Until you find out that each and every one of those 60,000 viewers has the power to alter the gameplay by typing commands into the chat window, and it's the few lines of script that transform the commands 'a,b,start,up,down,left,right' into real on-screen movements you'd be forgiven for thinking that >255 hours of gameplay is a long time to not get past the Elite Four.
As such, each and every one of these 60,000 viewers, and over 2,000,000 in total have contributed in some way to the game. People have begun to get attached. Doing a quick search for 'twitch plays pokemon' gives some of the finest fanart I've seen to date!
It's definitely one of the better examples of the internet working together to solve problems that I've seen in a long, long time.
So, what have we learnt from the hivemind that is Twitch Plays Pokemon? (Don't worry, you can watch it and find out at the same time by clicking read more)