They haven’t even made it out of the Vault yet.

Fallout 3 is a complex and challenging game when you play it the “normal” way. But, apparently when you have a bunch of people trying to feed Bethesda’s open-world action-RPG hybrid commands through chat, it’s enough to break the game. The live, bot-controlled playthrough of Fallout 3 has been stuck at a wall for hours now (as of the time of this writing), only a little ways into the opening moments of the game.

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This is an inauspicious start, to be sure. But the Twitch Plays phenomenon has seen a hivemind of gamers stumble and ultimately succeed at game series like Pokemon. Heck, the collective attempt at Dark Souls was also a mess at first but eventually won out over that game’s hardest bosses. Keep your head up, Twitch Plays Fallout, you’ll get to Megaton... eventually.

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Update: Looks like the folks putting this playthrough together have gotten things working. The adventure begins.


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