You know when you show a friend a movie you really like, and you just spend the entire time watching them out of the corner of their eye to make sure they’re enjoying it? No? Just me?
Well, whenever I’m playing a game with someone, I become SUPER conscious of how I’m playing and spend a lot of the time imagining how the game is being perceived from a spectator standpoint. I’d guess people who stream for a living do that quite a bit, but I do it in my living room with, like, one other person. With my friends it’s minimal, because they play a lot of games and you know… sometimes you have to play in a way that’s fun for you but no fun to watch.
My wife, however, doesn’t play as many games as I do, so when she’s interested in a game I’m playing, I become way more concerned with whether the experience is entertaining for her, because I like it when she enjoys the games as much as I do. SHE doesn’t care, mind you, if I’m spending ten minutes looking for a safe code, or restarting an encounter six times because I *know* I can do it without setting off an alarm once I get the timing right… but inside my head I tend to freak out whether it’s getting boring to watch or not.