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The Daily Grind: Does livestreaming make you more or less inclined to play an MMO?

Jef Reahard

Livestreaming and video game, er, videos, are all the rage these days. Whether it's through YouTube channels filled with game "playthroughs" or Massively's own livestreaming endeavor, technology advances have made it possible to experience your favorite games without actually playing (or purchasing) them.

While this can be a boon to folks who never have enough time to play all the interesting games coming out, it can also take away from the experience a little bit by relegating a form of participatory entertainment into something more akin to the passive experience you get via viewing films or television.

From a business perspective, widespread adoption of livestreaming could conceivably affect game sales, especially as the video quality gets better and gamers grow into real-life responsibilities that eat away at their free time. Today's Daily Grind is all about enjoying video games vicariously. Does livestreaming make you more or less inclined to invest time and money into gaming?

Every morning, the Massively bloggers probe the minds of their readers with deep, thought-provoking questions about that most serious of topics: massively online gaming. We crave your opinions, so grab your caffeinated beverage of choice and chime in on today's Daily Grind!

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