Twitch Plays Pokemon collects all badges, enters home stretch

Against all odds, Twitch has beaten Pokemon.

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UPDATE 3/1/2014

Early this morning, after 16 days and seven hours of continuous play, Twitch Plays Pokemon beat the game! Congratulations to everyone who participated!

UPDATE 2/28/2014

And they did it! Twitch Plays Pokemon has officially beaten the Final Four and become a Pokemon Master...but they still need to beat their rival, BLUE.

The original story appears below.

Against seemingly impossible odds, the Twitch Plays Pokemon stream has collected all of the game's badges and is getting ready to take on the Elite Four.

If you'd like a complete recap of events, Reddit has put together an exhaustively time-stamped recap, or you can read a more narrative retelling. But this public Google document is the easiest way to see at a glance what's up in the game. According to the document, the players are working towards getting past one of the game's trickier ledge sections (tricky when you have 50,000 people playing, at least) as they head towards Victory Road.

Also notable is that the stream was able to revive the Helix fossil into the Pokemon Omanyte. The Helix Fossil is an item given to the player early in the game that cannot be thrown away; it has been elevated to a savior-like status in the chat with prayers of "Praise Helix" and "Base Helix."

Users are able to balance the game by shifting control between an Anarchy mode (where every command from the chat is input into the game) and Democracy (where the most popular commands go through). But none of the spin-off games (like QWOP and Tetris) have reached the same level of incredible popularity. The phenomenon has seen some drop-off from it's high count of over 100k viewers, currently sitting at just over 50k viewers, though it's likely the game will see another uptick as it nears its conclusion.

Are you going to tune in more frequently now that it's over? And if so, will you work to sabotage the people trying to finish the game, or are you part of the group trying to shift the game to democracy, order, and finality? Either way, Twitch Plays Pokemon has turned out to be a surprising experiment that no one could've seen coming.

Discussion

171 comments
hitechgraphs
hitechgraphs

This is the craziest Nintendo experiment ever made. They are trying to fusion social integration with games but they not know exactly how to do with a profit revenue. To port a Nintendo Gameboy game to Twitch isn't a coincidence either. They are studying seriously the possibility to develop to the smart phones market, yeah the Nintendo games on mobile is a high stakes chance.

And there's no excuse for Nintendo to leave a product of them, without their approve so that would explain how Nintendo leave it wildly without any worries. They are doing it stealthy just to no create speculation. For me the stupid game is full of crap. It's only interesting for trolling and nothing else. Anarchy isn't even real at all they just simulate some turns, either way your crappy character would be stuck in a corner forever what used to be fun with trolling, other hand game is stupid and bland.

Nintendo even worried to create a stupid history to keep lazy gamers intrigued but the whole thing isn't worthy even the time I spend writing this comment. So stupid.

notfrylock1987
notfrylock1987

Why is this even news?

Seriously?

If I owned Gamespot I would have fired my entire staff this week for wasting my money to pay them with bullshit articles like this.

Droverson
Droverson

I don't get it. What's the big deal with this thing?

leikeylosh
leikeylosh

Finally it's over, now we won't have to read articles about this nonsense.

WehrmachtBear
WehrmachtBear

Although stupid, it's very significant. An achievement for gaming world.

kaitality
kaitality

Congrats to all those who helped beat the game. A true definition of gamers uniting for a cause.

weareredshop
weareredshop

 Were you there? We are celebrating our victory with Champion shirts for only $16.07 to represent the 16 hours and 7 days it took to beat the game!


http://www.weareredshop.com

FBohler
FBohler

Whoa, thought that was impossible to achieve! Cheers!

angry_cowtipper
angry_cowtipper

I don't really understand what this means..? Is Twitch a singular person? I thought it was a website. Is this Pokemon game hard to play or something?

UKFX
UKFX

Why the hell did people watch this?

I don't know what is sadder, people watching gameplay (other than for tips) excessively, instead of enjoying the game(s) themselves, or the people doing this "event" in the first place.

I can understand the point behind streaming... to a certain extent, but did some saddos really watch the hours upon hours of this thing? :|

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

You know when the stream stopped there were still thousands of inputs from bots?

What is the fucking point in that?

StOoGiEmEiStEr
StOoGiEmEiStEr

 I beat yellow 151/151 legit 61 hours on release back in 1999, who cares?

Captinkidd
Captinkidd

I beat the game before, does that mean I can has a video?!?!?!?!

jimmy_russell
jimmy_russell

This might appeal to someone whose intelligence quotient is less than their shoe size.

korvus
korvus moderator

Next stop: Dark Souls!

Yishaijah
Yishaijah

It just shows you how shallow Pokemon (and most turn-based RPGs) is. A lobotomized monkey could beat it, it's just a matter of time and mashing a button.


*troll face*

Gelugon_baat
Gelugon_baat

@notfrylock1987  

Well, too bad you don't own GameSpot then.

Really, you should get used to sh*t that you don't like still happening anyway.

normanislost
normanislost

@Droverson  the simple fact they managed to finish red with all the trolls (who managed to release the 2 best pokemon they had at one point) is impressive alone

MaximumPorkchop
MaximumPorkchop

@angry_cowtipper The entire website was playing the same game of Pokemon. Imagine 50 000 people all mashing buttons on the same gameboy

The_Deepblue
The_Deepblue

Is watching Twitch Plays Pokemon any worse than going to an article about Twitch Plays Pokemon to complain in the comment section? You make it sound like every single person who watched or participated are all forty years old and living in mom's basement. I'm a super busy person, so it was nice to watch something harmless and intriguing to break from study and work. I liked it.

