Now We're Playing Pokémon In A Twitter Profile Pic

Gameloft Montreal programmer Constantin Liétard has created a script that allows Twitter users to control a game of Pokémon Red playing out in his profile picture. It’s like ‘Twitch Plays Pokémon without having to deal with Twitch chat.

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Launched on January 8 and then relaunched on January 9 to make sure frames get saved, Liétard’s ‘Twitter Plays Pokémon’ is relatively simple. Players tweet their button inputs as replies to the programmer’s initial post, seen below.

Every 15 seconds, a script pulls the most popular commands from the thread and applies them to the game. The results of the commands are screenshotted and uploaded as Liétard’s 400x400 Twitter avatar. As I write this, players are fiddling about in the game menu.

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Screenshot: Nintendo / Constantin Liétard

From what I’ve seen so far, the game is going pretty well. The Twitter chorus picked Squirtle as their starter, which is a damn fine choice.

The game thread is massive, and it’s only going to get bigger as more and more people spam inputs in the replies. It’ll be interesting to see if they can make it to the Elite Four before the social media platform explodes.

Kotaku elder, lover of video games, keyboards, toys, snacks, and other unsavory things.

DISCUSSION

This is the modern equivalent of how my grandfather used to say he could listen to the local radio station off of the metal fence in his yard.