When we brought the news that the Twitch Plays PokÃ©mon experiment had run its course, completing every mainline PokÃ©mon game in existence, we figured that was that. Yes, the channel might find new life when PokÃ©mon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire released, but for all intents and purposes we figured that was it for the “Plays PokÃ©mon” fad. Boy, how wrong we were.
This week a new contender entered the Plays PokÃ©mon realm in the form of Fish Plays PokÃ©mon. As the succinctly named channel implies, rather than letting the chat take control over the PokÃ©mon Trainer, this channel puts a somewhat active fish named Grayson Hopper in control.
Having popped over to the channel on several occasions, I can say that, although the gimmick is funny, this is nowhere near as compelling as watching Twitch fight for Democracy over Anarchy. In fact, the fish spends a ton of time just floating still, which not only is boring but has many of us wondering if it might die before even getting out of the Trainer’s home.
That being said, the Fish Plays PokÃ©mon channel is still generating a ton of buzz and nearly 20,000 viewers on average. And the fish has actually made some progress through the game, selecting one of the preset names and defeating its first enemy PokÃ©mon.
Even more impressive is the construction of the Fish Plays PokÃ©mon channel, which is the product of HackNY participants Chris and Hannah. Choosing a fish may not have been their smartest idea, but the concept itself is actually really clever.
It’s also worth pointing out that the channel has been active for several days now, but is only just now gaining traction. The channel couldn’t have gained popularity at a better time for Twitch, though, as the streaming service has come under considerable fire for its recent copyright crackdowns. So rather than focus on the thousands of hours of content that are lost thanks to new policies at Twitch, the service would rather gamers focus on Grayson Hopper’s quest to complete PokÃ©mon Red. What a weird time we live in.
What do you think of Fish Plays PokÃ©mon? What other crazy “X Plays PokÃ©mon” spin-offs would you like to see?
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