident back in 2010, when Blizzard intended for real names to be used on the Battle.net forums, a decision that the company reversed before it went live.

How this acquisition impacts Twitch, for better or for worse, will be interesting to watch. Many games released in recent years, Blizzard's Hearthstone among them, owe at least a portion of their popularity to Twitch streamers. With 45 million unique viewers per month as of January 2014, Twitch's impact on gaming is substantial.

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Beta Testing 101: How to stream your beta sessions

I've recently gotten into livestreaming. If you visit my channel on Own3d, you can see some hilarious and heart-wrenching wipes that I've recorded in heroic Dragon Soul. If you're into League of Legends, you can see a few games there (900 ELO bracket, represent)! I'm making an effort to stream our raiding attempts and narrating as I go. Did you know WoW Insider has a livestream page over at Twitch? (Subscribe to that, too!)

Today, I'll go over some of the tools and techniques for streaming so that your viewers can watch a polished live stream of you and your activities. I believe the best live streams are of players who are both entertaining and educational. I like watching different player perspectives so that you can see what's going on from their angle and gaining an understanding of what they go through.

I highly recommend using Xsplit as the program to stream with. You don't have to buy any licensing, but it's not a bad idea to invest for the additional audio quality if streaming is an activity you think you'll get into.

Once you have the program downloaded and configured, the next step is to settle on a streaming service. The two biggest ones out there are Own3d and Twitch. Either service will work. Both services have a revenue stream program making it possible to make a money on the side based on the amount of viewers your stream gets.

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Filed under: Analysis / Opinion, Mists of Pandaria

The Lawbringer: The odd future of bill S. 978

Pop law abounds in The Lawbringer, your weekly dose of WoW, the law, video games and the MMO genre. Mathew McCurley takes you through the world running parallel to the games we love and enjoy, full of rules, regulations, pitfalls and traps. How about you hang out with us as we discuss some of the more esoteric aspects of the games we love to play?

The machinima and streaming communities built around World of Warcraft are filled with some of the most talented and creative people in gaming, from awesome musicians to dedicated streamcasters. The first time I ever got to experience the WoW beta back in 2004, I was watching someone stream footage of their human warlock messing up mobs in (if I remember correctly) Westfall. Streaming is beneficial to gaming, MMOs, and e-sports because of video games' competitive nature and spectator-oriented design.

You've probably heard of Senate bill S.978 already, most likely from many video game blogs and news outlets or YouTube campaigns fighting against the passage of this bill. Bill S.978 aims to institute a "10 strikes" policy, making the unauthorized streaming of content a felony, resulting in potential jail time. The main purpose of the bill is to strengthen the law and punishments available to organizations such as the MPAA and other content conglomerates to stop illegal streaming of millions upon millions of dollars in stolen entertainment. As is the way of things, gamers might be caught in the crossfire.

Some of you fine readers sent me a few messages on Twitter asking me to weigh in on the 10 strikes streaming bill and maybe give a basic analysis of the thing, so I shall oblige. Lawbringer this week is all about the odd future of bill S. 978 and what it could mean for MMOs and WoW.

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Filed under: Analysis / Opinion, The Lawbringer

Choose My Adventure Live: Questing in Eastern Plaguelands

Choose the adventures of Robin Torres as Roblinator the goblin shamanator, or join in with It came from the Blog on Zangarmarsh (US-PvE-H).

This week, Roblinator and her fellow adventurers in It came from the Blog will be adventuring in Eastern Plaguelands. Join us in game or by watching the stream above and participating in the chat after the break.

Update: The stream is now over. You can watch the video replay by clicking on the image above.

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Filed under: It Came from the Blog, Choose My Adventure

It came from the Blog: Live stream of the Hop to Hard Boiled

We've been hopping around Razor Hill, but now we're taking our fluffy tails off to Un'Goro crater. Join us in game on Zangarmarsh (US-PvE) or by watching the stream above and participating in the chat after the break.

Update: The stream is now over. You can watch our hop (which includes bunny lemmings) by clicking on the image above.

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Filed under: Events, It Came from the Blog

Live Stream: Archaeology 101

Hello, class, and welcome to Archaeology 101. Today, we'll show you how to get started in this profession, as well as where to go, what to do and how to do it. I know I'm not as dreamy as Indiana Jones, so I won't be expecting apples on my desk or eyelid tattoos. But I'll also not be interrupting class to run after Nazis, so I've got that going for me ... which is nice. I will be taking questions and comments from the chat room, however, which is after the break.

Update: The stream is now over. You can watch the video replay by clicking the image above.

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Filed under: Cataclysm, Archaeology

Live Stream: Guided tour of Orgrimmar

I love the updated look of Orgrimmar, but it's hard to get used to the new layout. Blizzard didn't just give the city a more rugged, old-school paint job; almost everything has been moved! Today's live stream guide will be a mapping-out of the new Org, pointing out the important things from how to catch a zeppelin to where to get your hair cut. I'll also be taking questions from the chat room, which is after the break.

Update: The stream is now over, but you can watch the video replay by clicking on the image above.

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Filed under: Analysis / Opinion

Live Stream: How to get the Singing Sunflower pet

Choose My Adventure is on a hiatus as we discuss its future and wait for Cataclysm to arrive. In its place today, I am going to be streaming my strategy for beating the Plants vs. Zombies minigame in Hillsbrad Foothills. I will take you through step by step from getting to the quest through to getting your pet. I will also be answering questions as we go, so please join us in the chat after the break.

