Teach a man to fish and he will never go hungry again. Teach a fish to play Pokémon and it will eventually commit credit card fraud. That was the surprising lesson one Japanese man learned from his pet betta fish.
A Japanese YouTuber had the quirky idea of introducing his pet betta fish (Siamese fighting fish) to Nintendo Switch. Of course it’s hard to play without opposing thumbs, but there’s no obstacle that can’t be overcome by a sufficiently determined man who obviously has nothing better to do with his time.
For the sake of clarity, YouTuber “Mutekimaru Channel” didn’t actually Teach his fish to play Pokémon. But he wanted to see how long it would take them to beat the game with random moves.
So he set up a webcam in front of his fishbowl while motion-tracking software monitored the fish as they swam across an overlaid grid filled with controller inputs. Whenever the fish stopped or changed direction, the software would register the fact and “click” the appropriate in-game controller input.
Mutekimaru has done it before with a previous iteration of the game. It took his Betta about 3,195 hours to defeat Pokémon Sapphire. An actively playing human could do about 30 in it. So it was less of a speed run and more of a slow swim.
Mutekimaru could have left it at that, but like a mad scientist, a sort of Piscator Victor Frankenstein, or an Ichthyian Doctor Fu Manchu driven insane by his genius and megalomania, he went ahead with his mad experiment.
Pride always comes before a fall.
The ambush happened when Mutekimaru left his fish to continue their game. At the 1,144 hour mark, the game crashed.
And so the fish continued to do their fishy thing, swimming. And the software continued to do its software-like thing, namely registering the inputs.
The random inputs (but, was it really them?) caused the fish to initially change its Nintendo account name from “Mutekimaru” to “ROWAWAWAWA¥”.
After the Pisces succeeded, no doubt reveling in a newly acquired sense of their own impunity, they broke into Nintendo eShop (twice) to try and use Mutekimaru’s saved credit card details to buy In worth 500 yen (under US$4). dollars) to buy game points.
It was super effective!
In the process, they also accidentally exposed his credit card information to hundreds of users watching the stream. While there are hopes, viewers were more focused on the absurdity unfolding before them than taking notes.
And it didn’t end there.
The fish used some reward points accumulated on Mutekimaru’s account to buy a new avatar, download the N64 emulator, and somehow get PayPal to send him a setup confirmation email.
This went on for several hours before the fish, obviously pleased with the mess they had made, flipped the switch.
Mutekimaru must have been surprised when he received an email from PayPal and when he noticed someone was making a purchase with his card he must have been even more shocked, quite uncomfortable imaginable. Just think of the kind of confusion when you find out how it happened. And also that his credit card information was leaked by the finny little villains.
Mutekimaru contacted Nintendo and strangely got a refund of his 500 yen. And that’s after you’ve truthfully explained to customer support how the purchase actually came about.
Customer support must have been a bot during the beta phases of software testing.
To this point, he had played 20,000 hours and had been inducted into the Hall of Fame in six Pokémon franchise games. Be that as it may, after the incident, Mutekimaru decided to retire his Pisces from their illustrious streaming career and place them in the care of his parents.
Better than being flushed down a toilet by a frustrated owner.
Sayonara and good luck, Betta-san!
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