Twitch Plays Pokemon Democracy, Anarchy update

By Alan Ng - Feb 21, 2014

Earlier on this week we told you about Twitch Plays Pokemon, the Twitch marathon which allows Pokeman fans to play Pokemon Red universally by controlling Ash via keyboard commands. Now, we can tell you that the Twitch Plays Pokemon live stream is still as busy ever, now with an update that makes gameplay a lot more stress-free.

If you have been following this event yourself, you’ll know that it was being ruined by internet trolls who had signed up to Twitch just to spam the start key on the group chat.

This then kept pausing the game, obviously meaning that the millions of players participating in Twitch Plays Pokemon could not progress anywere – often stuck in an endless loop in the same maze for hours upon end.

Thankfully, we’re glad to report that the creator of the event has taken action. Now, Twitch Plays Pokemon makes use of Democracy and Anarchy commands, giving players a much better experience whilst viewing the stream.

As you may have guessed, Anarchy mode will input chat-based commands immediately as normal, but the more pleasing democracy mode lets users vote on inputs instead, thus giving the community a chance to progess as a group and anger the trolls in the process.

The creator has said that he didn’t want to tweak the game too much as it’s a social experiment and he wanted to embrace the ‘randomness’ of the event. However, he felt he needed to step in as the sheer amount of start spammers were even too much for him to take.

Have a look at the Twitch Plays Pokemon live stream below and you should see that it is now a much more civilized affair. Let us know if you have been playing and what ‘landmarks’ you have witnessed so far.

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