About a month ago, Twitch, as a community, decided it would try to play Dark Souls, fabled as one of the toughest modern games.
It didn't start off too well. It took them hours and hours to climb a ladder because everyone was inputing different control options at once and so it became a maddening spectacle of spinning around and continually drinking the limited health potion.
Things changed along the way and they implemented a system whereby they would pause the game after every control input, vote on the next action, unpause, take that action and then pause again. Using this exhaustively patient system, they beat the first boss.
But, as Kotaku points out, far worse laid in store.
The real challenge for Twitch Plays Dark Souls was always going to be Ornstein and Smough, though. It's one of the few times Dark Souls throws two bosses at you, and it's a moment that's broken many a Dark Souls fan. One of them is fast, the other is slow. One can pluck away at your health, the other can stomp you into dust. It's a potent and difficult combo even when you're fully in control of the character, and there's a reason it's the spot many people give up on.
It took the Twitch community 28 days, eight hours, seven minutes, and 14 seconds to beat that dastardly duo. And it's super impressive.
Speaking personally, it took me over 10 actual hours on that one boss fight to vanquish the pair. I have never felt more actual rage from a video game and my neighbors complained about the yelling.
Give them another two months and they just might lick this thing.
Also, go play Dark Souls. It's the best.
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