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Even though the Internet's infatuation has worn off a little, Twitch Plays Pokémon is still alive and kicking. This week, the Pokémon-obsessed army captured the last pocket monster from the first-generation Pokédex.
Collecting all 151 original Pokémon is a feather in trainer's hat, but the fact that it was accomplished via Twitch's chatroom is insane. But they did it. It's done. The world is slightly different today.
When Twitch Plays Pokémon appeared in February, it quickly became one of the most popular sideshows on the Internet. The game was controlled using text commands from within Twitch's chatroom, meaning the majority of chatters had to agree on a course of action before anything was accomplished.
It was democracy in its purist and clumsiest form.
In an interview with Game Informer, the channel's anonymous owner admitted that he never expected the community to finish the game, at least not an un-modded version.
Not in its original implementation with so many players; certain parts of Pokémon Red need precise movements, which was going to be impossible with so many people.
But after 16 days, 122 million commands, and 36 million viewers, Twitch Plays Pokémon polished off Pokémon Red. But that wasn't the end. Here's a list of the Pokémon games that have been completed thus far:
Oak was originally going to be one of the final bosses in Red and Blue, but the battle was removed before the game hit the market. However, the sequence wasn't deleted from the code, so when hardcore fans got their hands on the game's data, they resurrected Professor Oak's final scene.
Check it out:
This modded version is also how Twitch was able to catch all of the game's 151 Pokémon, a feat that was impossible on Red and Blue without trading. Collecting the Pokémon took 39 days of playtime and ended with an epic battle against MewTwo.
You can watch it here (via Kotaku). The Fun starts around 14:45:
Like I said, this would have been an accomplishment for any Pokémon fanboy, but the fact that it all went down on Twitch makes it feel like a win for the entire gaming community—or even humanity at large.
Yeah. That's probably a stretch.