TWITCH

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - Life - - HIS BIGGEST BATTLE -

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

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