Twitch Played Pokémon,Won, and Made Some Cool Art in the Meantime

BY WILL HARRINGTON When a video game leads to the birth of a religion. Twitch is an online video game streaming service. For the past few weeks it’s been host to a channel called “TwitchPlaysPokemon,” or TPP. Using the chat box, normally reserved for commentary on the human player/owner of the channel, stream-watchers have been able to become the players, typing in commands for the avatar to follow. Pokémon Red, one of the original mid-1990s Pokémon games for the Gameboy, is controlled on a turn-based system by a simple set of button commands: “up,” “down,” “a,” “b,” and a few …






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