One of the cool features of Twitch is the chat — basically an IRC channel that runs along the stream. It allows you to interact with the caster — ask them questions, make remarks on the gameplay, etcetera. And it also allows you to interact with other viewers as well, of course.
One of the things that’s added fun are the emotes. You type in a short phrase, and the system translates it into a small picture. It’s a fun way to quickly make a statement. There are the global Twitch emotes (that anyone can use), but there are also channel emotes, which you can only get when you are a subscriber to that channel (that is, you pay a subscription per month to Twitch, which passes half of that to the streamer).
But there are also browser extensions that do this, separate from Twitch. BetterTTV is the most used of these, and as a channel owner (regardless of whether you are affiliated or partnered on Twitch), you can submit your emotes and after a review cycle, they are added to the store of emotes if approved. And of course, if you want more emotes or personal emotes that work on every channel, you have to pay the developers of the extension to get that — but in the base, you can get upto five channel emotes.
I have been streaming again, and I had an idea for an emote. I had been playing Ys: The Oath in Felghana, and I had been getting frustrated by some aspects of the gameplay that I could not completely master. I had been getting impatient with myself and the game, and that wasn’t fun. The Buddha teaches us that desire begets suffering: I was suffering because of my impatience. What better way to mark those situations with an emote?
My friend Hoothor made the graphics. He “cartoonified” a photo of the Daibutsu of Kamakura, making the head and the hands (in the perfect meditation position!) slightly bigger, and putting the word ‘GREED’ underneath it:
I think it took them about ten minutes to approve the emote, and it is now live on my channel! I’m quite pleased.