I decided to make custom R/B sprites for the current Twitch Plays Pokemon team! They’re transparent! Feel free to use them anywhere you like, you don’t have to credit, but it’d be really nice if you did. :>
aaabaaajss (Bird Jesus): Obviously looking holy, the laurels in beak represent victory.
AATTVVV (All-Terrain-Venomoth): Self-explanatory.
AAAAAAAAAA (King Fonz): AAAAAAAAAAyy
OMANYTE (LORD HELIX): The appointed god of TPP, risen from the Lord Helix. It’s facing away from the viewer because it is guiding Red.
AIIIIIIRRR (Air Jordan): Ready to SURF some waves and shoot some hoops.
AA-j (Double-A Jay): Also known as “Archangel of Justice.” It’s the battery bird, who’s had both positive and negative affects on Red’s adventure.
I love all the art that’s come of this.
In the kitchen here is this vortex of corn syrup and Red 40, toughened over time, sickly-sweet and stale. It sits atop the refrigerator, either unnoticed or grossly unappealing to passerby, and so it has been for ages. In idle moments, if I have an unmet urge to chew on something, I do sometimes end up plucking one of these vines from its kin, gnawing away at something between leather and candle…
Someone last week a certain social experiment involving the original Pokemongame began. This particular instance of the game is controlled via online chat, and tens of thousands of people are watching and free to issue commands at any time. Despite the inevitable chaos – the sheer noise of conflicting interests and a significant number of people who mean only to disrupt the game – the crowd has…
I’ve seen bunches of folks talking about what Twitch Plays Pokemon demonstrates about people and representation and government and whatnot. “It’s democracy in action!”, “This is the perfect model for anarchy!”, “Against all odds, the parts of the crowd which tend towards progress will win out”, and other such things.
Really, I don’t think it shows us that against all odds we will tend to influence any seemingly failure-ridden system towards it’s logical, necessary conclusion. Or that some well-meaning or aligned group within that system can coax it into a coherent progression. Rather, the thing which is most strongly communicated to me, and maybe this isn’t anything more than a symptom of something much larger and more interesting, is that it seems we are willing to attempt influencing the system even if we have to do it using absurd and potentially demoralizing control systems.
Twitch Plays Pokemon isn’t even modeling a government or economy; it’s just playing a children’s game with a clear funnel that’s designed to move you along in a certain direction.