Even a Fish Is Playing Pokémon on Twitch

Over a million people have tuned in to watch a pet fish named Grayson Hopper “play” Pokémon Red.

By Iain Farrell. Posted 08/08/2014 12:00 Comment on this     ShareThis

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You all know the one about using the move Splash to evolve your Magikarp. It’s a tried and tested technique, but I’ll bet you never thought it could happen in real life. It very nearly has thanks to a pet fish which is playing Pokémon on Twitch.

Grayson Hopper, a Betta fish living in a dorm room in the US, has been playing Pokémon Red for over 160 hours and at time of writing he has 1.6 million people watching him play. His movements in the tank have been mapped to button prompts overlaid onto the video feed of his tank which allows him to unwittingly control the game. So far he has left the house you start the game in, has collected his first Pokémon (a Charmander named AAAABBK), and, even more impressive, defeated his first opponent, the rival’s Squirtle! That’s hard when all you have is a starting level Fire Pokémon and you’re a pet fish.

Grayson Hopper playing Pokémon Red on Twitch

Unlike the recent experiments playing Twitch with thousands of users, this game may take a little longer to play out, if it plays out at all, but the team behind it plan to make some enhancements soon, including a light so he can be tracked at night and a move to a new location. We await the news of his first gym badge with fish-bait-ed breath.

Source: BBC News

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