Hey all, so due to our shelter-at-home-all-year-long thing we got going on I decided to try watching Twitch. For context, I don't tend to watch let's plays aside from a few youtube channels and what Giant Bomb puts up. I'd never watched Twitch and, honestly, the benefit of a livestream, using chat, didn't really appeal to me. But, there's a youtube person I follow, her channel name is Marz, who referenced her Twitch channel in one of her videos so I thought I'd give it a watch.
She has played all the From Software games post Dark Souls, and is quite good at all of them, but never played Demon Souls. So, she decided to try it on Twitch with the PS5 re-release. When I checked out her stream, it was about her third or fourth stream. She was plugging along just fine, just like the rest of us who play the game do/will. She clearly had a leg up because of the other games, but the level design and enemies were all different so she was learning them as she went.
At the time I entered the stream, she had around 2.5k people watching her, which is amazing. Apparently she's really popular. Also trying to chat with 2.5k people seems impossible to me. She was enjoying herself but whenever she looked over at chat she got annoyed, it seemed. She then told the chat something along the lines of "guys, I appreciate that you're trying to help but don't backseat." She was then questioned about what backseating was and wasn't, why she isn't interacting with chat, and what's the point of chat if she doesn't interact with everyone all the time, while playing. She was patient, more patient then I would have been, and even apologized to those that weren't doing the questioning. But people in chat were calling her names all the while.
All of that sounds fucking awful. I get that if you are an internet personality you should expect some amount of trolling and she is quite popular. But, she's also just a person. Initially, she made her channel as a means to cope with some of her health issues. She's not trained in dealing with trolling assholes, you know? But here she is, dealing with it, because she's seen success.
This isn't just a problem for this person, but for people online as a whole, I know. But Twitch in particular has tags for things like 'no backseating' implying that specific problem, a piece of a larger whole, is enough of a problem to warrant a new, shared vernacular.
I have no idea how to turn this into a community discussion other than, I don't know, what are your thoughts on Twitch? But, man, I feel really bad for streamers. I wouldn't want that job.