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Interactivity Cheat Sheet - Quick Ideas for Adding Interactivity to Your Game

Updated: Jun 12, 2023

If you've found yourself here, you're likely looking for the best ways to add interactivity to live streams of your game. At Muxy, we've created dozens of interactive twitch extensions for a wide swath of games. This gives us great awareness of the multitudes of engagement experiences streamers can have with their audiences. We hope you find this "cheat sheet" useful in expediting your brainstorming process to please both streamers of your game and your game's community.


Here's a quick guide for how we're defining audience interactivity in this blog post. Help Actions: Provide positive benefits to the streamer. This can come in many forms, but often will be free items or buffs.


Hinder Actions: Get in the streamers way or make the game more difficult (troll). They can be traps, debuffs, buffs to enemies, or even removal of player items.


Combo Actions: These actions are any combination of help, hinder, or neutral actions. For example, changing a stage can help or hinder a player based on their play preferences.


Neutral Actions: Actions that are neither explicitly helpful or a hindrance (cosmetic). Examples could include changing the color of enemies or environments, or adding Viewer names to enemies.


Gameplay Actions: These are actions that directly impact gameplay that are done by one viewer.


Audience Actions: These are actions driven by the overall audience that impact gameplay.


Polls: The entire audience votes to guide an in-game interaction such a dialogue choices, loadouts, and more.


Informational: This gives viewers live game information such as stats, current level, or map.


Note: All recommended genres are listed in order of favorability to the Action Type. But that doesn't mean it can't be applied to other game genres.


Interactivity Table of Contents



Help Actions


Gameplay Help Actions


Spawn Allies

Recommended Genre: Strategy, Sim, Shooter, Action Adventure

Example: Spawning an extra AI soldier on the broadcaster's side in XCOM.

Spawn Powerups

Recommended Genre: Shooter, Action Adventure, Fighter, Action Platformer, Puzzle Platformer, Battle Royale

Example: Allowing the audience to spawn a Berserk powerup in DOOM 2.

Heal Broadcaster

Recommended Genre: Shooter, Strategy, Sim, Action Adventure, Fighter, Action Platformer, Puzzle Platformer, Battle Royale

Example: Fully healing the player.

Buff Broadcaster or Allies

Recommended Genre: Shooter, Strategy, Sim, Action Adventure, Fighter, Action Platformer, Puzzle Platformer, Battle Royale

Example: Cause broadcaster's attacks to deal more damage.

Note: This can also include emptying the player's weapon or mana pool.

Increase Broadcaster Resources

Recommended Genre: Strategy, Sim, Shooter, Action Adventure

Example: Give the broadcaster more gold in Warcraft 3.

Debuff Enemies

Recommended Genre: Action Adventure, Action Platformer, Strategy, Shooter

Example: Cause enemies to receive more damage.

Damage Enemies

Recommended Genre: Strategy, Action Adventure, Action Platformer, Shooter

Example: Fully or partially damage enemies .


Hinder Actions


Gameplay Hinder Actions

Spawn Enemies

Recommended Genre: Shooter, Action Adventure, Sim, Strategy, Action Platformer

Example: Spawning a labeled miniboss with a viewer's name.

Damage Broadcaster or Allies

Recommended Genre: Strategy, Sim, Shooter, Action Adventure

Example: Reducing the broadcasters health to 1.

Debuff Broadcaster or Allies

Recommended Genre: Shooter, Strategy, Sim, Action Adventure, Fighter, Action Platformer, Puzzle Platformer, Battle Royale

Example: Slow the broadcaster's movement.

Decrease Broadcaster Resources

Recommended Genre: Strategy, Shooter, Action Adventure

Example: Take away the broadcaster's lumber in Warcraft 3

Buff Enemies

Recommended Genre: Action Adventure, Action Platformer, Strategy, Shooter

Example: Cause enemies to receive less damage

Heal Enemies

Recommended Genre: Strategy, Action Adventure, Action Platformer, Strategy

Example: Fully or partially heal enemies

Modify Controls

Recommended Genre: PP, any game with repetitive areas that need to be completed

Example: Invert player controls when completing a round of Tetris.

Reset the Game

Recommended Genre: Any

Example: This is truly a brilliant way to allow viewers to troll the broadcaster at the highest level


Combo


Help/Hinder Gameplay Actions

Spawn Items

Recommended Genre: Shooter, Action Adventure, Fighter, Action Platformer, Puzzle Platformer, Battle Royale

Example: Allow the viewers to spawn in a mushroom in Mario.

Note: It should be noted that while the example is positive, the item spawn can just as easily be a bomb about to explode.

Environmental Effects

Recommended Genre: Any, but Strategy and Sim are excellent

Example: Start a fire on the ground in Expeditions: Rome.

Influence Enemy Behavior

Recommended Genre: Strategy, Sim, Shooter, Action Adventure, Action Platformer

Example: Cause the AI enemies to focus on a weakened broadcaster unit in XCOM.

