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Arceus above, did you know that TwitchPlaysPokémon is almost eight years old? The crowdsourced attempt to play Pokémon took the internet by storm when it debuted, creating a flurry of memes and arguably its own competing religions, and while its heyday has come and gone, its legacy lives on — as can be seen in the Twitter account of Constantin Liétard (@screenshakes), whose avatar is now a crowdsourced game of Pokémon Crystal. Yes, really.



Very similarly to TPP, the game moves based on the replies of the masses, who choose only one button input at a time. This version only pulls an input every 15 seconds, so it’s a bit less chaotic than the pure mob mentality of its predecessor, though the 22,000+ replies already denote it as a hit — even if the screen size of the avatar in question is remarkably small. Time will tell whether Twitter Plays Pokémon ends up with a run as successful as its Twitch father. 


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Written by Amelia Fruzzetti

A writer and Nintendo fan based in Seattle, Washington. When not working for NinWire, she can be found eating pasta, writing stories, and wondering about when Mother 3 is finally going to get an official localization.