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Viewers Band Together To Conquer TWITCH PLAYS POKEMON

After 16 consecutive days of crowd-controlled chaos and 35 million views later, the audience of Twitch Plays Pokémon has finally defeated the Elite Four. The live stream had over 100,000 concurrent viewers, contributing to (and counteracting) the efforts to complete Pokémon Red during its peak hours.

Omanyte_AG_animeSo what’s next for Twitch Plays Pokémon? Well at the current moment, there are still tens of thousands of viewers trying their hands at the Game Boy edition of Pokémon Trading Card Game. There’s also a countdown timer indicating that “a new adventure will begin” when it winds down on Sunday at 7pm ET. Though there’s been no confirmation on which Pokémon game will be featured in the new adventure, several rumors have suggested that Pokémon Silver will be next up to bat.

Twitch Plays Pokémon is powered by a mixture of Javascript, Python code and the Game Boy emulator, VisualBoyAdvance. Perhaps you can credit the unorthodox nature of Twitch Plays Pokémon for its success, but you better believe that its keen interactive elements played a big role in this thing blowing up the way it did—which is why now I’m sure we’ll see many games hopping on implementing interactive Twitch elements into their games as well. Way to lead the charge, oh mighty and powerful Lord Helix.

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