Much like how Twitch Plays Pokemon lets the world comment on and control a game of Pokemon, Liétard’s attached tweet asks people to comment on either Up, Down, Left, Right, A, B, Start or Select to control the emulated game of Pokemon Red.
Comments are drawn every 15 seconds, according to Liétard, and the most commented input is sent to the game. The current game mode is then automatically made into Liétard’s 400×400 Twitter profile picture.
At the time of writing, Liétard’s level 6 Spearow is battling an oddish at level 11. Unfortunately, Spearow is currently losing, so hopefully Twitter can find a way to work together to save the bird Pokémon. Oh, and in case you were curious, Twitter somehow chose Squirtle as the starting pokemon.
Liétard has restarted the game a few times to add more features as it increases in popularity, and Liétard logs on to the game every night to save and ensure that progress is not lost. There’s also an official Discord server that lets interested people chat about the progress of this particular game of Pokemon Red.There have been over 30,000 comments so far, and it will be very interesting to see how many it takes to win over the Elite Four.
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Adam Bankhurst is a news writer for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter @AdamBankhurst and on Twitch.