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A video game mode that lets you watch other players play

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Pichu-kun on May 14th 2018 at 7:04:44 AM
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Pichu-kun on May 16th 2018 at 4:56:48 PM
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With the rise of online video games, many games have begun adding modes that allow players to watch other players as they play. This is most common in fighting games.

The concept dates back to the heyday of arcades as many people would watch others play games, especially fighting games. The popularity of gaming tournaments and online streams shows that many people take enjoyment in watching others play games.


Examples:

Fighting Games

  • Super Smash Bros.: The fourth incarnation has a "Spectator Mode" where you can watch others fight. You can also bet in-game currency on the player.
  • Starting with update 1.10 of ARMS, the game has a spectator mode combined in its "Arena" mode. Players take turns in one-on-one matches while the others spectate.

Sandbox Games

  • Minecraft features a spectator mode where you can freely fly around and take a viewpoint of any mob, but are unable to interact with the world in any way other than dying in the void or being targeted by a command line. Dying in hardcore mode forces you into spectator mode.

Feedback: 6 replies

May 14th 2018 at 7:41:59 AM

A staple of eSports, since spectator mode is the typical way of broadcasting to a viewing audience. Including:

...and so on.

May 14th 2018 at 10:09:00 PM

  • Minecraft features a spectator mode where you can freely fly around and take a viewpoint of any mob, but are unable to interact with the world in any way other than dying in the void or being targeted by a command line. Dying in hardcore mode forces you into spectator mode.

May 16th 2018 at 3:44:35 PM

  • In Everybody Edits, players can take the view of other players in the same world, as long as the option isn't disabled by the world owner.

May 16th 2018 at 4:40:38 PM

Tabletop Games

  • Silver Creek Entertainment offers a variety of card games that are usually played three- or four-handed, and often in subgroups called leagues. Non-participants in, for example, bridge or euchre, can watch the hands being played out and scored. This is often a good way for those awaiting league opponents to assess their strength and skill. This comes in especially handy when a broken connection could leave a tournament game unresolved; spectators are usually invited to substitute for the disconnected player to keep the match on-going.

May 16th 2018 at 4:56:48 PM

  • Exists in Team Fortress 2, though it's no longer available on Valve servers.

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