Thursday, February 20, 2014

How Many People Does It Take To Play Pokémon?

Earlier this week, Twitch.tv did a fun experiment to see how many people could play Pokémon at the same time. No, not playing individual games at once. Rather, everyone playing one game at the exact same time, by watching a live stream of the game and typing in commands in the chat room. Needless to say, when you have thousands of people trying to offer different commands, chaos can ensue. And at the same time, there is a sense of wonder and satisfaction when you can get a character to the next area. I'm sure there were cheers of joy being able to move your Ash avatar from one grassy land to another...grassy...land.

Taking it a step further, a user has made Twitch Plays Pokémon Plays Tetris. Confusing, I know. But it's a customized port of Tetris, modified to respond to text commands with the blocks instead of them dropping instantaneously. It allows for more random possibilities and an infinite amount of choices for each game. Obviously clearing one line will take a really long time.

But it's an interesting social and mental experiment, well worth the watch. Gamers coming together to make silly commands happen! Just think about all of that power to do good in the world...or to try and catch a Jigglypuff. Either or is fine.

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