1.16 million people participated in the first experiment
In case you were living under a rock for the past few weeks, a group of individuals teamed up to beat Pokemon Red by way of thousands of simultaneous chat inputs. The experiment was called Twitch Plays Pokemon. It took over 400 hours to do it, but they actually succeeded in beating the game, promising a "new adventure" today. That adventure is Pokemon Crystal, the third iteration of Generation II, following Gold and Silver.
At the time of this writing they're six hours in, led by a level 15 Totodile. It'll be really interesting to see how they handle some of the more dynamic elements of Generation II, like the day and night cycle, berries, and more. Or if this adventure will be as popular as its predecessor.
It's also interesting to see that the community is already arguing over whether or not to reference their past efforts with memes and phrases like "Bird Jesus" and "Lord Helix," made popular by their completion of Red. To some, the social aspect is definitely more appealing than the actual gameplay itself.
Personally, I think the first playthrough was a noble experiment, but I'm not sure how many more of these I could actually watch.
Twitch Plays Pokemon [Twitch]