Who's your favourite character in The Witcher 3? Is it Geralt? Ciri? Yennefer? Maybe Dandelion? Perhaps you've got a soft spot for Dijkstra, or Gaunter O'Dimm? There are so many to choose from, but one lesser known cast member is currently taking the game's community by storm. We are, of course, talking about the humble Novigrad pigeon.
This pigeon was first identified back when the original game released in 2015, but it's taken almost eight whole years for the creature to become a full-on meme. From what we can tell, it all started (again) with a post on Reddit by ben0074, which features a screenshot of the now beloved bird. "The graphics in the next-gen update are truly a sight to behold!" it reads.
It goes without saying that the pigeon barely looks like a pigeon, hence its popularity. Its features are just textures slapped over a very crude shape that kind of looks like a bird's body, complete with wings that are basically two dimensional.
It's a sorry looking beast, but it's an environmental asset that was never really meant to be observed in detail. You're just supposed to see these things off in the distance to give the impression of pigeons flitting about the city. But with the arrival of a dedicated photo mode in the game's next-gen update, the graphically challenged pigeon is now the centre of attention.
This pigeon's really blown up on r/witcher — Reddit's most popular Witcher community — and at the time of writing this article, the front page is plastered with pigeon-related content, including a painting of the pigeon, and a pigeon Gwent card. You may have also seen the feathered celebrity being passed around Twitter and other social media platforms over the last couple of days.
Are you a big pigeon fan? Give us a coo in the comments section below.
[source reddit.com, via reddit.com]
This is why we need PS5 pro. The PS5 is getting outdated quick.
Reminds me of the infamous 'Boat People' from Marvel's Spider-Man (in the best possible way, of course).
Removed - unconstructive
Pigeons used to s**t on my balcony all the time until the balcony netting was put up. Can't stand the things
Reminds me of the FFXIV grapes XD
Graphically challenged 😂
Lmfao that's one fed up pigeon,... And grapes
This pigeon is related to Halo Craig, monke, and doge. Favored pets of the boat people of NYC.
Man, the birds in Mario 64 look great
@Beerheadgamer82 At least is was just your balcony. Once a pigeon done a MASSIVE diarrhoea on me while I was on my way to work. The little bugger literally ruined my favourite suit. I’m talking a huge, runny, steaming brown turd all over my shoulder and back. Had to hose both the blazer and trousers off in the garden. I can laugh about it now, but man, I was peeved at the time 😂
The internet is so weird and as internet people like to say cringe. Like the majority of twitter post about this probably have never played the game or even heard of it but they want to feel included so they post about it.
@GrimReaper What rubbish are you talking about? The PS5 just became readily available and you’re already asking for an upgrade? Don’t you know that these “PS5 Pro Enhanced” games also need to look graphically identical with the base version, apart from resolution? I don’t the PS5 needs an upgrade until the next generation system comes out in the time where 8K TV’s are a normal thing to have.
@GrimReaper even on PS6 you would still see assets like these. They save on performance and they aren't easily spotted or meant to seen up close and add to the set dressing. No developer on Earth is going to make high resolution assets for birds that are up 50 meters in the sky, sorry man.
@The_Pixel_King lol I've actually had one s**t on the wrist of my jacket while waiting for a bus. Fortunately a lady with her baby in a pram gave me a few baby wipes
@GrimReaper what a doltish thoughtless comment. Even on PS6 you would see sporadic graphical mishaps.
@Dr_ENT @Constable_What @JONOFTHEJONS I'm pretty sure that he was being sarcastic chaps
@Beerheadgamer82 I can top both of these. Was on the deck of a ferry waiting to depart. There were a lot of seagulls around. I said to my mate "we're going to get shat on standing here". Looked up at the sky, just in time for a large amount of seagull poo to hit me right between the eyes and splatter across my entire face. My friend was literally rolling on the floor laughing his head off for a good while.
@Fizza Yum, those look delicious XD! I can't wait to eat them.
Btw, love your profile pic, it's from Wolfwalkers yes?
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