Audience Weighted Interactions

Recommended Genre: Action Adventure, Action Platformer, Battle Royale

Example: Use up or down votes from the audience to determine the severity of an audience interaction. Think about this as the audience selecting a help or hinder interaction like decreasing damage then voting together to determine the percentage of damage temporarily lost.

Change Stage Behavior

Recommended Genre: Puzzle Platformer, Fighter

Example: Add a new rule to a stage's behavior like altering gravity, randomly removing/creating blocks, or increasing the amount of hits required to break a barrier/block.

Note: This applies well to puzzle, racing, or any type of games with incrementally more difficult stage behaviors

Reset the Stage

Recommended Genre: Any

Example: Harmful if the player is near the end of the stage but helpful if the broadcaster is stuck or made a bad choice that harms their gameplay.

Change the Speed of the Game

Recommended Genre: Any

Example: Changing the speed of the game could help a broadcaster react to situations/enemies easier while it could also hinder because it can troll a broadcaster having a brilliantly quick run through a stage.


Help/Hinder Audience

Indirect Competition

Recommended Genre: Strategy, Action Adventure, Action Platformer

Example: Allow the audience to interfere with the streamer by claiming resources before they can.

Note: This is another fairly broad category that could encompass a lot of different interactions. Notably, the idea here is that there isn't direct competition like in Matchmaking.

Enemy Control

Recommended Genre: Strategy, Shooter, Fighter, Action Adventure, Action Platformer

Example: Allow the audience to control the path or actions AI enemies directly.

Viewers as BBEG (Big Bad Evil Guy)

Recommended Genre: Any genre with RPG elements

Example: Allow the users to control the villain in the story, either directly or indirectly.

Viewers as GM (Game Master)

Recommended Genre: Any genre with randomized elements that could be controlled

Example: Allow the users to control the randomized elements of the game, or the narrative direction directly.


Help/Hinder Poll

Enforced Audience Preference

Recommended Genre: Any genre story-driven game

Example: Allow the audience to choose what weapons, abilities, or items the Broadcaster must use.

Character Progression Choice

Recommended Genre: Any, but games with RPG elements are best

Example: Allow the viewers to make character progression choices for the broadcaster.

Level, Character, or Settings Choice

Recommended Genre: Any

Example: Viewers choose what level, character, or setting the broadcaster needs to use.

Story Choice

Recommended Genre: Any genre story-driven game

Example: Allowing the audience to decide which path the broadcaster takes in a story game.

Note: Votes are slow. Use sparingly for big decisions.

Jury Determines if the Stage/Game is Reset or Not

Recommended Genre: Any

Example: A viewer can launch a poll that the broadcaster may or may not be aware of that determines the fate of the current run of the game for the broadcaster.

Viewers Determine the Actions for the AI Enemies

Recommended Genre: Any, but best for turn based games

Example: Viewers choose what type of attacks, buffs, aggressiveness etc. that the AI character is using

Buff/Debuff Tug of War

Recommended Genre: Shooter, Strategy, Sim, Action Adventure, Fighter, Action Platformer, Puzzle Platformer

Example: A vote where the higher the votes go in one direction the player gets a buff, but the other is a debuff.


Neutral

Neutral Audience Interaction

Interaction-Only Content

Recommended Genre: Any

Example: Locking a mechanic or area behind audience participation. An example is viewers need to summon their energy to unlock a door in the game through the Extension.

Note: This is one of the most powerful types of interaction is creating something ONLY the audience can do.

Matchmaking

Recommended Genre: Fighter, Shooter, Strategy, Battle Royale

Example: Allowing users to pay for the chance to play against the broadcaster.

Naming

Recommended Genre: Any

Example: Allow the audience to get their names into the game.

Subscriber/Follower/Donator Perks

Recommended Genre: Any

Example: Allow only a subset of your audience to participate in interactivity, driving membership.


Neutral Informational

Spawning NPC characters that linger or quickly move off screen

Recommended Genre: Any

Example: Spawning birds, ducks, slimes, leaves, ect. that appear on the screen of the game. They could have the spawning viewer's name or just be a silly nusciance.

Neutral Informational

Overlay Tooltips

Recommended Genre: Any

Example: Provide additional information about in game elements.

Mini, Combat, Campaign, All the Maps

Recommended Genre: Strategy, Action Platformer, Action Adventure, Shooter, Sim

Example: Provide additional information and a potential interactivity interface.

Leaderboard

Recommended Genre: Any

Example: Give users an idea of who has interacted the most, or any other metric desired.

Wiki

Recommended Genre: Any

Example: Provide information about the game that is not readily available while watching someone else play.

External Links

Recommended Genre: Any

Example: Allow a place to purchase the game, or engage with the developer on social media.


This is just a quick sheet to help you think up ideas to add stream interactivity to your game. If you think there's anything missing or have feedback, let us know in the comments!


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