I figured it would be a good idea to have a dedicated thread for people looking to host or play along with games that people can join through a twitch (or similar site) stream, so this is it!
For those who don’t know, a few years ago, Jackbox (formerly Jellyvision games, of You Don’t Know Jack fame) created a multiplayer party game called Fibbage. It was a simple bluffing game, and a damn good time, but the really neat thing about it was that while you hosted it on a TV through a game console like any other videogame, you actually played it by going to a website on your phone (or tablet, or laptop, anything with a web browser). This served as a great way to get more people into the game, since you didn’t have to worry about owning enough controllers (as basically everybody owns a smart phone now) or having to teach people who don’t normally play games how to play (as basically everybody who owns a smart phone knows how to use the internet).
It was a simple innovation for playing games in the living room with the family or with a diverse group at a party, but it accidentally stumbled upon another innovation: Because all someone needed to play along was access to a web browser, and the ability to see and hear the TV, the game worked decently well when hosted over a stream. Two more individual games and three game collections later, Jackbox has fully embraced the new streaming audience they fell ass-backwards into, with a fourth(!) Jackbox Party Pack recently announced to come out later this year.
Joining a game is simple: Once someone’s hosting a game, start watching the stream, and then go to Jackbox.tv on your phone (or second monitor, or whatever), enter in a name and a four letter code, and boom, you’re in.
Hosting a game is also simple, provided you already know how to stream. Just, y’know, post a link to your stream in this thread when you want to do the thing.
I figure this can also just serve as a general discussion for games of this type, but I don’t know how many of those there actually are. I know Telltale’s Batman does something neat with stream voting, but I haven’t played it myself.
I’ll also probably be hosting some games myself in the near future, but I definitely wanted to get this thread up ASAP, since the sooner Waypoint folks can start playing together, the better.