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The Legend of Zelda is now a massively multiplayer co-op game on Twitch

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Following the success of Twitch Plays Pokemon, a massively multiplayer online co-op version of The Legend of Zelda is now being played by commenters through a live Twitch stream.

Using an existing IRC chat bot script, Twitch user Zach Gerlock has programmed an emulator for the classic Zelda title which allows those on the streaming website's chat system to enter commands including basic moves and how long each button should be held for.

"The point of this stream was as a personal challenge, as well as an evolution of the Twitch Plays concept," writes Gerlock following accusations of stealing from the original Twitch Plays Pokemon.

"My goal was to find a game that the concept does not naturally work for, but might still be possible to complete. I knew this would require some outside intervention, at least in the form of cheats, but finding solutions to these problems is part of the fun."

Twitch Plays Pokemon, the channel supporting a massively multiplayer online co-op version of the original Pokemon Red for Game Boy, recently surpassed more than 6.5 million views total and continues to grow.

The livestream has since spawned several imitations, including Twitch Plays Pokemon: Crystal Version and Twitch Plays Pokemon Plays Tetris. A photo posted on the Twitch Plays Pokemon subreddit reveals that the stream has been brought to the attention of Guinness World Records via Facebook. You can check out our interview with the channel's creator here.