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This Grand Theft Auto Online roleplayer decided to leave his job (in the game) because the pressure of juggling multiple careers and maintaining a humorous persona for the audience became too much.
Roleplaying in the game isn't uncommon. Arguably the most well-known example of roleplayers in Grand Theft Auto is the group that modded Grand Theft Auto V to take charge of the streets as the Metropolitan Police. The extent of their work requires rigorous 3D modelling of the police forces' vehicles, weapons, uniforms and kit - players are even able to download custom content to use breathalysers on the beat. The appeal of watching roleplayers rather than playing the game itself stems from the excitement of following a fictional character's life in a space where literally anything might happen, and the joyful camaraderie between the streamer and the audience. Alternatively put, you could visit Erinsborough, but if Harold and Lou aren't there, then what's the point?
Streamer Chance "Sodapoppin" Morris plays Grand Theft Auto Online as a man named Kevin Whipaloo. Whipaloo, a hapless restaurant manager for the Burger Shot and Marlowe Vineyard and a contractor at the Diamond Resort and Casino, attempts to stick to the straight and narrow... yet he often finds himself embroiled in criminal schemes without a paddle. His social anxiety causes him to instantly crumble under questioning, thereby complicating his situation even more if he's been taken in by police or by a gang. Whipaloo is also famed for his extreme arachnophobia which has led him to leap out of a car that was hitting extreme speeds onto the road. He survived.
The character (and by extension, Sodapoppin) is extremely popular in the Grand Theft Auto roleplaying community. That's why it was so shocking to learn that the streamer hasn't been enjoying the experience lately. "I'm taking a break. And I'm coming back when I feel like it. It's too much," said Sodapoppin in the livestream. "And I don't want to say those things while I'm doing GTA RP, because the last thing I want is I don't want someone to look at Kevin in-game and be like 'oh, I don't want to interact with him because I know he's got too much interactions going on already.' I don't want people to overthink it. But at the same time it's f**king brutal. It's just brutal."
Apparently, Sodapoppin "overestimated" his capacity to balance these responsibilities, and the best thing to do is to recuperate for his mental wellbeing. He's been active on Twitch since 2012, starting out as a World of Warcraft streamer before focusing on online gambling games like blackjack. The audience is, of course, sad to see Sodapoppin disappear, but they were sympathetic to his issues and will welcome him back when he's ready.
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