These days, games explode in the weirdest ways. A single stream from a BTS member can raise virality at the level of among us to among us. Similarly, as the huge Deep Rock Galactic community has already learned recently, a big vtuber joining the ranks of the space dwarves may indeed bring all the nets to the backyard. Fortunately, this group of burly miners welcomed these new anime-watching girls with open arms.
It all started a few days ago when Shishiro Botan (opens in a new tab), a Hololive-owned vtuber with nearly 1.3 million YouTube subscribers, streamed Deep Rock Galactic for about two hours to over 10,000 viewers, ending the broadcast with a positive rating for the game. The Vod for this stream was 160,000 views at the time of writing, so there is no doubt that it has brought many people to the game’s attention – and not just in Japan and wider Asia, where Hololive is the largest overall, as Botan clearly also has a non-trivial Western audience .
Let’s be clear: Deep Rock Galactic has been out for a few years now and has garnered over 140,000 reviews on Steam with a 97% positive rating, let alone an Xbox and Game Pass release. Realistically, no amount of Shishiro Botan viewers will noticeably alter the game’s already bright prospects.
That being said, as we’ve seen before – because it’s somehow not the first, second, or even a third time Hololive has been in the gaming news – games often circulate in vtuber communities and end up attracting the attention of many sizeable audiences. (Botan apparently chose DRG after the men’s group in Hololive gave it a try.) Even so, I’m less interested in the numbers resulting from this situation than the response from the DRG community, which was really touching.
“Attention brothers and sisters,” said the Redditor and space dwarf OechSenpai dog. “We now have a very large Japanese Hololive streamer, Shishiro Botan, who plays DRG. Expect a huge amount of new players.”
“Accept and welcome new miners, no matter where they come from,” the Reddit mod said in a comment to the hot post. “Greenbeard joining the ranks should be celebrated. Spend your energy helping a few greenbeards instead of being grumpy on the internet. The community is a big part of what makes Deep Rock Galactic great.”
Of course, it inspired some memes and artwork.
in_light_of_recent_news from r/DeepRockGalactic
start work!!!! ⛏️⛏️⛏️⛏️#ししらーと pic.twitter.com/HlGGVrTZpaJanuary 9, 2023
The comments on these posts are a sea of supportive jokes that give me hope for humanity. “Rock and stone, Lalion,” he writes ax222 (opens in a new tab), combining the space dwarf’s battle cry with Botan’s apparent catchphrase. “You mean the greenbeards” natural_youth_5941 (opens in a new tab) talks about the “new players” that OechSenpai describes, putting all players on the same level regardless of how much vtuber-cats they watch.
“Honestly, I was a little surprised by this reaction,” he wrote Twinkiman (opens in a new tab), neatly sums up my thoughts as well. “I guess a lot of people would hate a bunch of weebs joining this game. The more players, the better!”
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