As live-streaming in the gaming industry continues to develop over the years more and more subjects like these will continue to rise up out of the deep dark depths of the online gaming world. A language that is known by many but spoken by few outside of online gaming. Twitch has allowed gaming culture to become mainstream, exposing its underground language and unique lifestyle via live broadcasting.
The term “Blind Playthrough” has been used over the years to describe when a player that has no experience or knowledge of a game plays through it from beginning to end. In response to viral tweets suggesting the longstanding term was ableist and could make people with sight disabilities uncomfortable. Twitch has decided to remove the tag completely from its platform database. Director of community and creator marketing Erin “Aureylian” Wayne voiced her happiness over the decision in the tweet below. Live broadcasters are now encouraged to use the terms “First Playthrough” along with “No Spoilers” as a substitute. A current list of tags can be viewed at https://www.twitch.tv/directory/all/tags.
Happy to see Twitch has listened to everyone who shared feedback and removed the “Blind Playthrough” tag to encourage more inclusive language for our community.
You can still use “First Playthrough” or opt to use it in combination with “No Spoilers” for the same sentiment. 💜
— Aureylian △⃒⃘ (@aureylian) December 4, 2020
Mixed a response is to be expected in these situations while some cheered in joy others feel it’s becoming way too much. What are your thoughts?
This world needs a big ass reset.
Wtf is it even coming to at this point.
Can we just ban everything then so no one can get offended ?
Ban speedruns tag for peeps who are movement impaired then aswell,that’s how it sounds to me.
Hi, to respond to this – I’m a blind streamer who uses twitch and was not asked for feedback, I am not offended by blind playthrough but I AM offended that this is giving false narrative to blind/VI people, once again we are being overlooked and words are being put in mouths
— Sugarplum Clarey 🎄🎀 (@ItsClareyVR) December 5, 2020
This is so cringe i physically feel it holy fuck
— Yano (@yano_ultima) December 5, 2020
I have a condition and uncontrollable Twitch in my body. I’m offended everytime I stream on it because of its name. Why not rename it Blah streaming or BS for short. Not to mention those streamers that have big boobies and no talent but demand donation. Please do better 🙃.
— Kempora Tashibana (@CAPCOMANIAC) December 6, 2020
And, if you think that blind people can’t read stuff online; they can. There’s programs that help blind people read. I had a classmate who was blind and could understand a narrator reading stuff to him in more than 3x speed. He was faster in reading than people WITH eyes.
— Tarvo (@tarvo27) December 5, 2020
This type of language is incredibly offensive to blind people, please retire usage of phrases like “Happy to see” as it marginalises people with vision disabilities and is not inclusive of their ability. Please use terms like “Happy to become aware of” in future <3
— Arya (@Arya_6170) December 5, 2020
A blind play through uses the other definition from the dictionary.
“lacking perception, awareness, or discernment.”
Why is this a thing? pic.twitter.com/fim8YzQUp4
— TheyCallMeCraig (@Craig_725) December 5, 2020