A lot of people are curious how the new shoutcasting feature is going to work with Black Ops 2. The next installment in Call of Duty is going to allow users to join games as spectators and stream live commentary on the matches as they unfold. This will encourage more community involvement and hopefully add an exciting new dimension to live matches, one which will lend well to the professional gaming trend which is developing right now and in which the first Black Ops game participated.
Will shoutcasting be distracting, or will it influence the outcome of a game? Treyarch has taken both of these issues into account and has already taken action to make sure that the new feature won’t have an impact either way. As a commentator, there are two ways you can do your commentary. You can either do it live, or you can do it using a saved game. If you do it with a saved game you’ll be able to use further options such as scoreboards and user name cards which can display on the HUD, and you’ll also be able to rotate between points of view of different players. You may also have the option of tapping into the team’s mic system.
As a player, however, you’ll have some options as well. You won’t be able to hear the shoutcasting while you’re in-game, which will eliminate distraction. You can even turn it off altogether if you want so that no one can commentate on your match. If live commentating is selected for a match, there will be a ten second delay between the live game and the shoutcast commentary to prevent cheating. If you still are concerned about it, you can just switch it off altogether.