Musings: Twitch Plays Pokemon is The Best Thing on the Internet. Ever.

Twitch Plays Pokemon

Who knew 80,000 people playing a game at the same time would be the greatest thing ever?

I haven’t been keeping too up-to-date with the news, as I’ve been going into my former workplace to help them with a few things. However, I have been hearing a bit about something called, “Twitch Plays Pokemon”. I didn’t quite look into it a lot, but I decided to tune in yesterday for the heck of it.

Oh. My. God.

In case you haven’t heard about it, “Twitch Plays Pokemon” is a live stream of Pokemon Red over on Twitch.tv. The clever fella who set it all up also created a bot that accepts input from the chat stream. For example, if you were to type “Up”, the bot will press up in the game (thus moving the character or the menu cursor up, depending on the situation).

So, you can imagine that there will be chaos emerging from the participation of over 80,000 people. As a result, the creator of this “social experiment” put an Order Metre in there. If the Metre is over to “Anarchy”, then the bot will execute every single command it receives. If the Metre is over to “Democracy”, then viewers can vote on which input should be executed next. Chat participants can type either “anarchy” or “democracy”, and the mode will switch when one reaches 75%.

This is the most mesmerizing thing I’ve ever seen. I’m so invested in this, I actually re-downloaded my Twitch app onto my iPhone so that I can see how we’re doing.

Ya see that? I said “we”, as if I’m actually participating in this!

There’s so many people tuning in and participating (80,000 and climbing), that the chat function on other Twitch streams are going haywire, with messages being delayed or not appearing at all.

It is great fun to see the pure, unadulterated madness that this “social experiment” oozes forth. If I didn’t have to wake up early and head out, I’d be staying up late to watch this.

To top it all off, not only have other streams of a similar ilk sprung forth, with chat participants playing Tetris, and even Street Fighter II, this event has spawned a slew of memes, as documented on this godlike thread on NeoGAF.

Verily, this is the greatest stream to have been birthed on the internet.

I’ve embedded the stream below for you to watch. Have you guys been enjoying this insane experience? Let me know in the Comments Section!

Praise be to Lord Helix.
Watch live video from TwitchPlaysPokemon on www.twitch.tv