Who’s better for playing the hit 1996 PokÃ©mon Red video game: an anarchic collective of video game enthusiasts, or a betta fish? Thanks to an enterprising coder and Grayson Hopper, a fish, we might soon find out.
In February of this year, an anonymous Australian programmer combined video game streaming site Twitch, a computer version of PokÃ©mon Red, and a crowd control system to spawn the heavy beast that is Twitch Plays PokÃ©mon, an online version. massive and live video game. in which hundreds of thousands of players coordinated (or, you could say, squared off) to control a single video game character. Hundreds of thousands of people competing up, down, left, right, rarely with any degree of cooperation, striving to become a Pokemon master. He’s the number one candidate.
Competitor number two is Grayson Hopper, a betta fish who has been controlling the game for the past few days by swimming around his aquarium. Grayson is swimming to the top left of the tank? Grayson’s character goes left. Swim right? Go right. Grayson, as you can imagine, is about as useful as a Magikarp. Yet surprisingly, Grayson managed to get a lot done in just a few days, says UK wired.
In the 125 hours he has spent so far, he has successfully chosen his first starter PokÃ©mon: a Charmander (excellent choice), named it “AAAABBK” and defeated his first opponent, the Squirtle of the rival. Not bad for a fish.
For much of that morning, Grayson has been stuck in what appears to be the character’s starting home, as thousands of people eagerly watch.
After 16 days, Twitch Plays PokÃ©mon has finally completed the game’s main quest, beating the Elite Four and the players’ main rival. It’s been almost a week and Grayson has yet to leave Pallet Town. Anarchy seems to be more useful than a fish, so far.
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