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Your definition of twitch games

03-11-2014, 02:00 AM
#1
Joined: Aug 2012
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Your definition of twitch games

Do you guys agree with the Wikipedia article about twitch gaming?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twitch_gameplay

It seems like their definition is almost nothing like how we think, or at least I think of the genre. It's like almost any game every made could be called twitchy by their definition. When I think of twitch games I think of very hard usually fast paced games that do not give you extra lives or save points that revolve around reflexes. They are typically about avoiding things or not falling. On mobile gaming it seems that there are a bunch that have nauseating trippy effects. Wave wave, super hexagon, duet and boson x are games that I consider twitchy. Am I completely wrong about this?
03-11-2014, 10:55 AM
#2
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Originally Posted by coolpepper43 View Post
Do you guys agree with the Wikipedia article about twitch gaming?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twitch_gameplay

It seems like their definition is almost nothing like how we think, or at least I think of the genre. It's like almost any game every made could be called twitchy by their definition. When I think of twitch games I think of very hard usually fast paced games that do not give you extra lives or save points that revolve around reflexes. They are typically about avoiding things or not falling. On mobile gaming it seems that there are a bunch that have nauseating trippy effects. Wave wave, super hexagon, duet and boson x are games that I consider twitchy. Am I completely wrong about this?
Pretty much wrong, but not entirely off. Quake 3 Arena has long been considered a game with twitch elements on PC. The important distinction for classifying twitch is that a games entire mechanic must revolve almost entirely around fast reflexes and naught else. In Quake 3, while a shooter and having other considerations, fast reflexes are a lynchpin to play.

You're correct in that they're often very hard and very fast-paced, again Quake 3 Arena. The games you listed on iOS, though I have not played, are probably twitch games but the genre is not as limited as you define.

Many 90's shooters, shumps and puzzle games certainly qualify as twitch; even Statcraft 2, along with other RTS's, contains a number of twitch elements. Nowadays I'd even include Moba's like Leauge of Legends as near to the twitch genre.

*I'd throw endless runners into this genre as well, certainly Canabalt would qualify. ...and to be fair twitch is more of a gameplay mechanic than a genre; though pure twitch games, mostly older titles, high-score games, certainly comprise a sub-genre.

Last edited by Topherunhinged; 03-11-2014 at 11:01 AM.
03-11-2014, 11:05 AM
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If Andy C83 is dominating the leaderboard, it's a twitch game

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03-11-2014, 11:19 AM
#4
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If Andy C83 is dominating the leaderboard, it's a twitch game
this.
03-11-2014, 12:13 PM
#5
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If Andy C83 is dominating the leaderboard, it's a twitch game
Yeah, that's what wiki should change their definition of twitch entry too.
03-12-2014, 11:20 AM
#6
Joined: Nov 2010
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Quake arena has long been the standard bearer for twitch play.

In competitive CS you have basically gave 2 kinds of players, strategic players, and twitch players.

I have long associated twitch with shooters.