I like to watch people play video games. It’s fun! It’s becoming more popular because of Twitch. For me it’s usually something I put on in the background while I’m doing other things, but I will focus on it if I’m watching a competition. Some criticize those of us that like to do this, so I thought I would quickly explain some of the reasons I like to do it.
For me this started back in grad school when I watched my roommate Jason play some of my games that I had already beaten. I started to realize that when you’re playing games, your’re often focused on one part of the screen and it’s easy to miss a lot of the details that get put into these games. When someone else is playing, it’s easy to take in the big picture. Sometimes you just want to veg out and enjoy the experience like when you’re watching a movie.
I don’t have much time to play games these days. I can live vicariously through others while I’m getting work done.
I kinda suck at games. I have my own Twitch channel where I let others watch me play games sometimes. The title of it is “Watch me play games poorly”. It’s nice to be able to watch people play skillfully on Twitch.
Watching people play can help me decide if I want to buy a game. Gameplay on Twitch is probably more representative of a game than the trailers that the company releases. Many of these trailers don’t show any actual gameplay footage.
Well, those are some of my reasons. The main reason is that it’s fun. Some will still wonder why you would watch people play when you could do it yourself? Why watch any form of entertainment when you can do it yourself? Because it’s entertaining. You could race cars or perform on a stage yourself, but most of us are going to watch others do it.
And that’s totally okay.