- Jonas Eriksson
- February 22, 2019 | 5 min
Read LazyR1co’s Mind With Eye Tracking
“It helps people understand my own thought process, so people will comment and let me know what I should be looking out for, or at least understand when I miss something”
Originally by Marcus Hoy
We’ve been getting in touch with some of our top streamers who frequently use eye tracking and Tobii Ghost to find out exactly why they use it and how they feel it benefits their stream.
LazyR1co’s is in the spotlight today. He’s a veteran eye tracking user and streamer, so it’s really great to be able to get his views on eye tracking and how it has helped him with his stream during this time.
LazyR1co initially started streaming as a means to an end. He and his best friend Delf would play online games together and have all these funny moments that would only live on in their memories or by word of mouth. No video, no evidence, nothing. Having watched a lot of JTV, Lazy decided to start streaming so that he could look back on all these great moments and share them with others more easily.
R1co plays a wide range of games — some of which you never knew you wanted with eye tracking until you see it in action. Much like the Monster Hunter World clip below. The interview follows after.
Q. What made you think “ Yeah! I want to use eye tracking in my stream?”
I was watching a friend of mine, Diatech, one day, and he was playing Dead by Daylight. He’s excellent at the game and watching him play a killer with the eye tracker on was like peering into his thought process. I could understand more why he was choosing to do the things he was doing because I could see what he was focused on. Relaying information that usually just wouldn’t be sent to your audience. It was like I was almost reading his mind. And I loved that, I loved the information that was being sent, and I wanted that for my own audience as well.
Q. Have you found that using eye tracking in your streams has helped increase engagement with your audience?
It helps people understand my thought process, so people will comment and let me know what I should be looking out for, or at least understand when I miss something. Lots of people are usually confused to see that there is a circle flying around on their screen and ask what it is. They’re surprised to find out that such technology even exists.
Q. In what games or in what game genre do you feel that the engagement is higher?
Games that are difficult to learn, and take some skill in playing well. It’s so exciting to see someone that plays a game very well and literally see their thought process. See what they notice and understand what they are doing because they are reacting to what they notice. It helps you learn the game that you’re watching.
Q. What do you feel is the benefit of using eye tracking in your channel?
Having an eye tracker on my channel showcases how to play the game. Or even let the audience know what I might be doing wrong. So they would be able to help me out and improve. I think it also gives off some good comedic moments; it seems my audience loves to call me out on things I sometimes focus on.
Q. Have you played any of the supported games with eye tracking? If so, which is your favorite one and why?
In Dying Light it had a method of using the flashlight wherever I was looking on the screen. I thought this was the absolute best use of the eye tracker so far. As I usually play games with mouse and keyboard, being able to have light wherever I was looking was great. The other usual eye tracking uses are pretty useful when using a controller in some games. Like the aim at what I’m looking. Makes it so I can aim super quick without the need of a mouse.
Q. What additional features to the twitch extension do you feel would be of value to you?
Maybe the ability to see the portions of the stream that my audience is looking. It would need their consent, and they would need to have an eye tracker of their own, but it might be useful to see that.
Also with the extension have some sort of recording tool for the stream as once the stream is over, I have no way of actually going back and checking my stream to see how well the eye tracker was working. This recording thing might also be good to see where the audience was looking throughout the stream.
Q. Why do you continue to use eye tracking?
I love the fact that my audience can see where and what I’m seeing. It conveys so much information without me having to say a word. And I think it’s so interesting to be able to dive into my thought process just by seeing where my eyes are looking. It has helped make my stream just a bit more unique than many other streams by using the eye tracker.
I love the fact that my audience has the ability to see where and what I’m seeing. It conveys so much information without me having to say a word
For many, he might be LazyR1co, but to us, he is an eye tracking hero and certainly not lazy in our eyes. He is also pretty damn fantastic with his voice.
If you are looking to help your viewers become more in tune with your thought process or perhaps teach them how to read your mind, make sure to check out eye tracking and the Tobii Ghost Twitch Extension.
Curious to read more about how streamers are using Tobii Ghost? Check out the other interviews in our series! 👇
- Discover the Benefits of Eye Tracking with UnrealGS
- JustInSaneSC Engages His Viewers with Eye Tracking
- How Veritas Improves His Stream With Eye Tracking