Atlus has already specified two barriers for preventing abuse of the system. Laughably, one of them is that they're not going to tell everyone what all of the triggers are. Certainly, that will make the hunt for them a little more enjoyable. Once they are discovered, they'll wind up on a list within a few hours and appearing on every stream of the game. Back in my day, if we wanted to get a cheat code for a game, we'd have to get it in a magazine or wait as much as a month for the next in a series of game guide books to include a list. But these kids have no respect for the old ways.
The other protective measure is a timer system for commands, to stop spamming of them in-game, something that will most certainly prevent viewers from destroying the experience of the player (and other viewers). But that's not going to prevent people from spamming the chat rooms of Daylight streams. You know, just in case they get to be the guy who said it that one time. So, now you need some kind of moderation in your channel if you want to have any conversation that doesn't include keywords. Or you could just not stream Daylight anymore.
I'm not trying to paint a nightmare scenario, nor do I think the people at Zombie Studios haven't considered these possibilities in developing the system. I'm sure as we get closer to release that more details will emerge. But I do think developers and publishers need to handle their approach with this growing form of entertainment carefully. If the features you create for streams work against the things that make streaming a great medium for social interaction, you run the risk of alienating the people you were trying to reach in the first place.
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