Pictures through Disney & Twitter
The Membership Penguin group is doing every part they’ll to stay collectively after their digital world has been stripped away from them. Social media is the one factor these former penguins have as they look forward to former Membership Penguin builders to proceed to create a brand new world for followers to go online to. In the meantime, Disney is cracking down on personal servers. Sadly, the factor that helps retains this group collectively may be stripped away because of Elon Musk.
This yr, Twitter consumer @BitzyMouse launched the second annual Membership Penguin Twitter Match, the place 1000’s of Membership Penguin followers vote on who’s one of the best character within the sport. Bitzy spoke with We Bought This Lined, and in response to her, the ballot was impressed by a Tumblr occasion the place folks vote on the “sexiest male character,” which led to the theme of this yr’s occasion – one of the best male character within the franchise.
“Final yr, I used to be impressed by the tumblr sexyman ballot going round. I couldn’t consider how large Sans vs Reigen was, so I assumed it might be enjoyable for the Membership Penguin fandom to have their very own spin on it!”
When the outcomes of this yr’s match have been launched, it got here with each good and dangerous information. The excellent news is, the winner was a aspect character named Skip the Bellhop. Out of the 1100+ contributors in the course of the finals, 56 p.c of them voted for a personality that was launched in the course of the 2014 Halloween Get together.
Alongside the celebration, penguins have been additionally reminded of Musk’s adjustments to the web site, the place solely Twitter Blue subscribers can now vote on Twitter polls. That is upsetting since a majority of the group selected to not subscribe, particularly given a few of these group members are college students.
Bitzy instructed We Bought This Lined that Membership Penguin match polls have been a factor previous to her annual occasion. She knew that the Membership Penguin group was small and area of interest, however she didn’t count on that the Membership Penguin Twitter match would turn out to be profitable.
“With how area of interest and small the membership penguin fandom is…I DID NOT count on the polls to get this a lot consideration. I have to admit although….I owe quite a lot of the success she progress to the Penguinronpa fandom. If you happen to’re not aware of the fan fiction, it’s a well-liked Instagram internet sequence crossover between Danganronpa and Membership Penguin, created by Tofudemaru. I’m a part of Penguinronpa’s discord server as a moderator and quite a bit group members have been the primary supporters of the Twitter tournaments.”
One other think about these tournaments’ success is that Twitter is the best platform to host them. For instance, the unique Tumblr Sexyman match occurred on the identical platform, the place folks from totally different fandoms congregated on Twitter to participate within the occasion. Even Spotify used Twitter to search out out the “Greatest Hype Monitor” again in 2022. So it’s no marvel why Twitter tends to be a well-liked platform to host a majority of these occasions. It allowed customers to vote and look at the outcomes with ease.
There may be an choice to host the occasions on different platforms like Tumblr and Discord, however that’s nonetheless up within the air in the meanwhile. If Twitter stays untouched by Musk’s adjustments, a 3rd occasion would occur in 2024. With out spoiling an excessive amount of, Bitzy stated that the third annual occasion may have a twist in comparison with the earlier occasion.
However because of the upcoming adjustments that can be launched on April 15, Bitzy is now engaged on different attainable fan occasions to unite the Membership Penguin group which can not embody Twitter polls.
“Fb can be an fascinating location. Though… because the inspiration for the match got here from Twitter, I assumed it might be essentially the most applicable to host there. But. Tumblr and Discord isn’t forgotten. I at all times ensure that to publish updates on my tumblr account and Membership Penguin associated discord servers.
“What’s going to occur now? It’s robust to say. I’ll in all probability attempt to provide you with one other enjoyable group occasion. Fan dubs has been in my thoughts for some time.”
In 2017, Disney introduced the top of Membership Penguin as a franchise. This meant that the video games at the moment are discontinued and gamers will now must discover a new place to name dwelling. Bitzy believes that even when Disney took away one thing that resonated from folks’s childhoods, the recollections are there to final. And occasions just like the Twitter match enable former gamers to relive these recollections and maintain the Membership Penguin spirit alive.
“I’m nonetheless shocked by how fashionable these tournaments are. It’s laborious to explain the science behind it. However, on the finish of the day, it exhibits that….Membership Penguin characters nonetheless has a spot in folks’s hearts. You keep in mind the PSA missions with the waddle squad and the clickity clicks of Klutzy. And also you miss it. Disney could or could not carry it again, however occasions like this retains the membership penguin spirit alive.”
Bitzy hopes that extra occasions will occur sooner or later regardless of the adjustments Musk made. Fingers crossed that the Twitter CEO decides to vary his thoughts since many individuals are predicting Twitter will turn out to be out of date if these adjustments are right here to remain.