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.
Source: Twitch Plays Pokemon