70K People Collectively Playing One Video Game

It's going very, very slowly
By Newsy, a Newser Video Partner
Posted Feb 18, 2014 9:24 AM CST

(Newser) – Multiplayer online gaming is nothing new, but a bizarre experiment taking place on the streaming site Twitch shows what happens when thousands of players all try to control one game of 1996's Pokémon Red. Welcome to Twitch Plays Pokémon, an emulator modified to take chat text and turn it into in-game commands. What you'll see there is the cumulative effort of 70,000 people attempting to control the same character at once. It's been slow going, to say the least, with gamers keeping track of their creepingly slow progress via a Google Doc. The biggest challenges are the lag time between when a command is entered and when it's carried out in-game, and the large number of players actively trying to derail the community's progress. Plus, as one site pointed out, the game is receiving hundreds of commands per second.

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