If you would’ve told me last year that I’d be spending most of my waking hours in 2020 watching other people play video games on the internet, I honestly would’ve called you crazy.
“Why in the hell would I want to watch other gamers game when I can spend that time playing video games for myself?”Me of Yesteryear
Yep. A lot of my old mindsets have changed and grown with time!
This year I discovered the streaming gameplay community isn’t just a bunch of boring overrated millionaires pwning n00bs in the latest popular multiplayer game to the tune of chats moving a million miles per hour (so much yawn). Streaming can become something super special and awesome when it’s done for a greater purpose and within a tightknit community of friends.
This year the real world and my personal world both felt like they were crashing into oblivion. So many changes… so many things to force myself to let go of… so much misery happening around me… so much anger at so many injustices… so much emotional pain eroding my heart and mutating me into a hopelessly alone and endlessly enraged monster. Gah! What a depressing mess, eh?
In this dark coronapcoalypse era, I work alone on an empty office building floor (where everyone else is working from home), couldn’t go to the gym or see my offline friends and my parents (those restrictions have recently lifted, praise the sun), and I also live alone with only my two cats for emotional support (su-purr-t? I’m bad at punning).
In short, WAY TOO MUCH TIME ALONE WITH MY THOUGHTS. HELP!! Ahem.
I’m probably the biggest introvert in the world who enjoys her oodles of alone time more than anything, but I still need some form of positive social interaction to be healthy and happy. The level of isolation I was trapped in at the beginning of this year was overcharging my batteries and I was in danger of exploding.
Oh, and politely dodging the mask-less masses at the grocery store and enduring endless conference calls with my coworkers doesn’t count as positive social interaction, just sayin’.
Thankfully, I found some badly needed comfort and great company in the Twitch chats of old blogging buddies, many of whom took the plunge into online streaming for the first time this year! It was so freaking cool to hear, see, watch, and interact in real time with online friends I’ve known for years, for the very first time. Now there is an entire group of great online people who officially call themselves the #CoolKidsOfWordpressOnTwitch. So awesome!
Anyway, I want to use this article to promote some of my amazing friends within the Twitch community. As my Twitch alter ego genni_glen_thill, an anagram of my self-destructed former online self LightningEllen (and that will be the last time I ever type that username… ugh), I actually feel welcomed in a community somewhere and a hell of a lot less alone in this scary new world of ours.
No one can do comebacks better than the amazing Kim and Pete, the dynamically awesome duo on the Later Levels channel! After taking an extended and well deserved break from streaming, these two badasses returned in style for The Great Blog Crawl virtual pub stream. Complete with loads of entertaining chat commands, slick new layout designs, lots of adorable Zelda themes (their mischievous cat), #KaraokePete playlists, and a super loving Twitch bot named Botz0rz…
I think this may actually be one of the coolest channels on Twitch now. Go check ’em out!!
So, so much love to the great Gaming Diaries, who just started streaming this year and got Affiliate status in, like, a month… WOW! That’s got to be a record or something. GD created something special by streaming a week day variety video game show called Drive Time, keeping many people in the community who were stuck working alone (or not working at all) company. Her shows certainly brightened my depressing work days.
The Drive Time era has sadly come to an end nowadays, but the memories will last a lifetime. Wee balls of yarn, launching Nathan Drake off cliffs, giving dino-mauling survivors a discount on Jurassic Nom, overcharging zoo guests for toilet usage (human rights violation, imo), and let’s not forget that epic Twitch Sings karaoke stream to send the Drive Time era off on a high note. Sniffs…
Happy monkey forever, sad bear never! Can’t wait to catch more of GD as her new schedule allows.
I like to call Jett the Master of Streams for a reason! This cool guy wields Twitch tech like a champion, sounds exactly like a professional broadcaster, supports every streamer he can, and is willing to help anyone out there who is struggling to get a start on Twitch. And guess what? He actually implemented some pretty innovative and amazing uses for channel points during his streams. I’m so proud to be part of the shiny Snorlax crew!
