Twitch Plays Pokemon is really frustrating 
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Stephen Snook
February 17, 2014 at 1:00 pm

This is actually a thing

Do you remember Pokémon Red and Blue on the original Gameboy? Well now thanks to the wonders of Twitch streaming, you can play it along with 50,000 other people.

The way it works (or moreso how it truly doesn’t) is you input controls into the twitch chat, then the input is registered by the emulator on the stream. There are two major problems with this, one, there are thousands of people typing controls, and two, there is considerable input lag of about 20 seconds.

“TwitchPlaysPokemon is a social experiment, it is a stream of the Gameboy version of Pokémon Red (151 romhack) running on an emulator. An IRC bot translates buttons said in chat into keypresses (simulated in software, no fancy typist robots).”

The biggest problem is that people are jerks and constantly spam the start button to delay progress, and since there is no combinations or throttling of inputs, all the actual helpful moves may be lost fidgeting on the start menu. Despite that, in just four days of streaming, the collective chat has managed to win four badges and make considerable progress in the game. I don’t know whether I’m impressed or just infuriated watching it.

Watch live video from TwitchPlaysPokemon on www.twitch.tv

I will drop the link to the stream, but be prepared for the most dyslexic collective effort of humankind ever conceived. I would love to see this keep going until all 151 Pokémon are caught and the story is complete. I don’t think any of us would live to see the day. 

Lazygamer's Australian correspondent reporting! My name is Stephen Snook and I am 21 years of age. I will be writing for Lazygamer while they poke fun at me for not only being the new guy, but also Australian. Please be kind, I'm awful fragile. I also play games on the internet: www.youtube.com/user/myth1221

  • TiMsTeR1033

    slow news day geez.

    • VampyreSquirrel

      Nope, just slow pokemon game play.

      • TiMsTeR1033

        The day feels slow to me, either that or I am just old.

        • VampyreSquirrel

          You’re just old :P

          hehe, nah, it’s dragging now. This morning went pretty quickly tho.

          • DrKiller

            Blame the heat!

    • Stephen Snook

      Aw, I thought it was interesting =(

      • VampyreSquirrel

        You hurt the Aussie’s feelings @timster1033:disqus …. how could you?

        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          He’s a grumpy old Tim today isn’t he?

      • VampyreSquirrel

        In Tim’s defense… I can’t watch it anymore… it’s too infuriating… and I’m not even participating!

        • Stephen Snook

          It is really a test of will!

  • VampyreSquirrel

    lmao! that’s just the worst thing I’ve EVER seen!

    You’d never move more than about 3 spaces… gotta wait for all the idiots to piss off to get somewhere

  • TiMsTeR1033

    I suddenly want to make fried chicken…

  • Hammersteyn

    They should do this with Double Dargon,Street Fighter 2 or Contra

    • VampyreSquirrel

      The game would have to be restarted too often.

      • Hammersteyn

        Zelda or FF7?

        • VampyreSquirrel

          FF would definitely never be final then…

  • Hammersteyn

    LOL Evee fainted.

  • Hammersteyn

    This is probably what hell is for a gamer. The devil says you can play games for all eternity but…….. It’s the same game at the same time with 50 000 other people!

    • VampyreSquirrel

      At least it’s not voice activated…

      • Hammersteyn

        hehehe

  • Daniel Keevy

    I watched this for about 2 hours yesterday. It was beyond excellent.

    The best was watching the chat fight against committing suicide, because all the Pokemon were basically fainted, or to carry on.

    • Stephen Snook

      It’s at the very least an interesting experiment.

      I reckon they’ll get really stuck at Safari Zone

      • Daniel Keevy

        For a few hours, at least. But they’re on a decent clip. Plus, once the numbers fall, it’ll get easier. Less trolls spamming start.

  • https://www.youtube.com/user/scavengefightbuild Gerhard Davids

    omg this is BRILLIANT!!
    Wahahaha

  • DrKiller

    Just play the game on an emulator on your PC ;-)

    • Stephen Snook

      That kind of misses the point, but sure.

  • Michael Smith

    They may never get out of Celadon city, after getting eevee there has been a war over evolving it. Somehow they managed to get a fire stone. There has been nothing but battle over using it. So much so that a group of them tried to release eevee in but instead ended up releasing charmeleon and a rattata instead. There is still a chance that the fire stone will be used I think either that or eevee being released will make the game actually move foward lol.

  • http://www.lazygamer.net/ The D

    Man, this game is going to go nowhere once they hit the Team Rocket HQ in Saffron City.

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