Twitch Plays Pokemon ends victoriously after two weeks of play

Posted on March 1, 2014 - 11:00am by Patrick Breeden

Twitch Plays Pokemon, a livestreamed crowd-play event, ended early this morning in victory.

Twitch users defeated the Elite Four after 16 consecutive days of playing Pokemon Red. The event net over 35 million viewers while the Twitch users played Pokemon Red – a game that takes roughly 30 hours to finish – for well over 100 hours.

Thousands of Twitch users controlled protagonist Red through inputting text commands in the event’s chat. The mod programmed Red to respond to the first command given as long as he wasn’t performing an action at the time, so it’s easy to imagine the chaos within the event as so many people constantly typed in commands. According to Joystiq, the project reached 75,000 concurrent viewers after five days of play, so the chaos likely grew with the number of users.

There was uncertainty from many whether the Twitch crowd could finish Pokemon Red after the project launched on Feb. 12. Difficult parts of the game like the Safari Zone were expected to shut the project down, but the mod’s creator believed it was possible even for the thousands-backed running mess Red to complete the game.

“Even when played very poorly, it is difficult not to make some progress in Pokemon,” the anonymous modder told Joystiq.

Nintendo has been strangely silent concerning the event. Google searches for Nintendo's response and scouring all of the company's social media turn up virtually nothing.

According to a countdown on the Twitch Plays Pokemon stream, another game of Twitch Plays Pokemon is scheduled to begin tomorrow at 7 a.m. EST.

Did you participate in the event? Will you participate in the upcoming event? It’s all things Pokemon in the comment section below.

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