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Twitch chat murdered The Outer Worlds’ first NPC

Chat proves it doesn’t make the best decisions

The Outer Worlds - a figure in a spacesuit holds up a pistol with a vessel in the background Obsidian Entertainment/Private Division
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The Outer Worlds has come to Twitch, but probably not in the way you expect. The sci-fi-RPG from Obsidian Games has become the the first pre-release game to have a Twitch Plays stream, and chat has already murdered one poor, unsuspecting NPC.

Twitch Plays provides a stream of The Outer Worlds, and other games, that is entirely controlled by Twitch viewers who input their commands through the chat window. Twitch Plays was first popularized with Twitch Plays Pokemon, but has since gone on to slightly more complicated games like Dark Souls.

While many of the games that have been played for Twitch Plays so far are fairly straight forward, The Outer Worlds offers many different choices for players to choose from when deciding how to move ahead. Including, for instance, just killing NPCs in the world.

Which is exactly what happened when Twitch chat met the game’s first NPC. They walked up, had a short conversation, and then shot him.

The stream went live at 6 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Oct. 23, and can be seen on Obsidian’s Twitch channel. If you’d like to join the mob attempting to play through the game, you need to create a Twitch account and Follow Obsidian’s channel, then you can start chatting using the phrases at the bottom of the screen to input commands.

But please, let at least a few people live.

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