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Experimental  Daylight  streaming tech lets viewers trigger scares
Experimental Daylight streaming tech lets viewers trigger scares
February 21, 2014 | By Alex Wawro

February 21, 2014 | By Alex Wawro
More: Console/PC, Indie, Design

Zombie Studios' upcoming first-person horror game Daylight may include a feature that allows people viewing streams of the game on Twitch to trigger in-game events using text commands.

According to an email received from Daylight publisher Atlus yesterday, the folks at Zombie Studios have developed a means of parsing text commands in a Twitch chat room that then trigger events in the game of Daylight being streamed, a form of multiplayer gameplay that's received a fair bit of attention in light of the overwhelmingly popular "Twitch Plays Pokemon" stream.

"The example we've been tossing around (and is in no way final) is that someone watching a stream types the word "Meow" into the chat, which causes the game to make a corresponding sound of a cat," reads the email from Atlus. "You can literally scare your friends now by watching them stream."

Atlus representatives stipulate that the team at Zombie are abiding by two rules as they develop this feature: they won't share the full list of words at launch so players can discover them on their own, and all the text triggers will have timers so that stream viewers can't spam them.

Gamasutra has reached out to representatives of Atlus and Zombie Studios for further comment and details about the development of this feature.

UPDATE: Atlus's John Hardin has confirmed that Zombie Studios has a fully functioning build of Daylight for PlayStation 4 that can parse and react to text commands from viewers of a Twitch livestream.

The feature is built using an API provided by Sony that allows developers to accept commands from livestream viewers.

"The trickiest part was simply designing [triggerable] events that can effect a player’s game without destroying the experience," wrote John. who went on to point out that since Daylight has procedurally-generated levels -- and procedurally-generated scares -- player-generated events shouldn't prove too incongruous.

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Maria Jayne
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I don't foresee this holding anybodies attention for more than a week. At the beginning everyone will spam the chat to try and figure out what works, then they'll just spam whatever works as often as they can be bothered until they're bored.

In order for anything to be scary, you have to use it in moderation. twitch users are not self moderating.

John Hardin
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FWIW, the triggers will be on timers, so they aren't spammable.

Maria Jayne
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That won't stop everyone spamming it in chat though.

Matthew Calderaz
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I could see this being quite fun depending on the commands available, and if you could restrict the stream participants to PSN friends only. (I may be mistaken, but I was under the impression you could do that.)

Of course it would depend upon the implemented commands available for parsing...

"/lock door"
"/spawn tank" for example...

Alex Covic
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The more interesting part of this game is, it is running on Epics UE4 engine and has Oculus support.