During most of my time in high school, I had to quit playing video games so that not only could I attain the grades that I wanted but also narrowly balance all the extracurriculars that I piled on top of me.
There was always quite a lot on my plate.
Acting and Designing Sets
There just did not seem to be enough time in the world to actually play my favorite games and have a sense of community as I found new ones to play. Actually playing the games seemed to be the problem, as in any game that I would play there was a certain commitment surrounding it. In League of Legends, games could last anywhere from twenty minutes to hours long, not to mention if I left I would be leaving behind a team of four disappointed players, likely my friends.
This was when I found the online world of streaming and watching people play games. It was just less of a commitment to me, as I could easily turn it off when needed or even listen to it in the background as I did more important endeavors. One of the platforms I have become highly familiar over the course of this pandemic has been Twitch. It is a streaming hub where you can watch almost any game at any time being able to interact through chat and use cute lil emotes.
To be honest, it sounds a little lame when I try to put it into words, but trust me it has saved my life and filled me with entertainment for years now.
I was eventually able to find a community within twitch, people that inspire me everyday. They come from so many different backgrounds, having different majors and jobs. Although the time zones seem daunting, I am great friends with people from all of the world including Australia, Pakistan, the UK, Denmark, Canada, etc.
They were one of the main reasons why I have become so confident in my major switch from Theatre to Art, as they have supported me in making a small business out of creating emotes. My friends have supported me as I improve my little doodles that I make with only my computer and a mouse.
Through my interest in Twitch, I have been able to fill this hole that was inside me when I first started quarantine. Making things for people and seeing them so excited to use them has brought me endless joy. Not only am I able to watch the video games that I don’t always have the time to play, but I am able to improve my art practice and meet new people through my passion for games and sharing a laugh.