Why I get the itch to tune in to Twitch

January 5, 2022

Collage by Exposure with Minecraft image by AdultsOnlyMinecraft and gamer image by ExplorerBob, both from Pixabay

Lovell McPherson describes his fascination with video game live streaming website

Launched in 2011, Twitch is a website where people stream and go to watch people play video games.

Hundreds of thousands of people tune in to Twitch to watch the competitors play their games. Often, Twitch is the only platform that is streaming these competitions.

It makes people want to go to this website because it is the only one streaming the rivalry between players. Twitch spread to the UK via YouTube because YouTubers started streaming on Twitch and they wanted viewers to come over to watch them play.

One of the reasons I like to watch gamers on Twitch is because viewers may not have the money to buy the game or they might want to see the game before buying it.

I found out about Twitch on YouTube. Somebody I admired recommended it. When I first saw Twitch I found it exciting, because there’s a lot going on. I usually spend 20 minutes on it then I go off.

The benefits of Twitch is the interaction with other people online. As well as watching people playing video games you can listen to music together.

For me, as a member of the audience, it is entertaining because you are interacting with others watching

It improves your speaking skills if you are streaming to people, and it improves your social situation because you meet lots of different people.

My advice to people starting out on Twitch is to click on as many streams as you can to find your favourite streamer.

For me, as a member of the audience, it is entertaining because you are interacting with others watching.

The negatives of Twitch are that a lot of people can sit there watching for hours in a day, so you miss the fun of playing the game yourself. You become a voyeur rather than an active participant.

The job of the streamer is to entertain their audience. Some people spend lots of money on Twitch by donating to popular streamers. If an audience likes a person’s content, they can give them money by clicking the donation button. Some people make donations but you don’t need to.

My favourites are the funny people and survival games, like Minecraft and Phasmophobia.

RTGames took a bath with clothes on in front of 10,000 people to raise money for charity

Minecraft is a fun game where you can explore your creativity or you can play in the survival mode where you have to live in a randomly generated world. The benefits of this kind of games, whether watching or playing, is that you learn problem solving, even if it is in an imaginary and virtual situation.

Phasmophobia is a horror survival game. You are trying to escape being killed by a ghost. You are in a ghost hunting van with equipment to exorcise the ghost. You go to different places, like a house, school, prison or outside to hunt the ghost. If you complete the job you get virtual money to spend in the game.

I also like a game called Cooking Simulator. We are supposed to be cooking but we are playing with gas and making food explode.

A streamer I like is RTGames, an Irishman who likes dark humour. He is one of my favourites because of his grim humour. For example, RTGames took a bath with clothes on in front of 10,000 people to raise money for charity. He also made a city of extreme cruelty in the Cities Skylines game and made a poop volcano erupt.

My verdict is that Twitch is a funny website.

In partnership with Elfrida Rathbone Camden, a charity working to achieve independence, empowerment and personal development for disabled people, children and young people, parents and families.

Lovell was a student at Leighton College. He hates seafood. He likes playing PS4.

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