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Pokimane defends herself in interview with ‘Dark Side of Pokimane’ creator

Published: 17/Jan/2019 12:29 Updated: 17/Jan/2019 12:33

by Calum Patterson


Twitch streamer Pokimane has been caught up in controversy to start off 2019, after other YouTubers, including PewDiePie, called her out on various issues.

One YouTuber, Fainted, made a now viral video titled ‘The Dark Side of Pokimane’, which now has over 3 million views, and helped boost his channel from only 500 subscribers to over 180,000.

Fainted’s video focused on Pokimane’s on-stream conversation with a YouTuber named ‘davcev’, who admitted to using her content and sensationalist titles to attract viewers to his channel.

Pokimane was criticized for claiming she would file copyright strikes on Davcev’s channel, as well as displaying and mocking his instagram page live on her stream.

Pokimane responded to both Fainted and PewDiePie’s video later, but some fans were not satisfied that she had addressed all the criticisms made, and so had now completed an interview with Fainted himself.

The pair discuss various issues which they had with each other’s video, as Pokimane attempts to touch on any points made in the ‘Dark Side’ video she missed, including the debate around showing the Instagram page on stream.

Pokimane claims, contrary to popular belief, that her fans did not in fact brigade Davcev’s profile with hate comments, as Fainted suggested they would.

“Nobody, as far as I know, I checked some of his pics, and none of my viewers said anything to him. And that’s because in general, I don’t promote that kind of thing, nor would I allow that kind of thing.”

The streamer does admit however that she was wrong to have had the conversation with Davcev publicly, and restated that it was caused by a ‘moment of frustration.”

As for the copyright strike of another video by ‘Bowblax’, which was a compilation of a Twitter dispute between Pokimane and KEEMSTAR, the streamer is adamant that she was within her right to have the video taken down.

“I have triple checked with my MCN, and they are very firm on the fact that it was not fair use. […] I understand that that system gets abused, and it can affect channels really negatively. I want to stand up for videos that are transformative and are fair use.”

You can watch Pokimane’s full interview with Fainted and Bowblax below.

Call of Duty

Dr Disrespect explains how Black Ops Cold War could be “so much more fun”

Published: 21/Oct/2020 3:29

by Alex Tsiaoussidis


Dr Disrespect has chimed in on the much-maligned SBMM system used in Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War and other titles, and although he doesn’t blame Treyarch, the Doc is less than impressed with the system and wants it removed.

Dr Disrespect is all about violence, speed, and momentum. However, he hasn’t been able to spread his wings in Black Ops Cold War and fly like the eagle he was born to be, and he blames it all on SBMM.

SBMM, which stands for skill-based matchmaking, is a system used in many popular games to try and balance out lobbies.

Some players and developers think it’s a good thing, but many others believe it tends to ‘punish’ higher-skilled players like Dr Disrespect. It throws them into lobbies with other elite players, which results in ‘sweaty’ games where everyone is good and trying really hard to win.

The game becomes more serious and less casual, and it demands more effort, which is less than ideal for streamers like the Doc, who want to entertain.

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War is one of many games that uses SBMM.

Dr Disrespect has never been one to hold his tongue and mince his words on matters important to him. In his latest stream, he had a frustrating time playing Black Ops Cold War due to SBMM and shared his thoughts.

Man, that SBMM, what a… what a…” he said, struggling to find the words to summarize his rage. “SBMM results to exact same fight every single time.” It’s a sentiment shared by players from many different games and skill brackets.

“It has nothing to do with… game design,” he added.

“Treyarch knocks it out the park… I just think it has something to do with a lot of the technical stuff… I would take that tech out.”

Dr Disrespect
Dr Disrespect isn’t one to hold back on his opinions, especially when it comes to games.

Dr Disrespect knows that it isn’t Treyarchs fault. Instead, he refers to a “third-party” who works with them and “manages all the data and everything.” He says, “they’re able to make all these tweaks, and all that stuff,” and the fact that SBMM is implemented at all is “such a bummer.”

“I want some sheep in my lobbies,” he said. “I want a couple triple peekers. The game could like just be so much more fun. I don’t understand why they have it.”

The related segment begins at 3:38:30 in the video below.

Dr Disrespect isn’t the first person to express his concerns about SBMM, and he won’t be the last. However, the Doc is a pillar in the gaming community. He has also been involved in some behind-the-scenes level design, so his opinion has some weight.

Either way, Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War is still loads of fun. SBMM might even help you become a better player if you’re willing to embrace it.