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Thousands of Twitch.tv viewers beat massively multiplayer ‘Pokemon’ game

01
Mar
2014

After 16 days, the hive consciousness of Twitch Plays Pokemon has successfully beaten Pokemon Red. Early this morning, thousands of chat participants navigated through the final fight with Blue, a major milestone in a social experiment that has effectively turned Twitch.tv into a huge crowdsourced gaming platform. Twitch Plays Pokemon, which launched on February 12th, translates chat text into button presses on a Game Boy emulator. In mid-February, the creator modified its controls to make it more beatable, preventing trolls from spamming the start button and creating a democracy mode, which accepted only the most popular button presses rather than all of them.

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