For the past three days, the world of streaming gaming has been riveted by an unlikely phenomenon: Twitch Plays Pokemon
. Consisting of a live Twitch.TV
chatroom hooked up to a classic Game Boy emulation of Pokémon Red
, the program is set to recognize a limited number of commands and execute them in real time, allowing an audience of tens of thousands to collectively control the action as they watch
. An astonishing amount of progress has been made, including the dramatic last-second defeat of a third gym leader
) and the solution of a notoriously tricky puzzle on the very first attempt
. But all for naught, it seems, as Team Twitch finds itself hilariously stranded on the ledges of Route 19
where, as one viewer explained
, "they basically have to walk a small path for about ten spaces without anyone pushing down and jumping Red off the ledge," a grim democratic reality the dedicated subreddit /r/twitchplayspokemon has had all kinds of fun with
over the last dozen ludicrous hours
posted by Rhaomi
on Feb 15, 2014 -
Can't get enough of the thrill of talking to an inattentive friend via instant message? Awkward Chatbot
will have a halfhearted conversation with you at any
time of the day!
posted by schmod
on Mar 20, 2013 -
Description: A multiplayer game about being a cat.
Instructions: Be a cat.
(By Terry Cavanagh, who brought you VVVVVV
posted by nobody
on Jan 27, 2012 -
, I type many things – sincere and not – that I would never say in person because it’s easy, when typing certain things into a box, to forget whom you are typing to." From Thought Catalog
, writer Caroline Bankoff lists 45 things she thinks about when she thinks about google's chat service. [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue
on Jan 6, 2011 -
"Places like Picher are why Congress passed the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980—better known as the Superfund bill
." - Wired Magazine on the most toxic town in America, Picher, OK
, and the people who still live there
posted by The Whelk
on Sep 5, 2010 -
is a Q&A chat service that tries find people to answer your questions among your friends, friends of friends and people who know something about your subject. In practice it's a bit like AskOmegle
. [more inside]
posted by The Devil Tesla
on Nov 8, 2009 -
a fat, blind kid, started phone swatting
when he was 15. Three years later, he was sentenced to 11 years in prison. His exploits include trying to initiate phone sex with Lindsey Lohan, sending swat teams to people's homes and gathering confidential information from Verizon and AT&T. [more inside]
posted by kylej
on Aug 24, 2009 -
Have you been salmoned?
I just met a stranger from Denver via the process of salmoning, in which a chatbot initiates an unexpected two-way conversation between two (apparently random) nicks, giving them both aliases ending with "salmon," and leaving both parties confused. [more inside]
posted by Mo Nickels
on Jun 14, 2008 -
Before instant messaging, before chat groups, before IRC... there was Diversi-Dial
. As the eighties became the nineties, the internet grew, and DDial died. Or did it? More than 20 years later--still at 300 baud and on an original Apple ][e--DDial lives on
! [more inside]
posted by not_on_display
on Nov 29, 2007 -
Are you Lonely? Curious? Depraved? Do you have questions that are just too risqué for AskMe? Live Hot Puppet Chat
has got your answer. Yeah baby!
Now you can experience sizzling raw, uh, pleasures.
posted by carsonb
on Aug 4, 2007 -
An early VoIP casualty.
Think VoIP is a new phenomenon, and talking to people with Skype
or Free World Dialup
is incredible? Ten years ago, Onlive! put the Onlive! Traveler
-- a collaborative VoIP product that's amazing even today -- into beta. With Traveler, a Windows95 (!) PC, a decent graphics card, a SoundBlaster and a dial-up Internet connection, you could not only chat with a friend, but participate in collaborative chats with the avatars of multiple friends in various 3-D rendered worlds
. The avatars' lips even moved with your voice
(.mpg movie). You could talk worldwide, for free. But even though Onlive! was around well before the boom, they were an unfortunate dot-com casualty, as Traveler never quite took off.
