Twitch plays Pokemon; Democracy is so underrated
by, 28th February 2014 at 03:08 AM (641 Views)
Ok, so I was playing Pokemon with the folks at http://www.twitch.tv/twitchplayspokemon, and we were in victory road. For those of you who don't know, there are 2 modes used to control the game. Anarchy means all inputs will be registered and democracy means that inputs will be voted on. In addition to this, combos can be done in democracy mode.
Our current goal was to push the 1st boulder in the cave to the button. So we got it to democracy after anarchy inevitably failed and man we were bustin' some sick combos! People were pulling crazy stuff to navigate the boulder efficiently enough to fight the 20 second lag between inputs. For example, starting above the boulder; down2leftdownright to get it moving the right way, then downrightup near the door to turn it north and keep red from walking outside, and so on.
Typically a good way to get a combo going is to introduce it early so it shows up in the list of popular commands as they are voted on, and hope people will catch on. dont involve more than 3 separate buttons in the string or people cant remember. 9's are used to indicate walking all the way towards the wall in a direction, plus it sets a bit of lag for the next vote. In short, democracy turns Pokemon into a mass multiplayer game of timing and voting strategy.
In the end, we wound up leaving the cave once due to repeating a combo and we also pushed the boulder too far up another time, but people are getting better and it was the most fun I've had on TPP. People who claim democracy is too slow haven't experienced the satisfaction of pulling off complex command strings. Or they're just blind to the idea that supposedly anarchy is "good" and democracy is "evil".
Seriously anarchists and newcomers, go try democracy and lets beat this game!
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