Unmerge All Remakes in the Directory
With a recent update, Twitch merged all remakes of games in the directory with its original game for whatever reason. Now remakes of popular franchises such as Legend of Zelda, Resident Evil, etc. are all fighting over visibility in the same directory. This is also a problem for remakes of games that have completely different names from its original game, such as Kirby Nightmare in Dream Land, the remake of Kirby's Adventure for NES released on GBA, who's directory is now completely gone because ????
I don't understand what the point of this change is. There was absolutely nothing wrong with remakes having their own game in the directory before, and now people who want to watch the remake of a game have to scroll through streams of the original game to find someone streaming the remake! Not to mention everyone following the remake on Twitch have to now follow the original to hopefully find people streaming the remake, which is just asinine. Furthermore, you can still stream to the directory of the remake, but it won't show up when you search the game itself any more. Seriously, who does this benefit? Remakes are the same game but entirely different in function and modernized at the time for a new audience. They are not supposed to be 1:1 with the original game, but merging the two games together like this says that you think otherwise in my eyes. What's next? Getting rid of the Crash and Spyro remake trilogies because there's directories for Crash and Spyro 1-3 already?
Twitch, I'm begging you, please reverse this change. As a speedrunner, visibility in the directory is everything, and now anyone who speedruns a remake will be getting less of it because they'll be fighting for it all in one category. I really just do not see the logic behind doing this at all, and I hope my reasoning makes sense here to whoever can make the decision to reverse it.
Thank you for all of your suggestions!
We are currently exploring ways that we can better handle game remakes, so we appreciate all the great feedback here.
Need to add Halo: The Master Chief Collection back because for one, you can search for multiple games at the same time to play, so many times you are not playing a specific game so it should be categorized as it's own game. Halo is the main game I play and Halo: The Master Chief Collection was one of the main Halo categories along with Halo 5 that both have over 1 million followers on the categories. Now Halo community members are scattered throughout a bunch of different low followed categories and it has been VERY confusing to many streamers/viewers. Please add it back, or better yet add a general "Halo" category for all Halo streamers and add the option to include a sub category to specify a game if needed. Streamers from the same type of community like to be bunched in the same category for better discoverability.
I probably don't have anything new to add, but I find it really frustrating that because of this change NOBODY seems to be playing the originals of many of the games recently remade because the category is so drowned out. Tomb Raider 1 was already a game that needed all the help it could get but now it's just gone again (it took a long time to even get its own category to begin with), but now both the original and Anniversary are drowned out by the reboot.
Resident Evil 1, 2, and 3 are all dead (some of the best horror games of all time) because of the insane popularity of the remakes. If there is anyone streaming them, then they aren't nearly easy enough to find.
The insanity of this is that there was absolutely no reason for anybody, big or small, no matter what the game, to ask for this. NOBODY wanted this. Whoever decided this change needed to be made should at the very least never be allowed to give input on game categories again. I know it sounds harsh, but it's just such an ill-informed decision that it reminds of something EA would do.
Getting rid of the Halo: The Master Chief Collection also was a big mistake considering that with multiplayer & cross-game playlists things can change before we could even ATTEMPT to change our game being played. Great for people who play one specific game, but for those of us who like to change things up it makes it significantly harder as a streamer and affects our discoverability.
Crash Bandicoot N-sane trilogy is not simply one game. It's a trilogy of three games. The 'disappearance' (It is still in the list, just not usable) of the n-sane trilogy makes me change the game every time I switch from crash 1 to 2 or 3.
They are completely different games. The community may be smaller, but it is still active aside from SM64.
This issue is affecting Stepmania, notITG, Etterna, and more Stepmania-derived games, forcing the communities to be classified under the one Stepmania category. Etterna is a keyboard focused rhythm game client and has its own sizable completely independent community from Stepmania and notITG, which are meant more for casual, arcade, pad, or otherwise differently focused gameplay compared to Etterna.
Forcing these communities to be under one blanket category makes sorting through streams difficult or annoying, not only due to the similarity in the visual appearance of notITG and Stepmania in some cases, but also because the keyboard/competition community of Etterna is not looking for that type of content at all and vice-versa. That being said, notITG is also still deserving of a category independent from Stepmania like Etterna had because it offers more specific for-show type features for a small set of gamemodes, while Stepmania simply aims to emulate the experience of most known or existing arcade-type vertically scrolling rhythm games the best it can.
Tomb Raider: Anniversary and Tomb Raider 2013 are no longer existing on the current game list, despite the fact that TR:A, while a reimagining, is completely different from the original game in every way. And Tomb Raider 2013 is not a remake at all, but in fact its own game entirely sharing nothing similar with the original game beyond the name of the protagonist.
This just makes people who speedrun remakes have to fight that much harder to been seen, please just undo this change. Zelda remake speedrunners generally tend to be running the less popular game, so making them compete with the original just makes it harder for people to find and watch. It makes it harder to grow when people have to look that much harder to find you.
bring it back. It's not the same game as SM64 it needs a separate category
Is it just me or is the Mega Man Legacy Collection category gone too? I was streaming challenges the other day and couldn't use it.
@mouse: The best way to handle game remakes is to just keep them as their own unique categories, that handled it 100% perfectly fine. The issue is there was no need to change it nor is there a need to explore ways to handle them better. The way they were before the change was literally the best way to handle them, bar none.
Minor issue compared to what other people are experiencing. Dragon's Dogma and Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen have seemed to merge into one category as well.
RIP Link's Awakening DX and Persona 5 Royal.
It wasn't just "remakes" that were affected. The categories for the entire .hack//IMOQ series for the PS2 were outright deleted in the recent changes.
Twitch, what on earth are you doing?
EVEN the new Super Mario 3D All-Stars is gone from Twitch.
Most of the time a remake its almost nothing like the original game, and the different versions or expansions of a game are merged together now. This results in a harder time searching for something specific to watch. Totally support the OP
Sorry, I realize I got a bit heated in my previous comment. I deleted it.
I support the OP suggestion. Please unmerge all "remakes".
Geez, no need to swear up a storm
In the last week, the "Extreme" categories have been removed from Dynasty Warriors on twitch (for example "Dynasty Warriors 8: Extreme Legends" is missing). These games are distinct and often very different from their non-extreme versions and to group the games into the same category seems like a poor decision. If I am looking to purchase an Extreme version but first want to engage with someone to see how the game works, or if I like the Extreme iteration better, I want to be able to watch that game, not the other one of a similar title. It just feels like a mislabel if I stream under "Dynasty Warriors 8" when I am playing a completely different game that happens to have 3 words the same.
Please bring back the categories for Dynasty Warriors.