Perhaps Traveler was doomed by the limited connectivity available in the mid 90's, or perhaps it was doomed by its occasionally creepy, fantastic 3-D designs
-- but due to a number of collaborators
, the Traveler still lives on today on a series of servers
, and the (free) software
still works on modern Windows PCs.
posted by eschatfische
on Oct 7, 2005 -
Google's big announcement due on Wednesday.
Google is due to make an announcement on Wednesday of a new service focusing on presence and communication. The word on the internets is that it will be a chat and IM client. Google already has a chat client in the picture sharing app, Hello
, which is available in both standalone install and as part of Picasa
. Possible screenshot of the app is here
, with additional coverage at BigBlueBall
. The prevalent consensus seems to be that it will be (or be based on ) Jabber
) with the core innovation being the use of XMPP
posted by rzklkng
on Aug 23, 2005 -
"Disposable" Instant Messaging.
Click a link and chat to someone with just your browser*
. "Include [a link] when you create eBay auctions, Craigslist personals, weblogs, moblogs, personal websites, Friendster, etc. and viewers will be able to contact you instantly." *Requires Flash.
posted by Blue Stone
on Jul 9, 2004 -
The Cybersexual Adventures of J-Dogg
J-Dogg: Oh yeah, aight. Aight, I put on my robe and wizard hat.
BritneySpears27: Oh, I like to play dress up.
J-Dogg: Me too baby.
BritneySpears27: I kiss you softly on your chest.
J-Dogg: I cast Lvl. 3 Eroticism. You turn into a real beautiful woman.
J-Dogg: I meditate to regain my mana, before casting Lvl. 8 Cock of the Infinite.
posted by Ljubljana
on Sep 16, 2003 -
Ask the White House
posted by madamjujujive
on May 8, 2003 -
is an interesting new site that lets you see which buddies on your AIM buddy list your buddies share with you. Sort of like a six degrees of seperation kind of thing. Very neat. Go check it out and sign up
! And tell your friends!
posted by aznblader
on Apr 15, 2003 -
are the latest fad that the company's come up with. It makes your chatting easier, prettier and more fun
- and a lot more bulky and resource hungry. I don't know how many people here actually use Y!, but my guess is this wont take long to disappear.
posted by arnab
on Dec 31, 2001 -
, one of the better chat programs out there, just got better. Version 0.70 is now available and it runs smoothly and looks great.
posted by davehat
on Dec 7, 2001 -
'WHOEVER I LENT MY NORD MODULAR TO /MSG ME ASAP'
is an extremely
funny fake chat log between the bright stars of the IDM/techno music world. If you're familiar with the music of Aphex Twin, Boards of Canada, Plaid, and the like, and if you've ever used IRC, then you'll probably get a kick out of this.
posted by 40 Watt
on Nov 2, 2001 -
This is cool...and fun...and bizarre!!!
I stumbled across this on ScriptingNews
-- so take a look here first
. It's weird -- to say the least-- but it's very cool too... like playing and chatting while you browse (sorta). Anyway, you have to be running msie 5.5 for it to work... and there's a limit of only 15 concurrent users [just beta].
So if you get in, don't hog it! =) And if you can't get in, go dig the demo instead.
posted by blackholebrain
on Sep 20, 2001 -
Are you addicted to chat programs? AIM? ICQ? Yahoo and MSN? Even have two instances of mIRC running? Now there's hope. You can have all of these running all at once using *just one program*. And it uses far less resources than all of those other programs put together. matter of fact, i think it uses less resources than icq itself (like that's hard). It's skinnable too!
/me hands out the needles.
posted by jcterminal
on Jun 12, 2001 -
This is cool. This allows you to post a little 'chat link' on your site. You can chat online with your visitors that visit your site. I added it to one of my sites and people just drop by and say hello. They don't need to install anything on the client side. Interactivity always seems to benefit sites.
posted by borgle
on Apr 21, 2001 -