NPC

From the New York Times: What Is NPC, the Pro-Trump Internet’s New Favorite Insult? Excerpts:

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….

It’s a long story, but the short version is that a group of young, extremely pro-Trump internet trolls have spent the past several years mocking anti-Trump people as whiny, easily triggered snowflakes who are primarily motivated by social acceptance rather than by logic and critical thinking….

Late last week, a group of users on r/the_donald, Reddit’s largest pro-Trump forum, decided to take the NPC meme to a wider audience. They created dozens of Twitter accounts using fictional NPC personalities, the NPC Wojak avatar and bios like “fighting against Nazi Racist Drumpf Fascist Cheetofinger.” They used these accounts to follow and tweet at one another, as well as at liberals, creating the semblance of an army of resisters mindlessly repeating anti-Trump talking points….

The campaign began as a joke. But a few of the accounts started posting misleading information about the midterm elections, including encouraging liberals to vote on Nov. 7. (Election Day is Nov. 6.)

Evidence suggests that these are mostly just attention-starved gamers looking to impress one another by “triggering the libs” with edgy memes. But not everyone gets the joke. State officials are already worried that voters will be fooled by deliberate social media campaigns that contain incorrect voting information. Similar types of disinformation spread on social media in 2016, which makes companies like Twitter nervous….

Twitter has therefore barred hundreds of right-wing accounts for posing as soulless, “nonplayable” liberal activists.

Apparently there were 1500 of them.

And now this video explains it even more clearly:

AND NOW HERE’S SOME MORE:

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60 Responses to NPC

  1. Chris

    A grassroots insult that stings! I love it!

  2. I used to be a meme warrior like you until I took an arrow to the knee.

  3. thefrolickingmole

    Its an excellent meme, as 3/4 of the time groups of NPCs assemble all they do is chant the same scripted lines without any knowledge of the bigger picture around them..

    Eg: Migration..

    Player 1: I think immigration should be restricted
    NPC: Fascist!!! Racist!!!
    Player 1: No because i think it has a detrimental effect on the wages & lives of the unskilled to bring in large numbers of people to compete with them.
    NPC: Fascist!!! Racist!!!
    Player 1: In addition adding many thousands of people strains existing facilities as poor planning is seeing services under strain.
    NPC: Fascist!!! Racist!!!
    Player 1: Such a reduction doesnt necessarily have to be permanent, a more selective and planned approach to migration would benefit not only citizens, but the migrants themselves.
    NPC: Fascist!!! Racist!!!
    NPC: Fascist!!! Racist!!!
    NPC: Fascist!!! Racist!!!

    You get the general idea.
    There can be no debate as the NPC has only had the bare bones lines inputted to achieve its outcome, anything else and it breaks the whole program.

  4. Tel

    For years programmers have been (tongue in cheek) threatening to replace people with perl scripts.

    Now it’s really happening… the 4chan people have started replacing lefties. Maybe some of your socialist leaning acquaintances have already been replaced, could you be sure?

    It’s a term, borrowed from the world of video games

    Wrong, it comes from role playing games (like D&D, Traveler, etc). Ahhh! I just fell for it, the racist NYT has already been replaced with perl scripts, how could I have missed that? Putting out a steady stream of obvious errors was a nice touch guys… had me going for a while.

  5. J.H.

    LOL… so. If you really are a Leftist laughing at and criticizing the Democrat policies on Twitter…. Twitter will delete your account because they consider you a “Right Wing” agitator and fake account. I think the Robots really have taken over….

  6. Atoms for Peace

    Just goes to show that people with no sense of humour are always at the mercy of people who do.
    That’s why we miss Bill Leak.

  7. .

    De way de way de way de way de way de way de way de way de way de way….

  8. Twitter has found an excuse to ban the right. Surprise, surprise!

  9. Here’s one in action: https://twitter.com/JFNYC1/status/1052182841256226816/video/1. They’re waiting for the 4chan people to identify him.

  10. Oh come on

    The NYT is pissed that Trump’s trolls are cleverer and funnier than the antifa drones.

  11. Oh come on

    The campaign began as a joke. But a few of the accounts started posting misleading information about the midterm elections, including encouraging liberals to vote on Nov. 7. (Election Day is Nov. 6.)