Update: The stream is now over. You can click on the above screenshot for the video replay. Stay tuned for a full text guide to accompany the video soon.

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Filed under: Analysis / Opinion

Live Stream: It came from the Blog Pilgrim's Bounty event

Update: The stream is now over. Please click on the above image for the video replay.

The pre-event mixer is over and the <It came from the Blog> Pilgrim's Bounty event has begun. We will be getting as many achievements and quests done together as possible. If you can't join us on Zangarmarsh (US-PvE-H), then please enjoy the stream above and join us in the chat after the break.

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Filed under: Events, It Came from the Blog

Cataclysm Beta Live Stream: Choose my goblin shaman adventure

Choose the adventures of WoW Insider's Robin Torres as she levels multiple alts in the Cataclysm beta, live every Monday and Wednesday at 1 p.m. EST.

Note: The stream is of the Cataclysm beta. It and the chat below are full of spoilers. You have been warned.

Update: The stream is now over. Please click on the above image for the video replay.

Hello and welcome to the live version of Choose My Adventure (beta edition). You have again chosen Roblinator the goblin shaman for our Wednesday Horde stream, and I don't blame you.

Join me after the break while I narrate, read quests and take requests from the chat room. The show will run for at least an hour and be viewable on video, if you weren't able to watch it live. Also after the break are some notes and polls.

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Filed under: It Came from the Blog, Choose My Adventure

Live stream of the Elemental Attack

We're streaming the Elemental Attack event live on Zangarmarsh (US-PvE-H). Watch us on the stream above. Live chat is after the break. Note: I don't have in-game sounds on. I'll be narrating as I normally do.

Update: The stream is now over. We did all of the quests in Orgrimmar. You can watch the video replay by clicking on the image above.

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Filed under: Events, It Came from the Blog

Cataclysm Live Beta Stream: The Horde edition of Choose My Adventure

Choose the adventures of WoW Insider's Robin Torres as she levels multiple alts in the Cataclysm beta, live every Monday and Wednesday at 1 p.m. EDT.

Note: The stream is of the Cataclysm beta. It and the chat below are full of spoilers. You have been warned.

Update: The stream is now over. You can watch the video by clicking the image above. Also, I bugged out Roblinator, so most of the stream is of Robinemia completing the epic Silverpine Forest quests.

Hello and welcome to the live version of Choose My Adventure (beta edition). It's Wednesday, so the stream will be for the Horde! The winner of the polls was Roblinator, the goblin shaman, so I will be continuing her adventures today. Hopefully the bugged quest is no longer bugged because I am sure to mess up the workaround. Regardless, we'll try.

Join me after the break while I narrate, read quests and take requests from the chat room. The show will run for at least an hour and be viewable on video, if you weren't able to watch it live. Also after the break is the poll for next week's Horde character and some <It came from the Blog> news.

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Filed under: It Came from the Blog, Choose My Adventure

Cataclysm live beta stream plus new direction for Choose My Adventure

Choose the adventures of WoW Insider's Robin Torres as she levels multiple alts in the Cataclysm beta, live every Monday and Wednesday at 1 p.m. EDT.

Note: The stream is of the Cataclysm beta. It and the chat below are full of spoilers. You have been warned.

Update: The stream is now over. Please click on the image above to watch the video replay.

Hello and welcome to the live version of Choose My Adventure (beta edition). The winner of the polls was Roblinator, the goblin shaman, so I will be starting her adventures today. Join me after the break while I narrate, read quests and take requests from the chat room. The show will run for at least an hour and be viewable on video, if you weren't able to watch it live.

In addition to today's show, there are big changes coming to Choose My Adventure. So please join us after the break for the announcement and the polls for next week.

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Filed under: It Came from the Blog, Choose My Adventure

New streaming launcher available soon

In what seems to be the biggest confirmation of patch 4.0.1 for tomorrow, Blizzard has announced that the streaming launcher, which has been active in the Cataclysm beta for some time, is going to be deployed to the live game. Included in the post is an FAQ about the launcher.

If you haven't seen the new launcher yet, here's a quick rundown. The launcher allows you to download a critical set of data required to play the game, noted by the red stage. After that critical set of data is downloaded, you can play WoW but will potentially experience issues because the majority of the game content is not downloaded, noted by the yellow stage. Once a majority of the game content is downloaded, the downloader goes green, meaning you will still be downloading content but the game will be in a more stable, playable state. Hit the jump for the official announcement.

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Filed under: Cataclysm

Cataclysm beta live stream and Choose My Adventure polls

Choose the adventures of our bloggers as we level our characters in <It came from the Blog> on Zangarmarsh (US-PvE-H).

Note: The stream is of the Cataclysm beta. It and the chat below are full of spoilers. You have been warned.

Update: The stream is now over. If you missed it, the link on the picture above will take you to the video of it over on Justin.tv.

Hello and welcome to the live version of Choose My Adventure (beta edition). The winner of the polls was Peenk the gnome priestess, so I will be continuing her adventures today. Join me while I narrate, read quests in my gnome voice and take requests from the chat room after the break. The show will run for at least an hour and be viewable on video, if you weren't able to watch it live.

The schedule for all of our adventurers can be found on Monday's post, and the polls for Prupher's pet as well as whom you want me to play next week are after the break.

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Filed under: It Came from the Blog, Choose My Adventure

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