Twitch Plays Pokemon Weekly Update

Twitch Plays Pokemon Weekly Update

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Twitch has won eight badges, caught a Goldeen in the Master Ball, and is on its way to Pokemon Crystal's Indigo Plateau.

When we last reported on Twitch Plays Pokemon, they had somehow managed to successfuly complete Pokemon Red and had moved on to Pokemon Crystal, the third game in the Generation II trilogy. A lot has happened since then, and the Twitch community has managed to gather up eight badges and is closing in on the Indigo Plateau, one of the first major challenges of the new game.

Twitch named the player character "AJDNNW" (or "A.J" for short) started his journey with a Totadile last Sunday. Totadile quickly evolved, and due to its repeated use of the "Leer" move, in which the animation entails him shooting lasers from his eyes, earned the nickname "Lazorgator".

More Pokemon were caught or obtained along the way, and as of writing, the team consists of a level 23 Shuckle (Shuckie) a level 47 Pidegot (Brian, a Monty Python reference), a level 32 Hoot Hoot (Dr. Hoot), a level 37 Espeon (AAAS RJ-I), a level 28 Dratini (KT), and, of course, Lazorgator, a level 56 Feraligatr.

This time around, only four Pokemon have been released from the PC box, a Sentret, a Togepi, a Wooper, and, once again, a Drowzee (poor Drowzee).

In total, 22 Pokemon have been caught. Unfortunately, while last time around Twitch managed to somehow use the game's singular Master Ball to catch Zapdos, a legendary Pokemon, they weren't so lucky this time around, using the ball on a lowly Goldeen (earning him the nickname "Master Goldeen").

Tune in to the stream below, and be sure to check in next week to see what these crazy guys are up to.

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See, this is why science-fiction can never be completely successful at predicting the future. People in the 70's might have been able to preict Pokémon as a phenomenon, but not Twitch PLays Pokémon.

As entertaining as the new stream is, it just... doesn't feel the same. At max I've only seen about 16k people running it, a far cry from the MINIMUM 40k Pokemon red had. Probably why they haven't had so many releases and made such massive progress in such a short time, really.

This is just like seeing anything else impressive a second time. It just isn't as cool as the first. When they played and beat Red it was awesome this, like Shancius said, just doesn't feel the same. I imagine that if they continue to 3rd gen after this, it will drop even further in players. The amount of memes from Red was insane, Crystal only has had a few, mostly focusing on Totadile and his almighty lazer eyes.

Good for them though powering through the game. They have a pretty impressive lineup as well.

Poor Master Ball. It didn't even last an hour in TPP's hands (I guess because of the different compartments and how for them the bag defaults to the Pokeball bag). And they fainted Suicune about 2 hours ago too, so there's that. Ah well. At least I can say I was around when the Wooper was released. No Bloody Sunday by any means, but it's like a disaster waiting to happen when you're in anarchy mode and go into the PC.

I'm totally going to complain about this, "all" eight badges? i think you mean half of the badges

Hmmm... okay. Not really sure why this deserves any sort of weekly update. I mean, I can sort of see updates on the original playthrough but that's over and done with. I'd wager that pretty much anyone who would need/want updates of the current playthrough already knows what's going on and isn't coming to The Escapist to get up to speed.

How many people (at least among those who were alive) remember where they were during the Apollo 11 moon landing? Okay, cool. How many people remember where they were during the Apollo 12 landing, four months later? A lot less, I bet.

Half the fun was that TPP was unique. It wasn't just something to do on twitch, it was an outright phenomenon, and when it was over, it was over. Crystal just isn't the same.

Twitch has won all eight badges, and is on its way to the final challenge of Pokemon Crystal.

Final challenge, eh? I'm pretty sure a lot of people beg to differ.

P.S. Thanks

For the record, there's 16 badges to collect in Pokemon Crystal, as well as the actual final challenge at Mt. Silver[1]. So no, it ain't quite over yet. Hell, I think the highest level Pokemon in the Elite Four is a level 50 Dragonite (HAX! on Lance), so it'd be disappointing to stop there anyways.

Well, it took about 3-4 weeks to complete Red, so yeah, having only used a week so far, we've still got plenty of time to run through Kanto again.

Also, Scary Face isn't the move that looks like lasers, that would be Leer.

Well, they are now about half-way done as they plan to indeed finish Mt. Silver (unlike Red, where they ended with the Pokemon League and didn't tackle the post-league content)

Mad Sun:
Well, it took about 3-4 weeks to complete Red, so yeah, having only used a week so far, we've still got plenty of time to run through Kanto again.

Just over two weeks with 16 days.

I'm so very surprised that this gets anywhere will all these people using the 'start' command. Once that happens, all sorts of fuckery happens.

Also, stay classy Escapist using auto-play.

It's amazing to see how few people are watching this now. When Red was playing it was rare to see below 70,000 people playing/watching, but now we're under 10k on average.

