Twitch Plays Pokemon is a new spin on an old game that has taken off. The social experiment has brought thousands of people from all around the world to play a Nintendo classic simultaneously.
Pokemon, one of the hottest games that was released on the Nintendo platform Gameboy years ago, is still popular as it has been modified to be played on mobile devices. However, a gamer using the tag TwitchPlaysPokemon has taken the concept one step further and launched a social experiment in which thousands of players work together in order to help the main character, Red, reach his goal of Pokemon mastery.
Twitch Plays Pokemon is a stream that allows users to control the game with typed commands. The game has garnered over 80,000 users and viewers. In order to play the game, the user needs to sign up at Twitch TV. After that, the user simply says the button or action he would like to perform in the chat box. However, there is a notable 20-40 second lag in the game as there are thousands of users performing similar tasks at once.
There are currently two modes in which the game can be played: anarchy and democracy. In anarchy mode, it is the classic version where all users inputs are applied as they happen. Democracy mode lets the users vote on the best move to make.
The game has gained in popularity and has an average of 50,000 users playing Twitch Plays Pokemon at once. Not surprisingly, this surplus of gamers has led to a slow progression for its main character. However, so far gamers have successfully earned four badges out of eight.
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