Reality Check - Why Do We Watch Twitch?

Reality Check delves into the psychology behind why 55 million people log on to Twitch every month to watch other people play League of Legends and Hearthstone.

Discussion

129 comments
Coren_Larken
Coren_Larken

I watch because I grew up playing and watching games with my friends. So...it's part personal, but also part informative. The humor and jokes of the people I watch on Twitch/Now Playing/Shaun Method/etc. remind me of some of the friends I used to play with. The informative is just watching people do things I otherwise wouldn't have thought about. I also just love video games whether or not I'm playing.

Wensea10
Wensea10

Interesting, well because multiplayer games are known for seeing who will become victorious.

Bazz3442
Bazz3442

Comparing watching sport to watching other people play video games is a very poor example. 


People watch sport because the people involved are at the pinnacle of their chosen sport which most of us will most likely never reach so we resign ourselves to watching the best and be entertained. Anybody can (not necessarily the best) be very good at playing video games, so the reason to watch other people play games is not the same as watching the "best" in each individual sport.


I also hate the term "we" being used. I never heard of Twitch till it was bought up, and would never use it but I have used youtube to watch little segments of gameplay for a game I may want to buy but I don't think people who watch twich are doing the same but are doing it more out of laziness. We're not all sheep on this site so just stick to the numbers and statistics and stop generalizing.

scarred_fox
scarred_fox

(insert Scotsman accent) "going to Barcelooona"  XD


great intro. I've definitely had a good laugh at some of your other comments on other shows you've hosted.


keep up the great work.


about the episode: never got into twitch as I didn't know what it was other than a gamers youtube. Now I have a bit more insight on it and may check it out.  



Aboal3z
Aboal3z

she's is very Beautiful, I really like her.


Oh! yes and the episode :p 

SaintsRowLA
SaintsRowLA

Great Show Lucy!!

I've never watch Twitch, but I have benefited from walk through videos onYouTube.

Do some people get paid for playing their games on Twitch and YouTube?  What a great way to rake in money.

Didn't they have a few shows here at GameSpot where people got paid big bucks just to play video games in front of the camera?  No common identity shared with the audience there, especially when the host is too stuck up to respond to most loyal fans.  No wonder why they got cancelled.


Wow Lucy! You're very smart. You have a degree in Psychology.  You must have many admirers--Me too.

awakenone
awakenone

I would add another reason to watch twitch streams: humor.

Yes, some streamers are hilarious and make humorous remarks, colouring even a game that would be kind of boring if we played it ourselves.

KBABZ
KBABZ

Nice work Lucy! You did really well with this episode, I'm sure Cam would be proud!

paulliddell
paulliddell

sharing games is special. I have daughters one is 5. never will she see me playing GTA or the walking dead. I was playing shadow of the collosis and i had no problem of her big eyes asking why I was hunting giants. "to save a princess" she thought is was cool. so played on. It felt good and she liked it

scarred_fox
scarred_fox

why watch when I can play it myself =\

Brando008
Brando008

Great episode. I also really want that Okami shirt haha

chechak7
chechak7

you are Beautiful and you have lovely voice ... 

Watch Twitch or other sport game is some time useful for gamer's

Jasper_73
Jasper_73

I have often enjoyed watching friends play games. They have often offered the controller to me, I respond with "i'm quite happy just watching thanks" I find it quite interesting sometimes just watching their  thought processes as they problem solve.

simsumre
simsumre

because we enjoys it mama.

Liferipper
Liferipper

This is so overanalyzed, at least for me. I can't relate to a single thing she is saying. I never care about my team winning or the charecters. I watch walkthroughs becasuse it's easier and non-stressful than playing myself. It's more like watching a movie, just longer.

uberjannie
uberjannie

I could not stop staring at her chest. Not because I feel the need to look at boobs, this is not boobspot after all, but because her t-shirt is effing awesome. 

ahpuck
ahpuck

Seriously, why do you guys watch twitch? I watch it once a year, during the last day of Evo.

bakasora
bakasora

Why are you so attractive?

bfa1509
bfa1509

I don't watch twitch.

katerinafm
katerinafm

I personally watch other people play games (not necessarily live on twitch, most of the time I just watch on youtube) when I'm too tired to play them myself but I feel like playing. It feeds my addiction without requiring my full attention, hahah. And the commentary is fun most of the time. I also use twitch sometimes to play with my friend who can't afford to play the games herself (she watches and I let her pick the dialogue options). It's pretty nice.

