Twitch Plays Pok?mon: A Social Experiment, According to Its Creator

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According to the anonymous creator of?Twitch Plays Pok?mon, one of the weirdest things that has happened to the internet this year, says that everything began as a social experiment.

Twitch Plays Pokemon is a stream created on February 12, 2014 that lets you play Pokemon with other people online by typing commands into chat. ?”It was created as an experiment to test the viability of this format, the way people interact with the input system and the way they interact socially with each other,” the programmer said.?”I didn’t really have any plans for it from the beginning.?I just wanted to put it up to see how people would respond. I put it together and put it up on a dedicated server all within a few days.”

It all started with Pokemon Red, and now, Pokemon Crystal is being played. Currently, the game is?patched with Locksmith Army’s “Emu Edition” patch that makes all Pokemon available among other changes.

The growing popularity of the game may lead to whole new population of gamers, according to the creator. ?Twitch Plays Pok?mon has been a very popular topic,” said the anonymous programmer. “I think that popularity has helped draw the attention of an audience that is not typically interested in games.?

Twitch Plays Pok?mon is now on its 18th day and is still being played by over 40,000 people who are trying to get the lead character to the end of his journey.


Twitch, the website, was launched in June 2011. Emmett Shear saw how video game content was making rounds on He then proceeded to creating a live streaming platform specifically made for gamers with unique tools and features.

From 3.2 million unique visitors to 45 million unique visitors a month, Twitch is slowly going for the spotlight. Recently, the company surpassed 1 million unique broadcasters a month which means that more and more people are into watching and commenting along games these days. With the addition of?Twitch Plays Pok?mon into the picture, it definitely made the website more popular than ever.


Meanwhile, the anonymous creator is just happy watching the game unfold. ?I?m very happy to have created something that has created powerful memories and emotions for a lot of people.?I hope what I have created has exposed people who don’t normally play games or only shallow social/mobile games to other, more?substantial?games they might be interested in.”

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