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Twitch becomes more social, starts beta-testing Friends list feature

Twitch becomes more social, starts beta-testing Friends list feature

Twitch, the video game live-streaming website, is taking a few step closer to being a social network. The company has announced a new Friends feature that, like just about every other social service on the internet, lets users connect and add friends on the site through their profile page. In addition to adding other users as a friend, you'll be able to see when they're online and chat via private messages.

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Twitch’s Stream First turns livestream viewers into participants

Twitch’s Stream First turns livestream viewers into participants

Live streaming has become quite the trend these days. While we now stream live events, like sports, concerts, and political debates, the activity really has its roots in gaming. Twitch.tv was at the forefront of that new movement, becoming the de facto place for live streaming games. Now that live streaming is more or less an established activity, it wants to stir things up a bit. It has just revealed its Stream First initiative which not only puts streaming front and center, it also turns it into a collaborative activity.

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Twitch to host 24-hour Pokemon cartoon marathon

Twitch to host 24-hour Pokemon cartoon marathon

Saturdays are for cartoons. Somewhere, that is a rule that's written down, and must be obeyed. Sadly, as adults, few of us wake up in the morning to watch our favorite animated shows. Generally, we like to sleep in, and do adult things. Plus, our favorite shows aren't on anymore. Well, this Saturday one of your favorite shows is going to be on all day. And you won't even need cable to watch it.

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Twitch streamer beats Dark Souls without taking any damage

Twitch streamer beats Dark Souls without taking any damage

Dark Souls is easily one of the most difficult games to come out in recent years. My playthrough of it brought back painful memories from my NES gaming days, with games like Karate Kid or Battletoads. I've seen plenty of people make some great playthroughs of Dark Souls, but one Twitch streamer takes the cake, with the most ridiculous feat yet: Not taking a single hit.

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NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV users get Twitch viewing

NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV users get Twitch viewing

Earlier this year, NVIDIA launched its SHIELD Android TV device, enabling its customers to stream content from places like Netflix, YouTube and more in Ultra HD; the device can also be used for gaming. The system has seen updates since then, not the least of which is today’s announcement: SHIELD Android TV now offers Twitch viewing, bringing game play footage to the living room.

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Twitch boosts security with two-factor authentication

Twitch boosts security with two-factor authentication

Twitch is the latest company to give users an extra dose of security by adding two-factor authentication to user accounts. The company made the announcement on Monday, saying the new security feature is offered in partnership with Authy, which delivers push notifications to authorized smartphones rather than text messages, removing some of the hassle that comes with enabling two-factor authentication.

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Bob Ross launches Twitch’s painting channel

Bob Ross launches Twitch’s painting channel

Well, Twitch has officially launched into unknown territories. This week begins the full broadcast of all 403 episodes of The Joy of Painting with Bob Ross. This launch is being done to launch a second Twitch homepage for Twitch Creative. This second homepage will be partnering with Adobe as a launch sponsor, and the page won't necessarily be all about gaming. Instead, this page will be about artists - and maybe we'll see some game developers creating happy little sprites, too, who knows.

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The PS4 finally has an official Twitch app

The PS4 finally has an official Twitch app

Given how Twitch has become the go to platform for broadcasting game playthroughs and viewing such, you'd think it would be one of the first things the latest gen PlayStation 4 would have in its roster. While the PS4 did have the basic ability to broadcast and watch PS broadcasts, that was the full extent of Twitch's presence. Now, owners are finally freed from the shackles of the PS web browser with the new Twitch PS4 app that will allow them to watch any Twitch stream at their convenience.

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Twitch announces newly updated Fire TV app

Twitch announces newly updated Fire TV app

Gamers who have a Fire TV in their home can now grab a newly updated Twitch TV app for the Fire TV. The new app is a fuller version of the Twitch TV experience and will work on the latest Fire TV devices. The update brings lots of new features and a more personal viewing experience.

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TwitchCon 2015 Keynote rundown (the quick version)

TwitchCon 2015 Keynote rundown (the quick version)

This week Emmett Schear from Twitch spoke at TwitchCon 2015 and let it be known that new features were on the way. New products and improvements are headed to Twitch - the PC version of the environment - while a full-fledged app for Twitch for PlayStation was announced to be nearly here. Starting this Fall, the PlayStation 4, the PlayStation 3, and PlayStation Vita (or PS Vita, if you prefer), will be getting access to the Twitch app.

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Fallout 3 is the latest Twitch community’s collective play

Fallout 3 is the latest Twitch community’s collective play

You might remember over a month ago when the live game broadcasting service Twitch started having viewers collectively play Dark Souls, where viewers' text inputs in the chat box are used to control the game, all at the same time. Well, they're at it again, this time tacking on the modern classic Fallout 3. In the past the Twitch community was successful at beating games including one of the first Pokemon titles, and an older Metal Gear Solid game, while over 38 days later, the Dark Souls stream is still going.

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How to “Go Live” with YouTube Gaming

How to “Go Live” with YouTube Gaming

Google's YouTube Gaming app and web browser-based user interface for YouTube Gaming launch in full. Today we're having a peek at the mobile app version of YouTube Gaming - with an Android app to start. This app will be released to iOS soon. Inside this app is a collection of game streams where only pre-recorded videos were before. Inside this app is YouTube with a pure gaming focus - with more than a little bit of an aim for the audience that until now belonged almost exclusively to Twitch.

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