Felix ‘PewDiePie’ Kjellberg has got together with developers Outerminds to release Pixelings, a brand new, free-to-play game on iOS and Android.
PewDiePie’s fans refer to him as the ‘King of YouTube’, but he does more besides creating videos for his 102 million subscribers.
The Swede created his first mobile game with Outerminds in 2015 – the platformer Legend of the Brofist – and he followed it up with 2016’s Tuber Simulator. Now, three years later, he’s extended the Pixelverse with his latest release.
Based in PewDiePie’s 16-bit realm of Pixeland, Pixelings plays out like a more strategic take on the original Pokemon. After a ‘mysterious being’ invaded Pixeland, you are set with the task of gathering your best battle lineup of Pixelings in a bid to restore order.
Test your roster of Pixelings in player-vs-player multiplayer mode.
Those familiar with Pewds’ previous games will recognize the hatchable Pixelings from Tuber Simulator. Now those creatures (and more) hold their own set of powers and help build the ultimate battle roster.
Playable in single-player or multiplayer, Pixelings is a turn-based RPG strategy game, and Felix showcased the game’s fluid combat system – highlighting the importance of swapping out your Pixelings – in this video.
While playing through one of the campaign missions, Kjellberg said that he was particularly pleased with the animation work. “All the animations are hand-drawn which I think is so cool,” he said. “I think that’s a really cool thing that I’m really proud of.”
Pepe the Frog is one of the most well-known and widespread memes around, and over the decade and a half he’s existed, it’s also one of the most interesting stories the internet has to offer.
Created back in the long-long ago of 2005 by cartoonist Matt Furie, Pepe first appeared in a comic called Boy’s Club and wasn’t much more than a recurring character there for the first bit of his life.
It took a few years, but in 2008 memes featuring the amphibian started getting popular on MySpace and 4chan, with just a few variations in these early days like “sad” “smug” “angry” and various types of “feels”. It was certainly a much simpler time.
The “feels good” Pepe was one of the most common variations in the early days.
In the first half of the 2010s, Pepe only continued to grow in popularity and fame. Twitch, Twitter, Reddit, no matter where you went online it seemed like the frog was everywhere, but the good times couldn’t last. Controversy, that hasn’t gone away even today, was just on the horizon.
Pepe was originally created by Furie as having no political affiliation whatsoever but in the run-up to the 2016 United States Presidential election, he became a symbol for certain online groups and was labeled a “Hate Symbol” by various U.S. organizations, including the American Defamation League (ADL).
He’s still around today though, and that’s because the Pepe meme itself isn’t bigoted at all, but the context of use is an important consideration.
“Because so many Pepe the Frog memes are not bigoted in nature, it is important to examine the use of the meme only in context,” the ADL website says. “The mere fact of posting a Pepe meme does not mean that someone is racist.”
Just don’t test your luck throwing out frogs in Overwatch League chat, as the competition completely banned the meme back in 2018 (and even fines players caught using it to this day).
Tfw Pepe is banned from Overwatch League.
Different types of Pepe emotes
Really, you could write a book on all of the different variations that appear as emotes on Twitch alone, and that’s not even touching the countless “rare” Pepes that have been minted over the years either. To keep things simple, we’ll just focus here on some of the most common specimens you might encounter while browsing Twitch.
When Virtus.pro stops being Virtus.plow.
This is basically Pepe 101, a common reversal of the famous “feels good man.” Feelsbadman can be found all over Twitch when a streamer encounters something sad. Maybe the game you’re looking forward to still doesn’t have any updates? That’s a feelsbadman (looking at you, Overwatch 2).
Something funny? Throw a pepelaugh in chat.
If the name wasn’t enough to fill you in, this Pepe is barely able to contain his laughter. You’ll find it anytime something humorous happens on stream, or when chat knows something the streamer doesn’t.
Monkas: perfect for when things get sketchy.
When things get tense, and the anxiety starts building, there’s no better emote to pull out then MonkaS. If you’ve ever wondered how it got its name, it’s actually really simple. On March 16th, 2016, Twitch user Monkasen uploaded the emote to the Better Twitch TV browser extension. Monka – for the user, and S – for scared.
pepeJAM: perfect for partytime.
When your tune comes on, or the Fallout music hits just right, you know it’s time for PepeJAM. Pretty straightforward here, with headphones over his ears, and animated versions have him bouncing up and down.
It’s like pogchamp, but better.
At first glance you can probably guess the inspiration behind the ‘Poggers’ emote. That would be the longstanding ‘Pogchamp’ emote, that Twitch recently changed to feature a different streamer every 24 hours. It usually faces left, instead of right like the original emote, but animated versions can also be found flipping back and forth.
Honorable mention: Peepo (Apu Apujasta)
Despite a similar appearance, Peepo is NOT Pepe, they are two different frogs.
Peepo emotes seem to just keep getting more and more popular on Twitch since they started popping up in 2017 (and we can see why, as the little guy is undeniably cute). But a common misconception is that these are just poorly drawn Pepes. They’re not!
Peepo is instead a descendant, derived from the poorly drawn Pepe named Apu Apustaja (“Help Helper” in English) that first appeared on Finnish message boards before he made his way to Twitch. He can be used in just as many situations too, so expect to see plenty of him.
The humble internet frog Pepe has been on a wild ride over the last 15+ years, but he and his offspring like Peepo don’t seem to be going away anytime soon. Even though the edgy Pepes will undoubtedly continue, it will be very interesting to see how the meme evolves by the time he reaches 30.