(Warning, Old Man rant)
So last night I’m on the Xbox One and decide to check out this Twitch thing, which just sold for like $2 Billion. So far the only thing I have used Twitch for is browsing to the right in the store to check out gameplay footage of titles I’m interested in.
That’s Twitch for me. 10 seconds of checking out a stream before being annoyed at the heavy breathing and shouting at the screen.
I knew there had to be more to it though, so I delved deeper.
What the hell is this thing? I browsed through the different streams and discovered:
- People have their own G4 type TV shows where they try and discuss games. So awkward.
- The most viewed streams seemed, like everything else, to be girls. There was one blonde girl who had like 4000 followers or something, she was playing Call of Duty Advanced Warfare. In the chat box to the right it was a constant spew of “Take off your top!” and “Smoke weed everyday”. Typical internet behavior I guess. But she also had …
- Donations going! The recent donator’s names scrawled by as she played. People were giving her $10 or $25 at a time. She wasn’t even interacting with them, just playing. What?
- 80% of the channels seem to be League of Legends play. Crazy.
So what’s the deal? Who is the target demographic for this service? It seems soooooo boring to me to watch other people play videogames when you can’t interact with them, say beside you on the couch or spectating yourself between rounds. But watching people play? Even the most exciting game is boring when you’re streaming it, to me.
Please, someone explain this to an old timer. This is the first social media/new media experience I just don’t get. Are there other parts of it? Why is it so popular? Do they ever release demographic information? I’m so curious as to who watches this stuff, and expcially who donates. It’s a service I would have dismissed as idiotic if it wasn’t just bought for King Solomon’s Mines.