I fuck around on Twitch a lot and I honestly (and selfishly) think I could be a fucking awesome streamer if I put my energy towards it. If you're not familiar with Twitch, it's essentially a streaming-focused video platform. While Youtube focuses more on edited uploads, Twitch streams are live and unedited (with the ability to view past, saved streams) — a more raw and honest way to consume video media, in my opinion.
While Twitch is traditionally known for its gaming content, the service has always had its mix of diverse streamers breaking that mold. Everything from mukbangs to IRL live vlogging (Check out notorious IRL and former Twitch streamer Ice Poseidon have littered Twitch over the years.
I admittedly spend a good chunk of time watching gamers on Twitch, it's an incredible way not only to consume information relating to video games I either play or have an interest in playing, but to support creators who really are providing something positive in your life. Despite gaming being Twitch's bread and butter for the foreseeable future, I feel as though the channels below have really helped me conceptualize a larger picture of what streaming can consist of and provide to whatever community the channel may be geared towards.
419stream is one of my favorite channels on Twitch, no doubt. While it's obviously not the type of stream you're going to actively watch for more than a few minutes (more time can be spent if 419stream is active in chat), the overall set-up, production, and general vibe are for sure an asset to Twitch's aforementioned often preconceived gaming or Fortnite persona.
419stream isn't just a video camera inside of a grow tent — the channel uses a lot of badass tech to make it all happen including a lot of shit I use professionally as a web developer (and here unprofesionally as fuck) every day. Throw in some sick Raspberry Pi and Arduino micro-computers for the myriad of sensors and you've got an amazingly accurate look at all the metrics it takes to grow cannabis. Truly fascinating shit to me. I have grown small amounts of weed a few times, learning in the process that it's not easy to do — at all.
Broadcasting 24/7, the channel has a constant audio playlist of "Lofi HipHop & Chill" tunes. I'm sure if you spend any time seeking out good music that still allows you to focus, you're familiar with the genre. I find myself having this stream up in the background while I'm writing or working and flipping back a few times over the course of an hour. Despite it being slow, I think it's super badass to see actively growing cannabis. Also good on Twitch for not being dickheads and taking this channel down.
Dutchsinse (Official) is another pretty passive stream showing global seismic and earthquake activity. It can be a lot to look at, and I prefer to view the stream when its administrator hops on stream and narrates what's happening with all the visual bells and whistles.
Always a fan of a channel where you can learn something, and I honestly had no idea that there was this much consistent seismic activity going on.
I think Hitch might be the most interesting and informative streamer on Twitch. Hitch (Travis) streams his experiences hitchhiking and couchsurfing across the world, and has been doing so for the past 4 years. As of this writing, he's in England's Isle of Wight.
Hitch gives a great look into not only the process of what it's like to be voluntarily driven around the world, but the people who offer him rides and a place to crash. The channel has entertained me for months but also forever changed my perspective on people who hitchhike and hitchhiking in general.
Hitch is the stuff you should be watching on Twitch — a real look into someone getting around the world via every day people's good will. Quit giving your money to people very comfortably playing video games in $800 computer chairs and give it to someone hitchhiking across the world. Hitch is really an amazing channel and deserves your time.
I remember being stoned and thinking one night to myself if Twitch-streamed pinball was a thing. I was pleasantly surprised to stumble upon DeadFlip — seemingly the most active and entertaining pinball channel on Twitch. My girlfriend and I have been playing more and more around Indianapolis so DeadFlip is a very welcomed channel to me as of late.
Jack, who runs the channel does a great job at explaining what's going on, allowing you to learn strategy and have somewhat of an idea of what's going on. What makes DeadFlip so enthralling to me is the different types of streams. Some are collaborations with celebrities, promotional events, museum tours, or just Jack and whoever just hanging around and playing wherever.
As a collector of toys and vinyl figures I can appreciate the craftsmanship and engineering that goes into designing them. While cnotbusch isn't making vinyl or anything highly articulated, he is sculpting amazing statues and figurines out of clay (or some sort of clay analogue) — and while it might not be the most actively entertaining thing to watch, being able to see an insight to an art medium I'm not familiar with has been fascinating.
His channel is another very relaxing view into something unfamiliar to most. And this isn't pottery — cnotbusch produces lifelike models and representations with incredible attention to detail.
This one may be a little more esoteric than the rest, but DevWars is a unique and interesting twist on web development. Labeled as "Esports for developers", DevWars usually pits 2 teams against one another in a three-round coding competition.
You might not give a shit about this channel unless you're into web development, but if you can understand what's going on, or you have a wish to understand, it can be some very unique and informative entertainment. Kudos to the guys/gals that came up with the idea and brought it into fruition.
I don't know what it is about streaming that I love, but I am happy to see Twitch take off — and for those who push the envelope on what's typically being broadcast.↑