    Began as a joke? Still a joke and still funny, particularly if people do turn out to vote on Nov 7!

    The snowflakes at the NYT are proving the autists’ point.

  12. Pauly

    Rem the banning of accounts because they suggest that the election is on 7 November not 6 November.

    It reminds me of an old episode of F-Troop. One of the character’s evil twin had showed up and was causing havoc. To cut a ling story short the judge sentenced him to be hanged, released him on bail and then told the evil twin they were out of rope so he had to bring the rope himself. After he leaves the coutyroom another of the other characters asked “But what if he shows up?” The judge replied “Anyone dumb enough to bring a rope to his own hamging deserves to be hanged.”

    Anyone who takes election advice from NPC5329754 and loses their vote deserved to lose it.

  13. .

    At least Wojak is getting somewhere in the world!

  14. Nob

    Once again, the lefties are the staid old guys who don’t get the joke.

    That must enrage them.

  15. MPH

    Once again the high empathy SJW brigade can’t fathom how the high systemising 4Chan autists figured them out. Being a unique and special snowflake is part of the SJW canon, they just can’t see how much of a delusion it is.

  16. Empire 5:5

    The rate at which the anons churned out the NPC memes post the twat banning was phenomenal. Fifty million odd eyes-on in the last 72 hours via the now established cointelpro channels.

    Despite what the silicon sluts tell you, they can’t analyse images. The bannings were the result of SJW reports. There simply isn’t enough human analysis resource for them to withstand a well planned sustained attack. Add the fact the left can’t meme and they have no counter attack.

    Welcome to the new media.

  17. Dr Fred Lenin

    The Antifa crowd need help ,”bash the fash” ? They are the fascists so they bash themselves ? ,not good .
    Always amuses me when the left call other people fascists ,so Hitler and Stalin weren’t fascist lefties?
    Trump is finally getting through to his supporters ,he takes the piss out of the left media daily and the masochists come back for more . People will get the message in November ,that if they vote against the left fascists their vote will count , once they get used to the idea they can change things the career oi]]pollies are finished , hope it’s infectious and spreads to the rest of the western world ,st would destroy u.n. Communism for good .

  18. It’s impossible to read those twitter profiles and not crack a smile.

  19. Colonel Crispin Berka, King's Fusiliers Corps.

    As a template for humour it’s obviously funny, I laughed. PJW is routinely good value for commentary.
    As a basis for substantive argument, the NPC meme doesn’t work because it applies to the right wing just as equally. The NPC meme is implying that whenever a limited number of responses are predictably given to a wide range of inputs, the response cannot be the product of reasoning. That does not logically follow.

    e.g. 1
    Anyone: Social Security is not welfare or a gift, it is an earned benefit.
    Conservative NPC: Only earned by voting for a living instead of working for a living.

    e.g. 2
    Anyone: Is it immoral to use free market principles to sell health services people cannot forgo?
    Conservative NPC: You’re free to die, you self loathing hate filled retard.

    e.g. 3
    Leftist NPC: Black lives matter!
    Conservative NPC: Delete all references to that and replace with “All lives matter!”

    NPCs much?

    Some of these canned right wing responses have good reasons behind them, and some do not. The ability to identify in a parsimonious manner which of a few economic and ethical principles are being infringed in a complex situation and to rapidly give a memorable summary of them does not reduce their reasonableness.

    I’m not just trying to spoil the joke.
    It’s about reason and supplying good arguments, not about unquestioningly supporting “our side”.
    I have to keep you guys honest if you won’t clean our house by yourselves.

    As this place is inhabited by conservative NPCs, they will react to keywords in my comment in an entirely predictable manner without understanding anything I have said.

  20. 2dogs

    As a basis for substantive argument, the NPC meme doesn’t work because it applies to the right wing just as equally.

    Ultimately, being an NPC means you’re indoctrinated. While indoctrination does exist on the right, it is nowhere near the level that the left has.

  21. Muddy

    Subversion.
    Noice.
    So much potential.
    The world of information warfare is more accessible than ever.

  22. Tel

    Anyone: Is it immoral to use free market principles to sell health services people cannot forgo?

