Many of us having been finding ourselves watching for more streams than we used to since the COVID-19 lockdown started here in the UK at the end of March. If you’re not in the mood for playing something yourself after a long day of conference calls, you can head on over to Twitch and still get that gaming feeling.
And there has been plenty to keep us occupied on the platform. A few blogger-friends have made their streaming debuts during the past three months and it’s been great to see them build their channels in that time. Some felt it was a good opportunity to start due to the extra hours they found themselves with, particularly those furloughed from work; others were searching for a new hobby to fill the hours; and some were inspired to finally give it a try themselves after seeing their friends do the same.
Following on from last week’s series of posts about Twitch and what’s been happening with the Later Levels channel recently, I’d like to take this opportunity to highlight some of these bloggers along with friends who have been streaming for several years now. They all play different games and have their own individual style, but they’re all well worth a follow: they’ll keep you entertained while they’re on air and you’ll learn a lot from them. They really are the #CoolKidsofWordPressonTwitch.
Although Ian from Adventure Rules is fairly new to streaming after making his Twitch debut in May, he’s doing an excellent job. The time difference between America and the UK can make it a little difficult for me to join his shows while they’re running but I do enjoy catching up on the VODs. So far Ian has played Celeste, Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door and Undertale on stream, and you can expect to see a combination of indie games and some of his favorite GameCube titles.
Athena from AmbiGaming doesn’t just play video games on Twitch. She plays the guitar and sings too, and the musical interludes she combines with her gaming are so good. I’ve been watching this blogger since she completed her Athena vs. CORVID-19 charity stream in April and have been enjoying watching her work her way through Fable. In fact, I’ll be returning the favour and playing one of her favourite titles when the Later Levels’ channel returns this month: Metal Gear Solid 2.
Frostilyte from Frostilyte Writes tends to stream on Fridays (hence Frosti-Fridays) and the highlight of these sessions for me is his commentary. He’s not afraid to say if he doesn’t like a game which everyone else loves and takes the time to explain his opinion, and I find this honesty refreshing and interesting. He’s also an absolute professional when it comes to platformers: you should have seen his channel when he was playing Hollow Knight. I was amazed by the moves he’s able to pull off.
I’m sorry to say that I haven’t yet been able to watch Nathan from Gaming Omnivore stream live due to time differences but I fully intend to get over his channel one day! So far he has been playing PC games he’s familiar with – including Far Cry 5, Overwatch and Resident Evil 4 – but he revealed last month that he has a capture card and may try older Nintendo or Sega titles in the future. This is another one of the newer Twitch channels on today’s list so go give Nathan a follow and show your support.
Luke from Hundstrasse isn’t able to stream regularly but when he does, I always make a point of heading over to his channel. He focuses on older titles for retro consoles and I love listening to his stories about his experiences with them. He’s great at getting the viewers in chat involved in the conversation – so much so that we’ve had entire discussions about boob-health-meters in Jurassic Park: Trespasser along with disappearing-stained-glass-windows in Resident Evil 2. I can’t wait to see what he plays next.
In Third Person
Jett from In Third Person streams several times a week and his voice is always in the background while I’m cooking a roast dinner on Sundays. He’s one of the most supportive people in the community I’ve ever met and is always there with advice and tips on your streaming set-up when you need it. I first got to know this creator though his Extra Life marathon streams, and it has been a pleasure to participate in his ice-cream socials; I can only hope he has finally forgiven us for the time my other-half sang Earthworm Sally to him…
Looking for something relaxing to watch, such as House Flipper? Or would you prefer something filled with action such as Dead Space? Well Dan from nowisgames.com is here to provide you with both and meet all your gaming tastes: expect paint-brushes and rooms one evening, followed by guns and Xenomorphs the next. His channel has only been going for a couple of months but he’s doing a great job so far – and I know Dan will put so much hard work and effort into it to make it a success.
That Green Dude
I first got to know Brandon from That Green Dude through his blog and several collaborations, and he made the move over to Twitch in May. The one thing I can say about his streams is that I always seem to come away from them laughing: my other-half and I were in stitches when we watched his escapades with a giant duck and rockets in Just Cause 4. He plays a wide variety of titles over on his channel, including SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom and Samurai Warriors 4.
The Gaming Diaries
The Gaming Diaries started streaming during the UK lockdown and she has done so well: she has already built up a following and accepted an Affiliate invitation from Twitch in a very short time. You can expect a variety of games all the way from Uncharted to Zoo Tycoon during her sessions and she’s a far better gamer than she believes she is. If you’re looking for someone to keep you company while you’re working from home, I can recommend tuning in and listening to her soothing voice.
The Lawful Geek
I’ve known Kevin through The Mental Attic blog for a number of years now and started participating in fortnightly Shadowun games on his The Lawful Geek channel at the start of this year. It’s thanks to him and a lovely group that taking part in my first ever tabletop-RPG hasn’t been such a daunting or scary experience. He streams video games several times a week and you can also find him running a Dungeons & Dragons campaign called Aetherseed on Sundays, where we’re always wondering who in the party is going to die next!
This is by no means an exhaustive list: there are many other bloggers within the WordPress community who also stream on Twitch and deserve your support! If you are one of them, please feel free to leave your channel and schedule details in the comments below so we can join you in chat.
Video game lover, Later Levels blogger and SpecialEffect volunteer. Big fan of wannabe pirates and fine leather jackets.