One of the most challenging aspects of video-games culture for a newcomer, especially for a busy parent, is trying to learn and understand the many, many acronyms and specialised terms. GameHub HQ entries are jargon-free, so you can get the information you need as easily and painlessly as possible, but there are still some words worth knowing. Every Monday, we break down one Word Worth Knowing from the world of gaming.

Except, this week, it’s happening on a Tuesday because I got confused by the 24hr clock and set it to publish on the wrong day! As I can’t sack myself, I’ve put myself on reduced chocolate rations for the rest of the week in punishment. Sorry about that ladies and gents!

What is  Twitch, what do you need to know and why do you need to care?

What It Is: Twitch = A video-game streaming platform.

What It Means:  Twitch is a popular service which allows users to play a video-game in real time whilst simultaneously broadcasting what they are playing onto the internet.

Why You Care: Twitch allows players to share the games they are playing with other people around the world online. This is something parents should be aware of, as it allows kids and teens to see the content of games they might not be allowed at home. We’ve seen this used a lot of times by kids as a crafty bolster to their “but all my friends have it” claims.  When they can describe the game’s content, perhaps embellishing a little here and there, kids can sometimes cleverly convince their parents that they have played it at a friend’s house, and that as “everyone has it” they should be permitted to own a copy too. Try to turn these streaming services to your parental advantage by using them to pre-check a game’s content to see if it meets with your approval. Don’t get the wool pulled over your eyes by suspiciously well-informed youngsters!

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