Twitch plays and defeats dark souls after 43 days.
Via: Kotaku
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With over 900 deaths and and over a month spent on the endeavor, the community of Twitch has vanquished Gwyn, thus beating Dark Souls.

It took them a while to figure out. For a very long while, it looked like this:

But, as Kotaku details, the community eventually found a system that works:

After a few days of fumbling around, it was decided to change the rules of the game or call it quits. In some circles, this disqualified Twitch Plays Dark Souls from being a legitimate playthrough; it subverted the way Dark Souls plays. They essentially changed it from a 3D action game into a turn-based affair.

Was it cheating? Sure. Was it the only way for Twitch Plays Dark Souls to move forward? Probably. Does that mean their achievements are meaningless? No.

Soon enough, they beat the Asylum Demon.

A little later, they beat the game's hardest boss, Orstein and Smough. With O&S slaughtered, it seemed a matter of time until they'd actually beat the game.

That time, as it turned out, was on Saturday. 43 days, eight hours, 14 minutes, and 23 seconds after attempting the nearly impossible, Twitch Plays Dark Souls was able to finally say they'd beaten Dark Souls. They only died 904 times, too!

Naturally, they are already on Dark Souls 2 and it's just as interminable to watch.

Which you can do right here.

Naughty Dog designers seemed to have confirmed work on Last of Us 2.
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Well, well, well, you naughty dog, you.

During a recent Twitch live stream discussing the Uncharted Nathan Drake Collection, a Naughty Dog designer seemed to let a cat out of the bag when he mentioned the first Last of Us game.

Folks, there has only ever been one Last of Us released or announced or otherwise. This careless reference seems like a plain admission that the fantastic developer is working on a sequel to the incredible 2014 release.

Games Radar broke it down

It was Uncharted series writer Josh Scherr who had a slip of the tongue, talking up his co-worker Eric Baldwin's facial animation work on "all of the Uncharted games and the first The Last of Us."

Baldwin immediately recognized his error and attempted to backpedal, but he couldn't seem to come up with anything else to say. "Uh, did I say 'the first The Last of Us'? The first The Last of Us. Uh, The Last of Us! The first Last of Us."

They were also kind enough to upload a YouTube video of the incident in question. See for yourself:

This reveal doesn't come entirely out of the blue. Nolan North mentioned the unannounced sequel last June.

Secrets are hard to keep when people talk about them a lot.

Are you excited for another Last of Us?

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About a month ago, Twitch, as a community, decided it would try to play Dark Souls, fabled as one of the toughest modern games.

It didn't start off too well. It took them hours and hours to climb a ladder because everyone was inputing different control options at once and so it became a maddening spectacle of spinning around and continually drinking the limited health potion.

Things changed along the way and they implemented a system whereby they would pause the game after every control input, vote on the next action, unpause, take that action and then pause again. Using this exhaustively patient system, they beat the first boss.

But, as Kotaku points out, far worse laid in store.

The real challenge for Twitch Plays Dark Souls was always going to be Ornstein and Smough, though. It's one of the few times Dark Souls throws two bosses at you, and it's a moment that's broken many a Dark Souls fan. One of them is fast, the other is slow. One can pluck away at your health, the other can stomp you into dust. It's a potent and difficult combo even when you're fully in control of the character, and there's a reason it's the spot many people give up on.

It took the Twitch community 28 days, eight hours, seven minutes, and 14 seconds to beat that dastardly duo. And it's super impressive.

Speaking personally, it took me over 10 actual hours on that one boss fight to vanquish the pair. I have never felt more actual rage from a video game and my neighbors complained about the yelling.

Give them another two months and they just might lick this thing.

Also, go play Dark Souls. It's the best.

YouTube launches its video game streaming site.
Via: Mashable
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Twitch has dominated the new market of video game streaming and now YouTube wants a cut of the action.

As they announced at the beginning of the summer, YouTube has planned to launch YouTube Gaming, a separate site dedicated to streaming, watching and chatting about video games. On Aug. 26, they began a slow release of the new platform.

Mashable says the introduction is fairly painless:

Getting started is a simple process of navigating your browser over to and following the steps in a setup process (that includes phone verification). You'll need to set up encoding software, fill out the necessary info for your stream and tick off any optional features. There's a checklist right there on the setup page, but Google also put together a more involved guide to getting set up.

YouTube Gaming supports streaming from PlayStation 4, Wii U and Xbox One consoles, provided you've got a capture device sending video from the console to your computer. Google specifically calls out Elgato's HD60 as a YouTube Live Verified device, but there's a good chance that other game capture solutions work as well. If you've got one, try it out before you run out and buy something new.

Apparently, mobile apps for Android and iOS are also around the corner so you can watch your gaming of the go.

The launch comes only a year after Google prepared a heaping ton of money to purchase Twitch, but then Amazon swooped in with $970 million and bought the streaming service.

There's no telling yet whether the search giant will have any luck in a space already dominated by Twitch and executives at the leading streamer seem to think not.

Matthew DiPietro, Twitch's SVP of Marketing released a statement Aug. 25, basically bragging about how their numbers are so much bigger:

For our current stats, we have 1.5 million broadcasters (11K Partnered channels), 100 million viewers per month who watch 106 minutes per person per day on average, and 38 million installs of our mobile app with 4.7 billion minutes watched across 10.3 million unique devices.

Via: g1370
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On Wednesday, August 19, 'Twitch Plays Dark Souls' actually vanquished the first boss in the game, the Asylum Demon. So miracles do come true!

Catch up on all the (in)action here!

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It is one whole year since Twitch Plays Pokemon first started, in celebration Twitch Plays Pokemon will be doing another run of Pokemon Red, this time to complete the Pokedex.

An improved anarchy mode system will be used for the majority of the run. In the few sections where democracy mode might be required a 24 hour countdown timer will be elapsed before democracy mode is enabled, the timer is location specific and will pause if the player leaves the area.

A custom romhack is being used that allows all 151 Pokemon to be captured.

Pokemon Battle Revolution is temporarily suspended during the run of Pokemon Red and will return after the run has concluded.

See all the memes that spawned from last year's TPP playthrough here!

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