70K people trying to play a video game at the same time
February 19 , 2014
Multiplayer online gaming is common but a new experiment shows what happens when thousands of people attempt to control a game of 1996's Pokemon Red at the same time.
Twitch Plays Pokemon shows the cumulative effort of 70k players trying to control the character of the game at one time. Gamers are keeping a track of their slow progress on a Google Doc and the greatest challenge is related to the lag time between entering a command and seeing its execution in the game.
One site noted that the game is receiving a couple of hundred commands each second.