Twitch: My Guilty pleasure as an Old-time Gamer

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As an old-time gamer, I have to admit I have a guilty pleasure: watching people game on Twitch.

When I first heard about Twitch, I was sceptical. I thought it was just a bunch of kids playing video games and streaming it to the world. But as I started to explore the platform, I discovered that there was so much more to it than that.

There are professional gamers who stream their competitions and offer commentary on their strategies. Some speedrunners push the limits of what is possible in a game, and even gamers play games that I remember from my childhood.

But what I find most interesting about Twitch is the community. As I watch streams, I see the chat scrolling by, and I’m amazed at how positive and supportive the community is. The chat is full of encouragement and advice, even when someone has a bad game.

I have my regular rotation of streamers I watch who have great interactions with their community, one streamer I watch a lot of is JonBams, a Minecraft streamer, but his chat and banter is fantastic, often creating lots of smiles. Another is a much younger streamer called Button. I initially followed and watched as my kids were trying to do something, and so was Button, so I was able to learn how to help my kids, but actually, the chat and community are great fun, and I often find my self-tuning in, even if it’s on in the background like the radio.

I’m also impressed by the diversity of gamers on Twitch. I’ve seen streamers of all ages, genders, and backgrounds. It’s a true reflection of the gaming community as a whole.

So, while it may seem like a guilty pleasure, watching people game on Twitch has become a regular part of my routine. I love the feeling of being a part of the gaming community, even if I’m not the one doing the gaming.

Twitch provides an excellent platform for gamers to share their passion and connect with other like-minded people. It’s a great way to stay connected to the gaming world, and I’m happy to be a part of it.


PixelatedDad, the 8-bit gaming guru who's a few pixels short of a full sprite. Despite my age, I'm still young at heart and can often be found playing games that are older than my kids. I've got the reflexes of a sloth and the aim of a blindfolded monkey, but that doesn't stop me from trying to save the pixelated princess. Meet the ultimate multitasker - Pixelated princess saver, Husband, Geek, and proud Dad! When I'm not busy wrangling my two sets of twins (yep #TwinsTwice) or coding away on my computer, taking pictures of the night sky or designing and printing 3d bits of plastic, you can find me snuggling up with my furry sidekick, Doggo McStuffin.

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