Rafqa and I tend not to dwell excessively on TikTok trends. I only scroll to view food-related videos. The absurdity of a video loop of a female acting like a video game character, however, intrigued me. What the earth are users of TikTok doing?
It doesn’t surprise me that you are preoccupied with this. So creators impersonate NPCs (i.e., non-player video game characters) in the app and live-stream to their followers, who pay for the privilege of controlling what they say and do.
It sounds strange. Imagine, however, that you are controlling a 2D character in a video game, but it is a real person livestreaming on TikTok.
You are aware that in video games, you operate a character, right? Well, NPCs are other characters in games that are portrayed by non-humans who can only repeat pre-programmed phrases and actions. Consider it a game in which you encounter a merchant with whom you can interact, but your options for doing so are extremely limited.
Creators on TikTok simply embody character types and respond to viewers with repetitive movements, facial expressions, and dialogue.
If you enter any of these broadcasts, you will continuously hear the same chants and hand gestures. Viewers who purchase gift certificates for cartoons (such as roses) with real money and submit them in the live remarks section determine the order in which they appear.
Different gift cards elicit distinct gestures or dialogue, transforming observers into video game players in charge of NPCs.