Here’s something you don’t see every day. A pet fish playing a video game in Japan has been able to enter a Nintendo Switch store, change its owner’s avatar, set up a PayPal account and pay a credit card bill.
And everything seems to be broadcast live, in real time, over the Internet.
The fish in question is a YouTuber named Mutekimaru, whose channel is popular among the gaming community for featuring groups of tetra fish “playing” video games.
Mutekimaru had previously installed sophisticated motion-detection software in fish tanks, which enabled the fish. To control the Nintendo Switch console remotely.
But the transparency of the technology and the fish caused an unexpected incident earlier this month when Mutekimaru was live streaming a Pokemon game.
Mutekimaru was on vacation when the game crashed due to a system error and the console returned to the home screen.
But the fish started swimming, as fish do, and continued to control the console remotely from their tank, it seemed.
Over the next seven hours, the fish allegedly managed to change the owner’s Switch account name before entering the Nintendo Store twice, where users can buy games and other downloadable content.
They were also able to “check” the legal terms and conditions, download a new avatar and even set up a PayPal account from Switch – emailing their owner in the process, the video from the live stream appeared.
But things did not end there. The fish were seen on the live stream adding 500 yen ($4) to the credit card — exposing the credit card details in the process, YouTube explained in a follow-up video of the episode.
By this point, thousands of comments had been posted as viewers watched Unintended Control go live on the channel, and the incident A virus entered On Twitter where thousands of Japanese users shared the fun.
Mutekimaru later contacted Nintendo to explain what had happened and asked for a refund of the 500 yen.
Nintendo declined to comment to CNN, citing customer confidentiality.