All is just not nicely within the digital wild west. Red Dead Online fans note that it’s been nearly a year since Rockstar has meaningfully up to date the open-world MMO, which has received individuals feeling exasperated by content material drought. But quite than simply complaining about it, the cowboys of Red Dead Online are staging a protest of types.
Instead of sporting the standard spurs and 10-gallon hats, gamers are opting to costume up as clowns. The definition of “clown” is fairly free right here — accepted participation might be your typical red-nosed white-faced number of jesters, however the organizers additionally encourage individuals to take into consideration wider circus roles. A Discord group with 1000’s of members is treating the entire thing like a vogue contest the place members may also don the apparel of strongmen, acrobats, mimes, jugglers, ring masters, knife throwers, and extra.
“Rather than let it turn negative or nasty, which in game communities things often can, I thought I’d turn [our protests] into something a bit more fun or even wholesome in a way,” mentioned Magnar, one of many directors of the Red Dead Online group, to Polygon over Discord.
Magnar notes that typically aggravated gamers will name Rockstar builders “clowns” for mishandling the replace schedule, however the actuality is extra difficult than that. When of us categorical dissatisfaction with the state of the sport, detractors will typically retort asking why they’d proceed taking part in in the event that they’re not having enjoyable. That, to Magnar, makes the gamers the butt of the joke.
“We’re the clowns for expecting an update or communication, so let’s have fun with that,” he mentioned. That concept quickly grew to become such a powerful meme that in late June, some RDO fans had been portray their faces like clowns in actual life:
I used to be a clown like many others at the moment that anticipated one thing. Even if it was small particulars on what’s to come…Here we are empty and indignant, I’ve determined to stay my life as what I’ve now change into…a clown pic.twitter.com/Ohgxehcp3O
— (@BloodLust180) June 30, 2020
Fast-forward to July, and the Discord group was ready to fill up a complete server with clowns, in an effort to deliver some consideration to their predicament. The entire factor was put collectively by participant OnlyPVPCat.
From there, the standard shenanigans ensued: the clowns took over locales, like bars or hijacked trains, and proceeded to wreck havoc. The occasion has since gotten some consideration from the broader neighborhood, with extra gamers additionally dropping into video games dressed as jokesters. The Discord is now additionally stuffed with pictures of individuals collaborating within the “protest,” some as clowns, and others fulfilling the extra common circus theme.
“We’ve seen so many times people who are dissatisfied vent their frustrations in really negative ways,” Magnar mentioned. “But with the Red Dead community, a lot of people still love the game, they’re just disappointed with Rockstar taking them for granted, so yes, we do still play, but we’ll vent any frustrations in a more fun, clowny way.”