As of this article, we are 4 days, 1 hour and 35 minutes into a game of Pokemon Red, where approximately 50,000 players are controlling poor Red at the same time.
This is happening on Twitch.tv at the moment, where users can use the chat box to type in commands like “left, right, a, b, start”, and the result, as you can imagine, is hilariously chaotic. At the moment, we have been struggling for at least 10 minutes in the Celadon Condominiums (it’s probably been much longer, but I joined this party 10 minutes ago and we’re still here), where half the players are trying to pick up the Eevee Pokeball while the other half are trying to walk away from it.
Amazingly, Red has managed to catch 10 Pokemon so far, and has acquired 4 badges, somehow.
If you’re interested in how this is done, the FAQ below the stream explains that:
TwitchPlaysPokemon is a social experiment, it is a stream of the Gameboy version of Pokemon Red (151 romhack) running on an emulator. An IRC bot translates buttons said in chat into keypresses (simulated in software, no fancy typist robots).
It also mentions that they are hoping to make more interactive streams in the future like this, with different games, which I for one am definitely interested in seeing.
But anyway, if you would like to see/participate in this madness for yourself, head on over to the TwitchPlaysPokemon stream. Hopefully Red’s out of the Celadon Condominiums by now.
Update – 4 days 17 hours 31 minutes in
13,000 more people have joined the chaos. We are trying to gamble without a coin case. 12 Pokemon in the Pokedex now, no progress on the badge front yet.