Great to see Twitch Plays Pokemon still going strong, though it's a shame that it's dropping in popularity since its culmination at Red, especially since Gen 2 is my favorite of the Gens.

And while the memes are not as prevalent as they were in Gen 1... guys, do we REALLY need another Church of Helix or another following of the antichrist, Flareon? It was amusing the first time around (even if it got beaten to death faster than people claiming that the cake was a lie), but if we had a redo of that same phenomenon in Crystal, rest assured someone would be getting defenestrated.

Cna you stop embedding Twitch in the news messages and instead provide the link? There are multiple disadvantages with it.

Its background sounds in non-active tabs and is extremely annoying.
It eats your bandwitch as a monster.
The twitch player is a RAM hungry monster that hogs EMTIRE ram of this PC i got at work and everything else slows down to a craw till i close the tab.

These disadvantages does not exist with embed youtube since it dos not autoplay, and since we now got a rule to not post autoplay youtube videos, there should also be a rule to not post autoplay twitch videos.

We are getting weekly updates for this crap now? Can we please just let this fad die? I also feel cheated when I opened this news update and became a viewer of it for a split second because of the embedded stream.

Strazdas:
Cna you stop embedding Twitch in the news messages and instead provide the link? There are multiple disadvantages with it.

Its background sounds in non-active tabs and is extremely annoying.
It eats your bandwitch as a monster.
The twitch player is a RAM hungry monster that hogs EMTIRE ram of this PC i got at work and everything else slows down to a craw till i close the tab.

These disadvantages does not exist with embed youtube since it dos not autoplay, and since we now got a rule to not post autoplay youtube videos, there should also be a rule to not post autoplay twitch videos.

Yeah, I was gonna say this, but I think you've summed it up better than I could have.

Strazdas:
Cna you stop embedding Twitch in the news messages and instead provide the link? There are multiple disadvantages with it.

Its background sounds in non-active tabs and is extremely annoying.
It eats your bandwitch as a monster.
The twitch player is a RAM hungry monster that hogs EMTIRE ram of this PC i got at work and everything else slows down to a craw till i close the tab.

These disadvantages does not exist with embed youtube since it dos not autoplay, and since we now got a rule to not post autoplay youtube videos, there should also be a rule to not post autoplay twitch videos.

Hey, thanks for the advice. I've removed the twitch stream from the post, as multiple users have complained about it.

Shanicus:
As entertaining as the new stream is, it just... doesn't feel the same. At max I've only seen about 16k people running it, a far cry from the MINIMUM 40k Pokemon red had. Probably why they haven't had so many releases and made such massive progress in such a short time, really.

I was watching it earlier this week and it had around 47k people playing it. It's still a lot of fun to watch on the second monitor as I grind away on an alt in WoW. I even occasionally input a command or three when it's pissing me off.

VanQ:

Shanicus:
As entertaining as the new stream is, it just... doesn't feel the same. At max I've only seen about 16k people running it, a far cry from the MINIMUM 40k Pokemon red had. Probably why they haven't had so many releases and made such massive progress in such a short time, really.

I was watching it earlier this week and it had around 47k people playing it. It's still a lot of fun to watch on the second monitor as I grind away on an alt in WoW. I even occasionally input a command or three when it's pissing me off.

Well, just flicked over to it now (Monday Night) and it's got 8.5k people playing it (same time during Red was about 40-50k). It's been bleeding watchers fairly rapidly since it started, since it's just... not Twitchplayspokemon: Red anymore. The magic isn't there anymore. The memes were made, Anarchy happened and plans were cooked up on the fly. Now it just feels so... ordered and forced. Still fun to watch, but not at the same level as Red did.

Though maybe if we get to fighting Red and he's got Bird Jesus with him, maybe then the 100k will return.

Shanicus:

VanQ:

Shanicus:
As entertaining as the new stream is, it just... doesn't feel the same. At max I've only seen about 16k people running it, a far cry from the MINIMUM 40k Pokemon red had. Probably why they haven't had so many releases and made such massive progress in such a short time, really.

I was watching it earlier this week and it had around 47k people playing it. It's still a lot of fun to watch on the second monitor as I grind away on an alt in WoW. I even occasionally input a command or three when it's pissing me off.

Well, just flicked over to it now (Monday Night) and it's got 8.5k people playing it (same time during Red was about 40-50k). It's been bleeding watchers fairly rapidly since it started, since it's just... not Twitchplayspokemon: Red anymore. The magic isn't there anymore. The memes were made, Anarchy happened and plans were cooked up on the fly. Now it just feels so... ordered and forced. Still fun to watch, but not at the same level as Red did.

Though maybe if we get to fighting Red and he's got Bird Jesus with him, maybe then the 100k will return.

If I remember correctly, Red's team in Crystal is Pikachu, Charizard, Blastoise, Venusaur, Snorlax and Espeon. I'm afraid Bird Jesus is nowhere to be seen at this point in time.

Probably got released during anarchy mode.

If I recall correctly, the Shuckle is actually referred to as "Shuck Norris."

