First and foremost, thank you guys for everything you're doing. It's greatly appreciated and has not gone unnoticed. Your tireless efforts have resulted in thousands of people having a fun and entertaining online experience and you should be very proud.
Proposal - How to have better interaction with the audience during live broadcasts
The use of Twitter to chat is a great feature, but unfortunately it works better for small shout-outs than actual discussion/immersion. Tweets that require too much context can be seen as a nuisance to those who do not know what Rooster Teeth is and this is counter productive to spreading the word on RT. The benefit to a chatroom is that
- Our screenames link to our RoosterTeeth profiles
- It ensures that only posts intended for the twitterverse go to the twitterverse. These comments can essentially be curated specifically to people outside the community to draw them in.
- People in the booth can chime in and join the chat here and there to provide a little more immersion to the audience
*This is a feature you’d limit to First members
This is a feature that a number of online shows provide. Essentially you have two angles to the show where - angle one is the main show, while angle two is a cascade of 8 Skype calls surrounding the main show in the middle. The people watching can then toggle on/off which version of the show they want to watch. The technician keeps their voices muted/volume low, until a point of audience interaction comes up in the show. If you’ve been a part of the audience once, you can’t do it again for two months - this opens up the variety in audience. (See TwinGalaxiesLive - Comic Book Show for an example)
*This is a feature you’d limit to Double Gold first members
With the two above features added, cast/talent would be encouraged to interact with the chat/audience more (at least 2-3 times per episode) as opposed to the way it is now (roughly once every 2-3 episodes). This will help with the whole immersion experience
(In response to worries of audience disruption)
Essentially, people are muted. They're just there as an audience. When you go to a live-taping of a show and you're disruptive, you're asked to leave. Similarly, if you're being disruptive in the skype-audience, you get kicked off. The skype call is there for audience reactions, and at any point in the podcast/video, the cast might poll the skype audience as well as the chat audience. Another great thing about the skype audience is skype's ability to screenshare. If someone who's called in is an artist, maybe they'll whip up a piece of fan-art about a joke that was literally just made, and it becomes their audience angle. Instant immersion.