Live-stream Shows Nothing But a Fish Playing Pokémon, and It's a Huge Hit

Zain Meghji
Odd News

You probably know someone who is a fan of Pokémon. Since the mid-'90s, popular versions of the game have sold more than 100 million copies to kids of all ages.

An older version is entertaining fans in a new way.

Behold, "Fish Plays Pokémon."

It pretty much works as the title advertises: A Siamese fighting fish named Grayson swims around in a tank, and its up, down, right, and left movements trigger commands for the main character in the first iteration of the Nintendo game, Pokémon Blue.

Having put in over 150 hours, Grayson hasn't accomplished much: He has acquired his first Pokémon (a Charmander) and named it AAAABBK and he has won at least one battle — all of which are impressive, considering he's a fish.

Two students, Catherine Moresco and Patrick Facheris, at the University of Chicago and Columbia University, respectively, put together the setup as part of the hackNY 2014 fellowship program.

The live-stream has a massive audience on Twitch, and it routinely has an audience of 20,000 or more viewers online. It's not the first time Twitch has been used in an innovative way. 'Twitch Plays Pokemon' is a collaborative stream that allows participants to enter commands into a chat box. Together, multitudes can play the same game at once.

But this moment in web history belongs to Grayson, the Pokémon-playing beta fish, who has won the Internet's fascination.

Fans have written about it: "Anyone can be a gamer, even sea creatures!" and "I have now seen everything."

Gotta catch 'em all, Grayson.