Twitch Plays Pokemon was an absurdly popular mob-controlled journey through the Kanto region, played by Twitch chat comments. Now, you can play it through Twitter in a similar fashion by tweeting the same commands. Here’s all we know about Twitter Plays Pokémon Red…
Twitter user Constantin Liétard, @screenshakes, in what I’m sure you’ll agree can be called an ‘unprecedented move’, managed to make Pokémon Red playable in his TWITTER. PROFILE. PICTURE.
The above pictures are taken directly from @screenshakes’ Twitter profile picture, showing him getting into a battle in a cave. Probably a Zubat.
Twitter plays Pokémon Red by tweeting commands like up, down, left, right, et cetera, to his Twitter profile. Every fifteen seconds, the program searches through the tweets and chooses the most tweeted command, executes said the most popular command, and then updates the profile picture to show the game after the execution of the command.
As I am writing this, Red (the name of the main character in Pokémon Red, if you didn’t know) is walking around a Pokémon centre. He’s probably walking into the walls and accidentally releasing a few Pokémon on the PC. It’s giving me flashbacks to Twitch Plays Pokémon. You’ll be missed, Abby.
Constantin Liétard has made several updates to the program to improve performance and the general process. Every night, he saves the game state to back it up and ensure it can be continued the following day.