Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Mudkips: you liek?

A bit of background:

Pokémon, in case you’ve never heard of it, is the second most successful and lucrative video game-based media franchise in the world (behind the Mario series, which is also made by Nintendo). In the Pokémon game, a Trainer captures a wild Pokémon creature and trains it up to battle other Pokémon.

One of the Pokémon creatures is the Mudkip – a small but strong water-type creature.
DeviantArt is an international online community for artists. They aim to provide a place for artists to exhibit and discuss their work. With over 8 million members, over 62 million submissions, and 36 million visitors a year, DeviantArt is quite a site. It was launched in 2000 – long before Flickr came into existence.

Within the DeviantArt website, different types of artwork are organised into different categories, like photography, digital art, traditional art, literature, Flash and filmmaking. One of the popular sections of DeviantArt is dedicated to Fan Art where people display artwork devoted to their favourite TV shows and computer games.

A meme is born:

When one Pokémon-fan commented on another Pokémon-fan’s picture, inviting him to join his Pokémon fan group, he began with the now-famous words: "So I herd u liek mudkipz”.

This little phrase found it’s way to the 4chan boards where it was developed into a popular piece of copypasta.

Copypasta is basically a body of text (often a story or narrative) that gets copied and pasted over and over in different posts by different people.

The copypasta story involving Mudkips can be found here, but I warn you, like many things on 4chan, it’s not pretty…

DeviantArt is still flooded with people creating art around the Mudkip meme, and YouTube has a growing collection of Mudkip-related videos.

On April Fools Day this year, DeviantArt turned the all of the avatars on DeviantArt to a picture of a Mudkip.

I leave you with a little YouTube mudkip-mashup:


Jo said...

I like! I mean liek.

Anonymous said...

Kit delivers.