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You can now play Pokemon on Twitch via live chat
February 14, 2014 | By Mike Rose




A rather extraordinary Twitch channel allows viewers to play through the original Pokemon Red/Blue simply by entering button presses into the livechat.

"Twitch Plays Pokemon", which is currently broadcasting live at the time of press, takes text strings from the live viewer chat and converts them into button presses where possible. These button presses are then fed into the classic Game Boy title.

There are over 3,000 live viewers right now, so as you'd expect, it's all rather hectic -- especially when you take the delay between the stream and the live text into consideration. Still, it's a lovely idea, and well worth checking out.


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Paolo Gambardella
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great idea! almost unplayable for the moment! :D

Daniel Shumway
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Looks completely unplayable, but also completely hilarious.

Alex Covic
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Multiplayer Octodad Pokémon.

Amanda Lee Matthews
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Siiigh, I saw this yesterday, and it was a great idea.

But of course, the influx of players from talking about it on popular game sites has made it unplayable today.

Daniel Shumway
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I'm assuming that in 24-48 hours it will calm down again. The nice thing about this is that it gets steadily less enjoyable to watch or interact with past a certain threshold of chaos. My guess is that it'll have an almost natural population control - people will start to abandon it as it gets too crazy, and people will pick it back up as soon as it shifts down to more of a feasible collaboration.

Daniel Shumway
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Welp, I was wrong about that.

Mike Murray
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This would be incredible if everyone would cooperate.

Alex Boccia
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this is great, the chaos is amazing and what a story to tell once they beat the Elite Four.

Patrick Mullen
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3000 live viewers. Ah how quaint.


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