A YouTuber created an alternative Nintendo Switch controller for their pet fish, which allows them to play video games on live stream. That fish managed to spend real money on some digital purchases while trying to beat a gym leader Pokémon Scarlet and violet (h/t: GamesRadar). And all this happened because Scarlet and Violet are so buggy that they can sometimes cause the game to crash crash to the homepage.
Mutekimaru channel is a popular Japanese YouTuber who streams fish playing video games through an aid – an initiative that was intended to help viewers stay at home during the pandemic. When a fish swims over a certain area of the “controller”, the game registers it as a specific button input. It’s not just one fish playing pokemon or. The canal’s owner rotates the fish every twelve hours to keep them healthy.
If the whole story stopped at “there was a fish playing pokemon on stream’, I would have been quite impressed. But no, the fish went one step further. Not only have multiple fish managed to travel through towns and the wild with a specialized controller, they’ve even managed to spend the owner’s real money. I’m a little scared to think about what else these fish can do. Armed robbery?
Normally, only one fishy gamer is allowed in the Switch tank at a time. Once the owner walked away from the game, several fish took over and planned their nefarious heist.
The fish was in the middle Pokémon Scarlet and Violetbut the game crashed because of its notorious performance issues. After bringing the fish to the main Nintendo Switch page, they came managed to open the eshopwhere the owner’s credit card information was stored (and doxxed as a result).
The fish 500 yen added to their owner’s account. It then used the resulting Nintendo Gold Coins (a loyalty reward from digital purchases) to create a golf cosmetics from Nintendo Switch Sports. According to Sora News 24the owner intends to request Nintendo for a refund.
Be careful, gamers. Not only can hackers and other unscrupulous types get their hands on your credit card information, but common pets as well. So don’t put your credit card number on shared devices!