January 24, 2014
Wil Wheaton has spent 25 years trying to escape from the tragedy known as "Wesley". He still acts, but his main thing these days is to be a columnist and writer.
He also has a TV show about table-top games called... "Tabletop". Since I don't own a TV, I don't know anything more about it than that. (Like, what cable channel does it run on?)
John Kovalic is a cartoonist and illustrator, and a friend of Wheaton's from way back. Yesterday Kovalic was a guest on the show.
And that particular episode of the show was put on YouTube. I just watched it, and it was a lot of fun. It's worth a half hour.
And... what Kovalic's cartoon characters say about Anne Wheaton is absolutely true. She's stunning. And Wil Wheaton is a very lucky man. (He must be doing something right; they've been married 14 years.)
UPDATE: Wikipedia says that TableTop is a webcast. I wonder where the money comes from? It's not cheap to put together a show like that. Do they get a cut of the YouTube advertising?
Posted by: Mauser at January 25, 2014 12:14 AM (TJ7ih)
Posted by: Tom Tjarks at January 25, 2014 10:18 AM (76G0j)
That's interesting. What the web did to newpapers and magazines, now it's about to start doing to cable TV.
"Broadcasting" on YouTube has some real advantages compared to cable. For one thing you're not stuck with a hard-and-fast length you have to fit into. For another things, FCC censorship rules don't apply.
It's just a trickle right now, but eventually it'll be a flood.
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at January 25, 2014 10:46 AM (+rSRq)
Webcasting/webstreaming is the way of the future, but I have my doubts about Youtube as the platform for it (Primarily due to the management/ownership of Youtube, i.e. Google.).
Posted by: cxt217 at January 25, 2014 10:50 AM (XQR7Z)
I think YouTube is going to be the foundation of this, just as Blogger was the foundation of blogging.
Blogger made it easy for people to get into blogging, and the number of blogs exploded as a result. (Of course, Sturgeon's Law was an underestimate when it came to this.)
But Blogger doesn't dominate blogging and YouTube won't dominate webcasting either. They're both convenient and cheap but limited in various ways, and ultimately unsatisfying. Blogger was training wheels for a blogger, and YouTube will be the same for webcasters.
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at January 25, 2014 11:07 AM (+rSRq)
I read somewhere recently (it might have been an Instalink) that a growing amount of bandwidth is going to people watching other people play games, whether console/PC or tabletop (either traditional or using PC tools like VASSAL or Roll20). I'll readily admit to watching playthroughs of games, particularly the movie-like ones (e.g., The Last of Us) that I have neither the time, skills, or often the hardware to play myself.
A heck of a lot of people are apparently watching top MOBA players go at it, though, and that might just mainstream e-sports once those viewers hit peak earnings age, much as the "Children of the '80s" have apparently driven some of Hollywood's choices in recent years (e.g., Transformers/GI JOE).
Posted by: BigD at January 25, 2014 12:40 PM (VKO9N)
Posted by: Mauser at January 25, 2014 01:32 PM (TJ7ih)
Posted by: Tom Tjarks at January 26, 2014 08:52 AM (76G0j)
A lot of the dedicated streaming services like Twitch and UStream get much/most of their traffic from people broadcasting video game playthroughs. Tougher games, harder to find games (Like Panzer Dragoon Saga - most US Sega Saturn games, actually.), import games, and speed runs will always get an audience.
I have friends who stream games and it is nice being able to watch games that you will never play or own.
Posted by: cxt217 at January 26, 2014 06:28 PM (jvZKz)
Enclose all spoilers in spoiler tags:
[spoiler]your spoiler here[/spoiler]
Spoilers which are not properly tagged will be ruthlessly deleted on sight.
Also, I hate unsolicited suggestions and advice. (Even when you think you're being funny.)
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