    I would gladly forgo any health service Simon Chapman is offering… sadly people cannot forgo the crap that’s forced onto them by the Nanny State.

    Conservative NPC: You’re free to die, you self loathing hate filled retard.

    Hey, no one is holding you back from enjoying communist health services.

    https://iwpr.net/global-voices/cracks-show-cuban-healthcare-system

    According to Maritza Martínez, an intensive care specialist in the San Antonio de los Baños municipality, part of Artemisa province near Havana, long waits are the norm.

    “Thousands of Cubans have to wait months for medical treatment, and they often have to resort to bribery to get things done,” she said.

    She added that the taxes Cubans paid was not reflected either in the quality of care or in healthcare workers’ wages.

    Contrary to the perceptions fostered by the government, the hospitals that ordinary Cubans go to are generally poorly maintained and short of staff and medicines. That applies even in the capital, where the Calixto García and Miguel Enrique hospitals are in an advanced state of neglect and deterioration.

    Then we could talk about healthcare in Venezuela which is even worse.

    So what was that moral question you were asking again?

  23. .

    Colonel Crispin Berka, King’s Fusiliers Corps.
    #2843091, posted on October 18, 2018 at 6:40 pm

    You’re a fucking retard son.

    You have no agency, I cannot even extend my pity to you suffering from the Dunning-Kruger effect.

    Keep on walking backwards and forwards and asking our heroes if they can defeat the big bad.

  24. I am bespoke

    Colonel Crispin Berka, King’s Fusiliers Corps.
    #2843091, posted on October 18, 2018 at 6:40 pm

    Imp?

  25. Colonel Crispin Berka, King's Fusiliers Corps.

    Responses so far have been a human level response from one account named “2dogs”, plus some NPC-level responses from accounts called “.” and “Tel”.
    Will wait for further responses before drawing conclusions about Catallaxy.

  26. Empire 5:5

    Colonel Crispin Berka, King’s Fusiliers Corps.
    #2843091, posted on October 18, 2018 at 6:40 pm
    ____
    I’m not just trying to spoil the joke.
    It’s about reason and supplying good arguments, not about unquestioningly supporting “our side”.
    I have to keep you guys honest if you won’t clean our house by yourselves.

    Sanctimonious in defeat.

    Just like Killary.

  27. Oh come on

    It’s impossible to read those twitter profiles and not crack a smile.

    They’re awesome. So very spot-on.

  28. Oh come on

    Crispy is as earnest and sincere as his point is facile. He thinks he ought to be taken seriously, as he takes himself terribly, terribly seriously.

    Nope. Doesn’t work that way around here, Crispy. May as well take off now.

  29. If nothing else, the village idiot is persistent. I wonder if the Catallaxy admins know how to block an IP address?

  30. 2dogs

    Responses so far have been a human level response from one account named “2dogs”

    I have my own NPC detector.

    It involves mentioning a term which is documented on the internet, but otherwise not widely discussed. As a result, a Google search on the term will find articles explaining what the term means, but no articles by the usual suspects saying what people should think about the term.

    I simply include the term in an online political discussion. The test subject will, of course, Google the term, but in the case of an NPC, the missing proper thinking article will cause them to return a 404 not found or similar response. A genuine human can read, evaluate, and give their opinion on it.

    Since I took your test, would you be willing to take mine? Upon agreement, I will respond with the search term.

  31. .

    Colonel Crispin Berka, King’s Fusiliers Corps.
    #2843148, posted on October 18, 2018 at 7:58 pm

    Wojak!

    Shut up and continue to tell us about your feelings.

  32. Colonel Crispin Berka, King's Fusiliers Corps.

    Empire and OCO are half right, as I was mistaken, and in time this may even mean a defeat.
    I expected coherent counter-arguments as possibly the first, or at least the second iteration responses. Yet dot doubles-down on memetic invective. Still absolutely no reasoning given.

    Tel gets part credit by at least mentioning freedom of choice initially, but it’s not clear how anyone can rationally exercise such freedom in highly technical or time-critical medical situations. Then using empirical country results to address an ethical question is like using longevity statistics to decide if murder is OK. We have State-run hospitals that are achieving better results than Cuba’s state-run hospitals, which is perhaps reflective of the superior wealth-generating ability of free markets, upon which our State health system feeds parasitically. The situation is a just a bit more complicated than “but Cuba!”

