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Twitter User Starts Crowd-Controlled Pokemon Red Game Using Their Avatar

Twitter User Starts Crowd-Controlled Pokemon Red Game Using Their Avatar Image
  • Posted on 06th Oct, 2022 19:39 PM

After projects like Twitch Plays Pokemon, a fan takes it one step further by letting Twitter users play Pokemon Red inside of their avatar.

p>Back in 2014, Twitch Plays Pokemon sent waves throughout the video game community when thousands of Twitch users worked with (and against) each other to complete a crowd-controlled game of Pokemon Red live on stream. Since then, Twitch users have gone on to play crowd-controlled versions of nearly every other mainline Pokemon game, including the latest releases, Pokemon Sword and Shield.

Since then, many twists have been put on the experiment, such as Fish Plays Pokemon, which has seen multiple fish play through Pokemon games like Ruby and Sapphire, which decided game inputs based on the fish's swimming patterns. Now, Pokemon fans have somehow innovated on the concept once again, allowing Twitter users to play Pokemon Red in an interesting way.

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Constantin Liétard, a 3D Programmer at Gameloft Montreal, has made it so Twitter users can play a game of Pokemon Red inside of his own Twitter avatar. Yesterday, Liétard made the announcement letting users know that replying to a certain Tweet with button inputs like "A" and "Start" will control the game of Pokemon Red shown in his Twitter avatar.

window.arrayOfEmbeds["1347589296593788933"] = {'embedded_twitter' : '"<blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\"><p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\">You can now play Pokemon Red in my avatar! \ud83e\udd73<br><br>Comment one of those buttons on this tweet:<br>Up, Down, Left, Right, A, B, Start, Select <a href=\"https:\/\/t.co\/9RV383BGjW\">pic.twitter.com\/9RV383BGjW<\/a><\/p>&mdash; Constantin Li\u00e9tard (@screenshakes) <a href=\"https:\/\/twitter.com\/screenshakes\/status\/1347589296593788933?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\">January 8, 2021<\/a><\/blockquote>\n\n"'};

Liétard explained that every 15 seconds, the comments on the designated Tweet are pulled, and the input with the most comments is the one that is sent to the game. Since launching it, several improvements have already been made, such as allowing users to leave messages along with their inputs, as well as adding a functionality that saves each new frame of the game, eliminating the need for users try to navigate to the "save" option. It appears that after almost 8,000 comments, Twitter managed to choose Squirtle as their starter Pokemon and make it to the game's first major city, Viridian City, which is rather impressive considering the number of replies.

Since launching the project, Liétard has allowed Twitter users to join a Discord server in order to chat about happenings in the game and attempt to coordinate their next moves. While one Pokemon fan made it so players could take turns controlling a game of Pokemon Sword last month, this new project seems to take Twitch Plays Pokemon to an entirely new level.

Although nothing has officially taken place just yet to celebrate Pokemon's monumental 25th anniversary this year, it seems that fans are content for now celebrating the franchise by making their own fun. However, while nothing has happened officially, with a new Pokemon Snap game and a Pokemon MOBA coming in 2021, it's clear that fans of the franchise are in for some surprises this year.

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