On most Saturday nights since this ordeal began, my cousins and I have gathered online to spend some quality time with one another. Though it’s certainly not the same as our in-person get-togethers, it’s a great way for us to stay in touch.
For many months, we’ve used this time to play Jackbox together. A few of our sessions involved the board game Codenames. But the most recent and arguably biggest hit in our family? Twitch Sings.
For those unfamiliar with Twitch Sings, it’s a PC-based karaoke game with deep hooks into Twitch itself. Played as a standalone client, you can sing locally to thousands of songs. Want to take your show on the road? You can stream directly to Twitch without the game’s built-in broadcasting tools. You can even record a duet with a friend or a stranger.
The game’s newest feature is a party system. Up to six people can join a lobby, partake in group chat, and take turns singing. The feature is currently in beta, as only Twitch Partners or Affiliates have the ability to create a lobby. Also, based on an interaction I had with Gaming Diaries, it seems like the feature is also gated to some regions as well.
When I pitched it to my cousins as a potential activity, they immediately jumped on it. Within a matter of hours, one of my cousins was broadcasting her performances before I even had a chance to try the game myself.
It didn’t take long before everyone was on board. After a few nights of us singing as a group, everyone in the group has started streaming Twitch Sings in their own. Some of my aunts have made cameo appearances, singing their hearts out for a live audience on Twitch. Heck, two of my cousins have even bought new microphones to get the most out of their experience!
As a means of being able to interact with family that I haven’t been able to see in-person, Twitch Sings has been fantastic! But the most fascinating thing about this experience has been seeing how much my cousins have embraced streaming. Most of them don’t even play video games, making the idea of streaming just something that was wholly out of reach. With Twitch Sings though, they’re streaming on their own and having a great time.
Beyond my family, I think there’s a tremendous for streaming beyond video games. Karaoke is just one of many opportunities to bring others into the fold. It remains to be seen where this burgeoning medium of streaming will go. For now, I’ll continue tuning into my cousins’ channels when they stream Twitch Sings!
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