Twitch Plays Pokémon is levelling up, as the social experiment has started playing both Pokémon Red & Blue at once.
To catch any of you unaware up: this social experiment started back in 2014, where the inputs of Twitch viewers were collated every 5 seconds to decide movements and actions in the first Pokémon games (Red/Blue). Whilst it certainly was a, er, difficult way to play through the game, the community somehow managed it, and moved on to making their way through the other Pokémon entries since then. To celebrate the 4 years since the inauguration of this bizarre idea, the challenge has been doubled.
Specifically, the community is challenging both Red & Blue Versions at once. Viewers now choose which game to have their entry apply to (if they do not choose, it alternates between the games). Above, you can see the entire display that meets you at the channel; the current team, the badges acquired, and the stream of incomprehensible inputs are included in the UI.
Pokémon Red has led Blue for now, but who knows what the coming days will bring. Check out the first Gym Battle in Pokémon Blue for an example of the, er, ease at which this crowd-gaming system works (checking out the nicknames the community came up with is often a highlight, too).