In early 2014 Twitch Plays Pokémon was a phenomenon, taking audience participations to new levels and attracting headlines from the mainstream media. It was a chaotic but oddly entrancing affair in which thousands of viewers would enter commands and attempt to beat Pokémon Red.
It attracted tens of thousands of concurrent viewers in that early peak, and the channel has continued to tackle various Pokémon games over the past year. It's now celebrating the one year anniversary of its début by returning to Red, however, with the new run kicking off at 1pm Pacific / 4pm Eastern / 9pm UK / 10pm CET today. It'll be using a ROM of the game - which is a necessity - that's been tweaked so that it'll be possible to catch all 151 'mon, while the control system's been adjusted to hopefully make that an attainable goal.
The channel's hype levels are certainly picking up, and at the time of writing - before the run started - there are a good few thousand people watching, with the chat bar going all sorts of crazy.
You can watch it all kick off below or, if you want to participate, head on over to the channel's page.
Thanks to Bryan for the heads up.
All dis hype
Though I only checked in every now and then I love twitch plays Pokemon. Really excited about is coming back.
This is so 2014.
Sorry, but I have long moved on.
Can't believe it's been a year since this started, though I'm not really interested in this especially since MH4U releases tomorrow.
This time I'm playing a, a, a up, a, whoo!
With that input section going so fast, I feel like I'm watching a Gameboy version of DDR. V:
And I see a donation ticker coming up every so often. I wonder where the money goes to? If it goes into the streamer's pocket, they're gonna be SUPER rich by the end of this play through.
Huh. Too bad my gaming time is blowing up tomorrow... I tuned in numerous times during the original run but the several times I tried to input was during team rocket's hideout... Which lasted way too long, I hope they have a better plan for that place this time.
It was a one time thing for me. It was big back then, but I can't get into it again. The whole excitement was from seeing if they could even do it, and marvel at how much progress they had made. Now, we already know that they can. Plus, it looks like they added so much stuff to the system now. What are the donations going toward?
Missed this completely the first time round. It's not really the sort of thing that interests me anyway.
I did hear about the highlights of the last playthrough of Red though. Apparently it was hell getting through Lt Surge's gym with those switches and the Safari Zone got done somehow can't remember how though. Can't remember if they glitched that bit or not.
This time I will help.
@Flopsy86 Safari Zone came after they started a democracy/anarchy system. After the nightmare of Team Rocket's base, people really didn't want to deal with the Safari Zone's crap, they voted in democracy and just did it that way. Sorta shows how, in complete chaos, when faced with enough adversity, people will work to restore order. Or something like that.
@ShadJV Ah nice, thanks for clearing that up. I never actually watched the stream but remember someone on youtube summing it up as a whole and those 2 sections were definitely mentionned (Lt Surge gym and Safari Zone). Watching this stream, you do wonder how they ever ended up finishing it given that the input screen just looks like a random mess of different inputs, it's nice that the safari zone was cleared by voting in democracy.
...Yeeeah, I'm gonna go do something else now.
I still do not understand the turds that spawn start. Seriously, why?
This is what got me into Twitch, hard to believe it's been a year already.
I'll be proudly wearing my Twitch Plays Pokemon t-shirt all day!
The original was something special but I doubt the magic will ever be captured again.
@Fandabidozi Twitch has other things too???
Lovely, more obnoxious memes.
It's hard to believe it's been one year already. I guess time flies ... Am I the only one who finds these streams to be very frustrating, though? I understand the idea that it's supposed to be somewhat random due to the number of people playing, but the result is so much time spent watching Red walking into walls. I guess I just don't get it.
@SuperVirtualBoy Ik... 1 year. For me the fun is checking the stream once a day before bed just to see the progress- I can't imagine actually playing.
Oh, hell no! Why did THIS have to come back?! Why couldn't it have been Vietnamese Crystal?! That was and is more entertaining!
All the hate for something that nobody will talk about on Nintendo Life and on any social media at all. You guys need to take off your no-fun-allow-hats / fedora sometimes...
Yay! wb twitch plays pokermanz!
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