Earlier this year, the internet created history as more than a 100,000 people came together to collectively play the classic Nintendo game for the Gameboy, Pokemon Red, and then, against all odds, finish it. It was a hilarious revival of an old classic with an intriguing new mechanic, and though Twitch Plays Pokemon has continued ever since, its popularity dipped.
That doesn’t mean there can’t be others to take its place.
A new channel on Twitch has cropped up. It is called Fish Plays Pokemon, and, I shit you not, it involves a fish playing Pokemon. How? Well, it doesn’t know it’s playing the game, obviously. It’s just doing its thing in its fishbowl, which has been outfitted with a motion tracker camera, and then separated into nine different sectors, each corresponding to a button press in game. So far, after more than 150 hours of play, the fish has chosen a starter Pokemon (Charmander), beaten Gary’s Squirtle with it, and is now stuck in Pallet. It’s frighteningly boring and mesmerizing all at once. It is also extremely popular- at the time of this writing, it had 20,000 viewers, and caused Pokemon Red and Blue to shoot up to being among the most viewed games on Twitch again.
I mean, I don’t know what to say about this anymore. Just think, though, the almighty Mewtwo is subject to the whims of a fish.