Daily we wonder what will be the straw the breaks the camel's back, sending our world into a downward spiral of despair as the cultural and economic pillars of society finally collapse under the growing stupidity of humanity...
Fish Plays Pokémon could be that straw.
You might remember Twitch Plays Pokémon, the insane social experiment which put thousands of online streamers in control of Nintendo classic Pokémon Red, with anyone able to participate by inputting button-presses – up, down, left, right, A, B, Start – into the Twitch stream's comments.
It was a completely barmy but nonetheless interesting social experiment, and after 16 days of continuous play the game was miraculously completed. The stream has continued to this day, and recently completed 2013 release Pokémon X, ensuring that every core iteration of the monster-gathering RPG had been completed.
At its peak during the initial run, 121,000 people were simultaneously watching and playing, though now the viewership has dropped considerably. Twitch Plays Pokémon is currently playing Pokémon Stadium 2, having so-far amassed over 64 million views.
Which brings us to Fish Plays Pokémon, which as you may have guessed puts the power of control in the fins of a single fish called Grayson Hopper, who selects button-presses depending on where he is in the tank.
The Twitch stream's page includes a brief introduction, and an outline of Grayson's limited progress. "Grayson has been playing for around 125 hours," it reads. "Last time I checked, Grayson had acquired his first Pokemon, a Charmander named AAAABBK and defeated his first opponent, the rival's Squirtle!"
Unsurprisingly progress is slow, but despite this over 1000 people have watched the stream with over 400 watching at the time of writing.
Oh, and the Grayson might be dead. At least that's what the commenters are speculating about.