    I absolutely was not expecting these responses, though by appearing out of the blue I guess I should not have expected a fair hearing. So that is several blunders in my execution. But the severity and vacuity of the flak points to me being right over a target that I didn’t know existed here.

    As to “how it works around here”, what do you mean?
    That Dot expects to be taken seriously no matter what he says?
    Or that people are assumed trolls until proven otherwise, and the method of determining trollness is not made explicit so that it can’t be gamed?
    All of the above?
    How does it work around here? Because I thought I knew, but it is obvious now that I don’t.

  33. MPH

    http://cogsci.bme.hu/~ivady/bscs/read/bc.pdf

    The chart on the top right of page 2.

    Bottom right is the 4Chan crew. Top left is the SJWs/NPCs. Everyone else somewhere in between trying to get by. The paper is worth a read anyway, I found it educational and certainly would trigger many gender difference denialists.

    Oh, and if NPC applies to the right as much as the left, why didn’t the left come up with it already? It’s not very bright just copying someone else’s meme.

  34. Oh come on

    Crispy – tl;dr

    Get over yourself. By the way, it’s pretty clear who you are.

  35. Responses so far have been a human level response from one account named “2dogs”, plus some NPC-level responses from accounts called “.” and “Tel”.
    Will wait for further responses before drawing conclusions about Catallaxy.

    Obvious troll is obvious.

  36. Zatara

    Will wait for further responses before drawing conclusions about Catallaxy.

    Happy to oblige. Your ‘e.g.1’ is hogwash. You obviously don’t know the difference between US Social Security and Welfare, two entirely different programs.

    Social Security is not welfare or a gift, it is an earned benefit.

    Entirely true. Put simply, if you didn’t pay into Social Security you don’t get a pay out. Consider it a govt managed retirement fund.

    Only earned by voting for a living instead of working for a living.

    True as well, but here you are talking about govt charity ‘entitlements’ paid for by the taxpayer. One doesn’t have to have contributed a penny nor a moment’s sweat to “earn” these, just get a politician to bribe you with someone else’s money.

    Attempting to conflate the two in order to make some false equivalency is disingenuous to say the least.

  37. Tom

    Steve, thanks for the Paul Joseph Watson vid — terrific entertainment about the stupidest people ever born. And congratulations for flushing out the latest retarded leftard troll. As I’ve remarked before, you have a heavenly talent.

  38. 2dogs

    Looks like Colonel Crispin Berka won’t take my test.

    Can I then assume he is an NPC, and taking such tests is outside his programming?

  39. Entropy

    Oh, and if NPC applies to the right as much as the left, why didn’t the left come up with it already? It’s not very bright just copying someone else’s meme.

    because when the left does it, it isnt funny.
    Seriously, that’s why. A meme generally needs to be un PC. The thrill of disseminating it needs to b against the establishment. Maybe look at the difference as: the left do platitudes, the right do memes.

  40. duncanm

    The Che npc shirt is genius.

    Perfect to wear at the next green left cocktail party..

  41. Tel

    Entirely true. Put simply, if you didn’t pay into Social Security you don’t get a pay out. Consider it a govt managed retirement fund.

    You forgot to include the word “Ponzi”.

  42. The thrill of disseminating it needs to b against the establishment.

    That’s also because the Left ‘is’ now the establishment.

  43. CatDenizen93746: Haha those lefty NPCs are so stupid, they all say the same thing like bots

    CatDenizen29538: Haha those lefty NPCs are so stupid, they all say the same thing like bots

    CatDenizen83742: Haha those lefty NPCs are so stupid, they all say the same thing like bots

    CatDenizen47717: Haha those lefty NPCs are so stupid, they all say the same thing like bots

  44. .

    That Dot expects to be taken seriously no matter what he says?

    You’re having a meltdown buddy. I quite often make non-serious posts, like responding to you.

  45. .

    What thread are you reading monty? The responses have been nothing like that at all.

    You just see the world in on and off states. I mean subroutines.

  46. andyd

    If NPC gets banned, how about RPC (Role Playing Clone).

