I love streams. I’ve been watching them for a few years now, and I’ve even begun doing research to understand motivations for watching. Plenty of people are making a living at playing games for other people’s entertainment. At any given time, thousands of people are watching Twitch.tv (which is only one of many streaming services available) to see their favorite streamers, games, Major League Gaming (MLG) tournaments, speed runs, and to interact with the communities that accompany them. In the post-modern world of Web 2.0, interactivity reigns and streams are a way for the gaming community to become even closer than before. Look out, mainstream society… the gamers are coming.
Many people watch to support their friends/favorite streamers. Though I watch dozens of streams, I am not an exception to that so I’ll list a few favorites here (in no particular order).
RaggedyAuto A very energetic and happy streamer who loves everyone and all the kawaii things! (18+)
FerretBomb An incredibly intelligent gamer with a love for theory crafting and his community (18+)
Chicken A passionate gamer with a very cool chicken hat. (18+)
UnsanityLive An endearing, charming, funny as hell streamer with a taste for the zaney (18+)
LethalFrag A streamer who prides himself on his community (all ages)