The fake poignant game Batman Arkham Fandom, explained

Batman looks to Batjaskinia for his copy of Arkham World.

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The best video games are imaginary. Often they exist entirely in our heads or in the sleepy space between their initial announcement and what we end up playing. It’s here “The world of Arkhamexists. Born of the 2011 Video Game Awards gag, an entirely fictional entry in an extremely popular Batman Arkham series that’s all some fans can talk about.

Earlier this month, there were posts about supposed The world of Arkham began to bother this Batman Arkham subreddit. Even though it’s dedicated to the aging single-player franchise, this particular online waterhole remains surprisingly active. It has over 150,000 members, with hundreds or more active at any given time. “This subreddit is dedicated to covering the entire story of Batman Arkham,” says the subscription. “Including the Rocksteady trilogy, Arkham Origins and all related games and comics, including the Latest Edition The world of Arkham“.

The world of Arkham isn’t real, but that didn’t stop the subreddit from we celebrate the year anniversary of its premiere on August 2. “I liked the open world the most about this game because it was a literal world,” wrote Reddit user FrozeninIce248. “A world full of criminals and crazy people and an updated gameplay with Arkham Knight makes this game the best superhero game of all time. ”

Dozens of other commentators responded with their own critical shots, sharing their favorite moments and biggest surprises. “Dude, I’m currently high at a Rob zombie concert and I’m 90% sure the game isn’t real and I’m afraid to know if it is,” read one of the comments buried deep in critics’ praise.

The anniversary is just the beginning The world of Arkhamweekly tribute. Since then, the knowledge around him has expanded to include, among others, special mission where you play as Alfred, a crossover with Spider-Manand even Darth Vader boss fight. Players from the Spider-Man community even joined intreating the crossover as a canon. Reddit is full of crap posts, but it’s still rare to see fans gather so aggressively and keep it up for weeks. So why bother to manifest a game that never existed?

FrozeninIce248 said my box on Reddit chat, they stole the idea from The Fall of Titan community where they pretend to be titanium case 3 already exists an ongoing part of the subculture. Name The world of Arkhammeanwhile, was the obvious choice as it was the code name teased by the Joker in a cutscene created by Rocksteady for him to get the award for Best Character at VGAs 2011. The final game that was released was Arkham Knightallowing Arkham World to fill a void in players’ imaginations when they didn’t have a real Batman game that they could look forward to in the near future.

In the upcoming game Knights of Gothamby Warner Bros. Montreal, the studio behind him Arkham OriginsBatman is now dead. This is also not technical Hello Arkham-verse. another Rocksteady project, Suicide Squadtakes place in the same world as Arkham games, but it has not been disclosed that Batman is part of them, and is a shooter instead of a stealthy adventurer.

Suicide Squad it is set in the same universe, but it does not focus on Batman at all, we don’t even know if it will appear at all, “said Reddit user BigSexy17 my box. “R / ArkhamGames and Arkham Fans in general lean towards the series because of Batman, Batman fans around the world praise and honor these games as a true Batman experience.”

Now freed The world of Arkham took on a life of her own. “You have a whole group of people who say we’re all talking about a game that ‘doesn’t exist,’ said Unhappyworker77.

Reddit user LukeDBZ2 compared it to his fascination with the Morbius meme “it is morbin time“Early this summer. It was stupid, it was wonderful, and it became so popular that it could convince Sony to set fire to millions of dollars bringing Morbius back to the cinemas so he can bomb a second time. “Morbius never said” it’s Morbin’s time “and there is no continuation of that Arkham Knight… is there? they said. “One thing is confirmed, after years with no new content, the submarine became Arkham Asylum itself.”

The Reddit post shows fans celebrating an Arkham Spider-Man crossover DLC that never happened.

There is also a precedent for The world of Arkham in other fandoms. When Ring of Elden it had developed over the years without new details, some fans feared the worst. Like titanium suitcase, The Ring of Elden subreddit at some point he began to pretend the game has already been released, coming up with famous boss battles and more. “It exists because the fans are starving [for] glad and rejoiced when they expected another release Arkham title, ”said TheXpender my box.

The shitty posts were still going on and even got some Reddit users trying to hang around The world of Arkham to your own subreddit. Some fans want to land the memes there. “If we’re going to flood the submarine with more A.The world of rkham and less recent posts about real games, all this should be moved to a separate sub r / Arkham World”Wrote Fanboyxxx. “We have to take a step back and think about what we’re doing, and honestly, if it’s clever and fun it’s good for me, just leave it on your own submarine now.”

But that doesn’t seem likely. The world of Arkham was born of wr / BatmanArkham and will likely remain there. At least until Knights of Gotham, Suicide Squador real Batman Arkham sequel premieres. “The world of Arkham means the world to me, ”said Redditor Nadongus my box. “Nothing connects communities like a collective fever dream fueled by inconsistent shit posts. I am here and I am spending time in my life.

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