When I see people talking negatively about Dream SMP and saying things like it doesn't deserve its massive viewership and that it's just kids screaming, or that only children would be capable of enjoying it, or most damningly that it's low effort content I know they've never watched a big plot stream like today.
Because, enjoy it or not, Dream SMP is probably the highest effort content you can find on twitch. It's like a 2 hour live theater performance with no scene breaks, and half of it is improv. All the "sets" are painstakingly built by hand, sometimes while being live and in character. It took Sam dozens of hours to build the prison, most if which he wasn't paid for since he didn't stream to avoid spoilers.
The amount of talent, EFFORT, and dedication that goes into pulling something like this off is astronomical.
And some of the old guard of twitch and youtube along with their viewership don't seem to understand that. A comedic video game review or a video essay may take a long time to script and edit but imagine the anxiety of having to pull something like this off live in front of 1 million people, and that's not even getting into how many will watch the vod. Last night Punz was talking about how anxious he is to get more involved in the roleplay for that reason.
It's a new era of live entertainment. These kids write their own lines, are their own camera operators, their own stage crew, their own stunt doubles. Even D&D doesn't require you to have a mastery of video game mechanics. These roleplays don't just require improvised lines but movements and fight scenes as well.
So even if Dream SMP isn't everyone's cup of tea I think it deserves respect from other creators and their fanbases.
"It's dumb and boring" says someone who's stream content of choice is just watching someone be good at first person shooters. "Just stream minecraft for clout, it's easy lol..." says someone who's never watched a stream and doesn't understand why Dream SMP specifically is so popular.
This isn't toy channels or a Fortnite loot boxes scam. Just because something is enjoyed by kids doesn't make it exploitative or low effort.
Everyone on the Dream SMP stream today did amazing, and their success is more than deserved.
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