Twitch Plays Pokemon Somehow Manages to Beat The Game - Update

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Twitch Plays Pokemon Somehow Manages to Beat The Game - Update

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Despite the trolls, anarchists, and just general confusion, Twitch Plays Pokemon has managed to finish Pokemon Red.

Update: And we're back! The stream has resumed, with the game changing from Pokemon Red to Pokemon Crystal, the third game in the Generation II trilogy. Totodile FTW!

Original Story: If you've been keeping an eye on Twitch Plays Pokemon, you'd know that somehow, despite thousands of players literally shouting random commands out at once, the game was actually progressing, and the team effort was gradually collecting badges. Now, despite all the odds, despite all the trolls, and despite all the anarchy, Twitch Plays Pokemon has managed to defeat the Elite Four and the Pokemon League Champion, thus completing Pokemon Red.

Zapdos, or "Battery Jesus" as the community has come to know him as, landed the final blow, defeating Blue and inducting the Twitch community into the Pokemon hall of fame. The final team included Zapdos, Pigeot, Venomoth, Nidoking, Lapras, and of course, our lord and savior, he who rose from the helix fossil: Omanyte. Currently, the stream is simply displaying a simple "The End" screen, promising a new adventure in 25 hours (at time of writing).

Twitch Plays Pokemon has been a wild ride, something that Twitch wants to see more of, and quite the social experiment. If anything, it proves that a strong will to win can power through pure chaos and anarchy.

"It has delivered a huge and sustained audience for days on end and captivated the attention of the entire Twitch community," said Matthew DiPietro, VP of marketing at Twitch, in an interview with MCV earlier in the week. The success of "Twitch Plays Pokemon," and the millions of views it has garnered so far, has made the company consider if there is a future in a service that lets viewers from all over the world share control of a single game.

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But... but... how?

I loaded it up once, and it was 15 minutes of Red just going around in circles while constantly going into the options menu.

I don't understand.

I thought Pidgeot was Bird Jesus, and Zapdos was Battery Jesus/Anti-Air Jesus/Anarchy Jesus/The Archangel.

Next up with any luck, Crystal version with Red edited to have this team in Mt. Silver.

No no no, Bird Jesus was Pidgeot, Zapdos was Alternate Jesus/Battery Jesus/Battery Bird/Archangel of Justifce/etc. He had a lot of names. >.>

... it's like watching a room full of monkeys with typewriters ACTUALLY writing Shakespeare.

RA92:
But... but... how?

I loaded it up once, and it was 15 minutes of Red just going around in circles while constantly going into the options menu.

I don't understand.

It's been running for over 300 hours, eventually with little nudging here and there from Democracy mode they were going to make it through by sheer luck. I'll be interested to see if the interest can be maintained during the sequel.

But yeah, the two posters above me are right, Pidegot is Bird Jesus, whilst Zapdos is Archangel of Justice / other names.

the final battle was considerably less epic than i hoped it would be it mostly consisted of TPP trying and failing to switch out the low level venonat for zapdos while blastoise continued to use withdraw over and over once they succeeded it was over pretty quickly

Couple of things wrong with the article: As others have pointed out, Bird Jesus was the Nickname of the Pidgeot, our longtime favourite, and second highest level pokemon. Zapdos has had a lot of names, including Battery/Anarchy Jesus, Judas and John the Zaptist. And the Holy Helix, the resurrected Helix fossil had evolved into Omastar from Omanyte.

And to those saying the final battle was anticlimactic... well that it was, but that was only because we'd just been grinding the Zapdos's level higher and higher, until it broke critical mass at 80, and was virtually untoutchable.

I still think it's cheating they removed many of the block-pushing puzzles etc.

It was a simple matter of time but I'm surprised it didn't take longer. You know what they have to do next though?

NUZLOCKE RUN!

So essentially, the first experiment in creating the Borg, was a success?

I happened to actually be there when it happened, which was like the second time I'd watched at all. It was pretty neat, if chaotic. I felt like I helped a little by tooting the democracy horn. ;) It took a bunch of tries at the elite four because of The Stupid. It was pretty cool to see it end, then it more or less crashed for a while, reloaded in pallet town but nothing worked, then the 'come back in 26 hours' screen. Let's see what happens next!

As others have said, Zapdos isn't Bird Jesus.

Anyway, I'm glad we did it, shame I was asleep when we actually won though. It was awesome when we managed to defeat Dragonite with just ATV.

They did it?!

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Through sheer Brownian motion they managed it. Praise Helix :P

mistwolf:
I happened to actually be there when it happened, which was like the second time I'd watched at all. It was pretty neat, if chaotic. I felt like I helped a little by tooting the democracy horn. ;)

Trust me, tooting democracy was not in any way 'helping'. :P Also, the game didn't 'crash' after winning. The stream creator stopped the inputs to set up the 'coming soon' screen since the game was over.

Not "Bird Jesus", its "Battery Jesus" if even that as he more often referred to as "John the Zaptist" or "The Archangel". How little googling do you guys put into some of these articles?

Alleged_Alec:
I still think it's cheating they removed many of the block-pushing puzzles etc.

No puzzles were removed. I'd love to see a source for where you got that so I can laugh heartily at its falsehood.

EDIT: And the team included Omastar, the true form of our Lord Helix and Nidoking. There are at least 30,000 people on the internet right now who knew this, there are multiple links to information and summaries on reddit etc., what kind of journalism is this?

https://sites.google.com/site/twitchplayspokemonstatus/

I'm honestly laughing out loud here.

