Twitch.tv is undoubtedly the world’s largest and leading ‘social video platform and community for gamers. Since June 2011, Twitch has been an inventor of quite a few emoticons, many of which have grown on to achieve cult status in the gaming community. Every once in a while, in a major LAN event, there surely is someone who shall raise his ‘Kappa Banner’ or show the ‘4Head’ emoticon on his mobile and flash in front of the thousands of spectators that invariably leads to the annoying ‘Kappa spam’ in the Twitch chat.
If the above instances weren’t enough to make you understand how deeply these emoticons have taken root in the lives of gamers, mainly in eSports, here is another example. Facebook groups for gamers lately have already begun preferring the usage of ‘PogChamp’ and ‘DendiFace’ instead of your regular ‘colonthree emoticon’ and ‘smile emoticon’, irrespective of whether it shows as an emoticon in the comments or not. Hence, we decided to take a look into the origins of the top 4 most used Twitch emoticons.
1. Kappa – Because no Twitch chat can ever be seen without it, unless you have bot viewers.
By June 2015, Kappa was being used almost 1 million times in a day. Knowyourmeme defines Kappa as ‘a graphic emoticon commonly used by trolls as a postscript to a sentence to convey sarcasm on the live streaming video platform Twitch; it’s popularity has also lead to the emoticon being used as a form of spam.’ And boy does it live to be the most used form of expression for sarcasm.
Almost every sarcastic comment, whether it be Facebook or Twitter, at least in the gaming community sees a guaranteed ‘Kappa’ following it. Hence, it comes as no surprise to see this on the top of the list.
Talking about its origins, the Kappa emote is simply the grey-scale photograph of a former twitch employee of the then Justin.tv website, Josh DeSeno. He was working on the chat client which was uploaded during the early days of Justin.TV, along with others emotes based on JTV employees. This guy, however stood out and his face has ever since given rise to 4 other forms of Kappa,most notably being KappaRoss which features the original with Bob Ross’ hair, and was added in October 2015 in celebration of Twitch Creative.
2 . 4Head – 4Head
Searching up this term on Urban Dictionary gives you the following defination: ‘Twitch emote. Represents a guy laughing. The emote is usually being spammed in twitch chat when there’s someone laughing hysterically, or when someone tells a cheesy joke, but it’s mostly because when Arteezy starts feeding. 4Head’. The last being a classic example of the emote’s usage.
Some examples of this ‘great emoticon (4Head)’ would be it being the follow up to any nasty or stingy comment targeted to specific people. It begins to appear on a particular stream accompanied with the classic ‘322’ spam, which is basically a gamer’s way of calling out a game as ‘fixed’.
The origins of this emote is rather plain and simple. It basically is the ‘forehand’ of popular Counter-Strike and League of Legends streamer Cadburry, however what gave this emoticon its sarcastic meaning is unknown.
3. PogChamp – Because any mildly funny look can go viral
PogChamp has a rather simpler usage. See something exciting or surprising and after your initial reaction, you can add ‘PogChamp’. However, unlike other emoticons, PogChamp has a rather interesting origin attached to itself, so lets get started.
PogChamp is basically the face of Ryan “Gootecks” Gutierrez, who is one of the hosts of the Internet series CrossCounterTV and the Excellent Adventures of Gootecks and Mike Ross. The frame on which this emoticon was made is this video and it is the face of Gootecks, and since then has been one of the most popularly used global Twitch.tv emoticon. Its name however, is derived from this Mad Catz FightStick promo. And what launched this meme was a TF2 Raffle meme which uses Gootecks’ face. So kids, the next time you try to make something cool on YouTube, make sure your video doesn’t have a frame with your face weird-looking enough to be laughed at by millions.
4. BibleThump – You really thought that we would forget this?
A BibleThumper, according to Wikipedia, is someone perceived as aggressively imposing their Christian beliefs upon others. The emoticon BibleThump, has its form of expression meaning nothing close to that. If Kappa is a troll face, then BibleThump is the cry face. Or to put it more aptly, it is the “I’m so angry, I’m gonna cry” face.
Its origin is fairly simple though. The face BibleThump makes is the face of Isaac, from the Binding of Isaac, an arcade video game where you play as a disturbed child, Isaac, who is hiding in the basement from his evangelical Christian mother (hence BibleThump). It got made into a twitch emote, and what happened next was history. It nevertheless has seen its fair share of usage and thus comes in our list of the top 4.
We, a ASidCast, understand that people may have varying understandings of the forms of expressions of each of these emoticons, hence we have stuck to either taking content directly from suitable sources or coming up with our own from a consensus. Do let us know what do you think about this in the comments and for more Kreygasms (pun intended), stay tuned to ASidCast!