So, if you haven’t been paying attention, one of the biggest trends on Twitch right now is this NoPixel roleplaying server of GTA V.
I’ll quickly explain what this is:
GTA V’s PC version has a mod called FiveM that allows people to create and play in custom persistent servers. So, naturally, you see a lot of servers focused on Roleplaying, which I LOVE. This is the kind of stuff I wish GTA V vanilla was. Players can play Cops, EMS, criminals, regular workers, etc. You have people playing as Lawyers, defending people who have committed crimes to players who are playing judges…
One of the people I follow on NoPixel appealed to the court to have a Class-2 weapon reclassified as a Class-1 weapon. All actual players… YEAH, it gets THAT specific. There’s a player who plays as a thieving, murdering, violent Jesus Christ, who robs you as you’re saying a prayer. You have characters playing plain clothes officers going undercover to infiltrate the gangs of NoPixel. You have a streamer who is playing as a shitty middle aged Soundcloud rapper, and fans have taken his crappy raps he comes up with on the fly and created music for him. You have a gang of elderly rascals called ‘The Prune Gang’ constantly robbing banks. This stuff is INSANELY compelling to watch.
I don’t want to drop any names though because this group has a bunch of REALLY problematic issues.
For one thing, these people are all Twitch streamers, so while most of them have ‘rules’ for their chat that have things like, "No racism, harassment, homophobia,’ you see a lot of shitty stuff in the characters they play and how they respond to their chat.
There are players who play INCREDIBLY gross stereotypes of Asian and Latin American accents, as well as people who play some of the worst transphobic characters I have seen in Media in a looong time. You also just have shitty ableist slurs being thrown around by players out of character.
It’s really frustrating, because the potential of this stuff is soooo amazing, and even when you want to watch streamers you know are mostly safe to watch, they sometimes have to interact with these problematic characters because of the improv nature of the game they’re playing.
Is anyone else watching this? I’d love to hear what ya’ll’s thoughts are on this trend, and I’m curious if you can recommend some streamers who try hard to keep that toxicity out of their stream.