Twitch Plays Pokémon Moves On to Crystal

Twitch Plays Pokémon Moves On to Crystal

After successfully downing the Elite Four, the project has moved on to a new challenge.

Twitch Plays Pokémon may be infuriating to watch at times, but it's hard to deny that the peculiar social experiment making it through to the end of Pokémon Red was an impressive achievement.

Now, rather than everyone packing up and going home, the hivemind has moved straight onto a new challenge: Pokémon Crystal, the Game Boy Color-exclusive version of Pokémon Gold and Silver, the second-generation Pokémon games.

The systems refined over the course of the original Twitch Plays Pokémon experiment have had a few changes. The Anarchy and Democracy systems still remain -- the former accepting all inputs as they come in via the chat; the latter requiring players to "vote" on what they want the input to be -- but now Democracy is automatically selected at the top of every hour, which will provide at least a few moments respite from those who have come along more to grief than anything else, and which should hopefully help protect against any further embarrassing ledge incidents.

Twitch Plays Pokémon has become such a phenomenon that there are swathes of fan-art and mythology that have sprung up around the group effort -- much of it collected on the official subreddit, which, given the speed at which the Twitch chat scrolls, is probably the best place to go if you want to talk about the game and how it's going.

The creator has indicated that they're interested in further automated Twitch streams allowing collective user inputs, but notes that while Pokémon's simple turn-based nature works reasonably well in the format, anything that requires fast reactions will be almost impossible. Undeterred, they claim to be looking into it, however; "I don't think this obstacle is insurmountable," they say, "but it will require further ingenuity."

In the meantime, you can take part right here, or simply enjoy the stream embedded above.

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