The Wiggles are super effective in BeatsPlayPokemon

Monday, 11 August 2014 05:51 GMT By Brenna Hillier

The latest Twitch Plays Pokemon knock-off converts music to commands, which is predictably mental.

BeatsPlayPokemon draws music from a playlist curated by the votes of the audience and then converts the music into commands.

The system doesn’t work perfectly, with a technical hitch often causing the music to stick after a few seconds – but so far it’s always kicked back into gear.

“We’re running music (or, well, any audio really) through a frequency visualizer and once a frequency hits a certain loudness threshold (the yellow bars), it presses a button in-game,” the channel’s description explains.

“Right now, this is just a first test so things may break a bit. Apologies if certain tracks aren’t loud enough to trigger the action or if the stream gets stuck for half hour blocks at a time playing bombastic prog-rock anthems.”

As you’d expect, it’s pretty rubbish at the game, but much more lively than FishPlaysPokemon. You can participate by voting for songs on Grooveshark.

Earlier today I was watching for a bit and Fruit Salad by Australian children’s band The Wiggles kept popping into the stream. It was probably one of the least tollish suggestions put forward by the community. I see Shrek is Love, Shrek is Life is on the coming soon list at time of writing.

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I feel like we should get in on this phenomenon and the delicious ad revenue it must be bringing the creators. What else can we automate to play Pokemon?