Twitch Streamer Shoutout: An Ode to GameJoyPod

Now we’ve arrived in June, and it’s very, very close to present time. Playing through Metroid Prime 3 ever so slowly, my Metroid fascination was still in high gear—this was even before the Nintendo Direct at E3! I wanted to watch more Metroid Prime, so I went looking for someone to watch to fill that urge. Always how these things start.

One streamer had a very “mechanical” name, complete with retro-esque icon that appealed to my old-man taste. A sort of simplicity that harkened to the very basics of games: having fun and beeps n’ boops. Joining in for the first time, they were pretty far into the game. As a veteran player, however, I immediately went into “guide mode” and watched intently as they tried to figure out the mechanisms present. One stream turned into two, and now it has well exceeded double digits.

Introducing GameJoyPod. (← Link to his Twitch channel.)

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Twitch Streamer Shoutout: An Ode to JellyEllieFishes

Around the time of its release, I was looking forward to seeing if New Pokémon Snap would be worth the very long wait. Roughly a week after release, I was basically finished with the game—completing the main campaign and replaying levels aplenty. That did not diminish the interest in watching the game be played, however. All throughout May, Twitch streamers flooded the category with expected enthusiasm.

Around that same timeframe, I was leisurely browsing the category when a colorful Twitch icon caught my eye. Reminiscent of a cozy, intimate style one would find in an indie title featured in a Wholesome Direct presentation, I was immediately enticed to click. Within moments, what greeted me was an auditory onslaught of sweetness and tranquility, the likes I’ve never heard (outside ASMR).

Introducing JellyEllieFishes. (← Link to her Twitch channel.)

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Twitch Streamer Shoutout: An Ode to verydarian

Disclaimer: Hair color is subject to change roughly every couple months. It is currently pink. The image within the cover may change by the time this releases. The Twitch icon has changed three times since April.

For whatever reason, Mario games tend to introduce me to a lot of streamers. In this case, it ended up being Super Mario Galaxy. You just can’t go wrong with any mainline 3D Mario game, y’know? Going through the category at random (another recurring theme), I came across a sea of lovely blue… hair. It caught me off guard—people generally don’t have blue hair. Curious, I clicked.

Something was immediately off. The vibe, the mood; whatever it was, there was an obscure aura about it. Wasn’t bad, only different. An energy subdued, but wittiness in place. Quietly bizarre and just a tad funny, complete with an unreadable host. I was intrigued, so I gave this blue-haired bozo a tentative follow. It’s no longer tentative.

Introducing verydarian. (← Link to her Twitch channel.)

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Twitch Streamer Shoutout: An Ode to MrSkysenGames

Streaming!

An entity of unknown origins. A species that fluctuates forms to its will.

In early April, I had a nostalgic hankering for Animal Crossing—the OG title, not New Horizons. Searching the category on Twitch, I saw an unusual symbol: a striking “S” with a jagged exterior. Intrigued, I clicked and was met with another striking image: a cute little white dog in an Eastern-style bowl. From this dog came a voice; a booming, powerful voice unlike those I’ve heard before.

It fished. It ran around. It hit things with reckless abandon. By the end, it was only a taste, yet the alluring presence of this mythical being ended up pulling my hand towards the follow button. It didn’t even do anything; the player played and the viewer viewed. As it should be.

Introducing MrSkysenGames. (← Link to their Twitch channel.)

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Twitch Streamer Shoutout: An Ode to PumpkinWolfPlays

Fun fact: Every streamer I have written about so far this month has one thing in common—I followed them after one stream. This is not always the case, however, as occasionally I will hesitate to assure that commitment to people, for whatever reason. Maybe something about them seemed off, maybe I wish to attend additional streams to get a better understanding of what they can provide. Occasionally, I can be quite picky.

