If you are into video games, then you are probably familiar with Twitch. But if you haven't heard of it before, Twitch is a live streaming platform which started out with live video game streaming but has now branched out to a multitude of different categories. So if you are tired of scouring the internet for some unique content, the Creative section of Twitch is for you.
On Twitch, you can either watch the streams live or later on once they have been archived. You can communicate with the hosts in real time through the chat option to which the hosts almost always reply, or you can quietly listen to the really good music that the hosts often play during their streams.
It is a great place for entertainment because it exposes you to content that you wouldn't be able to find through conventional media. Starting from digital artists and musicians, to even sculptors and cosplay outfit designers, you will find all sorts of people doing all sorts of bizarre things. And the best part about the live streaming experience is that you can ask specific questions to the hosts, get advice, and even give your own feedback to them. It not only gives you a chance to see your favourite creators at work, but also allows you to become a part of niche communities.
In fact, the Creative section has given birth to numerous art communities. One such community is the Adobe Creative streamers that consist of both big and small times artists like Jonah Lobe who designed monsters for Skyrim, and amateur ones like TheLeadPanda. Sezzadactyl is another amazing artist who works with watercolour. Twitch itself broadcasts old shows of Bob Ross, the famous American painter and art instructor, and cooking shows of French chef Jacque Pepin. Other creative streamers that might pique your interest are Mankej Designs, who makes clay sculptures, PlayInTheMud, who is basically an earthbender creating beautiful pottery wares, and the glassblowing genius PokeRanger69.
However, every platform has its down sides, and Twitch is no different. You need to have a pretty high bandwidth in order to watch clear live streams, preferably a minimum download speed of about 3 MBps. And depending on that, you stream lag will vary. Other than that, the chat option can easily turn from a blessing to a curse. The chat that works effectively with the help of a few moderators for small streamers, can be a complete wreck for more famous streamers. In fact, the more famous the streamer, the wilder the chat, and the messages come in such flows that it's nearly impossible for the streamer as well as the other viewers to read any of it. And of course, be wary of the trolls.
So whether you are bored out of your mind, or simply want to try something new, go over at Creative-Twitch. Who knows? Maybe you'll find a new hobby!
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