BetaVulgaris
BetaVulgaris

@UKFX You do know that the watchers could actually participate in the game? Also, why would something like that make you sad? I don't care about golf, I don't like playing it or watching it but seeing that other people care about it doesn't make me sad. I don't need to understand.

Darth_Aloysius
Darth_Aloysius

@UKFX  You'll be suprised how incredibly captivating it can be, it added a whole other dimension to the game.


EDIT: Seriously though an entire culture has been built up around watching people play sports, and you question people when they watch people playing games? lol.

Radnen
Radnen

@kitmeep  Apparently it takes 16 days and 7 hours to do it.

UKFX
UKFX

@kitmeep I have heard this before. But with chance and a ridiculously long amount of time it comes as no surprise ;).


Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

@StOoGiEmEiStEr  I would have but you needed to trade normally. That pissed me off because it meant you needed more than one game and two gameboys. When you are only 8 and don't have a family who won't just buy shit for you for the sake of it, it made it next to impossible.

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

@Yishaijah I think they could beat any shooter this way, by spraying and spinning.

Kmangamer
Kmangamer

@Yishaijah I guess I missed the announcement that said that games needed to be difficult and skill/twitch based to be considered fun and "deep". Pokemon still rules, and the fact that it's accessible to many means that new players can pick it up no matter what generation it is. =)

gajbutler
gajbutler

@Yishaijah  There is a difference between random and enough people hitting the right button to overturn the wrong ones. You'd eventually get through any game that way...

Bowser05
Bowser05

@BetaVulgaris @UKFX  It's because some people are extremely close-minded when it comes to other people's entertainment. eSports are realistically no different from watching a physical sport. It carries all the same high level of skill, cheering, competition and celebrity status. What I find sad is the fact that UKFX thinks the way he/she does. He/she probably doesn't understand that we were ALL playing the game, so not only were we WATCHING it, we were a PART of it.

StOoGiEmEiStEr
StOoGiEmEiStEr

@Darth_Aloysius @StOoGiEmEiStEr  any sane person born in the 80's and played pokemon on release would not watch this twitch stream. views and followers i couldnt care less, also im an atheist. you should go look up the definition of insanity

phoiv
phoiv

@Dannystaples14 @StOoGiEmEiStEr yeah, but when you are 8 you have a lot of friends who play pokemon.. That was the fun of the game! Trading and catching them all.

MattPeters
MattPeters

@gajbutler @Yishaijah Uhhh no you wouldn't? Who is liking your comment, yikes! A lot of games require something called timing and have a wide array of difficulties. He was talking about turn-based games that don't require any urgency.

It's then about enough people hitting the right button at the right time. So if you REALLY want to think about it, the difficulty would have to curve to the lowest common denominator. It would have to be a really easy game.

 Oh and here is a lobotomized monkey playing Pokemon. https://docs.google.com/document/d/10g8QFYgvvbiPMFy2_HSRGQE06H9kLgbe4KuDKeLyjZ4/pub

It's from RNG (Random Number Generator) Plays Pokemon and it has 8 badges...

StOoGiEmEiStEr
StOoGiEmEiStEr

@Darth_Aloysius  i have to disagree with 'I'm afraid your just going to have to accept that what you did is nothing like TwitchPlaysPokemon', and for what is fun then whatever floats yer boat!

Darth_Aloysius
Darth_Aloysius

@StOoGiEmEiStEr @Darth_Aloysius  Your use of objective language and closed minded attitude seems to apply otherwise. I'm afraid your just going to have to accept that what you did is nothing like TwitchPlaysPokemon, people born in the 80s may very well have watched and participated in this Twitch stream and that "fun" is subjective - and clearly over 50,000 people found this fun.

I certainly enjoyed it.

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

@The_Deepblue  No I'm talking about the one where they had to wait for the 20 second timer for each input.

What I did notice was that that was the only time they ever got anything productive done and it was the only time I could watch it without smashing my head against a wall.

The_Deepblue
The_Deepblue

I saw them in democracy once, and I peeped in quite often, especially during the home stretch. Are you sure you are not getting the modes confused?

terrariafan247
terrariafan247

@DarkSaber2k @terrariafan247  How about you get over yourself and stop calling me a smartarse while nerd raging at me just because I disagree with your comment you dirty hypocrite.

MattPeters
MattPeters

@terrariafan247Time is a factor you know. If you live forever then you will win the lottery at some point. This is just a lazy argument... 

So fine, if you guys want to add more injury to insult then Pokemon is so easy that a "lobotomized monkey" can speed run it...

TwitchPlaysGuitarHero3, do it. Pass all the songs on expert. Pass them all on easy even, you'll fail from the amount of inputs...

Pokemon is easy and the community would not have been so successful had it been a game known for it's difficulty, period. Seriously, no way around it. Pokemon still rules, that guy was just making a stab at how insanely simplistic the game was. It's still a fun game even!

DarkSaber2k
DarkSaber2k

@terrariafan247 "Enough people hitting the right button to overturn the wrong ones" is EXACTLY what the 1000 monkey theory describes. Maybe try undersanding what you're quoting like a smartarse before parading your ignorance around like a trump card? Stupid Pokemon fanboys.

terrariafan247
terrariafan247

That would apply to any game eventually regardless of difficulty. Think of the 1000 monkeys on typewriters theory.

alien33
alien33

@kitmeep @gajbutler "It doesn't matter how little or long you take to do anything in that game." Umm, timing is involved. Some pokemons have skills that can slow the enemy down thus giving you a chance to inflict more damage and even win the match.