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The Internet can make you Twitch

About a year ago, I found out about a thing on the Internet called Twitch.

Yes, I know it’s been around for quite a while, but I’m a slow learner.

Twitch is basically video clips people post, most of them coming from longer streams which they have, literally, clipped to post.

I am now following a few different Twitchers, and I have found it’s kind of like YouTube in that you can start watching one channel, and then you’ll see something that looks interesting in the Popular Channels area, or someone else may drop in to the chat area and the Twitcher will mention they have their own Twitch channel, so you give it a look.

One I started following a while ago is called Geek & Sundry, and it is about all kinds of games. Some of the streams they have, at specific times each week, are people playing computer games old and new, or talking about their favourite TV cartoons or science-fiction shows.

One of their shows I have really gotten into is called Critical Role, and it is a group who play Dungeons & Dragons every Thursday evening. (The timing is bad for me, by the way, since Thursday now is also when CFIS has the Post to Post sports show, which I am part of.)

All the players in the game as well as the Dungeonmaster are voice actors on various cartoons, so they can do a variety of accents and know how to roleplay their characters.

They have had a couple of different campaigns, and it is fascinating to watch the interactions between the characters as their adventure progresses. What makes the interactions more fun, to me at least, is that the Dungeonmaster and one of the characters are married in real life, as are two of the other characters. In the game, though, their characters are more likely to be romantically involved with one of the other characters.

I also found that YouTube does have a lot of clips from their games, ranging from full rebroadcasts lasting four or five hours, to 30-second clips showing a moment in time, usually quite funny.

All of the characters take turns pulling off incredible stunts to save their friends from the monsters – but sometimes it doesn’t work.

In one part of the campaign, one of the monsters killed a character in a very cruel and vindictive way. The rest of the characters tracked her down.

The clip showing the end of the sequence is about six minutes long, and shows some incredible role playing as the characters take their revenge, as well as some very obviously real emotion from a couple of the players.

For me to say more would spoil things. Go to YouTube and search for “Critical Role Episode 68 (3)”

And trust me, you may want to make sure you have a couple of tissues handy.

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