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Currently I'd say The_Happy_Hob. Entertaining gameplay,funny commentary,good chat community.
None. I don't watch as they stream.
Annemunition. Good for Siege, Overwatch, and even some rpg's and stuff.
Tough decision, but I would say CohhCarnage :3
Great guy 👍 Although I mostly watch his youtube stuff. I'm one of those who don't really watch streams.
His coverage of Pantheon: Rise of the Fallen, is great, to me.
I'm the opposite xD
I basically only watch live streams...I never was much of a youtube fan :3
OH! Really? cohhHmm
We are now at War! / ?
I watch Twitch just for the drops for ESO, but KyleDempsterStudios is a good one, he has his dog, Louie, in the stream all the time.
Hah, nice one!
I live in the wastelands of Rural Pennsylvania; we can't watch livestreams out here.
Sam Witwer, 'cause he's Darth Maul
I don't watch any streamers. It's kinda boring to me.
Same here. I assume it has something to do with me being an old curmudgeon who doesn't get the stuff kids are into these days. But either way, if I have an hour to spend on games I want to be the one playing them. (And if I have attention left over for something in the background I also have a huge podcast/audiobook backlog...)
Old people should have gotten used to watching their friends play while waiting for their own turn on that 1 machine that there was to play games with. I didn't have any problems watching friends play then so I don't have any problems watching pro level gameplay I can learn something from now either.
I see your point. But I think for me sitting around with my brothers and taking turns (which we still do) is completely different from watching a streamer put on a show. The one is a social activity in the way the other isn't. And even then, I don't find somebody else playing games all that inherently interesting. But playing together is a shared activity of ours, not just a viewing experience.
That said, I get the sense that a lot of people do feel like they're hanging out with their favorite streamers or podcasters--that it's part of the appeal. I don't. And that might partly explain my curmudgeonly attitude.
I hate the social aspect of streamers forgetting they are playing a game and talking about something boring with chat for an hour. I want to see high level gameplay and that's it, maybe occasionally ask the streamer why they did something etc. That's why I don't really watch entertainers but rather pro players in a team who happen to stream, so it's kind of like watching a big tournament but easier to just keep on TV as background noise if I need to focus on something else for a while.
Ah. Well as far as that goes, I have watched top tear Overwatch and SF IV play, though usually on YouTube in the form of explicit tutorials. It's a good way to improve.
Bloodyfaster, she's great!
I don't have time to play games right now, so I'm not going to watch anyone else do it
Avoiding the Puddle is the only one worth any attention. Though I don't watch live, stream highlights are always fun.
He is the reason I use twitch at all anymore (with the exception of certain event streams). Funny, outspoken and plays a good variety of games. He also loves interacting with his viewers ;)
I also used to really enjoy FollowGrubby but I lost hope/interest in WC3 around the time Blizzard "killed off" HotS and ended up not watching him anymore because of it.
Best twitch actor imo
I started following him recently, seems like a cool dude :)
Helck yeah dude, he was the first streamer that seemed entertaining to me.
If you like Womble, try Kaif as well! (Also consistently uploads to youtube, and by consistently I don't mean once every 2-3 months :D )
Why would I watch someone play games I want to play myself? I'd rather to that myself. Okay, I admit I watched some TESL streamers, learned some stuff, had a laugh sometimes, but got bored pretty soon.
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I've watched Jerma985 for years now, so he's definitely my all time favourite. But in terms of who I've been watching the most recently, it'd be DarkViperAU.
In a complete and total ironical way, Wings of Redemption and DSPgaming because I'm amazed how these scammers have a fanbase.
In a serious way... I have no idea, I don't watch much twitch. I used to follow a couple of people because they played what I was playing but still... when they change the game I don't stay. I don't even watch friends who work in twitch... It's just not my thing.
I've checked some videos of "the game economist", but never live.
I watch let's plays or other gaming related content on youtube occasionally, but I don't bother with live streams or twitch much.
