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Twitch Plays Pokemon: Crystal Started

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twitch-logoMy ongoing fascination with Twitch Plays Pokemon continue. It took just 16 days but they finally did it: Twitch beat Pokemon Red. Now they’ve moved onto Generation II with Pokemon Crystal.

In that transition, the proprietors of this innovative stream included the feature to force “Democracy” mode once per hour. Democracy mode tallies command inputs over a set period of time and then executes the most popular one. However, Twitch users will be able to vote out of Democracy mode by submitting “Anarchy”.

Some will argue that the purity of the initial idea was lost with the inclusion of the “Democracy” and “Anarchy” system but I think it makes for a more interesting stream. The built in teams forces viewers and “players” to choose sides and call temporary truces for the common good. Nobody wants to be stuck in a simple maze for days — even the most anarchists can attest to that.

So far, progress in Pokemon Crystal has been slow. New features like the EXP bar have made it easy for users to predict when to spam “B” to interrupt Pokemon evolutions. I lucked out today and witnessed the evolution of the “A.J Downey Jr.’s” starting Pokemon thanks to Democracy mode. Now we all await his eventual release from the roster by the haters.

I don’t spend much time watching the stream. In fact, the longest I left the stream running was probably 20 minutes or so and I only did that because I enjoyed the music. I’m content just checking in every few hours to see what’s happening.

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