Twitch Plays Pokemon X and Y

Twitch Plays Pokemon plays its last handheld game for a while.

It has been a long few months for Twitch Plays Pokémon, and it has finally reached the last handheld game it can play (for now): Pokémon X and Y.

 I recall being part of the 100,000 players, sending inputs in the final "URN" (run) of the Elite Four in Twitch Plays Pokémon Red. I became part of the lore: Mighty Lord Helix, Bird Jesus, ATV the Dragon Slayer, Battery Bird (which was an incredible catch), etc. I survived Twitch Plays Pokémon.

If you have no idea what I am talking about, you have a lot to catch up on. To make it short and sweet, Twitch Plays Pokémon started as a social experiment in which a Twitch.tv user (and streamer-senpai) streamed a game of Pokémon Red, and anyone with an account could send inputs via chat. This resulted in a chaos, where thousands of people were playing the game at once. As you can imagine, there was a lot of bumping into walls, releasing Pokémon, falling off ledges, getting stuck, etc. However, as those who haven't played TPP probably can't imagine, we beat the game. That's right. We taught the necessary HMs, got through the labyrinths of caves, the 500-step limit Safari Zone, caught a Zapdos, etc.

Granted, there were options that helped us. Two modes: Anarchy and Democracy ruled the gameplay. Each was activated through voting (later changed). Anarchy was the normal chaos all-chat-inputs-go-through-to-the-game mode, and Democracy waited 20 seconds and would input the most-sent button. It was up to the thousands of us to use each mode strategically, and though there were hardships, we got through it. Though participation has decreased with each new game, TPP is a social phenomenon. The channel reached the Guiness World Record of the most participants on a single-player online videogame, at 1,165,140 players for Pokémon Red.

Twitch Plays Pokémon has gone through every generation of handheld Pokémon games, even Pokémon Stadium 2

Recently, TPP began Pokemon X,  reaching the end of the Pokémon  handheld family. If you have yet  to become a part of this family,  use this chance to take part here.  Discover how easily you become  part of the "lore" that is created      when going through the game. Each Pokémon becomes special, each action becomes important, and thousands of inside jokes are created. After the end of this game, the TPP channel will be switching to Pokémon Stadium 2 battles (details explained on the channel).

Featured Contributor

Hello! I'm Val, a 23 year old college graduate. I've been interested in video games since I was very young, Pokemon being my first (and constant) love. Along the years I have become attached to RPGs and adventure games. I play League periodically (not well), but apart from that, I don't play anything online nor competitively (Though I was a frequent TPP player and I've logged onto GTA Online a few times...). I tend to prefer solo games, unless it's with people in the same room. In those cases, Mario Party, Little Big Planet, Quake, and more, all the way! I am really into anime and try to keep up with the new ones season by season (so many). And yeah I have no idea if I'm writing this...more »

Published Jul. 27th 2014

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