I don’t really like Twitch Plays Pokemon. It feels way too chaotic and random for me. Sure, you could participate by trying to enter your commands into the stream chat and hoping that it gets registered. But more often than not, the inputs all boil down to random luck. Even as a spectator, it’s very frustrating sometimes to see players get stuck at the same location for hours on end.
Which is why I decided to go back to Salty Bet. The gratification is quicker, and your bets, while usually insignificant, do play a direct role in influencing the odds and payout. It also helps that I am a fighting game fan, and it’s absolutely hilarious and entertaining to see just how dumb and broken some characters are. There are a lot less players on Salty Bet compared to last year, but things are much better than what I remembered: there’s a new dynamic tier system where characters will automatically get promoted/demoted based on their performance. And Salty himself is actively paying attention to feedback in the stream chat.
I have been hopelessly addicted to Salty Bet for the past several days. I usually keep the browser tab open for SB open in the background, and whenever I’m feeling bored or need to take a break from work, I’ll just switch over and spectate a few matches or so. More often than not I will end up screaming and shouting at the monitor as the stupidity of the action unfolds.
Salty Bet sort of pioneered it within its own niche fighting game community, while TPP took it to the extreme and made it into an overnight phenomenon. Perhaps, this is the next evolutionary step for live videogame streaming — getting spectators to participate directly and giving them the power to influence the game’s outcome.