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 Twitch.tv/twitchplaysfallout has been turned into a rudimentary game controller.
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