There is a fish playing Pokemon on Twitch right now (Wired UK)


Fish Plays Pokemon

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Following on from the anarchic hit of earlier this year, Twitch
Plays Pokemon, there is now an actual fish
playing everyone’s favourite monster-battling RPG on the game
streaming site.

Broadcasting live from a tiny dorm room somewhere in America,
our finned friend Grayson Hopper has embarked on the trials of the
Pokemon league, reportedly by himself from the start. He even chose
his own name, from one of the presets of course. Grayson controls
the game via a webcam attached to movement recognition software
kindly supplied by his human handlers. The software does the same
that thousands of screaming Twitch chatroomers did back in
February, choosing to input a direction, A, B or start depending on
the position of the fish within the camera’s frame.

So far, the going is slow on the road to become a Pokemon
master. During writing, Grayson has stood in the corner of his room
walking into the computer desk before opening the options to change
the text speed to fast. That’s a pro speedrunner move though, so
we’ve got a good feeling about progress ahead.

In the 125 hours he’s been going so far, he has successfully
chosen his first starter Pokemon: a Charmander (excellent choice),
named it “AAAABBK” and defeated his first opponent, the
rival’s Squirtle. Not bad for a fish. The progress should speed up
once his anonymous human helpers buy a lamp to illuminate him for
night-time sessions, and a proposed “distributed system” where
other fish companions can set up a webcam stream of their own
aquatic buddies to provide some sort of “knowledge of the crowd”
(or school).

You can cheer on Grayson on his long road ahead on the Twitch
channel
, but don’t worry if he stops moving for a bit. He’s
apparently sleeping, not dead.

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7 August 2014 | 10:29 am – Source: wired.co.uk

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