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Watch A Fish Play Pokémon

by Jeff Marchiafava on Aug 07, 2014 at 10:05 AM

Why watch a random collective of the Twitch community play Pokémon when you can watch a stupid fish play instead? Spoiler: This fish really sucks at Pokémon.

The latest bizarre phenomenon on Twitch proves that gamers will watch literally anything play Pokémon. A streaming maverick has set up a copy of Pokémon Red with a motion-tracking camera pointed at a fish tank. The tank is separated into distinct sections which are mapped to the Gameboy's inputs; when the fish swims into one of the designated areas, it periodically triggers that command. So far the fish seems to be stuck in protagonist's house, and not making much progress.

That fact hasn't stopped a boatload of gamers from tuning in, however; the stream has been running at roughly 20,000 concurrent users all day, proving definitively that entertainment is subjective – and that some people have way too much time on their hands. Click the link below to be one of those people.

[Source: Twitch]

Thanks to David Ponder and Ethan Shapiro for the news tips!