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To be honest, I thought it would take at least 20 days to do it at the rate they were going, looks like Anarchy was really the only way...

I guess that the souls of all the Pokémon killed by the pc are finally at rest.

I ended up going to sleep just before they finally defeated blue, i thought the final battle was very epic, blastoise almost managed to hit zapdos with blizzard but bird Jesus sand attacks saved the day.

The fact they pulled it off is proof that humanity still has hope, it's also proof that the best video game stories are created by players not artists.

Zapdos is Bird Jesus 2: Electric Boogaloo. Pidgeot is the original. Some great comedy came out of TPP. Nothing is funnier than releasing 12 Pokemon at once, or using 'dig' while attempting to complete a dungeon.

rasputin0009:
Zapdos is Bird Jesus 2: Electric Boogaloo. Pidgeot is the original. Some great comedy came out of TPP. Nothing is funnier than releasing 12 Pokemon at once, or using 'dig' while attempting to complete a dungeon.

You mean Bloody Sunday? I have no idea how they managed to release so many.

Alleged_Alec:
I still think it's cheating they removed many of the block-pushing puzzles etc.

they did not change game in anyway at all

also bird jesus was pidgeot as pointed out before you can find all name and nickname information within twitch plays pokemon reddit page here: http://www.reddit.com/r/twitchplayspokemon/ the first uptade thread got all information including importand events that happened within the run.
as a side note starter of this experiment is planing to move on to generation 3 in next 23 hours with most likely modded red team for end fight with pokemons from the first run.

It wouldn't even take 2 minutes to find out that Pigeot is Bird Jesus, not Zapdos.

Game journalism is dead.

rasputin0009:
Zapdos is Bird Jesus 2: Electric Boogaloo. Pidgeot is the original. Some great comedy came out of TPP. Nothing is funnier than releasing 12 Pokemon at once, or using 'dig' while attempting to complete a dungeon.

Or blacking out exactly in front of the gym key, that was glorious.
Also getting stuck on the same 6 squares of island on the way to cinnabar every time and the chat screaming: "WIIILLSOOOON!"
Good times.

Now I am not trained in psychology but this is a rather public experiment as they come. Something for psych students to take a good look at. Hell the creation of the "anarchy versus democracy" system for instance.

And seeing that even though democracy ought to make things easier it was used mostly in hard areas. Those ledges for instance.. that was a case of requiring democracy!

Mmm so delicious.

Alleged_Alec:
I still think it's cheating they removed many of the block-pushing puzzles etc.

I didn't realise they did that. Were they removed in the rom or just control taken away while they were beaten? Either way it's still amazing they finished the game.

CaptainMarvelous:
... it's like watching a room full of monkeys with typewriters ACTUALLY writing Shakespeare.

If The Escapist let us have signatures this would be mine. It's perfect.


This... this is amazing. A million monkeys on the same typewriter.
Excuse me, putting up this song. It kind of describes the situation perfectly.

masticina:

And seeing that even though democracy ought to make things easier it was used mostly in hard areas. Those ledges for instance.. that was a case of requiring democracy!

funny thing is that the last ledge before pokemon league was cleared with anarchy despite being hardest and that was mostly thanks to start trolls since most downs got cancelled with the start menu.

I thought this was pretty much dead a few days ago when the viewers had dropped all the way down to 26k, but then the next day they had 90k and were on the elite 4.

Ugh, I can't believe I was asleep for this!

Damn you, Australia!!! Couldn't you have waited for at least another 2 hours before you beat this?

Ah well, the journey has been an absolute blast. I can't wait to see what ridiculous shenanigans we get up to in Gold/Silver version.

MPerce:
Ugh, I can't believe I was asleep for this!

Damn you, Australia!!! Couldn't you have waited for at least another 2 hours before you beat this?

Ah well, the journey has been an absolute blast. I can't wait to see what ridiculous shenanigans we get up to in Gold/Silver version.

This is at least the third time something big has been accomplished in the Americas' early morning. The Safari Zone was finished under democracy, Zapdos was caught under anarchy, and now the Elite Four was beaten only about a day after we started fighting them. I wanted to beat it with the stream, especially with my Red file I've gotten from Cerulean City to right past Victory Road training in just a week.

Antitonic:
I thought Pidgeot was Bird Jesus, and Zapdos was Battery Jesus/Anti-Air Jesus/Anarchy Jesus/The Archangel.

Next up with any luck, Crystal version with Red edited to have this team in Mt. Silver.

Zapdos is John the Zaptist.

heroicbob:
the final battle was considerably less epic than i hoped it would be it mostly consisted of TPP trying and failing to switch out the low level venonat for zapdos while blastoise continued to use withdraw over and over once they succeeded it was over pretty quickly

I saw one of their previous attempts where the lvl 36 venomoth beat Lance's lvl 62 dragonite from full health with poison as it used barrier and agility over and over. Got to be one of the dumbest things I've seen in a Pokemon battle ever.

CaptainMarvelous:
... it's like watching a room full of monkeys with typewriters ACTUALLY writing Shakespeare.

I wouldn't call the result "Shakespeare".
I'd actually liken it to a Kevin Smith quote "Failing Upwards".

RPG: A game where, no matter what, if you spend enough time playing, you will win.

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