Of all the stories coming out of this year's Twitchcon streamers' convention, the most surreal news is that Megan Thee Stallion twerked on stage with Master Chief.
If you want to see the star of Halo Infinite take some much-needed downtime from fighting The Banished, you can watch it below. I am both here for it, but like many twerking videos, it has wound up making me think about post-modernism.
Meg the Stallion twerking on Master Chief gotta go down as top 5 moments in Twitchcon history pic.twitter.com/1v8lLFYTmfOctober 9, 2022
Seeing the funky fresh moves of a Chief cosplayer so readily embraced by such a big voice in pop culture does feel surreal, and it's not the first time this week I've had that reaction to video game news.
As surreal as it may seem, dancing Master Chief cosplayers are nothing new. There is a fundamental joy to seeing an emotionally constipated supersoldier bust a move like he was at a Final Fantasy 14 Nightclub. Seeing the stoic humanity-saving Spartan cut loose and have some fun for a change is as endearing as it is absurd. Somehow, seeing the hulking frame of John-117 get his groove on fills a void in my soul that I didn't know I had.
There's always been great joy to be found in fans taking characters in wacky and unexpected directions. After all, back when Doom Eternal and Animal Crossing: New Horizons shared a release day, fans started imagining mashups of the two games, something even the developers embraced:
together at last pic.twitter.com/aa1ZOX5PUaOctober 19, 2021
However, moving from fandom meme to featuring in a full-blown performance with a world-famous artist is certainly a step up. For the most part, fans have reacted positively, in stark contrast to the response to Chris Pratt'sRead more on techradar.com