By now, you’ve been hearing repeated stories about NPC memes and the uproar that they've been causing across the mediasphere.
But what is a NPC and why should you care about the meme?
Well, really, you shouldn’t.
But for sake of conversation….
According to the New York Times, NPC means “nonplayable character” or “nonplayer character.” It’s a term, borrowed from the world of video games, for a character that is controlled by the computer rather than by a player. An NPC often advances the game’s plot by saying scripted lines, or assisting the playable characters in some way.
The term NPC is supposed to refer to liberals who are said to join the anti-Trump crowd not because they are led by independent thought or conscience to oppose President Trump’s policies, but because they’re brainwashed sheep who have been conditioned to parrot left-wing orthodoxy, in the manner of a scripted character.
Reddit user, BasedMedicalDoctor, explains in a thread about the appeal of the meme, NPCs are “completely dependent on their programming, and can’t do or think on their own.” (full story here)
The best example of this would be the characters on Grand Theft Auto 5 that aren’t the main characters and you can’t control them but their presence moves the narrative of the story along.
So, basically NPC memes are like a form of satire. No big deal right?
About 1,500 NPC-related Twitter accounts have been suspended by the tech company for intentionally providing misleading information about the upcoming midterm elections, like saying the elections are Nov. 7, not Nov. 6, and telling people not to vote.
So......sarcasm? Is it sarcasm?
Remember that? Remember sarcasm?
Ah. Either way, the NPC meme is just another notch on the political sh*t-show belt.... just make sure you vote.