All things considered, it’s pretty easy to not be a douche these days. There are so many examples of what not to do. So why is it, that when a Streamer gets into a new group voice chat and declare that they are on stream do some insist on pushing the limits of appropriate behavior and in some cases completely crossing the line? I had my first experience with this yesterday, and here was my take away along with some unsolicited advice.
You Are Only Making Yourself Look Bad
This is probably the most obvious to the rest of us and the least obvious to the offenders of common decency in stream voice chats. When a Streamer enters your voice chat and lets you know that they are on stream, they are doing you a courtesy by letting you know that people can hear what you are saying. We are giving you the opportunity to either opt out of being on our stream, or to moderate your behavior appropriately so as not to embarrass yourself by accident. Despite what you may believe, we are NOT required to tell you that you are on stream in most cases. We do it anyway because we are decent people. Once you have been made aware that you are on stream, racist remarks or humor, excessive filth, and general insulting behavior towards other people in the voice chat with you reflects far more on you than it does on us. Don’t be that person. Nobody actually likes that person despite what you might have been lead to believe.
Attention Seeking Through Bad Behavior Doesn’t Work
In the real world, among real people, this type of behavior does not gain you the type of attention that you really want in your life. Some people in the gaming world seem to forget that even though what they are doing is taking place on the internet, it still involves real world people, with real world reputations, and real world jobs and lives. To put it more simply, the internet is part of the real world. So if you act like shitty person online, most people will assume you are a shitty person offline. It’s not a good look, and it will gain you nothing but disdain from others, so just stop. Whatever events took place in your life that lead you to believe that bad behavior will gain you rewarding attention taught you a false lesson. It’s time to abandon that false lesson and grow as a person.
Stop And Think of the Streamer For a Minute
For those of you with regular jobs in many mainstream environments consider this: how would you feel if you took a gamble on someone you didn’t really know and let them use you as a reference, and then they proceed to come into your workplace and being loudly proclaiming in front of all of the people that you have worked so hard to cultivate good relationships with about how they hate a certain race, certain aspects of that race, throwing around disgusting slang terms for male and female anatomy, name calling, and overall acting like the worst person in the building, and then has to be escorted out by security? This is basically what is happening to us as a Streamer when you behave this way knowing that you are on our stream. Now we have to leave your group in the middle of an activity in an effort to preserve our integrity and to not put our Affiliate or Partner status with Twitch at risk. If you decide to make a ruckus about it in our stream chat afterward, our moderators have to ban you which is essentially being escorted out of the virtual building. I am using this example because sadly, many of the offenders in this category are grown ass adults, not teens or children.
Get Noticed the Right Way
If you want to get noticed as a valuable player and an overall cool person to have on stream, just don’t be a tool. Follow the Streamers lead in what type of humor is acceptable for their channel. Don’t make assumptions based on what you think you know about the channel, and always remember that in many cases, streaming is the person’s job and is how they make a living. Don’t mare that or put it at risk by being a douche. Nobody likes a douche.