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I'm guessing for branding to show "it's them", but also seeing facial expressions makes the experience more immersive?
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Maybe the same as TV news vs. radio news: You see the lips move, making it easier to understand?

And have you seen additional wheel+pedal cams for racing/driving sims?
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ackmondual wrote:
I'm guessing for branding to show "it's them", but also seeing facial expressions makes the experience more immersive?


If the Let's-Player is boring, then they don't get the audience. Half the fun of many such streams or videos is the reaction and commentary from the player and their peanut gallery. For some, this means that getting their face and reactions recorded is just as important as playing the game.

Personally, I find it distracting and don't enjoy it, but I can see how those that care about the player more so than the game would enjoy.
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My boys watch a lot of streamers and they're split. One likes to see their faces and the other says it blocks out a bit of the screen.

I'm sometimes watch Octav1us Kitten playing retro games but that's more for her reactions than the games themselves.
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Most successful streamers (and many other video content producers for that matter) do what they can to cultivate parasocial relationships with their audience. Their face on the screen isn't so much an optional intrusion as it is the "real" content for most viewers, even if they aren't consciously aware of it.
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As many have said, it's something the streamer believes appeals to their audience.

I don't care for it myself when I'm watching a let's play, but some people really seem to like it.
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What's "story" got to do with it?
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It personalizes it. You get not only the voice, but a face as well. Like a video conference instead of a telephone call.

It's also reminiscent of being at a table with someone who's teaching you how to play a board game.
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