They say that great minds think alike, or that two heads are better than one, but “they” have never witnessed the absolute chaos that is a “Twitch Plays” series. The latest game the community is attempting to beat is The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, so we figure this challenge is going to be a pretty long haul.
If you head on over to Twitch’s Community Controller page right now, you’ll witness a group of folks attempting to control Link in Breath of the Wild for the Nintendo Switch. We’ve seen players best everything from Pokemon to Dark Souls in this fashion, so we figure just about anything is possible so long as enough people are willing to beat their head against a wall for a long enough period of time.
The group most recently bested games like Kirby Star Allies and Super Mario Odyssey, so the Nintendo theme is now continuing with Breath of the Wild. In case you’re new to this particular brand of insanity, players literally type commands into the chat, which are then acted out in the community version of the game. The controls guide is listed under the video stream and, if you’ve played Breath of the Wild, you can imagine just how complex that can get with a quickness, especially with around 200 people typing commands at once.
As of this writing, the group is still tooling around in the Great Plateau with very little gear in hand. They just lost a battle to a low-rank skeleton in spectacular fashion, so our guess is that this game isn’t going to wrap up anytime soon. There are more than 200,000 total views already, so the stream is clearly a popular one.
If you’re interested in joining in on the fun, just be sure to familiarize yourself with the controls and read the rules and FAQ located below the stream. After that, feel free to hop in and lend a hand. As a special note, they’re keeping an eye out for griefers, so maybe don’t join if your soul purpose is to ruin everybody else’s fun.
The thing that’s most interesting about this game being played by Twitch is that, from the menus to the controls and abilities, it’s pretty complex. We figure it can be managed with a few basics, but puzzles, bosses and the like frequently require mixing and matching abilities, as well as making precise movements in order to succeed. While typing that last sentence, I watched Link fall off of a cliff and nearly die, then wander into a cold area where they finally perished because they couldn’t get into the menu and consume an item to warm Link up. Actually making it through to the end will likely require the community agreeing to let one player take full control for a limited time to get through some of the trickiest stuff.
If nothing else, watching the stream got me wanting to play Breath of the Wild again, though maybe not while crowdsourcing every move.