Did you just wake up to every other TikTok offering you a cut of 10,000 “doubloons” in a fever dream-like manner, or are you just normal?
Quickly overnight, a trend took over a social media platform to toe the line between cryptocurrency exchanges and roles, because even though dual currency is legal (take it with a grain of salt, it doesn’t seem to be related to an actual exchange of funds. ) crypto form.
Instead, TikTokers gift, steal, and exchange so-called funds for imaginary goods, settling FYP into what feels like an approximate game of real life. Skyrim or a Dungeons and dragons. Basically, this new virtual economy run by cats, and have we mentioned that yet?is The meme.
User @britedragon, whose name is Alexis, broke down the complex structure of the game, according to their bio. The fantasy currency debuted this month, and the world is built around 4 Dabloons Cat, a meme that featured the cat’s four “toe beans” on Instagram last year.
According to Alexis, over the past year, people have been collecting doubloons organically every time they happen upon the image. For example, if you saw it four times, you had 16 doubloons.
In the past few weeks, users have started uploading it to TikTok in Storyboard format, addressing FYP’s scrollers as weary tourists and offering them four doubloons—you guessed it—for a burger or a hot stew. It has snowballed since then, with users launching stores that only accept Doubloons, while others offer a few Doubloons here and there to those who have yet to develop Doubloon accounts, throwing in a few Nigerian prince scams for good measure. One user even edited a news release to provide updates on the ups and downs of the Dublin economy—which is also suffering the effects of inflation—while others shared their tips and tricks for budgeting (from a simple note-taking app to a full-fledged Excel spreadsheet—just enough for tax season). Don’t forget to reserve!).
Although many users are admittedly still confused, many users are happy with the camaraderie the new game has created among TikTokers.
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“I just saw a total doubloon government and revolution,” one user commented.
“Don’t forget dubloon thieves!! I’ve been robbed twice now 😭 I need insurance,” lamented another.
But for those who couldn’t grasp it, Alexis confirmed, “This is all a fantasy economy running on an honor system.”
So if you are willing to participate in the new physical world, there is a little pressure associated with that, but if not, then again no pressure. It’s fun watching it unfold before your eyes!