Six days into 2022 and we’ve already had one of many weirdest collisions of gaming tradition and the broader world. Yesterday, throughout Pope Francis’ weekly general audience during which he mentioned a number of prayers, made a number of addresses, and casually shamed voluntarily childfree people for preferring the corporate of their pets to tiny, screaming people most of us can’t probably afford, a troupe of jugglers / acrobats / basic circus people carried out to a jazzy ska-esque rendition of “Megalovania” from Toby Fox’s Undertale.

Every part about this efficiency evokes in me a manic chuckle as I attempt to make sense of the scene unfolding in entrance of my eyes. The efficiency begins with an acrobat twirling a foam cylinder with their ft. Then, for some cause, the jugglers begin, and then somebody wheels by on a unicycle making each ingredient of this efficiency appear like unorganized, mismatched chaos. One thing that’s oddly becoming when you concentrate on the chaotic terror of the Sans combat. Within the Sans battle, similar to on this efficiency, nonsensical shit is coming at you from all sides whereas a little bit man in a humorous outfit smiles at you serenely as “Megalovania” performs.

As incredulous as it might sound, that is truly not the primary time there’s been a Pope / Undertale crossover. In 2016, YouTube gamer MatPat famously gave the Pope a Steam code for Undertale as he thought the sport represented the identical themes of forgiveness and compassion that the Pope alluded to in a speech he made earlier within the 12 months. Possibly Massive Catholic Boss Man lastly acquired round to enjoying it and appreciated the music a lot he requested it for his subsequent basic viewers. In fact, that might imply the Pope would have taken the “genocide” possibility which, relying in your view of organized faith, could or could not match up.

Wow, that acquired darkish.

The historical past of atrocities dedicated within the title of faith apart, all the things about this efficiency rips. I particularly just like the large shot of the stage that features the Pope in his humorous outfit, the performers of their humorous outfits, and members of the Swiss Guard with their completely regular technicolor pantaloons and conventional halberd lending that further sprint of “is this real or am I tripping balls right now?” all whereas Fazzini’s The Resurrection looms within the background wanting able to eat everybody entire.

It’s the actual type of surrealism I believe Toby Fox would admire.

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