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Twitch Just Beat the First Boss in ‘Dark Souls’ by Voting on What Buttons to Press

It finally happened: viewers using the video game streaming service Twitch managed to defeat the first boss of notoriously difficult action game Dark Souls. This is notable because they’re collectively controlling the game by typing commands in Twitch’s chat box.

For the last six days during the event, called “Twitch Plays Dark Souls,” viewers have dictated what actions the player character will take by typing commands into the chat box that appears beside the feed. The commands are translated to a keyboard, so every step, dodge, roll, swing of a weapon or use of a healing item is determined by the community in real time.

It almost didn’t seem possible, but Twitch Plays Dark Souls finally managed to defeat the first boss of the game, the Asylum Demon, which blocks the exit of what’s basically Dark Souls’ tutorial section. It’s a harrowing battle you can see above thanks to YouTuber g1370, and Twitch’s performance doesn’t bode well for the rest of the game. But a win is a win, I guess.

The stream has been, so far, pretty tedious, and even painful to watch, as Twitch Plays Dark Souls struggles to do even the simplest of tasks. The democracy (or anarchy) of the process often gets the players’ avatar stuck walking into walls, hung up trying to navigate an in-game menu, or trapped in a pool, trying to climb a ladder—sometimes for hours.

But it’s not over yet, and defeating the Asylum Demon means there might yet be hope for Twitch Plays Dark Souls. You can watch the insanity play out right here.

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