Streaming Pet Peeves

As a viewer or as a streamer, what rubs you the wrong way? Twitch streamer Gullible Gambit posed the question on Twitter and got a lot of great responses. I know this thread is a few weeks old now, but I wasn’t able to squeeze this in before my trip. The subject is still worth covering though! Thanks for the question Gullible Gambit!

Let’s do this!

You’re more than just a number

Numbers are important. Particularly to the creator whose livelihood can depend on the numbers reaching a certain plateau. Even though I try my best to avoid talking about performance metrics relating to the blog or the stream, they do come up here and there.

I think there’s a way to approach it tactfully, but we as viewers want to be seen as people. Not as numbers. When I see streamers who heavily emphasize their numbers on their stream or in their tweets, it makes me feel like they only want me there to increase their metrics. I’d rather not be a part of that.

When someone engages with me on stream, I try my best to engage on a human level and ignore what they might contribute to my stats. Ultimately, the connection that we may create will be worth way more than watching a number go up.

Not so master race

There have been instances where viewers of my stream have identified themselves as gaming primarily on an Xbox One. When I didn’t shame them for their platform of choice, they thanked me for not taking the conversation down that route. While I appreciate the compliment, it’s unfortunate that these viewers felt persecuted by other streamers because of that.

Going beyond the pointless console wars debate, I don’t ever want to persecute anyone for liking something. We all have our preferences and interests. I may not like what you like, but so what? That’s no reason for me to attack you. I wouldn’t watch a streamer who resorted to that sort of behaviour, and I try my best to avoid shaming of any sort.

New phone. Who dis?

I’ve come to learn that engaging with the chat is not only the most important part of the streaming experience, but it’s also the most fulfilling. Yes, viewers first arrive at a stream because they want to see a certain game in action. However, they watch a stream instead of a VOD because they want to interact with the streamer and with others in the chat. I will even watch streamers play games that I have no interest in because I like interacting with the streamers that much.

As the streamer, it’s an opportunity for me to connect with people from around the world who have similar interests. The conversations usually start with the games I’m playing, but it usually veers well beyond that. I get to know you as much as you get to know me, and that connection we make is what makes streaming special.

I understand that some people are uncomfortable with that type of interaction. But if you’re not doing it, you’re giving viewers less reason to stick around. Also, getting to know everyone that drops by is the best part!

I can hear crickets

I have a post on this coming up in the future. Talking for hours at a time is really hard. On most streams, my voice is audibly hoarse from the wear-and-tear that comes with talking for that long. However, it’s so important as a streamer to talk as much as possible. Without your dialogue, your stream is just gameplay that the viewer could have gotten anywhere else. Even if there are zero people watching your stream, you still need to chat in order to make a good first impression on the next viewer to drop by.

(Don’t) drop the mic

It’s not necessarily imperative that you spend thousands of dollars on an XLR microphone and a mixer. That said, scratchy and distorted sound quality from a microphone can physically hurt to hear, which will drive viewers away faster than just about anything else. Even just a proper USB mic like a Blue Snowball paired with the right filters and equalization is enough to get by. Once you decide to get serious about streaming, having a good mic should be one of the first things you get.

Let me lurk

I’m kind of guilty of this. I have a habit of checking the list to see whose watching me at any given time. Though I won’t call someone out by name if they don’t type in the chat, I have asked lurkers to chat when the first action I see from them is a follow. I’ll thank them for the follow, then ask them to say hi in the chat if they so choose. I should just leave it at the thank you.

Potty mouth

This one is going to be different from one streamer and audience to the next. Some streamers make a living by making liberal use of foul language. Personally, I prefer to run a stream free of course language from me and from those viewing me.

I’ll give a bit of leeway here-and-there for those who are on stream with me and those in the chat, but I prefer keeping it clean. I think it’s possible to run a great show without resorting to that sort of language, allowing the stream to be enjoyed by a larger audience. That said, at times, some of my stories may be a bit too hot for the “family friendly” tag on Twitch, and I need to do a better job of filtering that stuff out before I go to those places.

Playing favourites

As a viewer, this would be really annoying. Feeling like you’re on the outside of the club sucks. If a streamer made me feel like I was lesser, I would probably leave.

As a streamer, my chat is moving at a rate where I can keep up. I try to read and address every message in the order that it comes in. That said, I’m fortunate enough that some of my family and close friends will watch the stream.

It can be very easy to get caught up in conversations with them that others can’t follow due to them not having the whole story. In those cases, I think it’s important that if the conversation is to continue, then I should take a step back and provide enough context for the group at large so that everyone can follow and feel included.

Again, thank you Gullible Gambit for the subject! What are some of your streaming pet peeves, whether you’re a viewer or streamer? Would love to hear your thoughts on the matter!

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