Twitch Plays tackles hive-mind 'Fallout 3'

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  • Wednesday, 23 Sep 2015

Burnt husk: The ravaged wastes of East Coast USA await Twitch Plays 'Fallout 3'.

In the lead up to Fallout 4, the community from live streaming site Twitch TV is playing through its predecessor, collectively. 

Fallout 3 is a steadfastly single-player experience, a role-playing adventure known for its expansive environment, challenge, and complexity. 

Now the Twitch Plays community is offering a novel way to play through. 

This isn't a case of each viewer playing the game on their own, or jumping into the same multiplayer game. 

With one computer live streaming the game, the viewers' chat channel on has been turned into a rudimentary game controller. 

Watch live video from TwitchPlaysFallouts on 

Basic chat inputs correspond to movement within the Fallout 3 starting stage – an underground nuclear shelter – and its irradiated overworld, should players eventually progress that far. 

Game completion sites like HowLongToBeat estimate Fallout 3 at around 24 hours in length, even for a minimal playthrough. 

With the Fallout 3 channel crammed with viewers throwing often contradictory instructions into its chatbox, 24 days might be a more realistic estimate. 

It's the latest in a growing succession of crowdsourced playthroughs that oscillate between the ludicrous and impressive. 

The collaborative experiment began with Twitch Plays Pokémon in early 2014, co-opting the Twitch chat box and leading to subsequent successful plays of a dozen other Pokémon titles. 

Further iterations followed for fast-paced block rotating puzzle Tetris, classic fighter Street Fighter II with all its combination-based special moves, and first-person shooter Halo: Combat Evolved, famed for its adaptive artificial intelligence. 

Most recently, the rock-hard challenge of unforgiving action adventure Dark Souls, albeit slightly modified, proved a worthy successor. 

At time of writing, Twitch Plays Fallout is stumbling around in Vault 101, ravenous supermutants crawling awaiting them outside – but there's still plenty of time until Fallout 4 arrives on Nov 10. — AFP Relaxnews

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