I had to ask since, during The Runback I was talking in chat (yeah I know my first mistake), and I just got pissed off at some point, and started calling all the Marvel monsters retards (not my proudest moment tbh). At some point they all started saying if it wasn’t because of stream monsters, the FGC wouldn’t really exist in it’s current form. That got me really thinking, would it be okay if stream monsters didn’t exist as a “part” of the FGC.
Back in Late 09 - Early 2010, I started getting involved with my local scene. I was an 09er. I would get bodied during casuals constantly, and I really didn’t know how to ask for help or advice back then because I used to be really shy (plus most of the dudes in the scene were older than me so that intimidated me as well). So instead I used to look up videos, but I couldn’t understand most of the context because, there was nobody to explain it to me. The later in 2010 the Peaceful Jay Stream was born, and it was a stream where players in general used to watch people play on Xbox Live, and comment and talk about what was happening in game. It was fucking amazing to have all that info at my fingertips. Not just that top players used to pop in from time to time and just talk like regular folks. That helped me feel like I was a part of the community. Any question I had back in the day was usually answered, and it was informative as fuck, while at the same time we were shooting the shit.
Unfortunately around that time is when you exactly pinpoint the first stream monsters as well. Trolls used to come and go all the time in that chat, but one day there were more, and more trolls, and less and less actual conversation. At first I thought it was all in good fun, but eventually it just started getting annoying, and it was the reason I stopped going to PJS permanently. From there it just grew bigger, and bigger, until a lot of these guys just started showing up. Now it’s become a part of the FGC persona, like it is what we actually are. Stream Monsters are what represent the community these days, and hype up the good, and mostly the bad about what we are. A lot of these fools are pretty much caricatures of what the FGC is, mixed in with internet meme spew. I swear at this point most of these fools haven’t ever gone to a tournament, or met up with other players in their local area.
Are these guys what we seriously are catering too? Fuck that, I say we nip this shit in the bud. Personally I say I am all for subscriber chats, and all that jazz… It keeps the idiots away.
What are your thoughts on Stream Monsters in general?