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What is Xfire?
If you are a gamer, then you should have Xfire. While the site itself keeps track of the supported games that you play (such as your hours on World of Warcraft this week), it also offers one of the only instant chat software programs that will allow you to use it in any online PC game and not worry about it screwing up your game, lagging you down, or completely cutting over to the messenger and allowing your toon to die because you stopped fighting.
There are so many PC games that are supported on Xfire that you'll have a hard time finding one that isn't. Many free to play games and brand new games are also supported on Xfire, as they work as quickly as they can to get all the games possible supported for gamers out there to use their sweet chat system. So, if you don't have Xfire yet – go download it now, my article will still be here when you get back – www.xfire.com.
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Xfire Live Video Sharing
Ok – this has to be one of the coolest things that I have ever seen and this is truly genius for those who came up with it. Basically, it allows you to go to a specific link and watch other gamers in action in your favorite game. So, say you want to see how Warhammer Online looks before you go out and spend $50 on it. Simple – you head over to Xfire and you can see which gamers are online playing it right now. Then, you can watch their feeds and see all you want to about the game. You'll hear the players talking, watch them in action, and be able to see all of the in's and out's of the interface, information, quests, and more before you ever log in. Or, on the flip side, those pro gamers out there can easily create live feeds in their chosen games and allow others to watch them online, in action, any time they wish by simply pressing a couple of keys.
With Xfire's Live Video Sharing, you can get real time action, where you'll see everything without editing and pretty effects – the way that you'll see it in game. You'll also be able to chat with other viewers while you're watching and you can even play a game while you watch a feed. Those who are doing the feed can also interact in chat with those watching over the Xfire chat system, which won't hurt their game or cause any problems with the feed.
Another great thing – there is no limit to how long you can sit and play! No time limits, no cut offs, nada... you play, and they watch. And, right now, there are over 940 games that are supported with the new Live Video Sharing on Xfire, so the chances are great that you'll find the one you want.
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Set Up And Streaming
The set up for this is almost too simple. You go to Xfire.com and download their chat client. Then, you open the chat up, click on “Tools” in your menu bar, click on “Options” and scroll over on the tabs at the top to “Broadcast”; then simply click “Enable Broadcast”. You can even customize the keys that you'd like to use for starting and stopping the broadcast here, or you can leave the defaults in, which are simply 'Scroll Lock' and 'B' at the same time.
Once you have it enabled on your Xfire client, head into the game that you want to broadcast and start playing. Once you've logged in, you can simply hit the keys that you designated (or the default ones) and you will see a blinking red light at the top of your screen. You also get another tab at the top of your screen that will show you how many people are watching your feed at that moment. When you're done, you simply press the same keys again and it's done.
Now, when you're streaming live video, each stream will get it's own chat room. The room is automatically created when you start broadcasting and the person who is streaming the video is then set as the administrator. The administrator can then see the chat room by hitting 'Scroll Lock' and 'X' at the same time. This is a great way to discuss your game with those watching and explain special situations, instances, and much more. Plus, the viewers get to chat with you as well.
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This has to be one of the coolest things that I've ever seen. I know that my gaming team will be using this a LOT and I will be using this probably daily to help guild mates, my readers, and my gaming fans see how certain things are done and ask me questions in game. There is no shortage to what you can do with this video feed, and if you'd like to see how it's done, ask me any questions, or watch my team in action in your favorite MMORPG games, you can watch us in action.