Casuallad
Casuallad

Good to see lucy james on a vid hopefully you can get a feature now. Your scottish accents pretty insulting though and even worse than your geordie impression :P

teraxo
teraxo

And why do I love Reality Check?

Cerberussian
Cerberussian

What is the name of a motorcycle game (with fire ring)? 

Cryptic_Shadow
Cryptic_Shadow

Anyone know the music at like 1:21?  Sounds like some FlyLo business... I know its not however.  Anyone?

It's not "darude - sandstorm" either :)

sargentpsgamer
sargentpsgamer

I only ever watch funny people, or games I don't have to see if I'd like it. That's why I bought Wolfenstein and stayed away from Diablo 3 lol

ThatAngryMan
ThatAngryMan

sites like gamespot and ign are console-high, so I can understand the comments.....

Vojtass
Vojtass

I don't watch Twitch.

/thread

lemondae
lemondae

Why reason? Just watch. Who cares?

Diablo-B
Diablo-B

I have no friends. So I only play single player games.

:-(

Tuckpoint
Tuckpoint

I'm old, I don't watch Twitch.  Get off my lawn and pull up your pants.

game_gt3
game_gt3

@Bazz3442 you are so wrong. thats probably because you dont watch games. watching 5 min gameplay or review doesnt count and its not the same as watching games on twitch or other places. 

i dont noramlly watch sports or games but when theres a big tournament like fifa world cup, olimpic game, the international and the like, i normally watch and its a hell lot of fun. in video games and in sports the skill level of players/sportists is very high and much higher that most other ppl can reach. watching the best sports players or video game players is the same. unless you are down right stupid, you would know that what you said was wrong and "anybody can be very good at video games" is like saying that anybody can be 3m high. you need to play in a competetive environment to realize how wrong you are. 


this is a gaming site and even though not all watch twitch, almost all do. so using "we" is more than ok. i dont watch twitch but that doesnt mean that i never have or never will. 

KBABZ
KBABZ

@scarred_fox Lucy addressed this for situations where you're on the fence about buying a game; watching a Twitch stream can help you determine if you want to put your money down on the game or not. You may also watch to see how others are doing. For example if you're a fan of Angry Joe and he decides to pick up and play a game you like, you may want to watch him play to see how he does compared to you (which ties into the friends thing in the latter part of this episode).

awakenone
awakenone

@Liferipper


Probably you think it's overanalyzed because the list was incomplete and lacked precisely your own psychological reason for watching twitch streams. Thus the list seemed long and irrelevant to you,


Anyway, your remark is interesting because some of us have already many stressful factors in our life and sometimes we prefer to shield ourselves from extra stress, and twitch certainly helps in this. You get some of the fun of games without the stress that we risk getting from playing them. It is possible that this hasn't been researched yet.

RogerioFM
RogerioFM

@teraxo Because you're a rational person, scientific studies say that rational people tend to love reality Check since they tend to like mentally stimulating shows... or some crap like that.

uncompetative
uncompetative

@Diablo-B


I don't understand your reasoning. I have no friends either, but I play multiplayer more than single player because I find the emphasis on storytelling restricts player agency - what is known as 'ludonarrative dissonance'. I'm quite happy to play Halo 3 with random strangers on my team and then play against them in the next match as I know what they are likely to do from past experience.


I'll admit that I probably wouldn't have hated Destiny so much if I had been able to try out the social shooter aspects. Spending three hours taking down the Spider Tank boss by means of the starting weapon with the cracked gunsight and having no one around to assist or revive me was a pretty lonely experience, but I guess anything is better with a couple of mates and if I did have some to spend an evening with I would take them down the pub because I feel like an alchy going in there by myself.

amar1234
amar1234

@KBABZ @scarred_fox thats not why people watch twitch they watch cause kids wanna see people better than them play, which is why mp games are more popular.

suppaphly42
suppaphly42

@mixedbizness @Casuallad aw don't pay no mind to comments like that if you get your own show you'll read far more offensive things then doubts about your heritage i thought your impression of cam was funny :)

nl_skipper
nl_skipper

@amar1234  Yea because there's totally only one reason millions watch Twitch...

Jasper_73
Jasper_73

@mixedbizness @uncompetative @KungfuKitten I down graded my TV package so dont get ginx tv anymore. Be cool if Lucy became a permanent addition to gamespot as its kind of like seeing an old friend I havent seen in a while. :-)