My Favourite Resident Evil Streamers
I thoroughly enjoy watching people play videogames. I enjoy playing them myself, of course, but there is something about watching people play that is a joy in itself. This might (for me) stem partly from one of the few positive memories I have of my father; watching him beat Goldeneye on 007 difficulty, something I couldn’t (and still can’t) do. A videogame is something you can share (even discounting multiplayer games) in a way that you can’t share a book or a film. Sure you can read it or watch it at the same time as someone else, but you can’t really talk all the while. These are shareable experiences, but not in the same way.
So Twitch.tv is something I am very happy exists. In many ways it’s an awful platform filled with awful people, but any community with subcommunities can be like that (hello Reddit). And at its best, that is what Twitch is; a place to form a community around a game. It might be a modern game, it might be an old game, there might only be five people that still play that game; they can get together and watch each other play it. The particular subcommunity I want to talk about is the Resident Evil (RE) community on Twitch (and Youtube). I have loved the RE games since they first came out, and I am delighted that there is a large group that plays these games on Twitch. I’d love to support these people monetarily, but I’m skint, and I can’t, so instead I am going to point you in their direction to try make up for some of the many hours of entertainment I’ve received from these guys.
Twitch – https://www.twitch.tv/carcinogensda
Twitter – https://twitter.com/CarcinogenSDA
This guy’s been there and done it, man. He’s probably been speedrunning since before you were born. The SDA in his name stands for speeddemosarchive, the place that used to be the nexus of the (western) speedrunning community before streaming happened and shit got real (like, Cosmo’s Ocarina of Time runs on the BBC news, real). Carcinogen was there at the first AGDQ, the one in Mike Uyama’s basement.
Carcinogen has speedrun just about every RE game there is, even the ones he hates. He is also a walking encyclopaedia of RE knowledge, being able to access original sources and the Japanese RE community because he speaks Japanese too he’s that cool. Recently he’s been doing challenge runs of the first RE game (all kills, knife only, that kind of thing). He’s even put in the effort of getting the Sega Saturn version up and running, so he can show off the differences. Carcinogen’s stream is a great place to visit if you’re interested in higher level mechanics. He’ll make sure you know exactly what push priority, pump cancelling, and stair skating are. I’ve been playing these games since they came out, and I still learn something new every time I visit his stream.
Carcinogen is by no means a strictly RE streamer though. Part of the reason I love his stream is that he also runs the Final Fantasy and Metal Gear Solid games. These are the games I played with my friends after school, and this only heightens the feeling of Twitch being a modern way of doing the same thing. He’s also played Dino Crisis and a bunch of other PS1/2 era survival horror games, along with more modern titles.
Do give his stream a visit. Just remember to read the FAQ, and not to ask him what his favourite RE is.
Twitch – https://www.twitch.tv/bawkbasoup
Twitter – https://twitter.com/Bawkbasoup
Personality counts for a lot, and this guy has it in buckets. A high energy streamer whose enthusiasm a lot of other streamers could learn from. He is always talking, laughing or singing. And he has a nice voice, so don’t worry about the singing part. If you like the RE games as much as I do, then his sheer passion for them will likely interest you as it does me. What’s more remarkable is that he’s kept this up despite his most recent project being to learn RE3, an RNG nightmare of a game whose main reset point is a good few minutes in, after some very tricky dodges. Fucking magnum. Despite only running this game “properly” for a few months as of this writing, he has posted some very respectable times.
Not that he hasn’t posted respectable times in the other games he runs. He’s had various world records for Resident Evil 2, and for the Silent Hill games. And as a bonus, he generally runs the Gamecube version of RE2, which is fantastic, because hearing Marvin’s monologue does get a bit old after the twentieth murder hall reset.
Bawkbasoup also plays the odd game of League of Legends with his subscribers. And sometimes he plays Dance Dance Revolution. And he does a weekly cooking show (he worked as a chef but now streams full time). A true renaissance man. Go watch him.
Twitch – https://www.twitch.tv/dudleyc_
Twitter – https://twitter.com/dudleyc_
The hype is real in this one. Another high energy stream, with MIDI keyboard sound effects to boot.
DudleyC_ streams RE3 as a main game. He has won and lost the RE3 (PC) world record many, many times, and through various route changes. Definitely one of, if not the, best RE3 players in the world and knows a shitload about the game. Hasn’t been playing it as much lately because he tends to let it sit for a bit after he reclaims the world record, which he holds as of this writing. Tends to play Smash Bros, or The Division, during his time of RE3. You can’t blame him for taking some time off RE3, because like I said, it’s an RNG nightmare. Fucking. Magnum. DudleyC_ does try to do at least one RE3 run a day before he moves on, but he’s worth watching whatever he streams. He can also be found racing RE3 with WolfDNC fairly often, worth bearing in mind if you like races.
As a bonus, every time he completes an RE3 run he moves over to his music setup, mutes the game, and plays the ending piano solo himself. It’s a sight to behold.
He also has one of the best sub emotes on Twitch for an RE fan: dudsMagnum.
(Sub to dudz).