Thousands Of People Are Trying To Play Pokémon At Once And It’s Going Disastrously

Twitch Plays Pokémon is an online multiplayer version of the 1996 Gameboy game.

1. The Independent reports:


An anonymous Australian programmer made a computer script that turned the website’s comment system into a controller for the game. Commenters can type in one of the game’s eight commands to control the main character (up, down, left, right, A, B, start, or select).

2. As you can see, it’s really not going very well.

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On the left you can see the screen, and on the right, the commands that people are inputting.

At this precise time of writing, they’ve just walked through the same door seven times. This could be because there are almost 60,000 people playing at once.

3. And we have basically discovered that people are awful. As the Huffington Post reported earlier today:


Currently thousands of players are typing ‘A’ constantly in an apparent attempt to release all of the player’s Pokemon.

4. Here are some topics on the Reddit thread.

5. “The Last 15 Hours”:

6. “Oh, we all saw it.”

7. “Revised plan for arrow maze.”

8. “Progress so far”

9. “At nearly 70,000 viewers, this is what it would roughly look like if we were all together playing this thing.”

10. And now it gets meta.

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Meet Twitch plays Pokémon plays Tetris, in which the commands from one game feed into the block building game. It’s not going too well either.

Via independent.co.uk

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