There is a live weekly show broadcasting from Patchogue-Medford Library, and you can watch it from nearly any device.
Tyler Kassten, Mike Marcin and Ryan Reitzel are three library employees that produce a show on Twitch, a live video service that initially grew popular among gamers and has since expanded to allow a variety of live content. Audience members tuning in can watch the three of them host and play through the library’s game catalog, which can include titles for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Wii U or other systems available for anyone to borrow with a library card.
Their show began as a way to promote the library’s mature-rated video game collection (video games recommended for players ages 17 and up), and has since grown to have featured segments as well as local guests.
“We started this a couple months ago and the library has been backing us with more and more support,” Kassten said during my visit to their studio, a space put together in the lower level of the building.
The guys have a complete livestream setup, including a computer dedicated to running the broadcast, a PlayStation 4 that runs their game, sound board, microphones and a camera. When everything is connected up, viewers get to see both gameplay from the PlayStation console as well as the hosts as they play.
Their one-hour show typically begins broadcasting on Thursdays at 6 p.m. and rotates between a number of themes. “Play of the Week” takes place on the first week of the month, and aims to focus on one particular title from the library’s catalog. Another week is “Catching Hands,” which is a show centered around multiplayer games. “Try Hard” will feature someone who doesn’t typically play games join the guys on the stream in order to be introduced to whatever the featured title is. “Scream Stream” will prominently feature a horror-themed game.
Featured games to look out for on the stream include “The Last of Us” along with competitive matches of “Street Fighter.”
While all three of them appear on the stream, typically Kassten and Marcin are featured on camera while Reitzel takes on a producer role, monitoring audio along with the quality of the stream.
Twitch also allows anyone who is watching to talk to the show via the chat, which Reitzel keeps an eye on during the broadcast.
The show can be seen by either visiting Twitch.TV/PMLib (we’ve embedded the stream at the top of this article, too) or by downloading the Twitch app for the iPhone, iPad or Android devices. It can also be watched on televisions using a Roku or Chomecast.