Anyone hear of Twitch raids? It has evolved into something different from when the term first appeared. At first, it was all about 4chan deciding to bombard a twitch channel. They did this as a way to pick on the person who’s channel they showed up at. The 4chan users agreed beforehand where to go and that they would act as trolls in the chat–posting mean and inflammatory comments. Of course, this was not a nice thing and twitch streamers did not enjoy the sudden mob of abuse. It was also typically women streamers who were targets of the raids.
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However, the term has turned into something positive now. Instead of users from the infamous 4chan bombarding and attacking, a raid on twitch is now about support and being positive. Nice turn of events. That isn’t to say troll raids don’t still exist. Though they usually originate from discord chat these days. Luckily, the scale is not as grand as a few years ago. With 4chan users (current, previous, and would be) scattered throughout several chats on discord, a coordinated raid involves fewer people these days.
So, what’s the deal with Twitch raiding now, officially? Well, it is about sending people watching one stream, to another streamers channel. It’s done as support, to help boost each other’s following. Previously the only way to do this was for a streamer to hand over the webpage for the other person’s stream and suggesting people check it out. Something similar to YouTube channels asking for subscriptions. We hope and dream but it’s out of our hands who clicks to subscribe. Just like it’s out of a streamers hands for how many might click to the other person’s channel.
The system has changed for raiding though. It started a few weeks ago as a Twitchcon announcement and become official with the latest Twitch update. Raiding is now an option that some Twitch users can employ. This allows them to send everyone watching their channel to another person’s channel. This would typically be done once their streaming is over, so naturally, they don’t need the viewers themselves anymore.
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The raid option is live across iOS, Android, and PC. Also, when a streamer performs a raid their channel automatically begins hosting the other channel that they are sending viewers to. Hosting isn’t new to Twitch, however, raids allow for the channel being broadcast to gain more subscribed viewers and lets everyone communicate in a single chat.
This will prove a great feature for getting channels out there. However, will it be a totally positive experience? We can hope but it might be a little naive to assume so. Although 4chan raids have diminished, they still exist and trolling within Twitch exists as well. There have been streamers who have been doxxed online. That is when their physical address and other personal details are broadcast online. That can result in a series of pranks such as huge quantities of pizza is ordered to be delivered there. Which is somewhat harmless but does mean someone is losing a good amount of money.
However, I think raids overall will be a more positive thing about supporting other channels and building viewers.
Now, today I also wanted to talk about Steam censorship. You see, there are patches to games that are created for a variety of reasons. It offers something the original game doesn’t, whether it’s a Pokemon theme for Stardew Valley or removing all censorship from an adult game. Sometimes the patches are fan made, sometimes they are official patches made by the developers of the game. Whichever the case–official or otherwise–Steam has now banned the patches that uncensored adult content. The first question that pops into my mind is why?
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A lot of people wonder why and Steam has yet to be clear about it. This isn’t the first time they have decided to crack down on adult content, and never had they clearly stated their reasons or made official rules about it. That leaves us with guessing. I think the pressure to do this could be internal or external. If internal then I think having porn games doesn’t jive with what they want on their site for whatever reason–perhaps personal, perhaps a business reason. External pressure would mean someone powerful, perhaps several companies or governments, do not want porn games on Steam.
Anyway, the patches still exist. However, they cannot be on Steam. The instructions can’t even be there. That means that if anyone wants to check out patches that have uncensored content in the game, they will need to go to the games official website. That is where developers are limited to posting details and instructions on those specific patches.
There is a group on Steam called Cut-Content Police. They collect a list of all the games that have been censored for a Steam release. Not only do they list the games, but they also list what was cut and the status of a patch to get the content back. This includes all types of games, including adult visual novels and popular games like Resident Evil 7. Check out the list and details here.
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