Steven Bogos:

Hey, thanks for the advice. I've removed the twitch stream from the post, as multiple users have complained about it.

Thank you. Hopefully the change sticks to all future News featuring twitch or you find a way to embed Twitch that doesnt autoplay and doesnt make your ram scream.

There are the meta stories still being produced. Whereas Red's story was more about a cult of sorts, Crystal's seems to be more in line with a paramilitary group. A group of two (so far) to be sure, but still.

VanQ:
If I remember correctly, Red's team in Crystal is Pikachu, Charizard, Blastoise, Venusaur, Snorlax and Espeon. I'm afraid Bird Jesus is nowhere to be seen at this point in time.

Probably got released during anarchy mode.

That's assuming, of course, that Red's team wasn't altered. I mean, I'm pretty sure the starters weren't catchable in the wild in the version Crystal I played, and yet AJ's Pokedex suggests otherwise...

A master ball.... on a Goldeen. Bloody hell that's funny. That's all I needed to know about this time's run around. Stay classy, you trolls and griefers! You'll always have my support.

Dear Escapist Staff: Thank you.

Thank you thank you thank you.

You've hit the nail right on the head for *exactly* the amount of information I want to know about TPP. I'll look forward to the next weekly update!

Shanicus:
As entertaining as the new stream is, it just... doesn't feel the same. At max I've only seen about 16k people running it, a far cry from the MINIMUM 40k Pokemon red had. Probably why they haven't had so many releases and made such massive progress in such a short time, really.

In all fairness, 16k is still a huge number. Last I checked it was still the 3rd most popular stream on twitch, with the only two above it being a currently running Dota 2 and LoL tournament respectively.

And the massive progress bit actually stems from three things.

1. Democracy mode was available right from the start, whereas in gen 1 the streamer didn't implement it until halfway through.

2. Gen 2 was just straight up easier than Gen 1 was. Just compare the Elite Four/Champion. In Red, their pokemon were in the level 50-60s range, while in Crystal they're going to be low-high 40s. This is intended to be made up for by the fact that Gen 2 was twice as long as Gen 1. Where Red's only post-game was the Unknown Dungeon and Mewtwo, in Crystal after beating the game there's a whole 'nother 8 badges to get, plus the battle against Red in Mt. Silver (and unlike with Red version, they ARE going to be doing the post-game this time).

Lastly, 3. They didn't accidentally release the starter this time (though they've come close a few times), which combined with the aforementioned easier/lower levelled trainers, led to it getting overlevelled much more quickly than it would've in the first game. They also used democracy mode to remove it's useless attacks and give it a pure offensive moveset. Now that they've progressed quite a bit through the game, their general lack of competence and random button mashing is finally starting to fail and they're whiteing out more often, but for a while the starter was pretty much just invincible.

Steven Bogos:
, and, once again, a Drowzee (poor Drowzee).

I didn't watch regularly towards the end but I don't believe our Drowzee was ever released in Red, merely boxed. It hasn't been nearly as fun this time around, whether the novelty has worn off or the control system sucked this time I've only been able to check in for short periods, and get bored quickly whereas I happily spent hours watching Red bang up against some obstacle without getting bored.

This one seems to have been on democracy mode the whole time, making it even more boring.

Mad Sun:
Well, it took about 3-4 weeks to complete Red, so yeah, having only used a week so far, we've still got plenty of time to run through Kanto again.

Also, Scary Face isn't the move that looks like lasers, that would be Leer.

I was about to comment on that, but I checked and leer and scary face had almost the exact same animation in Gen 2. Only difference was that scary face's flashed.

I'm just amazed that they actually managed to get the name "Shuckie" entered in...I'd have thought that every name would just be a random assortment of letters. :P

RJ 17:
I'm just amazed that they actually managed to get the name "Shuckie" entered in...I'd have thought that every name would just be a random assortment of letters. :P

They didn't, it's not theirs.
Same why the Farfetch'd in Red was called DUX - it had that name from the beginning.
And not all their pokemon are actually named. For example, Lazorgator didn't get renamed until yesterday. Until then, it used the default name. Still, it was called Lazorgator (thanks to Leer)

Elfgore:
The amount of memes from Red was insane, Crystal only has had a few, mostly focusing on Totadile and his almighty lazer eyes.

I don't know, to me there seem to be a lot of memes from Crystal, or at least a lot of fanart and fan-canon. Maybe that's not the same, but I've been really impressed with the depth and creativity of a lot of the fan contributions. Without the fifty different versions of "HAIL LORD HELIX!" we've actually got room for some well-thought-out stories. And I love the way that the reputations of the Pokémon from Red are brought into play. If you want some examples, here are some of my favourite fan comics.

Also, I might be the only person in this thread who was really glad to see a weekly update starting up. I want to keep on top of TPP, but I don't have the time to keep checking in with the stream itself to try and work out what's happened or to trawl through updates on Twitter. This is a neat solution to that issue, and I think there is an audience for it.

 

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