Play Pokemon Red With 75,000 People

Fascinating experiment in social gaming:

TwitchPlaysPokemon is stream that lets you play Pokemon with a lot of other people by typing commands into chat. It's running a romhack of Pokemon Red that has all 151 Pokemon obtainable without trading.

It was created as an experiment to test the viability of this format, the way people interact with the input system and the way they interact socially with each other.

It's also worth reading the commentary over at Digg, which examines the strange emergent mythologies of the experiment.

Mythology within the Twitch community grew outward. The Helix fossil — an item which players often found themselves checking in the inventory by chance — has become a totem which Red 'consults for advice' and the representation of all that is good, while its counterpart, the Dome fossil, the source of evil. Accidents are attributed to the latter and victories to the former and both are referred to by the community as gods. Monsters active in significant moments become aligned with these two deities, e.g. Flareon "The False Prophet," who was part of a major setback and is therefore ecumenically linked to the Dome Fossil.