Windows Central has been livestreaming a wide variety of Xbox One games on every Saturday for quite a while now. As our viewership continues to grow, so does the number of games we want to share with you! Thus we'll now be Twitch streaming a different game every Wednesday as well. That's twice the chances to tune in and chat along with your fellow readers while our staff showcases a great game.
Tonight we'll be streaming the freshly released IDARB from Other Ocean. IDARB is this month's free Xbox One Games with Gold title and plays like a crazy hybrid of basketball and a platforming game. After a bit of IDARB action, we'll cleanse our pallets with a few rounds of Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare from Electronic Arts. Viewers who own either game are welcome to join me for multiplayer during the stream.
Update: The stream has ended! We experienced severe connection issues with IDARB, but our Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare sessions went great. Check out the replay after the break (skip to about 40 minutes in for PvZ).
It Draws a Red Box, better known as IDARB, is sort of a chaotic new take on classic arcade sports title NBA Jam. Two teams spend four rounds trying to capture the ball and throw (or walk) it into the opposing team's goal. Whoever scores the most wins.
What makes IDARB unique is that it's a platformer. The pixelated characters are tiny and the platforming arena is huge, so there's tons of chasing the ball and each other around during each match. Players can smack into each other and even build up "Fizz" in order to rocket around the arena. When halftime comes around, players compete against each other in a Flappy Bird-style minigame.
IDARB supports up to 8 players locally. Online, only two consoles can compete against each other, so most online games will be one-on-one only. A single-player mode will keep players busy between competitive matches. For more info, check out our developer interview!
- IDARB – Xbox One – 403 MB – $14.99 (Free w/Gold) – Xbox Store
We'll be streaming IDARB and Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare for about two hours tonight, starting at 8pm Central (9pm Eastern, 6pm Pacific).
To join us, please follow me at Twitch.tv/Eastxtwitch and tune in during the stream. You can watch the stream right here in this post, but you'll need to watch from the Twitch website or a separate app to participate in our always delightful stream chat.
What's the best way to experience Twitch? If you don't have a PC, you can get the Xbox One or Xbox 360 Twitch app and watch from the comfort of your couch. Or grab the unofficial app Livegaming for Windows Phone. It has plenty of great features, including the ability to chat along with your fellow viewers. Unfortunately you'll have to add our channel to your favorites from the Twitch website, outside of the app.
I'll be available for a few minutes before and after the stream if you have any questions or just want to say hi.
Each Wednesday, we'll livestream a new, classic, or upcoming game just for fun with no prizes. Every Saturday, we'll stream a different game and give out free copies of that game as prizes. The stream always starts at the same time: 8pm Central (9pm Eastern, 6pm Pacific).
Want to know what's next for Windows Central's weekly Twitch streaming contests? Here's our upcoming contest schedule:
- Saturday, February 7 : Fibbage from Jackbox Games - Play along with us during the stream!
- Saturday, February 14 : Guacamelee from Drinkbox Studios
- Saturday, February 21 : Chariot from Frima Studio
In addition to our Saturday contest streams, we also livestream a variety of different games throughout the week. These streams don't have contests, but they still offer a great chance to see more exciting games while enjoying our live commentary and stream chat.
- Mondays: Playstation Vita games! See what the other side gets to play.
- Tuesdays: The Witcher 2 for Xbox 360. Catch up on The Witcher saga before The Witcher 3 launches in May!
- Wednesdays: Xbox One games. We'll announce these games on the site every Wednesday.
- Thursdays: Dragon Age: Inquisition for Xbox One. Chosen and funded by our excellent viewers!
We hope you'll tune in as often as you can! Set a recurring alarm on your phone so you'll always know when it's time for the stream to start.
Thanks to our Twitch stream moderators for keeping our streams clean and stress-free!