Legendary game designer Hideo Kojima, creator of the Metal Gear franchise, went through a bad breakup with Konami last year, but that hasn’t stopped him from producing new games. His latest, announced this week at E3, is called Death Stranding. Or, if you’re on the internet, Norman Reedus and the Funky Fetus.
See, Kojima’s muse of late has been rugged and muscly Walking Dead actor Norman Reedus, who stars in the new game via motion capture. Hideo <3 Norman 4ever.
@SheenKL really? hmm. ok. so before Kojima and Konami had a falling out Kojima was planning to reboot silent hill with Norman Reedus as the-
— ㅤ (@steeIbaIIrun) February 18, 2016
— HIDEO_KOJIMA (@HIDEO_KOJIMA_EN) June 14, 2016
— Tony // jpgames.de (@jpgames_de) June 14, 2016
And in the Death Stranding trailer, Reedus’ naked character encounters a baby—umbilical cord and all—on the beach (the strand, if you will). When he picks it up, however, he’s mystified to find that it’s turned to oily goop in his hands. Funky!
Hence: Norman Reedus and the Funky Fetus. The joke seems to have started with Spencer Blake (@spenman007), but now it’s everywhere, and has practically replaced the real title of the game.
me: please ive gotta go out there and do a ten minute presentation in an hour
my piss brain: norman reedus and the funky fetus
— atle (@ultimatle) June 15, 2016
— KC (@homoingrained) June 15, 2016
There’s just something about Reedus that internet boys really love, and it started way before this game announcement.
Norman Reedus / Diabeetus / shrink down to the size of a fetus! #magicSpell
— Todd Dadslayer, the Human Special Effect (@SRN_lol) February 18, 2015
Norman Reedus has one of those names that's attached to a secondary character in a novel and you go "oh yeah this guy is plot-important"
— the huge norks respecter (@abigbagofkeys) June 14, 2016
Fat Boyslim's real name is Norman Reedus or something and it's just some white guy who also made up the Gorillaz. England is dumb as hell
— idea, world-historical heroine, light itself (@notveryraven) January 29, 2015
And it’s even better that Norman Reedus’ actual son—not a dissolving baby on a beach—is named Mingus, after the great jazz musician. Although Mingus is now a funky teenager, many people became aware of his existence for the first time this week.
Thought we were goofing because baby in game is named Mingus and like "ok lol Kojima" but no that is Norman Reedus' real-ass child's name.
— BooDoo (@BooDooPerson) June 15, 2016
I THOUGHT MINGUS REEDUS WAS FAKE
— little boy rap (@malignance) June 15, 2016
Mingus Reedus, Colton Burpo, and Reince Priebus walk into a bar. There's no punchline, I just wanted to say those real human names.
— chris person (@Papapishu) June 15, 2016
Mingus Reedus and the Crungy Spingus by Crogus
— tornado__ii archive (@tornado__ii) June 15, 2016
Mingus Reedus and the Deathly Hallows
— YES…HA HA HA…Y͟E͟S͟! (@NotFaulty) June 15, 2016
i love ppl discovering mingus reedus for the first time
fun fact he also has a cat named Eye In The Dark pic.twitter.com/HJHs3uU7RY
— Sexy Giles Who Fucks (@serenityfails) June 15, 2016
Mingus did nothing to deserve this, and has previously expressed his desire never to be famous. It’s still pretty funny, though.
Anyway, no one’s calling it Death Stranding anymore. It’s Funky Fetus all the way down.