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Thousands Of Gamers Are Playing Pokémon Red/Blue Co-Op Live On Twitch Right Now

I choose you, Not Doing Anything But Watching This For The Rest Of The Day!



Pokémon Red and Blue are amazing. Sure, subsequent generations of Pokémon games have gotten more complex and interesting, but the classic-gaming nostalgia you get when you fire up your old Game Boy Color is the very best. But if you’ve lost yours, don’t worry; thousands of people are playing Pokémon co-op together on Twitch right now.

As of 9am this morning, over 8,000 people were playing the online version of Pokémon Red/Blue over the live-streaming service Twitch. Using JavaScript, Python, and the VisualBoyAdvance emulator, participants can control characters via text chat next to the live feed, which parses only the words up, down, left, right, select, start, a and b into actions. It might seem crazy, but it’s working; yesterday, the combined skills of thousands of Pokémon masters across the globe successfully defeated Misty.

The game is running twenty-four/seven, so head over to the Twitch Plays Pokémon channel right now to get your Pokégame on.

(via DigitalSpy, image via heath_bar)

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Sam Maggs is a writer and televisioner, currently hailing from the Kingdom of the North (Toronto). Her first book, THE FANGIRL'S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY will be out soon from Quirk Books. Sam’s parents saw Star Wars: A New Hope 24 times when it first came out, so none of this is really her fault.