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How 75,000 People Playing A Single Game Of Pokémon Have Created A Religion

The geniuses over at Twitch TV have designed a game of Pokémon Red that responds to chat comments. The resulting chaos is glorious.

1. It is the beginning of Day #6 for Twitch TV’s social experiment, where nearly 75,000 people are playing the game Pokemon Red.

2. This is accomplished through a program that translates chat comments into in-game commands. With over 120 hours down, they’ve managed to accrue four badges and are currently, as of this writing, in Team Rocket’s Hideout.

3. But with what amounts to the opposite of a hive mind, there’s been an awful lot of this.

4. Here’s a time-lapse from Day #4, at 3500% speed.

5. It is truly a Sisyphean task.

6. Some people have really good suggestions.

7. Some not so much.

8. Twitch Plays Pokemon already has its own Twitter handle. Here is their estimated breakdown of time spent.

9. They’ve been looking at the Helix Fossil a lot.

10. Some fans decided to show their devotion to the Helix Fossil.

11. It became a little bit of an obsession.

12. And eventually became a religion.

13. It already has its own website where you can ask for advice.

14. And a Wikipedia page was created.

15. However, with the creation of a God, there must also be a devil. That role is filled by the Dome Fossil, who is accompanied by his evil demon-minion Eevee/Flareon.

16. Creation myths were written, and prophecies foretold.

17. Newspapers were printed.

18. The enemy won the first great victory, as the furry false prophet Eevee and his spherical master were able to banish Abby, real name ABBBBBBBK (, and Jay Leno, real name JLVWNNOOOO, for eternity.

19. And the sacred Helix Fossil was deposited into the PC, seemingly forsaking his disciples.

20. But one Pokemon was withdrawn who could redeem us: Bird Jesus.

21. Abby’s sacrifice at the hands of the Chaos-worshiping Eevee will not go unpunished by the God-Emperor Bird Jesus.

22. However, it was truly a dark time for many players.

23. Some players began to pray to false idols, such as the golden nugget.

24. Others chose to throw their lot in with the second-rate S.S. Ticket.

25. The only thing that saw them through was the wisdom of Bird Jesus and Prophet Oak.

26. And lo, on the fifth day, the Helix Fossil rose again!

i.e. was withdrawn from the PC.

27. The streets of Reddit exploded with the joyous news.

28. But even with the guidance of the Helix Fossil, the labyrinthine Team Rocket Hideout still has our hero foiled. For now…

29. You can watch and participate live, here at Twitch’s website. You can also check up on their progress and major events here on Google Docs.

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