play Pokémon Red Twitter avatar playable Constantin Liétard @screenshakes

A few years ago, the phenomenon that is “Twitch Plays Pokémon” briefly gripped the world of nerds, developing its own dramatic and memorable mythology in a matter of days. It allowed people in a Twitch stream to dictate the commands of the Pokémon game being played on screen via commenting. That concept has gained a lot of traction in various different ways since then. The newest evolution of this idea comes from Twitter user Constantin Liétard, who has made it possible to play Pokémon Red in the user’s Twitter avatar.

Basically, everyone can tweet a command — “Up,” “Down,” “Left,” “Right,” “A,” “B,” “Start,” or “Select” — and the most commonly selected command will be the next command to occur in the game. Then the Twitter avatar updates with an image representing the new state of the game. The Twitter avatar image updates every 15 seconds, basically meaning one action is performed in Pokémon Red every 15 seconds.

If you want to get especially serious with your playthrough of Pokémon Red on a Twitter avatar, you can even join a Discord server about it.

Let us know if you’ll be joining the effort to conquer Pokémon Red on social media. This is so strange and unique a setup that hopefully Nintendo won’t obliterate it.


John Friscia
Head Copy Editor for Enthusiast Gaming, Managing Editor at The Escapist. I'm a writer who loves Super Nintendo and Japanese role-playing games to an impractical degree. I really miss living in South Korea. And I'm developing the game Boss Saga!


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