Twitch Plays Pokémon (TPP), the crowdsourced attempt to play Pokémon Red where players yell commands into a chat window alongside 100,000 other players doing the same, successfully finished the game on Saturday morning.
Using online live-streaming service Twitch, TPP asks viewers to control the game by typing the commands they want to be input into the chat window alongside. Despite some setbacks – such as a 20-second delay on the stream and a persistent problem with “griefers”, who deliberately attempt to frustrate any progress – the players managed to beat the Elite Four and Pokémon Champion, the game’s final bosses in just over 16 days over consecutive playtime.
But the event is not over: after a one-day break, Pokémon Crystal, the third game of the second generation of Pokémon games, began.
The creator of TPP (who has remained anonymous throughout the game) told the Guardian they were “very happy that the stream managed to reach a conclusion”.
“I wasn’t sure if that was going to be possible when I started… [but] once they got to the Elite Four I knew it was only going to be a matter of hours. I was sleeping at the time of the battle but woke up during the credits.”
The Pokémon Crystal stream began on Sunday morning. After 26 hours, the players have already earned the first of eight gym badges, taught a pokémon cut, and engaged in a war over whether or not to evolve Totodile, their starting Pokémon.
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