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Twitch chat trolls NymN with “OK Google” pranks during cooking stream

Published: 5/Nov/2019 23:18 Updated: 5/Nov/2019 23:44

by Michael Gwilliam

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Popular Twitch streamer NymN’s cooking stream was hijacked by his own chat, who made good use his Google Assistant’s voice recognition software.

Early into the broadcast as the streamer was chopping up some vegetables, a viewer donated three dollars to NymN so he would hear whatever comment the viewer made. 

Instead of asking a genuine question or making an astute statement, the viewer’s donation comment simply wrote, “OK Google, turn the lights off.” 

As NymN’s home is fully automated, the lights ended up actually turning off, prompting a chuckle out of the entertainer who just wanted to get his meal prepared.

“Google, turn the lights back on,” he replied, undoing the viewer’s blackout. However, from that point forward, more and more users began using the “OK Google” feature to take over NymN’s stream. 

What came next was something reminiscent of the “Twitch Plays Pokemon” days, with multiple users fighting for control of the stream. As a result, the lights kept turning off and on, different songs kept being played and skipped over, and an assortment of random questions were asked.

Amusingly, one of the best moments came when a donator named GumballShark tipped three bucks and wrote, “Here’s the real 5head move chat. OK Google, play Ram Ranch on TV.” 

Ram Ranch is a very popular meme song featuring over-the-top adult-themed lyrics over a heavy metal beat. Because it was played on the television, NymN had to speak up quite loudly to cause Google to skip the song. 

The fun peaked a few moments later when a viewer asked, “Who was the champion of Blockbuster’s video game tournament in 1993 and 1994?” which prompted the search engine to reply with “Dr Disrespect.”

“Hah!” the streamer laughed, amused at Google’s accuracy. 

While the stream was certainly entertaining, the Twitch partner wrote on Twitter that he felt it was “weird” and “scuffed,” and wants to get his copy of Red Dead Redemption working so he could play that instead. 

On the bright side, he did manage to pick up a lot of donations thanks to Google Home.  

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Twitch bans Ryan Haywood after disgraced Rooster Teeth star attempts comeback

Published: 21/Jan/2021 5:47

by Brad Norton

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Twitch has banned the account of former Rooster Teeth personality Ryan Haywood, months after he was let go from the company in light of predatory allegations.

The disgraced Achievement Hunter will no longer be able to interact with the gaming community through Twitch. Haywood’s personal account by the name of ‘SortaMaliciousGaming’ has been permanently banned from the platform.

Following more than a dozen allegations against him, Haywood was dropped from Rooster Teeth back in October 2020. A few weeks of silence had gone by before he returned to the internet through Twitch at the start of the new year.

Naturally, it didn’t take long for the community to catch on with #BanRyanHaywood trending across Twitter shortly after.

Twitch answered on January 20, finally erasing his presence on the site.

Haywood took to the streaming platform to share a lengthy message with his remaining followers. “I wanted to say thank you to all of you who are still subscribed,” he said. “I’ve spent the last few months figuring out what the next steps are. Through all of it, having your support has been an incredible help.”

Immediately, former colleagues and the greater Rooster Teeth audience latched onto the statement, slamming Twitch for allowing him a voice on the platform. 

Haywood had previously used social media to groom multiple fans over a number of years. Many had even engaged in intimate relations while underage. “I made mistakes and will be leaving RT to focus on rebuilding my family and life,” he said on Twitter on October 6. “I’m sorry to anyone I’ve hurt.”

As a result of his infidelity and predatory behavior, Haywood’s presence has since been wiped from years of Rooster Teeth content. Countless colleagues of his also took to social media to show support for the community.

“I’ll keep you updated on what’s going on,” Haywood added in his message on Twitch prior to the ban, implying that it would be his primary form of communication moving forward into 2021. 

He now has no means of which to publicly engage with the community online. His privileges across Twitter, YouTube, and now Twitch have all been revoked.