For those of you have been able to stay away from the internet for the past few weeks, you may have missed the beginning and climactic conclusion of the first iteration of the internet phenomenon that is Twitch Plays Pokémon.
Twitch Plays Pokémon uses Twitch.tv’s chat input to control Red, the main character in Pokémon Red Version. The ensuing sensation led tens of thousands of viewers at a time (and several million viewers total) to ultimately control the fate of Red and his team of six Pokémon. With the unexpected rise of this new crowd-sourced genre of gaming, several other streams have formed, some playing other Pokémon games, Tetris, and several other games. More recent games remain untapped due to their complexity.
Nintendo has yet to officially comment on the popular channel, but considering the company continues to ask people who record Let’s Play videos on YouTube of Nintendo games to take down their videos, the situation is presumably complicated for the video game giant.
Following a tumultuous adventure including the worship of the Helix Fossil, the rise of the messiah known as Bird Jesus, the rejection of a false prophet, the capture of Zapdos, the unfortunate release of several team members, and the final battle against Blue, where Red only entered with four conscious Pokémon out of the total six, Twitch Plays Pokémon saw the somewhat well-rounded team consisting of Zapdos, Nidoking, Omastar, Venomoth, Lapras, and Pidgeot entered into the Pokémon Hall of Fame. This victory came over sixteen days after the stream launched, and the game ended shortly after.
The channel, currently streaming an assortment of Pokémon spinoff games and other Game Boy games including Pokémon Pinball and The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening DX, displays the words “a new adventure will begin” above a countdown that ends at 7AM EST on March 2nd. Fan speculation expects the channel to play a game from the second generation of Pokémon games, though those in charge of the channel have made no specific announcements.
A timeline, as well as a list of pokemon and nicknames can be found here.
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