Lessons Learned from Streaming Spiritfarer on Twitch
Choosing what to stream next is not at all an easy task. It sort of seems to be a consensus among streamers. Maybe it’s easy for some people, but personally, I’m anxious and indecisive. Choices are not usually my forte.
As I was doing my dance of the indecisive, my partner who streams suggested I subscribe to Xbox Game Pass, where you can download games for PC too. He was browsing through all the different options and texting me about ones he thought I’d like when all of the sudden he got super excited. “SPIRITFARER,” he texted me in all caps. I’d never heard of the game in question, so I went to check it out and was immediately intrigued.
In the game, you play the Spiritfarer named Stella, who is tasked with collecting spirits and helping them fulfill their final wishes, so they can then transition peacefully to the afterlife through something called the Everdoor. The description and the trailer were compelling enough to pull me in but vague enough that I still had no idea what to expect — which sounded like the perfect candidate for a stream to me.
I’ve streamed Spiritfarer around five or six times now, and I absolutely love it. Both the game and the streaming experience have been amazing, and I can’t wait to keep streaming it again and again and again.
It’s the third game I’ve streamed, and while there are some similarities between streaming Spiritfarer and the first two games, there are also some big differences. Here’s what I’ve learned so far from streaming Spiritfarer on Twitch:
- Spiritfarer is the most story-driven game I’ve played so far. On the one hand, it’s great because it usually means I have a lot of direction for when I’m streaming, and I don’t get self-conscious that I’m “wasting time” (a concept I need to work on overcoming). On the other hand, if there ever is a lull, I get anxious that I’m missing a crucial puzzle piece in the story and feel like I might be stuck. Overall though, streaming a heavily story-driven game has been a positive experience, and I’m excited to see what else it can teach me along the way.
- With a more story-driven game, there ends up being a lot of dialogue to read, and I’ve taken to reading it out loud as I stream. This is super fun, but I’ve noticed that the longer my stream goes on, the more exhausting reading everything out loud gets. It’s a different kind of experience than just talking as I stream.
- Streaming Spiritfarer has taught me a lot about the power of community on Twitch. Each streamable game has it’s own page on the site, and you can see who else is currently streaming that game. With The Sims 4 and Stardew Valley, there are usually thousands of people watching streams of the game at any given time. Spiritfarer is a much smaller number, which as it turns out, has actually been helpful. Since there are only a handful of streamers playing Spiritfarer, my streams become easier to find, thus pulling in new viewers more easily. It’s been a great lesson in growing my audience.
- Spiritfarer is a very emotional game, and it’s super easy to get invested in the journey. Talking about the story and the emotions it brings up is a great way to relate to whoever’s watching.
- Because of the story elements, Spiritfarer is a super engaging game, and I think it’s really allowed me to let my personality and goofiness shine through on stream. It’s helped me become more comfortable as a streamer, and that’s of course one of the goals I have.
Honestly, I’ll probably be streaming a lot of Spiritfarer up until I beat the game. It’s been my favorite game to stream so far, and I’m so grateful I found it. If you haven’t played it yet, I highly recommend it!
And of course, if you’re ever in the mood, come check out my streams.