Twitch is constantly home to unique ideas that nobody expects. First was TwitchPlaysPokemon, then the Bob Ross Marathon, now it’s the San Andreas Deer Cam. A man called Brent Watanabe has modded his version of Grand Theft Auto V so the player character is replaced by a deer. An invincible deer.
So far our deer friend has somehow achieved a four star wanted level, caused a traffic jam on the freeway and been caught in a gangland gun battle. Ol’ deery is completely autonomous, programmed to “wander and respond to it’s surroundings”. To keep things fresh and to prevent any issues from occurring, every couple of minutes the deer will automatically teleport to a new area on the map. As I write, it’s exploring the shipping docks in the southern end of Los Santos.
Here’s Brent Watanabe’s description:
“San Andreas Deer Cam is a live video stream from a computer running a hacked version of Grand Theft Auto V, hosted on Twitch.tv. The hack creates a deer and follows it as it wanders throughout the 100 square miles of San Andreas, a fictional state in GTA V based on California. The deer has been programmed to control itself and make its own decisions, with no one actually playing the video game. The deer is ‘playing itself’, with all activity unscripted… and unexpected.”
The San Andreas Deer Cam will run non stop until 20/4/2016, barring any technical issues. 350 people around the world are currently sat watching the deer’s antics; just how popular will this get? You can watch on the official site SanAndreasAnimalCams.com or Brent’s Twitch stream.