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Twitch Plays Pokémon begins anew with Pokémon Crystal


Twitch Plays Pokémon is a cultural phenomenon that started quietly but has since gained significant traction amongst online gaming communities. The idea was remarkably simple: stream a live version of the original Pokémon Red, which is controlled via a parser that translates the text of the chat channel into in-game commands. It’s as chaotic as it sounds, and as brilliant as you can imagine.

While much of the 16 days spent the game was spent spinning around in circles and consulting certain fossil-like objects, the game eventually ended in victory for the plus minus 1.1 million watchers who tuned in over the course of the playthrough and has spawned a rather hilarious mythos involving Bird Jesus, the All Terrain Venomoth, conflicting religions around anarchy mode (the chat mode where every command is taken as gospel.) and democracy mode (where viewers enter commands and the one with the most votes is initiated 20 seconds later) and a host of other memes.


Twitch Plays Pokémon in action. On the right you can see the viewers parsed commands.

Now, the channel has moved on to the next game, Pokémon Crystal, which is an updated and improved version of the second generation of Pokémon games, Pokémon Gold and Pokémon Silver. The channel has also instituted a new voting system whereby democracy is instituted every hour, and users can vote to get anarchy reinstated.

While the original playthrough started slowly with a few watchers, as of writing the game is being watched live by over 50,000 viewers and has achieved over 40 million views. I’ve embedded the Twitch channel live stream below, because I know what you’ve always been missing in your life is incessant FM synthesized bleeps and bloops.

Source: Twitch

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  • Alex Rowley

    It was a truly amazing thing to see. I started watching this off and on when it was 2 days in and I honestly thought it was impossible.

    The memes for this though are absolutely hilarious and the Neogaf thread for it is one of the funniest places on the internet.

    • Rick de Klerk

      I only watched some of it in the latter days of the first series, but I’m tuning in and out of the new playthrough where time and bandwidth allow.

      It definitely seems to fall into the proliferation of YouTube Let’s Plays and the like – something of a shared gaming experience that falls between completely passive media and a fully interactive, MMO-like experience.


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