Meme culture is invading Forza Horizon 5 thanks to a player spreading the ‘Birds are not real’ message with their truck.
Meme culture finds its way into every form of entertainment, whether or not that is the intention of the minds behind it. It appears, in case Forza Horizon 5, the latter is because players are making the most of the game’s car customization capabilities by turning their cars into a mobile meme. In particular, one player is spreading the message “Birds are not real” through the game’s performance Mexico with their trusty car.
Forza Horizon 5 is the latest entry in Forza Horizon series, taking players from the shores of England in the previous game to the Mexican showpiece for the iconic car and music festival. Specifically, car customization can take place in any of the game’s garages using the vehicles the player has unlocked along with customizing their in-game avatar. Players can tweak the cars to their liking for performance, swap parts, and give cars and avatars a fresh new look before hitting the road again.
Reddit user CiaoTime took full advantage of cosmetic customization to give GMC trucks in the game a refreshing look and advertising “Birds are not real.” They kept the overall color of the car a flat white while some messages were plastered all over the car. These include the aforementioned line and some other messages associated with it, such as birds are actually surveillance cameras and their batteries are regularly recharged on power lines.
When simple design emerges, CiaoTime vans highlight freedom Games on the playground provide players with Forza Horizoncar customization. The studio has expanded the customization possibilities with every game in Horizon series with additions like design sharing, where players can post their car designs online for other players to download. With this option, players should not be too worried if there are many cars appearing in the game with this design.
CiaoTime’s van is also another example of how the online movement has evolved over the past three years, though not in the way the “Birds Aren’t Real” author seems to have intended. The movement was born in 2018 by a then 20-year-old college student who said the birds were actually CIA-built drones after taking out a billion-dollar loan.
While the creator stood by his message, “Birds are not real” became co-opted by the online meme culture that used it to mock spread conspiracy theories in the past few years. This coincides with the rise of groups like QAnon, a right-wing conspiracy group that has gained traction over the past few years thanks to mainstream news coverage and far-right elected officials in the US government.
Forza Horizon 5 Available now on PC, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S.
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