Plans for 2017

2017 New Year

First of all I would like to apologise, as I feel like I’ve neglected my blog towards the end of this year, which is such a shame. I love writing and sharing my thoughts with people on internet, so it frustrates me that I can’t keep weekly content coming up on my blog, partly because I work full time and haven’t got a working laptop currently to just sit downstairs and chill.

So the first thing I want to change is activity on here, whether that be more blog posts, features or game reviews. I aim to write at least one post every fortnight hopefully providing I can actually come up with the content ideas. One big change at the start of 2017 for me is going to be fibre optic broadband, so now I’ll have a streaming setup to work with, as I already have the consoles and PC to edit for videos and overlays. I’m really looking forward to getting more stuff up on my Twitch and YouTube. I spent quite a bit of time setting these pages up and designing the graphics to compliment, so it makes sense to use them now. You’ll probably thinking that everyone does streaming and video content now, but this is more for myself, as I’ve wanted to do it for years but never had the internet at both my parents and now my own place.

Another change I want to implement in 2017 is more work with other websites, people and companies to build my own reputation up. I already established a few relationships in the games industry, but I want to further add to that and build Complete Xbox even more in 2017. More exclusives and giveaways where I can achieve that.

If you have any suggestions on what to improve on in 2017, then please do let me know down in the comments below, as I’m happy to take on your feedback.

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YouTube Gaming – Competition arrives for Twitch at last

YouTube Gaming

Competition drives success out of companies, especially when they know they’re not the only ones in the market and they need to innovate in order to compete with one another. That’s not to say Twitch hasn’t done that over the past few years, as the platform has over 11,000 partnered streams and over 1 million broadcasters on its platform, but YouTube Gaming will be looking to steal over some of those gamers today with its launch.

So what does YouTube Gaming have that Twitch doesn’t? For starters it has a DVR Mode allowing broadcasters to rewind their stream for the past four hours. Most Twitch broadcasters also upload highlights from their streams straight to YouTube, by being apart of the same platform, YouTube Gaming will make that process quicker and when everything is under one roof it’s a lot easier.

It will also launch a Companion app for mobile, so you can access live streams on the move. I’ve seen quite a lot of people in cafés and on the train watching live videos on Twitch, so it’s crucial that this is included.

There will also be a subscribe button separate to your YouTube channel, so it’s almost like an entire new page, except you’ll be able to display your YouTube videos on your channel too. YouTube could be onto a winner with keeping videos and live streams in one place, as everyone uses YouTube video.

I like the idea of YouTube gaming, but it will all come down to support in the end. Do gamers really want another streaming platform right now? I’ll be checking it out later today.

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Come check out my Twitch channel

Twitch TazooMilkshake

Just a quick update about my Twitch channel called TazooMilkshake. I’ve done a few test streams throughout the week now and think I have everything in place. Obviously if I’m streaming through Xbox, I can’t use OBS, but I have a few PC titles to try out. I just hope my connection holds out for them.

As of yet, I’ve only had a few issues using OBS such as getting the follower alert to pop up, but everything else is going great. I love the platform and what’s even better is that it’s free. My internet seems to be doing alright on the mid range bitrate, so I’ll have to wait and see about that because I know for a fact at about 6pm it will probably drop significantly.

I also have my charity live stream almost setup, so hopefully I can do that soon for Cancer Research UK. I have the stream schedule being updated with a few new titles I’ve obtained over the past week. I’d love to work with some companies during this live stream, so get in touch with me at Jamie.tarren@gmail.com if you’re interested in getting involved.

That’s all for now. Chow!

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Cancer Research UK 24 Hour Live Stream

Cancer Research UK 24 Hour Charity Live Stream.

On a Saturday coming soon, I will be live streaming on Twitch.tv/tazoomilkshake for 24 hours on a variety of Xbox One titles. All this effort will be made for Cancer Research UK, as I want to do something for my nan, who sadly passed away from cancer many years ago. I’ve set up a Justgiving page here.

She was one of the nicest people in my life and I felt lost without her when she passed away. I had been with her throughout the entire stage of it being found to her last day spent in the hospice. It was truly upsetting and I hope that one day a cure is found for cancer, as it affects so many peoples’ lives.

I have a list of Xbox One titles for my schedule including:

  • Super Mega Baseball
  • How To Survive
  • FIFA 15
  • Battlefield 4
  • Dragon Age: Inquisition
  • Far Cry 4
  • Batman: Arkham Knight
  • The Bridge
  • Plus some I want to keep secret until the day

I haven’t set a date yet, as I want to plan this carefully where I dedicate the whole day to it. But I will give plenty of advanced notice when I have a date decided.

I’d like to thank everyone in advance for their support and if you donate that’s even more awesome. Let’s raise some money for a good cause!

So my live stream link is here and my Justgiving page to donate is here.

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The shift towards Twitch and YouTube

twitchA year or so ago you’d probably expect to find that all the exclusive and early hands-on content was gifted to media websites like IGN, Gamespot and Eurogamer. But, when you look at where we are today, we’ve seen a complete switch up in how review copies and exclusive access is given out.

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