What is the appeal of game streaming services like Twitch?

So I get streaming services like Netflix, that's TV on demand... What is the appeal of a service like Twitch? What makes watching someone play a videogame online fun? Doesn't that take part of the thrill of gaming away?

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Most Helpful Girl

  • Well that's sort of like asking what the fun in watching sports is? Wouldn't you rather be playing football over watching it?
    There are many different answers to this. Some people do enjoy the amount of skill and hard work it takes to master a video game, and they find it just as exciting as watching a game of hockey or football. Other people find the commentary enjoying, as well as the personality of the player, which might give more depth to the game. I belong in the latter category. I like story-heavy games, so it's kinda like watching a movie, and I'm very picky about who I want to watch. I prefer players who are calm, who don't scream/shout at the game, who pay attention to the small details and who have insightful commentary about the game.

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  • The best way to think about it is like watching sports or watching a cooking show. Like those, you would get more enjoyment doing the activity yourself, you still get enjoyment from watching it be done with the added enjoyment of commentary. In this case, usually comedic. Another similarity is accessibility to resources. If you want to cook something you see on tv like a cheesecake, you might not be able to get one to all the ingredients or a spring form pan. In gaming, you might not be able to pay for an expensive game or the hardware needed to run it.

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    • I guess I just don't get it. I love cooking shows, and I love both watching and playing sports, but videogames just don't have the same appeal to me

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What Girls Said 1

  • I'd watch games on TV, but they rarely air any. Mostly just tournaments my boyfriend plays in, but it's entertaining either way. Same as watching other sports. I have no interest in doing it myself, I just like watching it.

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