Some gamers enjoy watching other gamers play games live. They can do this by hopping onto streaming services like Twitch. Why is this so enjoyable? Well some gamers are skilled in what they do, so they make the game seem really fun. Some have good commentary skills which also makes it entertaining.
There are also times when gamers stream tutorials, like character builds, strategy, and so on, which can be invaluable to gamers looking to improve themselves. However it seems that despite the huge success in video game streaming, Nintendo has yet to hop on board, but why is this? Well according to Nintendo’s Reggie Fils-Aime in an interview with Polygon, it’s because streaming live gameplay isn’t fun.
According to Fils-Aime, he states that Nintendo’s decision about video game streaming will be driven by the company’s philosophy, which is that it has to be fun, and right now streaming video games is just not fun, at least in the eyes of Nintendo. “We don’t think streaming 30 minutes of gameplay by itself is a lot of fun,” he stated. “Your specific question of just purely streaming gameplay, what we’ve got to think through is, so what’s fun about that? From a consumer standpoint, what’s fun about it?”
He also uses Mario Kart 8’s Mario Kart TV as an example of how videos when edited, makes things appear more interesting. “You can make some choices as to what parts are going to be shared. We think that makes it interesting, and obviously the meme of the Luigi death stare is wonderful when that comes out of that type of experience. But in the end we’ve got to make sure that it’s fun.”
What do you guys think? Nintendo has always somewhat gone against the grain in terms of their hardware and software. They’ve had a lot of success in the past, although not so much in the present especially with the Wii U console, so is the exclusion of streaming another “mistake” by Nintendo? Or does it not matter?