Focal Day 6

Looking at Twitch Plays Pokémon, I see a complete social movement the occurred via Twitch. Twitch is designed to share media (specifically games) across the world, so seeing thousands of people playing Pokémon at the same time is amazing. Twitch Play Pokémon was an infestation of memes and the fan community surrounding it continues today, even as Twitch continues to play through each Pokémon game via the same system. But to me, the only important playthrough was the very first one. It was an event that brought gamers together (and divided them based on their results, RIP Charmeleon) in a way that nobody expected. The article itself says, “It wasn’t just playing Pokémon, it was cooperation on a scale that few would have ever thought possible.”


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