The Evolution of Gaming: From Skill to Knowledge

Abigail Lee

Updated Monday, May 13, 2024 at 5:50 AM CDT

The Evolution of Gaming: From Skill to Knowledge

The Influence of Twitch Streamers on Gaming Culture

Gaming used to be focused on playing great games and the satisfaction of one's own skill, but it has changed into a lifestyle where being knowledgeable about the game is crucial. The rise of Twitch streamers has greatly influenced this shift in gaming culture. These streamers have created an expectation that every game is a 1000+ hour epic multiplayer online experience, leading players to believe that they too can become pro gamers.

Twitch streamers and YouTubers thrive on games that overload players with pointless intricacies, loot systems, and unnecessary features. They create strategies and attract viewers to their playthroughs and live streams. This has led to the rise of games that prioritize grinding and reward systems over a rewarding gameplay loop. The casual gamer who just wants to have fun and be skilled suffers from having to play with players who make the game their whole life and know everything about it.

However, not every game follows this trend of being a 1000+ hour multiplayer experience. There are still incredible single-player games available that provide a fulfilling gaming experience without the need for excessive knowledge or grinding. Games like Helldivers and Deep Rock Galactic retain their player base purely through rewarding gameplay loops and do not rely on loot systems.

It is important to note that cooperative PVE shooters like Helldivers and Deep Rock Galactic should not be blamed for the negative effects of highly competitive games like Call of Duty or Fortnite. The influence of streamers may not be as significant as believed. While streamers may have an impact on gaming culture, it is YouTube videos promoting specific loadouts and strategies that may have a more negative effect.

The blame for the state of gaming should be placed on the consumers who indulge in certain behaviors. Watching specific streamers, buying games annually, and spending on microtransactions all contribute to the perpetuation of these trends. The connection between the mentioned games (Destiny, Fortnite, Deep Rock Galactic, Hell Divers) is not clear, and it is important not to generalize the impact of streamers on all games.

Multiplayer games are now designed to reward grinding rather than skill, leading to a cycle of playing more and becoming invested in the game. Game developers create objectives and battle passes that make players believe they are improving, ultimately leading to a continuous cycle of buying skins and being stuck in the game. The gaming industry has indulged in the low impulse control of gamers, allowing for the rise of certain trends and behaviors.

While streamers may have some influence, the players themselves are more at fault for consuming the content and driving the demand. It is important to recognize that the influence of streamers may not be as significant as initially believed. Some multiplayer games are designed to make players believe they are skilled, leading them to spend more on in-game purchases and become trapped in the game.

The gaming industry has shifted its focus from creative fun to optimization and monetization. This has contributed to the negative effects on the gaming experience. While streamers may play a role in shaping gaming culture, it is essential to remember that the responsibility lies with the players themselves. By being mindful of their own behaviors and preferences, gamers can help shape a more diverse and rewarding gaming landscape.

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