With over one million participants during its life, Twitch Plays Pokemon was an unexpected Internet phenomenon that took place on Twitch.
The game was completed in 16 days running non-stop since it launched and the stream was visited more than 36 million times.
The Twitch version of Pokemon Red/Blue which originally released on GameBoy was created by a mystery broadcaster.
Players use Twitch’s chat function to type in one of the original game’s eight commands – up, down, left, right, A, B, start or select – to move the main character in game with 122 million chat commands being sent.
The Twitch version featured two distinct game modes, Anarchy and Democracy. Anarchy mode meant that everyone’s command was applied immediately. Democracy mode meant that the most popular command entered over a 30 second period would be chosen. Players influenced the mode by typing “anarchy” or “democracy” in to the chat function. The mode with the most votes would become active until enough people voted the other way.
The creator of Twitch Plays Pokemon told the Guardian newspaper in the UK that he would introduce a new game. Shortly after the completion of Pokemon Red a new game was online on Twitch in the form of Pokemon Crystal.