Without any further ado, welcome everyone, to the 1,000th
, yes, the one-thousandth
, day of Twitch Plays Pokemon!
Let me just say: WOW TPP
This thing has survived 1,000 days. To think that this community, who even doubted its own existence and capabilities at the start, went on to survive those tremendous first 16 days, and is now "still a thing"... It is amazing. And it all started when someone tried out a simple social experiment on the internet with a little old game for the nerdy kids, called Pokemon Red.
Back in those days, the game of TPP was certainly a craze. Millions of people played, each of them insignificant in the masses, yet each one integral to the randomness that we all loved (or hated
). We took on what many thought was impossible. How could a million people simultaneously play a game meant for one person and manage to do anything
, let alone beat the game with a competent team? The entire world seemed to be watching, and in the craziness, it may have sometimes felt that the entire world was playing too. But we did it. And then we did it again. And again, and again, until we did it so many times that we have to organize them in seasons. \
To those of us who missed Teh Urn #1
(this includes me, and let's face it, probably most of us), we may feel salty about it, wishing that we could have been there to set the Guinness World Record and mark our presence down in history, but let's not forget how exciting the second one was (I missed it too), or the third one (saw teh urn!
), and the fourth was pretty exciting too. And after that, there were still many exciting runs. But, no matter what game you came in, you still got to experience what Twitch Plays Pokemon is like (because there's no other game quite like this one).
While we have quite a few old-school folks here in the community, I would also like to extend a hearty welcome to all the new players who have joined us recently, especially the ones who have only arrived after the days of mostly PBR. You guys have a different experience than us older veterans, and maybe a lot of you would rather bet than go through a run, but however you play, it's still TPP, so we're glad you're here! And for those interested more in the runs--you guys may have missed some great ones, but if you stick around here long enough, you're sure to see many more! And indeed, recently, we've had some great runs already!
With these recent runs in mind, I'd love to take this opportunity to thank Koolboyman
for the great game he and the other devs finished for us to play this year, with Prism. It was a great, memorable run and a special privilege to be the first ones to do it! The game may have not been completely finished, but it was fun and unforgettable nonetheless! (I certainly know I
won't be forgetting anytime soon that we had a host get sent to prison, get turned into a Magikarp for real sorry Baba
, and manage to beat the final boss with a DRunKen hax)
And in addition to Koolboyman, I would like to give a multitudinous applause to all
our members here who devote so much time to make this community amazing! I would like to thank the Streamer Twitch-Plays-Pokemon,
who came up with this great idea, and who managed to put up with us all for a good length of time. I know a number of us caused some stressful situations for you, what with our endless RIOTing and for that, I'm sorry. But when I take a step back and look at this community and its members, I see the wonderful positive impact you've had on so many people, and for that I would like to give you a standing ovation, as well as I can from the internet. clapclapclap
It really was a brilliant idea, and you really have affected the world. I would also like to thank the other developers and those who devote their time and efforts to continue the stream
. Without you guys modding/creating games and having the stream up, why would we still be here?
Seriously, though, I know it takes a lot of time to be able to keep the stream going, needing someone to be there when the stream breaks, or else we RIOT or get up to who-knows-what we all do when the stream is down I would like to thank the live updaters
, who keep us up-to-date with the events of the stream in the case that our video players aren't working, or we can't have Twitch open for whatever reason. cough those watching from work or school cough.
But even when our streams are working, it still provides a great (and often funny) highlight and commentary of the play-by-play, accented with [Fluff] and [Snark]. I would like to thank our subreddit moderators here
, who help keep this online community together, and who provide us with great information all in one place. You guys have a lot of useful info for us, from links to the stream to an entire (almost complete) lore hub. This is a great gathering place for all us TPPers--artists, writers, veteran players, novice players, or lurkers--so thanks for keeping it running! I would like to thank the artists, the writers, the YouTubers, the songwriters, and all other lorekeepers
, who turn the exciting and crazy random events of the stream into beautiful, vivid, and comprehensible lore. You guys really helped to make TPP into what it is today. Without the bonus lore, this game would have come and gone; it would have been fun while it lasted, and died when viewership died, but with the lore, this game took on a whole other form. It isn't just a game you play and stop playing. It's a story that we all participate in and can see set in stone. We have art and stories as proof to show how this really was a thing!
It's obvious that this wasn't just a "neat game"--it manifested itself into so many people's lives and fostered creativity in even the least creative people. We got to share our creativity, however great or small, but it was still appreciated because it brought us together in Twitch Plays Pokemon. So thank you, all lorekeepers, for making this game and community come alive. And let's not forget to thank all the rest of you, the players!
Without your participation on the stream Twitch Plays Pokemon, absolutely almost none of this would have happened!
<--I wouldn't have even known what this face means! A lot of us had never been to Twitch.tv or reddit.com before this, but thanks to you players, who got the viewership all the way to 1,165,140
and set a world record, as well as making this new style of play popular enough that Twitch created its own category for it, thanks to you, I am now a member of both, as are many of the rest of us. This community never would have arisen if it weren't for the popularity of the stream, thanks to players spreading the word and having a great time. Never before have I been so grateful for people playing a certain video game.
The intense participation and chaos is what set this game apart from the rest, so thank you, all
players, whether trolls or progress congress!
Alright, by now some of you are probably tired of listening to me,
but before you go, I just want to share a personal thanks from me. Here is where I got more into drawing. Without this community, I wouldn't have been as active in learning how to draw digitally, and though I'm not as active anymore, I still appreciate the chance to draw things every once in a while for you guys. This community has also been really supportive and fun, and I always share excitement with you guys at the start of the runs. Pokémon isn't just a game anymore, it's an experience. And I'm glad I could be a part of it with you! I've also enjoyed creating HYPE for you guys, with my day-counting starting all the way back at #150, for Operation: Love Bomb
and since then, I've celebrated day #200, #400, #600, #700, and finally, today, #1,000!
So thanks for the ride guys! It's been great!
Some of you who have seen my previous posts, celebrating other lengths of time that TPP has survived, may think that I sound like a broken record, saying we're "still a thing" and "thanks for stickin around" and "you're here forever", but, the fact that you remember those (if you do), and that you're still here reflecting on this just inspires me to remind you yet again:
Don't forget, you're here forever.