We had a theme planned this week, but instead, Twitch Plays Pokemon took over our lives.
Twitch Plays Pokemon is a single game of Pokemon Red played by upwards of 60,000 people at one time. Pokemon Red is a monster catching game first released in 1998 for the Game Boy and follows a boy named Red as he tries to collect 8 gym badges and beat the Elite Four. Based on the Twitch.tv video streaming service, players can type button presses into the chat and they have a direct effect on the game. During anarchy mode, they're all inputted one after the other, with every player getting equal say. In democracy mode, the controls are determined by majority vote every 10 seconds. Despite releasing their starter Pokemon, walking off the same ledge for hours and getting trapped in gyms, they have six badges, a Zapdos and are on their way to finishing the game.
To figure out what the heck is going on, we talked to Alex Rose, a moderator on the Twitch Plays Pokemon subreddit and IRC about the story so far, the Helixer-Domer conflict, and Pokemon Red. Unfortunately this interview was done in the middle of the week, so it's a little out of date. If you have any updates feel free to leave them in the comments. The interview starts at 23:27.
You can get further updates here. Twitch Plays Pokemon has led to someamazingfanartby the way.