Some people wonder why fans spend time watching gamers play games on Twitch. Well what can I say? I can’t answer why others decide to watch gamers on Twitch or other gaming platforms but I can answer for myself. I myself am not much of a gamer but I love games so I can watch my husband play his video games when he does or has a chance to but when he’s not around where can I turn to? I can turn to Twitch and the hundreds, no thousands of amazing men and women who love to play video games and who love to chat with those from around the world as they play. And that is just for me. Like I said I can’t answer for others but that is for me. And now allow me to introduce you to another great gamer of Twitch who I enjoy watching when I can’t watch my husband play any of his games.
- What is your Twitch name?
My Twitch name is HitorieUK, but most people I play with call me Kaman.
2. Is there a reason why you chose that name?
Originally my name was HitorieRS, as I was a Runescape streamer before I branched out. The Hitorie part comes from the Japanese word for alone, or one person. I chose this because I used to play Ironman mode, which is a type of account you can play where trading with others and receiving assistance from others is entirely disabled. I got the idea for the name from my Japanese studies and the Japanese pop-rock band Hitorie, whom were my favourite artist at the time. The whole triple meaning thing made me feel like a real brainbox.
3. Why did you become a Twitch Streamer?
Honestly, I became addicted to Twitch a while back, and when I started to see my friends streaming I thought I would give it a go too. Ultimately though, my mindset has always been “If I’m going to sit and play games for 8 hours straight on my day off, I may as well see if somebody wants to come and watch.”
4. Why did you become a streamer for Twitch?
Twitch soon became the basis of my spare time. I got home, I watched Twitch. I went to sleep, I’d leave a stream playing. I’m cooking? Watching Twitch. It was only right that I streamed on the same platform too.
5. How long have you been a streamer?
You know, I’m ashamed to say but I have no idea. It’s been a long time, as I’ve streamed many times in the past (approximately 3 years ago now), but I had no clue what I was doing back then. Nowadays, I feel like I’ve got myself a real nice setup for it all. If I was to hazard a guess though, I’d say a year of streaming with some genuine effort into my setup and knowledge of how streaming works. I mean, I used to stream without anything like StreamElements/StreamLabs for crying out loud, it’s kind of funny how noob-ish I was at the time though.
6. Do you only stream or do you have another job? And if you’re comfortable saying what, what is your other job?
Believe it or not I used to stream, study, and work. Nowadays though, I only work and stream. Currently I work as a bartender in a busy pub in central London. Honestly, the job has done wonders for my social skills and how I act and interact with people on stream. I used to be quite an antisocial person, so I’m really happy to have improved on that aspect of myself to be honest.
7. What do you stream mostly? Games? Creative? Another category on Twitch?
Given my recent success in the category I’d say my main game at the moment is Runescape (Runescape 3, not OSRS. That detail is very important to some). However I have been constantly looking out for games to branch out to and add a flavour of variety to my channel. Also, more specifically I’m looking for games to play with the streamers I love and adore, especially with that new multistream viewing feature they teased at TwitchCon coming up.
8. What are your favorite games to play if you play games as well?
Honestly, I have the attention span of a 5 year old. Something will grip me for a whole hour, and then I will not care for it for the rest of my life. There’s only a few games that have really hooked me, Runescape is the main one at the moment, but a real one I hold dear is Darkest Dungeon. I am also known to bust out my plastic guitar and take song requests for Guitar Hero every now and then. Aside from that, most games I play I have a moderate interest in, but I’m really just waiting for the next hook, line and sinker.
9. Do you have any games that you’d like to recommend to my readers to play and why?
Well, if somehow you guys can get your hands on a copy of Jet Set Radio Future (which is backwards compatible with Xbox 360 as well as playable on an original Xbox) then I would highly recommend what I consider to be the greatest game of all time. Aside from that, I can’t really recommend much though. If you’ve never given Runescape a try, then I would highly recommend just giving it a few hours of your time to explore the free-to-play portion of the game and see if it has anything for you. Aside from that, I’d say I’m also waiting for the next big release that’s gonna blow the market away, and so I hesitate to recommend many games in the current gaming sphere as 2018’s releases felt kind of…hollow to me. But, I’m sure 2019 is going to blow me away, there is no room for thinking negatively when moving forward.
10. Was it hard to talk to your viewers when you first became a streamer? How long before you became at ease with streaming?
I’d say there was once a time where I was very shaky on stream, and especially when you’re first starting out and you have no viewers, and at the time I didn’t even encourage my friends to watch me or keep me company, it’s sort of like sitting in a room and playing games alone. Then, all of a sudden a stranger comes through the door and says hey. There’s sort of a strange sensation when it happens for the first time. What to do? Call them by their username? Ask them for their preferred name? Butcher the pronunciation of their username? (That one is always fun. Other streamers please never be concious of butchering a name, most people are willing to give you the correct pronunciation.) But there is a certain anxiety to meeting people anonymously at first that really makes you feel out of depth for a time. Thankfully, when you start to get friends or regulars to come into the stream, you can feel a sense of comfort coming in. I have to say though, I am thankful for my bar job as it gave me the ability to talk endless garbage with customers I’d never met before. This skill has translated very well to Twitch, as now when I stream I generally just speak in a stream of conciousness. I’m unsure how long it actually took me to become comfortable, but I can say that to anyone thinking of starting streaming: Narrate everything.
11. Would you like to tell my readers anything else about yourself or about your channel?
At the moment I’m pushing myself to reach the endgame phase of Runescape and start to explore all of the high end Player vs Monster content there is in the game, so the bulk of what I will be doing on Twitch will have that focus. That being said though, I would like people to think of me as less of a one trick pony, and I have no plans to stay permanently within the Runescape category. But for now, if you wish to join me in my Runescape based journey you can find me at streaming quite often on Twitch, or even on Twitter.
I hope to see some of my readers in this streamers chat when he is streaming his games. He is a fun one to chat with and I know you’ll have a great time talking to him as well as his community. Here is the link to his Twitch page to catch him and his stream.