It has been nearly five days since Twitch Plays Pokemon, a stream that lets users collectively control a Pokémon game via chat commands, started broadcasting to the world. Since then, the stream has had over sixty thousand people watching and playing at once—as you might expect, it's been a chaotic, awe-inspiring ride so far. And while progress has been made, things have gotten a little...strange.
Before we get into some of the many jokes, fan-art and Tweets made about the stream, let's recap on what's happened thus far, shall we? A helpful Google Doc has been set up that monitors progress—you should bookmark it, since it may be hard to stay on top of progress given that sometimes it takes hours to perform simple tasks. As of this writing, however, Twitch Plays Pokemon has acquired four badges, and the team line-up has featured an Oddish, a Rattata, a Flareon, a Drowzee, a Farfetched, and a Pigeot. If you've been watching, you know how amazing all of that information is—it's a wonder the collective players on Twitch is making any progress at all.