Yesterday saw the conclusion of the “biggest cultural phenomenon to strike Twitch” as the efforts of 1,165,140 people led to Twitch finishing Pokemon Red. From start to finish, the game took 16 days, 7 hours, 45 minutes and 30 seconds, with over 122 MILLION commands being relayed to the (likely insane) protagonist Red.
In the short time after the game was over, the stream’s creator let viewers play various other Gameboy games while counting down to “a new adventure.” This was revealed to be none other than Pokemon Crystal, the third of the Generation 2 Pokemon games. Over 70,000 viewers have tuned in for the start of this new adventure, which has “chosen” the Water-Type Totodile as their starter.
On its Official Blog, Twitch commented on the results of the Twitch Plays Pokemon event, including the above statistics as well as the following statement:
“It’s safe to say the Twitch Plays Pokemon has been the biggest cultural phenomenon to strike Twitch all thanks to The Creator and You, our passionate and absolutely preposterous community.”
Only time will tell how successful this new iteration of the Twitch Plays Pokemon phenomenon will be, and whether it will spawn the hilarious amount of memes and meta-narrative that the original did. Chants of “Praise Helix” and the like still plague the internet, and there are even commemorative shirts being made by th more devoted of the fanbase. Needless to say, the internet will be feeling the effects of Twitch Plays Pokemon for quite a while, and it’s not over yet folks.