You mean that sensation you get in your thigh if you don’t get up off the couch all weekend? No, but we know what you’re on about.
Twitch is actually Twitch.tv, a live-streaming site where people go to watch other people play video games. Amazon bought it for $970m in 2014 and it attracts over 100 million unique users a month. You read that correctly. So off with you now to join one of those Doomsday cults that insist we are approaching the end times. Because they are definitely on to something.
Twitch.tv is the answer to the question we all asked about 20 years ago: is there anything lazier than sitting around playing video games all day? Yes, there is. Sitting around watching other people playing them. The fact that the only thing on telly is a rerun of
is no excuse for this
I Met Your Mother How
sort of carry-on. It’s clear now that Twitch.tv could be a tipping point. Picture the scene. You’re sitting there watching some north-ofEngland hipster in a flat-cap, playing (I’m not making this up), talking about how he likes to kill his opponents with an animal trap. Suddenly you realise you are not cut out for this lonely, virtual world and storm out the front door to a brave new future.
Alternatively, you could find yourself still watching it an hour later, unable to move, because it’s weirdly addictive. (I’m not making this up, either.) So tune in and watch some geeks murdering each other, if you like. Just don’t assume that it is going to change your life for the better.
Dead by Daylight