Has it really been three years since the internet collectively tried using Twitch chat to control a single Pokémon game? Time flies. Even more absurd: Twitch Plays Pokémon is still going, and the latest iteration may be the best one yet.
Not only is Twitch Plays Pokémon still going in 2016, this time around it’s working its way through a very cool game that nobody else can play yet.
Holy shit. Twitch Plays Pokémon could not have ended in a more perfect way.
All 151 original monsters have now been caught by thousands of players controlling a single game of Pokémon on Twitch. It's the sort of impressive feat that most Pokémon players will never accomplish, despite having full control of the game.
If I had to use one word to describe Smash Bros., it would be "mayhem." Oh, hey. That's the exact word I'd use to describe a room full of Twitch viewers trying to play a single video game, too. It's almost like Twitch playing Smash Bros. is the perfect combination.
When millions of people typed commands into the internet to play old Pokémon games one at a time, it exploded a whole new way of socializing around games into being and became the weirdest, most popular interactive drama of early 2014. Now a fish is playing Pokémon. And he's doing pretty well! Y'know, for a fish.
Thanks to a 3DS modded with a capture kit, 'Twitch Plays Pokémon' finally ventures into the Kalos region. With Lady Helix on the team, how can it fail?
They revived a god. Now they've defeated a god. It was the only way.
It's not what you're thinking. Heck, it's probably not what you're expecting, either. The latest run of 'Twitch Plays Pokemon'—which has thousands of people banding together to beat Pokémon Crystal—has had a most amazing (and unexpected) turn.
To random bystanders, the protagonist of 'Twitch Plays Pokémon' must have seemed strange—having thousands of people control the movement of a single character makes Red seem erratic. Now imagine what it must've felt like to be the mother of a kid that acts that way.
Despite the chaos of having thousands of people try to control a single Pokémon game, one thing was was certain about the end of the first run of 'Twitch Plays Pokémon'—it was damned inspirational and thought-provoking. Lots of folks were skeptical that finishing the game was even possible.
When you have thousands of people controlling the same game, there are bound to be a ton of memorable hijinks. And so now that 'Twitch Plays Pokémon' beat the first generation of Pokémon games, it seems like a good time to reminisce on some of the stream's high points, no?
Twitch Plays Pokémon is back, and now they're playing Pokémon Crystal. I know the feeling, and the need to keep your friends together and a good thing going. But it's never as good as the first time. Still, if you want to watch, here it is.
In the last battle of the Elite Four, our roster was cut down to only our last pokemon, AATTVV. And he rose to the challenge, earning himself a new title, All Terrain Dragonslayer.
This is it, people—it's what the last two weeks have been leading up to. Thousands of people came together to control a single trainer in Pokemon Red, and now they're facing the game's toughest challenge yet—the Elite Four. You should watch it as it happens, live.