Easy to recommend to fans of U2 — and you’ve probably already watched it if you are – but there’s a fantastic interview with Adam Clayton of U2 on the Irish television program The Works that covers the band’s influences, art, and staying relevant at 40 years as a band.
Caffeine is currently in beta – you can set up an account, like mine, for free via Twitter but you can’t actually stream anything until you’re approved by Caffeine. Which I’m not.
No word on how exactly they’re implementing the streaming but due to the fact that using the site currently requires Chrome or Firefox, I’m guessing they’re using a browser based method of capturing gameplay as opposed to using downloaded software like OBS or Gameshow.
It’ll be a tough uphill fight against the big players – Twitch is owned by Amazon and YouTube is an Alphabet/Google property – but internet nerds love an underdog story and an opportunity to be an early adopter on a new platform is hard to resist.
Why be one of millions on YouTube when you can be in the top 10 on Twitch or Caffeine?
Now that Facebook Live (live video streaming to Facebook from your phone or computer) has established itself, the next logical step is e-sports or video gaming.
Blizzard gamers will be able to login with Facebook so they can easily find friends to play with and share in-game content back to the News Feed. Thanks to the Facebook Live API, that includes live-streamed footage of them playing. Facebook users will be able to watch their gamer buddies battle monsters and compete for glory while leaving real-time comments.
We’ll see how well the somewhat anonymized streaming that Twitch players do compares to sharing your live game stream with your uncle on Facebook but it’s pretty brilliant on all sides: more content for Facebook which keeps people logged in longer and easier connection to your friend/social graph for streamers.
Facebook will have to play catchup to Twitch, which has spent years honing its player-picture-in-game-footage-picture video streaming and its live chat. The dedicated interface, ad and subscription monetization options for video creators, and thriving community of gamers will be tough to match.
Except they won’t. Because none of the player-picture-in-game-footage-picture video streaming is done by Twitch. That’s all done on the player’s end — Twitch / YouTube are just the rebroadcaster of whatever the player is sending back to them with apps like OBS, Wirecast, or Gameshow.
Don’t get me wrong. There’s a lot of neat stuff that Twitch enables it’s creators access to via APIs so you can have video overlay of new followers, etc. But that’s a software problem Facebook Live can solve pretty quickly and happens to have a lot of experience in.
The People Have the Power
What’s cool about all of this is the power is in the hands of the creators. A popular show on Twitch can move to Facebook Live or YouTube Gaming and, for the most part, the viewers will follow.
I’ve long been excited about video on the web. Next to “this is the year of Linux on the desktop”, “this is the year of video” has been the second most over-hyped event. But really. This could be the year of video.
It’s difficult to overstate how much of an impact Achtung Baby has had on my life. My friends introduced me to U2 through playing Unforgettable Fire, Rattle and Hum, and Wide Awake in America during high school but it wasn’t until Achtung Baby was released and I discovered the corresponding tour VHS in an borrowed apartment I was in that summer that I got hooked on U2 for myself.
It was actually seeing what the band looked like that did it for me. To that point I’d only seen photos on CD covers. The opening mix of horns, tribal drumming, noise, and static that lead into “Zoo Station” was so intriguing to someone raised on Christian pop and rebelling with straight ahead Guns ‘n Roses rock ‘n roll. I loved the theatrics of it all. Macphisto and “The Fly”. Embracing what it meant to be a rock star when every other band was headed into their grunge period.
After seeing the concert, I had to have the album. And then I had to have all the albums.
I’ll save a track by track review for the podcast where we’ll be doing album-by-album episodes. But if I had to pick a favourite track, I’d pick 2 because it’s my blog and you can’t make me pick just one: “Ultra Violet (Light My Way)” 1 and “Tryin’ to Throw My Arms Around the World”. I can honestly put on any track from Achtung Baby and want to start singing along and/or grab my guitar and play along but those two are my favourites to crank extra loud.
This was supposed to be just a quick link post pointing you to Achtung Baby but I guess I had a little tribute of my own to get out.
I’ll leave you with a beautiful solo version of “Love is Blindness” from the documentary From the Sky Down released in 2011 to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Achtung Baby’s release. Go buy Achtung Baby if you don’t already own it. You won’t regret it.
It’s hard to say if the recent live versions of Ultra Violet haven’t influenced my love for the song but so what?↩
Well if anything was going to bring me out of blogging retirement, it would have to be more Star Wars.
So I was really pumped to find out that (a) it’s live action, and (b) it’s a full blown movie set in the Star Wars universe.
…the film will revolve around a rogue band of resistance fighters who unite for a daring mission to steal the Death Star plans and bring new hope to the galaxy.
Can’t wait for December 16th, 2016.