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Twitch streamer left stunned after perfect blindfolded Wii bowling game

Published: 6/May/2020 6:34

by Brad Norton

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Twitch streamer ‘NicroVeda’ was left speechless after finally achieving glory and bowling a perfect game in Wii Sports Resort, all while blindfolded.

Despite being more than a decade old, players are still finding new ways to up the challenge in classic Wii Sports game modes. While the motion-based technology might be outdated in comparison to today’s Virtual Reality rigs, little comes close to the rush of bowling a strike with the old Nintendo controllers.

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After hours of struggling through a blindfolded challenge on May 4, popular Twitch streamer NicroVeda was left shocked as he bowled a perfect game without being able to see the lane in front of him.

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Wii Sports is one of the most iconic games from the 2006 Nintendo console.

In the midst of a marathon attempt, he came close to the ultimate goal a number of times. Even closing out a run just one point away from the immaculate 300 of a perfect game. “I want to do this so badly because I’m literally one away,” he said. “As time goes on, that’s all I’m thinking about.”

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As the seventh consecutive hour of non-stop games drew near, NicroVeda finally did what hundreds of viewers in chat said that he couldn’t. Bowl a perfect blindfolded game in Wii Sports Resort.

Letting the moment sink in, he was stunned that it finally happened. “I knew I wanted to get into the blindfolded bowling grind again. But to just get this in a day…I did not expect. Whoever the f*** said ‘move on’…we wouldn’t have got this 300 today.”


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Reflecting on the remarkable run, he was fully aware of just how rare the accomplishment truly is.

“There’s no leaderboards, and nobody really does this,” he admitted. “But I’m pretty sure I’m the first person to ever do this.”

Using his own merchandise as a makeshift blindfold throughout the day of attempts, he joked that anyone watching could “also bowl a perfect game” if they picked up an item for themselves.

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The perfect run begins at the 18:15 mark for mobile viewers.

While the perfect game may have taken all day, and a little of NicroVeda’s sanity, he can now gloat about being one of the best blindfolded Wii Sports players in the world.

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Will blindfolded tennis be next? Or maybe even boxing? Only time will tell what amusing challenge the streamer tackles in the future.

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Twitch staff accused of tricking streamer into promoting brands

Published: 7/Oct/2020 21:28 Updated: 7/Oct/2020 21:34

by Alan Bernal

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Twitch streamers are speaking out against the broadcasting platform for attempting to promote brands within individual chats. Content creators are slamming the practice, especially since they have no control of removing the adverts from their channel.

One longtime YouTuber and Twitch streamer who goes by ‘The Black Hokage’ noticed a staffer had dropped a message in his Chat. The purpose of the text, sent by ‘newcryka,’ was to have the streamer acknowledge the listed brand with 400 Bits attached to the post.

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He immediately took issue with the move: “Yo, are you promoting something?… You got a Twitch staff symbol next to your name, are you promoting sh*t in my Chat?”

After posting the interaction on Twitter, more streamers slammed the apparent unsolicited advertisement from the streaming platform.

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“Creators beware! Twitch staff is now going around donating spare change in an attempt to trick you into shouting out brands without proper compensation. Don’t fall for it,” The Black Hokage said.

Twitch partner and viral streamer ‘negaoryx’ responded: “Which is great, because we can’t moderate anything said by Twitch staff in chat, so we can’t even purge it… great…”

There is a function that lets people ‘/Clear’ their channels messaging log, which lets “broadcasters and chat moderators to completely wipe the previous chat history.” This feature doesn’t apply to messages from Twitch staff accounts.

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However the means, content creators and the wider Twitch community got an indication that the streaming platform could experience more intrusive marketing campaigns.

Some believe that The Black Hokage’s clip could have been a Twitch advertisement staff member testing out a new form of social engagement tactics meant for branding – and the thought isn’t unfounded.

In early August, an outside company released how its latest marketing scheme made use of Twitch’s donation alerts to get a branded sound bite played on a streamer’s channel. Their video showed multiple instances of a Twitch account surprising streamers by donating $5 to get a brand’s name and current offerings played on their page.

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The idea was immediately chastised for its way of engaging in promotion and sponsorship for a company without consulting or locking a paid deal with the individual streamer. However, despite inevitable backlash, advertisers are still trying out new methods of outreach.

The Amazon-owned streaming site has been incorporating more ways to engage audiences with branding promotions and advertisements.

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Amazon solutions for ads have directly integrated Twitch channels and streamers in the past.

“Twitch video and display media, as well as new Twitch audiences, are now available for inclusion in Amazon Advertising campaigns, and Amazon audiences are available for inclusion in Twitch campaigns,” Amazon wrote. “We’re delighted to share that we are combining Twitch’s hard-to-reach and highly engaged audiences with Amazon Advertising’s integrated full-funnel advertising offering.

Days after Amazon announced it had added Twitch to its Amazon Advertising portfolio, the streaming site announced it was testing out mid-roll ads for channels. This too was vehemently criticized by everyone from Twitch streamers to viewers, and the idea was later abandoned.

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Twitch has been experimenting with new ad campaigns that have drawn ire from viewers and streamers.

A feature that hasn’t gone back to the drawing board has been the picture-in-picture mode for ads that minimizes and mutes the main stream while playing a fullscreened promotion. This too was received with angst from viewers.

Twitch’s latest attempt at finding a more engaging way to introduce ads to its reported 17.5 million daily users has, again, created ire from its partnered content creators.

As Amazon and Twitch continue to create advertising solutions for its highly-valuable and impressionable audiences, the platform’s streamers will be on the lookout for more marketing tactics that look to benefit off of their communities.