Hearthstone follows the Twitch Plays Pokemon model in Hearthmind

Watch live Hearthstone matches and vote for what moves you'd like to see.

After Twitch Plays Pokemon proved that groups of people attempting to collaboratively play an RPG together online could be fascinating to watch, Hearthmind is now attempting to do the same with Blizzard's free-to-play card game, Hearthstone.

Similar to Twitch Plays Pokemon, Hearthmind allows people to watch the game as it's being played and input commands they want to see. Hearthmind allows viewers to "vote" for a command by clicking and dragging their mouses on-screen and then carries out one of these votes every five seconds. You can see other viewers' votes as grey lines and arrows, and every five seconds one goes orange, designating it as the chosen action. By contrast, Twitch Plays Pokemon offered two different methods of input (registered through chat messages) at different times: one where every command was registered, and one where viewers voted.

Another wrinkle here is Hearthstone's multiplayer component: The various Pokemon games tackled by Twitch Plays Pokemon were played as single-player games, but Hearthmind matches are being played against real players over the Internet. If you're persistent enough, you could, in theory, manage to accept a friend request and play the Hearthmind Battle.net account online.

In the meantime, those unlucky enough to happen upon the account through matchmaking are faced with the Hearthmind-controlled account taking a long time to get anything done. Fortunately, a timer in Hearthstone forcing a player's turn to end prevents the Hearthmind account from keeping the opponent from taking a turn indefinitely.

Despite saboteurs that can be seen attempting to end a turn preemptively, the Hearthmind account has--miraculously--managed to win a number of ranked matches so far.

Chris Pereira is a freelance writer for GameSpot, and you can follow him on Twitter @TheSmokingManX
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14 comments
chewbacca72
chewbacca72

Hearthstone is like golf and baseball...great to play, absolutely tedious to watch.

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

I can't think of anything worse.

Even when Pokemon was on which is a staple of most people's childhoods and is a fun adventure, it was like pulling teeth watching it.

But this? A card game? No thanks. Probably be tedious enough to watch without people spamming the controls.

Hurvl
Hurvl

Fascinating to watch? When I watched Pokemon nothing happened for several minutes, just one step forward, turn left, stand in front of a bush and that's all folks. If a condensed version could be made afterwards or perhaps a series of highlights, that might be slightly more interesting.

omar_q
omar_q

Kinda had a feeling this would pop up soon. 

gajbutler
gajbutler

The most over rated "card" game in history.


Blizzards are the masters of dumbing down existing ideas and getting morons to buy it though. 

xbox_owns_slavestation4
xbox_owns_slavestation4

@gajbutler  It's popular so I guess there's already a faction of angry fanboys spewing hate for a game they've probably never played. And who's buying anything? I've played a lot of matchs and unlocked a lot of cards and haven't spent a dime.

Saidrex
Saidrex

@gajbutler just because you didn't like it doesn't mean it's over rated.

iammason
iammason

You don't have to buy anything go to play this game...

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

@xbox_owns_slavestation4 @gajbutler  I've not played it but that is because I think it looks like the dullest load of drivel ever. I might try it out of curiosity one day, but it definitely looks like a load of over hyped FTP crap on the surface.