From: Glasgow, Scotland
Shameless plug of my game with XTRG on the Marianas scenario.
Turn 31 is a good one for the battleship club.
For me, and perhaps only for me and nobody else in the wide world, this is worse than watching paint dry.
I know a number of Forumites enjoy videos like this. There was a lengthy thread years ago to discuss a video/blog about a game called "Kerbel Space" (or something like that). The Moose enjoyed it, so I tried it - my first foray into game chat/video/blog. I was bored out of my mind in two minutes.
Is it an age thing? Do younger folks tend to enjoy this format, and older folks not so much?
I'd much rather play the game or do anything enjoyable or productive or necessary.
I think it's a difficult one.
The big advantage with streaming is that there's direct and live interaction between the streamer and chat. Instead of comments on a periodic AAR update, there's input while you're watching the replay/plotting the turn.
That's nice two-way feedback - suggestions can be directly acted on, explanations can be requested and given and so on. I think it's an amazing format for newer players to learn.
The downside is that AE doesn't lend itself to that format easily, for a number of reasons.
How long does it take to plot an average turn of AE? How much of it is going to be the important and boring housekeeping of pilots, convoys and industry?
From an audience standpoint, XTRG is fairly new to the game, which is good for the player-base with limited experience or AI only experience to watch a PBEM in a safe environment.
What we currently lack in AE streaming is the more experienced counter-part. I've always fancied trying my hand at it as I enjoy discussing the game, and think it should be palatable with doing the boring stuff off-screen.
In short, given that you're well-versed in the game, if it was a more experienced player broadcasting you might get more out of it.