This really doesn’t qualify as “news” per say, however I find it interesting and absolutely hysterical. According to Dorkly a “TwitchPlaysPokemon” streaming account has set up an emulator with Pokemon Red/Blue that takes inputs from the Twitch chat stream. While only certain phrases will be read and translated into the game (left, right, A, B, Start, Select etc), anyone can log into Twitch and start inputting commands. As you might expect, the number of players has snowballed into a whopping… wait for it… 53,143 people. That’s right, over 50,000 are watching the stream right now and have the power to tell our Pokemon Master what to do… at the same time.
Despite the lack of coordination due to sheer numbers and people purposely inputting bad commands, there has been a surprising amount of progress. So far Red has collected 3 badges and has navigated pitch black caves (i.e. Rock Tunnel), although its taken almost 4 days of gameplay to do so. Impressive right? Equally as impressive, but in a negative sense, Red was stuck on Route 9 for over 15 hours and made absolutely no progress due to a single ledge.
Here’s the feed for the video if you just want to watch it
Here’s the link if you want to participate in the madness:
If you’re wondering who is responsible for this insanity, according to Polygon, the anonymous programmer is Australian.