And just throw that Slime at Haley already, Jettt. You’re way too good for her!
“Don’t have negative thoughts. Remember your mantra” wise words from Faxanadu often promoted by the queen of retro streaming, hungrygoriya! It takes a special skill to be able to pwn unforgiving retro game bosses while interacting flawlessly with a fast moving chat, and GG makes it all seem so easy. She keeps calm and entertaining no matter how many unfair obstacles she encounters in the classics.
I owe hungrygoriya a lot of personal thanks, actually. Whenever I’m having anxiety issues or feeling close to a panic attack, putting on one of her streams makes everything seem okay. She has such a calm and confident tone that it’s almost contagious in a good way! Take that, anxiety.
If she’s not a Twitch Partner by now, she better be one soon…
If that sexy holding screen screenshot wasn’t enough to sell you on Adventure Rules, listen up, eh! Did you know Ian has education in the performing arts area and does highly amusing voices for all the dialogue in games? He does!! You haven’t lived until you’ve heard Ian’s old man voice, lemme tell you.
In addition to the epic gameplay and masterful showmanship, deep and comforting conversations about heavy real world topics often occur and are encouraged on the Adventure Rules channel.
Uh… never mind the #hornyformario and #dog chat commands. Not everything has to be super serious.
To date, most of my Twitch interactions with the fantastic Frosti have been in other people’s chats. He usually streams a great show called Frosti Fridays, and I’m usually, um, preoccupied on Friday evenings and forget to tune in… hic.
The Frosti Friday streams I have caught have been amazing! I’ll never forget how hard Frosti fought to take out the optional final boss of Hollow Knight, my first glimpses of Monster Hunter World gameplay, or all the stuff I learned about Slay the Spire. He also does art streams and I hope to catch one live soon!
Spider-Dan, Spider-Dan! Dan is such an awesome human and super supporter of so many people in the community who stream on Twitch. He’s so supportive he even found a way to watch multiple streams at once. Now that’s dedication!
When he’s not unleashing all the good vibes in multiple chat rooms, he streams masterfully on his own channel. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed watching him conquer Dead Space (a game I will never be brave enough to play on my own), flip some amazingly restored houses, and plunder the addictive depths of SteamWorld Dig.
Or Gao Li the Ganon Slayer as I like to call him. Gao Li brings so much positive energy and enthusiasm to the many streams he attends. Seeing Gao Li pop up in chat means you are in for some great entertainment!
On his own channel, I’ve had the honor of watching him suffer through the tough mechanics of yesteryear in the OG Legend of Zelda game. He did take out Ganon on his first try so… #progamer
The Twitch community I’m grateful to be a part of would NEVER be the same without Platinum Pun Master Phil. I’m not sure how he does it, but Phil always outputs a wide variety of epic puns in any chat I see him in. That’s a skill that needs more marketability!
I haven’t caught much of Phil on his own streams, but what I’ve seen I’ve really enjoyed. He got me back into the game Control, and showed me the amusing antics that can occur in an old X-Files FMV game I’ll never have the opportunity to play. That’s awesome!
This great guy is so worthy of checking out! I’ve been able to attend some of his Resident Evil 4 stream, and was hit right in the nostalgia feels with a recent Banjo-Kazooie stream of his. Anyone who can Quad Kill the Mutie-Snippets in Clanker’s Cavern deserves a standing ovation!
Ah! So many cool streamers, so little time to watch them all. Here are some quick shout-outs to some folks I haven’t seen enough of to babble about in-depth. They are no doubt legendary in words I can’t find to describe them with… or something like that.
- Cary of Recollections of Play (not on Twitch, but I loved binge watching all her Dragon Age: Origins playthrough videos thus far on YouTube last week).
So yes, thank you so much for keeping me company during the coronapocalypse, everyone!
My offline life is starting to get back to the new normal I had worked hard to create at the start of the year, so I may not be as actively supportive online as I have been these past few months, but I love you all and will continue to be there bugging you in chats, social media, and blog posts whenever I can! ❤
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