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#14003515 Mar 29, 2019 at 05:56 AM
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Hi heroes, happy FoxbatCon! I just happened to talk to a Champions tabletop player and GM in-game about Foxbat last week. In the course of the conversation, I finally found something that makes this nonsensical character make sense to me. We've had similar conversations before, but something finally clicked, with recent real-life trends in mind:

Foxbat is the type of YouTuber/Twitch/Reality TV personality that livestreams his misadventures for more views.

We're not "fixing" nor "retconning" anything. However, recent trends in what people pay attention to (in this attention economy) explains why he does what he does. Being a controversial figure or "heel" gets more "eyeballs" than being a good guy, and whatever the crime he's committing, his motivation is really just to grab headlines.

For example, he acts not like a villain, but how he thinks a villain SHOULD act...because he really IS making a show.

I know that's what we discussed even here before, but back when CO came out, when it became Free-to-Play, we didn't exactly have the same type of YouTube or Twitch culture as we do now, nor technology like camera drones publicly. Now people make a LIVING doing this. And I imagine Foxbat is/was doing the same thing. His antics are logical now.

Case in point, the (in)famous Logan Paul only made his weird suicide forest a little more than a year ago. His getting demonetised and public notoriety should have dissuade him from such antics, but if anything, he makes more money now from that newfound fame than he did before. We're incentivising outrageous behaviour.

And it's not just the personality, but also the cult of personality. Foxbat fans are weirdos, except now we see hackers trying to support these guys. For example, Pewpiedie fans hacked printers to print out and fax machines to promote his YouTube channel. Tbh, now that I type this out...once again we've proven fact is so much stranger than fiction.

In conclusion, I now realise Foxbat isn't exactly plain crazy...he was just ahead of the curve.

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#14003556 Mar 29, 2019 at 08:01 AM
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That is a very interesting perspective, and I agree that in today's world, Foxbat would be doing a lot of what he does with Internet coverage in mind, in order to get attention via "views." Fame and adulation are a huge part of what he craves. However, that isn't incompatible with the fact that Foxbat really is just plain crazy. He's clearly psychotic, as in not interacting with reality the same way most of the rest of us do. Imagine if those YouTubers posting all those mad stunts believed their behavior was completely normal and appropriate in context. Foxbat is indeed making a show, and he does act like how he thinks a villain should act... but he completely buys into the show himself. YouTubers, at least most of them presumably, are aware that they're just putting on an act to entertain an audience. Foxbat thinks the act is real life, or at any rate the way reality is supposed to be.

When you think about it, people have been pulling crazy stunts to get mass media attention since mass media was invented. Folks going over waterfalls in barrels, tightrope-walking between skyscrapers, jumping motorcycles over canyons, predate the Internet by generations. Only they did it to get headlines in newspapers, or lead stories on television. The Internet has made it possible to directly target an audience for antics like that, and to build them into a community that the entertainer can regularly interact with, making his/her attention-seeking gratification immediate and personal.
#14008230 Apr 03, 2019 at 05:03 PM
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….Neatly explaining the small army of neckbearded Foxbat fanboys we see running around. :P

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#14013949 Apr 05, 2019 at 08:15 AM · Edited 4 months ago
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Ya, I agree. I will attribute Foxbat's psychosis to essentially "believing his own hype", in the way that certain celebrities walk around in their own alternate reality bubbles.

On that note, Pariba/Snookums here told me how to unlock the Foxcat pet, added just yesterday. An easy narrative task. When doing the event mission where you try to get the real Foxbat out on stage, confront him as per normal. Then don't leave just yet to complete the mission, stick around a couple of seconds.

Foxbat will head upstairs to collect some stuff, presumably before heading out to his convention. Follow him and talk to him, he'll mention his cat who's sleeping on the bed. Go back downstairs to the kitchen, where there is a bag of cat treats. Take it up and feed the Foxcat. You'll unlock Foxcat as a pet and also get the title, "Furmidable".

Thx to Pari for telling me, just sharing with anyone who hadn't heard about this yet.

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#14014217 Apr 05, 2019 at 10:14 AM
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Smart marketing for Foxbat to bring in the cat fans. 😉
#14019193 Apr 06, 2019 at 08:51 PM
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PRetty sure the cat's bio is a wink to the captain mar-vel movie cat... :P

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