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 thecraftsyartist

(Edit: This streamer has changed their username in the time since I wrote this post. I will not replace the cover image, but know that “brittanysartvibes” no longer exists on Twitch.)

Marching onward, Christmas was closing in. November breezed by with a healthy selection of streamers to choose from; the initial burst from late October into early November was fading quickly. Still, the always curious mind inched into territory unknown, as it’s prone to doing. With the wondrous month of December upon me, a trip to the Makers & Crafting section found itself to be an appealing option… or maybe it was Art. It was one of the two.

Almost like with the Music section, the selection wound up being rather difficult to choose from. Lots of different streamers doing a wide variety of creative things, though nothing really stuck out. Not until one face stuck out—something about it signified a coordinated, graceful aura, which motivated me to stick my head in. Wouldn’t you know it, my whole body promptly joined my head to take a seat for many streams to come.

Introducing thecraftsyartist. (← 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 CornyEars

The spooky month of October had ended, and November’s pre-Christmas vibes had taken hold. I, meanwhile, continued to venture off into random places on Twitch in an effort to find people of interest and “venues” of entertainment. My “Following” list continued to grow (I likely had 10+ by this point), yet my hunger still remained. On a whim, I decided to venture into a category I very rarely check at all: Music.

Even now, my primary motivation to browse Twitch is to watch people play games. The decision to browse Music at that point was almost out of an innate curiosity; what treasures could be lying in wait? A thorough skim resulted in one particular channel standing out, motivated by the bold, bright yellow icon that adorned their stream thumbnail.

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

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Twitch Streamer Shoutout: An Ode to Maya_ASMR

While I have not made my adoration for ASMR a secret, I’ve had little opportunity to really speak on it for the sake of this blog. There’s a certain disconnect between it and my central audience that makes it somewhat difficult to really dive into. Kind of like football, which I do miss writing about. Despite this, my growing affinity for Twitch was yet another place where I could venture into the territory of relaxation, outside the prerecorded space of YouTube.

The end of October 2020 was nearing, and I had frequented a fair share of ASMRtists on the platform, looking for someone to watch consistently. It seems with ASMRtists, it’s easy to simply tune in and go, venturing back whenever they happen to stream on another day. After all, many can do ASMR suitably enough. Something about the individual needs to hook you; sometimes all it takes is a pleasant vibe that transcends the cozy coat of ASMR.

Introducing Maya_ASMR. (← Link to her 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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