As history has shown me to be prone to, for those right on the cusp of a follow, I tend to keep tabs on them. Every day or every other day, I’ll search their names in the search bar to see if they’re live, or get an indication of when they may be live. A few have since fizzled out, with their streaming habits either random or inconvenient to my schedule. The streamer of today’s post ended up not just a beneficial return-to opportunity, but someone greatly vital to my Twitch experience.

Introducing PumpkinWolfPlays. (← Link to her Twitch channel.)

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Twitch Streamer Shoutout: An Ode to Sammichann

2021 marked the beginning of a year that would (hopefully) see the end of the almighty COVID-19 pandemic. For me, it was just another number passed. Nevertheless, January flew by with a few new faces here and there, though no one so phenomenal that I felt the dire need to shout them out for this occasion (with all due respect to them). February ended up picking up the prior month’s slack.

A day before Valentine’s Day, I was on the cusp of a serious Metroid Prime binge. Searching the category on Twitch, I noticed someone I thought I had seen before. A one-time stream I joined weeks prior due to seeing someone cosplaying as Samus Aran in the thumbnail. Without hesitation, I clicked on the link, assuming I would be greeted with the same voice I had heard prior. I didn’t, but that ended up being all right. That single accidental click began a bond I cherish to this day.

Introducing Sammichann. (← Link to her Twitch channel.)

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Twitch Streamer Shoutout: An Ode to Excelion96

When you think of Twitch, what comes to mind? Do you think of Ninja, the proverbial face of the platform? Do you think of Pokimane, a generally laid-back streamer with “an army of simps”? Perhaps a certain vibe comes to mind, one that embodies a laid-back, amateur appeal of some person trying to gather an audience to watch them play games. Any of these things would be correct, as Twitch tends to be a collection of many different things.

A week into November, I found someone with an energy I don’t typically enjoy watching. Energetic, zany, and prone to loud profanities—akin to many old-school YouTube let’s players of yesteryear. Wanting to watch someone play Metroid Prime, however, I took a shot on a hot-shot streamer with a passion for being a Pro Gamer™. That one stream provided me the motivation to come back again (and again (and again (and again))).

Introducing Excelion96. (← Link to his Twitch channel.)

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Twitch Streamer Shoutout: An Ode to namesmelanie

In the early days, when my curiosity guided the course of new streamers to follow, I would occasionally click into streams where the host didn’t even speak English. Italian, French, Spanish, and in this case Dutch, language barriers did not prevent me from watching gameplay. It was kind of enlightening to be able to sit in with people outside my country and experience the same joy that gaming provides to anyone.

If the mood struck me, I would go to Google Translate and convert a little greeting from English to whatever language applicable, just to let them know I was around. With this particular streamer, something surprising occurred: she started speaking English after I made it apparent that I spoke it. Even more, she spent the entire rest of the stream speaking English so that I could understand. Such consideration was not necessary, yet she took the time to ensure everyone was included.

Introducing namesmelanie. (← Link to her Twitch channel.)

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Twitch Streamer Shoutout: An Ode to GameAndSound

Some longtime readers will see this name and find it somewhat familiar. The deja vu is not unwarranted; I have actually written an ode to this person before. As a result, this might be somewhat redundant, so I’ll do what I can to supply new information concerning his streams primarily.

As the October train of follows continued, one particular channel stood out among the rest. Unlike other channels on Twitch, this one did not have anything to prove before I hit that “Follow” button, and I did so the moment it came to mind. “Of course I should follow him, I’ve been doing so on YouTube for years!”

Introducing GameAndSound. (← Link to his Twitch channel.)

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Twitch Streamer Shoutout: An Ode to MinishKat

On October 1st, 2020, I quit my retail job of three years. Mentally ravaged by the pressure of abiding by COVID regulations and hardening myself to vile, confrontational customers, I managed to start work full-time remotely. This meant a lot more time online, along with more opportunity to attend Twitch streams.

After six-plus months of not following more than three people on Twitch, October laid the seeds to grow that number exponentially in the months to come. One of the first to really establish themselves as a channel to remember came very… randomly.

Introducing MinishKat. (← Link to her Twitch channel.)

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