The Newbie's Guide To Video Game Streaming

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Now that you have your hardware set up and configured, it's time to get into the more fun parts of streaming. Sending out a feed of your game is one thing but as a viewer, just watching gameplay can get boring. Adding commentary is good way to spice things up especially if you have an animated personality. There are a few ways to achieve this.

A quality gaming headset combines both headphones and a mic into one unit. Gaming gear vets Razer just released their Carcharias headset that works for Xbox and PC. A company like Razer has been doing gaming headsets for a long time so you can trust that you'll get tremendous quality out of it.

In the event you want to separate your headphone and mic set-up, Blue Microphones has a line of mics that are perfect for broadcasting to web. Best known for their Yeti mic, Blue has created some of the best sounding microphones outside of a pro recording studio.

If you have a cramped space, consider Blue's Tiki that plugs into any available USB 2.0 port. The Tiki has a cool voice activated feature that only operates when there is sound. There's no reason to worry about shutting off the mic when you run to the bathroom for a quick bio break. At only a few inches long, it's something you can plug right into a keyboard USB port and won't get in the way.

If space isn't an issue, you should go for either the Spark Digital or the recently announced Nessie mics. They crank out high quality sound for a good price.

When using external mics, there may be some additional configuring needed to mix in the audio from your voice and the console. Therefore, a program like Adobe Flash Media Live Encoder or CamTwist (on the Mac) and if you're a baller, Wirecast will be perfect to mix in media. All of these programs are supported by most streaming sites so search the documentation of your streaming site for more info.

Other advanced features of using mics is taking advantage of voice over IP services like Skype, Ventrilo, Mumble and TeamSpeak. The last three are targeted towards the gaming community and offer a more customizable experience than Skype, AIM or Yahoo Messenger.

Blue Microphones Tiki
Price: $57
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Blue Microphones Spark Digital
Price: $200
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Blue Microphones Nessie
Price: $100
Buy it here: Not yet available

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