I used to watch all the DbD Dev streams when the game still moved at a slower pace with 'updates'. I also sometimes watched some popular DbD streamers live. And it was really fun to have twitch streamers in my own games and then watch on their stream, especially if we were opponents rather than teammates, used to be some hilarious stuff sometimes. But that's about all my interaction with twitch to this day. I prefer edited videos.
none. i don't get it why people watch others play
Right. And what's with all that soccer and football? If I have an hour for soccer, I want to play it myself. Why watch others play...? ;-)
Not to talk about porn. :P
I know you're joking, but this is actually a really interesting point to me. I would rather play basketball than watch it. But a lot of people don't seem to feel the same. Is this the same phenomenon as people watching streamers? I'm not sure. I get the sense that people approach pro-sports viewing somewhat differently than watching Twitch:
First, "rooting for" a competitor is central in sports viewing. Viewers often strongly identify with, and emotionally invest in, a side, and thus also care a great deal about who wins. I don't see that so much with streamers. People don't seem to be invested in the same way. There's none of the vicarious feeling sports fans seem to have. E-sports leagues are trying to change that and create an atmosphere more like, say, American football. But I have yet to talk to a person who cares about their Overwatch team in the way half of the adults I know care about their football, or baseball team.
Second, broadcast sports is supposed to show us the best. It's impressive, and usually well beyond the level of play of even those viewers who do play. I think that's part of what sells the experience--people like to see the game at its most impressive. Now some streamers are quite good too, but I don't get the sense most viewers are usually seeking the streamer with the greatest technical skill at the game. Rather, a streamer is a kind of entertainer, and people like streamers for personality.
Anyhow, just a few thoughts. I'd be curious if anybody has others.
I think we need to differentiate between streamers that simply play random games on an average player's level and e-sports tournaments.
The latter is very similar to regular sports. Maybe the fans are not quite as enthusiastic as regular sports fans (or maybe they are, to be honest I don't know a lot of people who watch e-sports). But the core elements are very much the same - two players or two teams playing a certain game against each other. I don't see much difference between soccer and say Starcraft 2 (which I love to watch, btw). The one big argument people always bring is that Starcraft is not an athletic sport and therefore doesn't count. But I don't think that's true, since there are other sports that don't really have an athletic component, yet are accepted as sports. For instance I love to watch Snooker.
So, I believe that most people on SG will probably understand why e-sports is fascinating to some people, similar to regular sports. Way more people will have difficulties understanding the other kind of stream, the guy that just plays some games.
I have to say I see it as some sort of TV substitute. It's not that different from certain TV formats, actually. People watch other people cook food on TV. How different is it really to watch someone play a video game? Sure, it looks different. The cooking show is probably well made and has that TV show look, while the stream shows mostly the video game and a small webcam image. But aside from that, you watch someone do something that you could do yourself, or maybe want to do later. Maybe you learn something, maybe you don't. And the entertainment value comes from how the person comments on what they're doing.
I personally just watch a guy who plays Hearthstone. He is calm and doesn't shout all the time like many of the younger streamers. He doesn't constantly beg for donations. Watching him doesn't mean I don't want to play the game myself or anything like that. I do play it. But I am not always in the mood to play a game. During the week after work I might be tired and just want to watch something. Since I don't have TV ( got rid of it like 10 years ago), I choose from a number of things - a movie, a TV show on Netflix or something, or a Youtube video (and that can be a video of the streamer). Just any kind of media that entertains me.
And I think that's how we need to approach this. Watching a stream (or a video of a stream) is not that different from watching any other kind of entertaining media. Not everybody likes everything, sure. I don't like streamers who are too loud, who care more about donations than the actual content they provide, or who play a role and are not honest. I saw the beginning of a video a while ago where the obvious concept of the channel was that the guy plays a hard game and constantly curses into the mic (it was called rage quit something something). And it was so obvious that the guy is just playing a role. That he would not behave like this in real life. That I absolutely dislike. But who am I to decide what people should watch or not? I also don't understand Reality TV. But I can accept that other people enjoy it. I guess almost any kind of media is valid as long as it entertains people.
You can check out some live gameplay before buying a game, and they often get pre-release keys.
Amouranth for that calming ASMR effect.
mhmm.. for the asmr 😉👌
I enjoy watching fl0m - I like CSGO but I can't play it nowadays and his stream is usually fun and chill to watch - he seems like a good dude overall.
I don't watch streamers when they stream, but I like moist critical's vids - sometimes from stream and I like daph39 too
+1, I watch videos of the streams