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Shroud explains why Half-Life: Alyx is so “genius”

Published: 25/Mar/2020 18:26 Updated: 25/Mar/2020 18:30

by Michael Gwilliam


Michael ‘shroud’ Grzesiek was thoroughly enjoying his time playing through Half-Life: Alyx and praised Valve for implementing some features he truly loved.

While experimenting with the VR title’s ‘gravity gloves,’ which allow players to grab objects lying around and manipulate them, the Canadian voiced how much he admired the tool.

“This is such a cool mechanic, dude,” he said while summoning items into his hands. “Honestly, that is a genius mechanic. Valve is so smart.” (Timestamp 8:00 for mobile users)

Shroud is loving Half-Life: Alyx.

He went on to voice his approval of the company’s decision to put resources into making Alyx a complete VR experience.

“I’m so happy they made a VR game. That’s so different. That’s really cool stuff,” he added.

Later on in the video (at 11:17), he explained why he believes Valve made Alyx instead of Half-Life 3.

“It’s crazy that we had no idea what Valve was up to, and this is what they were f**king scheming,” he said before reading a comment from his chat that said Half-Life 3 was preferred.

“You have to realize Valve is about innovation,” he explained. “Half-Life is about innovation. Half-Life 1 was the iteration of voice acting in a video game and they kind of nailed that… Half-Life 2 was the iteration of physics, voice acting and facial movements. That’s kind of what Half-Life 2 perfected.”

According to shroud, the technology isn’t there yet for Valve to “innovate something new.”

Shroud doesn’t think the technology is there yet for Half-Life 3.

“What they did instead was they did Half-Life: Alyx,” the retired CSGO star theorized. “This is brand new. This is the top-of-the-line VR currently. It doesn’t get any better than what they made right now.”

“Half-Life 3 will come out when they are ready and they think the tech is there to innovate something new,” he concluded, but suggested that they could already be working on the long-awaited title. “Innovation takes time.”

Shroud isn’t the only one impressed with the new VR game. The title has even received universal acclaim with an average score of 92 on Metacritic, proving that the latest Half-Life installment is already a smash hit with players across the board.


Minecraft streamers TommyInnit, Tubbo & more dominate Twitch after Dream SMP finale

Published: 24/Jan/2021 12:29

by Georgina Smith


Streamers who are part of Dream’s SMP Minecraft server such as TommyInnit, Tubbo, Quackity, and more, are topping the list of the fastest growing streamers on Twitch following an SMP finale stream.

The Minecraft community has experienced a giant surge in popularity throughout the past year, with the 2011 game providing a central focus for a huge number of streamers who have seen a boost in their follower count recently.

Largely this resurgence in popularity is due to the huge multi-streamer server named the ‘Dream SMP.’ Dream is a popular Minecraft speedrunner and YouTuber, and while the SMP (survival multiplayer server) started off as a simple fun server, it quickly progressed into remarkably detailed roleplay and lore, which has captivated fans across the world.

Minecraft promo image next to Dream logo, Mojang, Microsoft Studios /
The Dream SMP is full of many hugely popular streamers and YouTubers.

The story of the Dream SMP features wars, betrayal, revolutions, and more, and these plotlines are acted out and developed by a huge host of streamers who have all appeared in the server or in content relating to the server.

Dream SMP dominate fastest-growing channels

Following a ‘finale’ stream that saw an end to part of the developing story, many of these Dream SMP streamers are shooting to the top of the ranks on Twitch, dominating the fastest-growing streamers list.

According to SullyGnome, 16-year-old Tommy is the fastest-growing account on the platform, with his average viewers at a whopping 300,000. This follows his finale stream in which he peaked at around 650,000 viewers.

(Note: The top channel here, elpront0, is the victim of a follow bot, and so those numbers are discounted)

Table showing the fastest growing streamers for the week up to January 24
SullyGnome’s data shows the fastest growing streamers for the seven days leading up to January 24.

Close behind Tommy, and all within the top ten fastest-growing streamers for the seven days leading up to January 24, are fellow SMP streamers awesamdude, Tubbo, RanbooLive, Quackity, Foolish Gamers, Sapnap, and Philza.

To see this list dominated by one group of people is certainly a testament to the growing popularity of the Dream SMP group. With so many creators on board, the amount of content is practically endless, and clearly a huge amount of work has gone into developing the lore.

Now this finale has passed, fans will be keen to know what’s going to happen next in the world of the Dream SMP, and there’s no doubt that this interest will provide an even bigger boost in numbers for these streamers.