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posted by LaminatorX on Tuesday February 18 2014, @11:24PM   Printer-friendly
from the infinite-Primapes-with-infinite-gamepads dept.

laserfusion writes:

"CNET is reporting on a massively-mono-player gaming experiment. From the article :

In what can only be described as the best thing to happen to Valentine's Day, about 12,000 people are participating in a collective game of Pokemon Red on the live game-streaming service Twitch, all by simply typing in directions in the comment box in a messy frenzy. Not every single one of the viewers is mashing in commands of course, but because anyone with a Twitch account can comment on a public stream, any viewer is a potential player in this wacky experiment.

Currently there are 80,000 players. Despite all the noise and trolls, they were able to make progress in the game and multiple goals have been achieved. Now there is a new control mode "democracy" in which the most popular commands in every 10 seconds are executed. "Democracy" and "anarchy" modes can be switched by a 75% vote."

 
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  • (Score: 1, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday February 18 2014, @11:59PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday February 18 2014, @11:59PM (#2034)

    Slashdot got this like a day ago. I found it myself when it was 10k playing. Soiled old news.

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  • (Score: 3, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday February 19 2014, @01:00AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday February 19 2014, @01:00AM (#2057)

    Soylentils, please. I would ask that we not immediately mod down people comparing us to another site, especially if we weren't particularly timely. This kind of feedback is valuable to the editors and admins. If the news isn't timely, should we post it, or not? I will note that SoylentNews has beaten another site to the punch on at least two occasions. But regardless, let us work out the kinks.

    Yes, I'm on the "staff" of the site, for what it is worth. I finally got mod points so I'm posting AC, but as soon as I log in I will mod the parent UP.

    • (Score: 5, Insightful) by SpallsHurgenson on Wednesday February 19 2014, @04:04AM

      by SpallsHurgenson (656) on Wednesday February 19 2014, @04:04AM (#2139)

      I've never been bothered all that much by the fact that Slashdot posted some news a few days - or even weeks - after it has been reported elsewhere. I've not the time anymore to scour the web for all the things that interest me, and more often than not the first time I heard about the "old news" was on Slashdot anyway. Plus, the comments - you know, the main reason we all purported to read Slashdot - were still pretty good (at least once you got past the "site XXXX reported this 3 weeks ago!" flood). Heck, the fact that some articles were posted a week or two later often worked to Slashdot's advantage, because people could comment on the stories having given it more thought and having read more opinions on the issue, rather than being forced to make an spur-of-the-moment comment.

      So, barring exceptional cases like year-old stories, I don't think there should be an particular editorial policy against old articles, especially if you intend to use a Firehouse-like system that lets users vote on stories anyway.

      At least, that's my two cents on the issue.

    • (Score: 1) by quadrox on Wednesday February 19 2014, @05:39AM

      by quadrox (315) on Wednesday February 19 2014, @05:39AM (#2168)

      Of course it is preferable to have news posted quickly, but in the end I would rather get it late than never. This was my feeling on Slashdot as well.

  • (Score: 3, Insightful) by ancientt on Wednesday February 19 2014, @01:08AM

    by ancientt (40) <ancientt@yahoo.com> on Wednesday February 19 2014, @01:08AM (#2061) Homepage Journal

    We've got trolls. I know I should be offended, maybe even bothered. One of the slashcott replacement sites was talking about ensuring the editors could remove troll comments like this and I can see the point with stuff like this, but it has a -1 Troll rating. I can't help but see this as a sort of triumph.

    I once had a New Year's resolution to make more friends and make more enemies because you're judged by both. Nothing says success like having the hatred of the willfully ignorant aimed at you.

    Congratulations soylent news, you're growing up fast!

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    • (Score: 1) by buswolley on Wednesday February 19 2014, @01:15AM

      by buswolley (848) on Wednesday February 19 2014, @01:15AM (#2064)

      A Good Troll is better than a Bad Human.

      but now

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  • (Score: 1) by linsane on Wednesday February 19 2014, @01:23AM

    by linsane (633) on Wednesday February 19 2014, @01:23AM (#2067)

    The other place got this a day ago? Well a cursory glance at TFS does note that this was from Valentine's Day, (14 Feb??) not exactly too quick off the block from either.

    Reddit has been going a little bit crazy from what I can tell for the last few days http://www.reddit.com/r/twitchplayspokemon/search? q=twitch&sort=relevance&restrict_sr=on&t=all [reddit.com] and there is all sorts of oddness being talked about fossils and things. A very odd phenomenon indeed

  • (Score: 4, Insightful) by LaminatorX on Wednesday February 19 2014, @02:52AM

    by LaminatorX (14) <{laminatorx} {at} {gmail.com}> on Wednesday February 19 2014, @02:52AM (#2107)

    It's challenging enough to keep up with our own postings, let alone worry about being scooped by the old place (or Ars, or The Register, or...). I plucked this from the submission pool, knowing full well it was talking about something from a few days ago, because I thought it would be interesting to think about and discuss amongst our community. I don't think being breaking news is what makes this article worth discussing.

  • (Score: 2, Insightful) by mindriot on Wednesday February 19 2014, @02:40PM

    by mindriot (928) on Wednesday February 19 2014, @02:40PM (#2484)
    You have a bit of a point here, but then again, I thougth the main reason we're here was that we all came for the quality comments. Personally I don't have a problem with stories that aren't "breaking news" (of course a mixture is always good), as long as we get a high-quality discussion. Mind you, if all you work with is the breaking news live stream, you're bound to get unreflected knee-jerk debates. I prefer to at least occasionally have news sink in for a bit, and then get a more in-depth, thoughtful debate.
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