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Twitch Plays Pokemon finally beats game after 16 days

- March 1st, 2014

If you felt a strong wind blowing early Saturday morning, chances are it was the unanimous exhale of the entire internet.

On March 1, Twitch Plays Pokemon, an ongoing social experiment that saw over 100,000 people consecutively play one game of Pokemon Red, came to an end following the defeat of the final Pokemon trainer in the game, Blue.

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Over a period of sixteen consecutive days, hundreds of thousands of people flocked to Twitch, a site dedicated to hosting live gaming streams, to help their online comrades in beating a game that normally only needs 20-25 hours.

The stream’s creator, who remains anonymous, built the algorithm as a social experiment, to see what would happen when people banded together to try and achieve one goal.

The result, at the beginning, was pure anarchy. At points, players were stuck in the same cave or town for hours as different actions were inputed and received. In order to play, all a player needed to do was write the direction or the action they would like performed in the comment box.


As time waged on, however, and the game became stagnant in progress, the anonymous creator who has since developed a cult like following online introduced a new gameplay mechanic. Players could choose either “Anarchy” or “Democracy” as a mode to play under, and depending on what the majority of players picked, that’s how the game would play out.

Since Twitch Plays Pokemon debuted, the enormous “religious and political” sects surrounding it have grown.

Different pokemon in the game were given biblical titles, while simultaneously developing a fanatical fan base. Twitch Plays Pokemon’s top star, an Omastar they dubbed “Lord Helix” had a prayer designed in his name that players would often times spam the comment section box with. “Bird Jesus,” a Pidgeot became the go-to saving grace in the final battles, while “All Terrain Venemoth” or ATV became the fans least favourite choice of the bunch.

Being hailed as one of the most fascinating events that’s occurred online since the internet was developed, players created multiple Google Doc forms and spreadsheets to detail and document the origins, events, and moods captured in the game’s run. An ongoing timeline of the run can be found in this particular document.

But after sixteen days of around the clock gameplay from people all over the world, the various players and viewers aren’t finished yet. On Sunday at 7 a.m. EST, they’ll be starting the game all over again, with one goal in mind: beat their original time with better knowledge of how the first real Nintendo massively multiplayer online game works.

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1 comment

  1. silverjesus | March 2, 2014 at 8:41 pm

    What a massive waste of time!

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