  47. Shane

    The whole NPC thing is a lot cleverer than most get.
    The deserved characterisation of the leftish mobs as NPC at the Kavanaugh hearings & in general is a lot more insulting than most realise.
    On display for all to see was their mindless rote programing & total lack of self awareness thus deserving of the Non Person Character label especially once you go back one letter & NPC becomes what they truely were i.e ( a mindless) MOB .

  48. 2dogs

    What thread are you reading monty? The responses have been nothing like that at all.

    Do I need to test Monty for NPC-dom as well?

  49. DrBeauGan

    Do I need to test Monty for NPC-dom as well?

    Can NPCs get cellulitis?

  50. Tel

    We have State-run hospitals that are achieving better results than Cuba’s state-run hospitals, which is perhaps reflective of the superior wealth-generating ability of free markets, upon which our State health system feeds parasitically.

    I can remember when the NSW government not only gave up trying to get their long waiting list through the public hospitals but admitted that not only did the private hospitals offer a better service, but they were also cheaper per patient than the public hospitals. The state health systems has failed in this country too, just not quite as badly as other countries. The NHS is steadily failing in the UK as well, there’s a number of Delingpole interviews on the subject.

    https://delingpoleworld.com/dr-will-and-the-nhs/

    Delingpole needed to find a private pathologist in Germany of all places to do the task (which you would consider simple enough) of blood testing for Lyme Disease. The NHS doctors are giving the “party line” which is that this disease doesn’t even exist (because you know there’s a lot you can not see, when you are quite careful to not look).

    The situation is a just a bit more complicated than “but Cuba!”

    Cuba has been put forward again and again as the jewel of socialism with their wonderful state run hospitals. It’s something the “Progressives” have persistently lied about. Overall standard of living in that country is pathetic but more significantly inequality in socialist countries is much worse than inequality in Western democratic capitalist countries. Compare the health care that Cuba sells to foreigners with the health care regular Cubans get… massive inequality. Compare fat-boy Kim’s diet with what the average North Korean eats now make a similar comparison between what the average Australian eats and the diet of someone from the top 100 rich list in North America… Big Gates might be thousands of times more wealthy than I am, but he doesn’t eat thousands of times better food than I do. Think about it.

    It really is just as simple as taking a proper look at how people live under socialism, but the “Progressives” are allergic to honesty so they won’t accept that.

    How does it work around here? Because I thought I knew, but it is obvious now that I don’t.

    It helps if you bring something useful to the table, like I dunno, a reference, to err anything. Not your feelz, something real and measurable.

  51. Tel

    Oh for crying in a bucket, what am I getting sin-binned for this time? Anyhow, here’s the follow in the hope that the first one finally comes through:

    I absolutely was not expecting these responses, though by appearing out of the blue I guess I should not have expected a fair hearing.

    That’s the main difference between “Progressive” media and real discussion. You get something you didn’t expect.

    You thought you already knew… but ya didn’t.

  52. cohenite

    I still don’t understand why anyone here persists in extending sympathy, civility or any remotely positive response to the troll. Unless of course he is just taking the piss. But then he is so convincing. Maybe he is an advanced model; something approximating a chipmunk’s intelligence.

  53. Empire 5:5

    Colonel Crispin Berka, King’s Fusiliers Corps.
    #2843335, posted on October 18, 2018 at 10:42 pm
    Empire and OCO are half right, as I was mistaken, and in time this may even mean a defeat.

    A complete spanking.

    Your wrongology knows no bounds. I was 100% correct.

  54. Colonel Crispin Berka, King's Fusiliers Corps.

    And yet no part of what I said advocated for socialism.
    The amount of arguing against things that were never argued for just puts Tel’s response back at NPC level.

    And Empire is totally wrong. The responses above have proved the point I was making.
    When you make a fallacious counterargument against a false claim, you’re as much of an NPC as someone making a fallacious counter-argument against a true claim.

    Q. E. Freakin’ D.

    If the right wing believes anyone who criticises it must be a “leftard troll” and refuses to consider said criticism, then the right wing is incapable of self-criticism. So the first time you will find out that your equipment doesn’t work is in the middle of a real battle. Not a great plan.

    Thank you, good evening, and goodnight.

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