Twitch.tv / Twitch [twitch-tee-vee/twitch]
1. Website. Spinning off from Justin.tv, the service is a live-streaming video platform focused on video game and e-ports.
It began on February 12th, 2014. A Twitch stream of Pokémon Red was initiated with a rather unique premise: the game was controlled, not by the streamer, but by the audience. The viewers could input commands by simply typing them into the chat. The game would take in all the commands simultaneously. And thus, Twitch plays Pokémon began the seemingly impossible quest to reach the Elite Four and become the Pokémon champion. They completed their quest on Day 17 after 391 hours of game-play.
THE CHURCH OF HELIX!
Literal hours were wasted by the game being directed to look at the Helix Fossil, a key item that can be exchanged for an Omanyte on Cinnabar Island but is otherwise useless. Over time, the fans gave story reasons for things in the game and the core of the story was that Red was a cultist of the Church of Helix, a religion of chaos based around worshiping and consulting the Helix Fossil with the intention of releasing him to the world and fulfilling the prophecy of becoming the Pokémon champion.
There is so much more lore, but you can read that on Dorkly or watch it in one of the videos linked at the top.
Until next time we have the memories.