Of the many fandoms that dominate the social media space, the BTS ARMY is undoubtedly one of the most powerful. Stanning doesn’t even begin to describe the loyalty, dedication, and earned obsession exhibited by fans of the South Korean boy group — which makes the release of mobile game BTS World one of the most exciting moments in current fan culture.
In the game, which is created by Netmarble studios, the player takes on the role of BTS’s manager, who is magically transported into the past and tasked with guiding Jin, Suga, J-Hope, RM, Jimin, V, and Jungkook on the path to becoming BTS and achieving superstardom. The game contains hours of all-new footage of the band and involves receiving texts and recorded video calls from the band members, but a quick peek on Twitter showed that the ARMY was not expecting the level of difficulty and communication required by the game.
Fans were a little frustrated on Twitter with the mechanics and the fact that the boys kind of hate their new manager straight out the gate, but whoever said “never meet your heroes” obviously didn’t idolize these boys.
At first, it looked like every BTS fan downloaded the game at the exact same time. Expectations were high.
BTS World‘s texting feature may have stopped one or two people’s hearts the first few times it happened. Who wouldn’t want to pick up the phone and find out Jin wanted to FaceTime?
But the mechanics of the game were harder than some people may have anticipated. Specifically, passing levels that require counting cards with the band members’ statistics on them.
And then the guys kind of started to get testy about the player naming their “new” band Bangtan Boys. You know. The actual, current name of the band.
im pissed, wHAT MAKES NAMJOON, YOONGI, AND HOSEOK THINK THAT THEY CAN ARGUE ABOUT HAVING BANGTAN BOYS AS THEIR GROUP NAME?? I’M THEIR MANAGER AND THEY REALLY THINK THEY CAN FIGHT ME ON THIS?? DO THEY THINK THEY CAN REALLY GET THICK WITH ME?? #BTSWorld
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Seriously, the name thing is a huge plot point but at least V is consistent.
It turns out that managing BTS is really hard, even in virtual form.
It’s not as hard as actually managing the band in real life, so at least their real manager Sejin is probably getting a kick out of this.
Frustration aside, it looks like the BTS ARMY is locked into playing BTS World, even if it means working extra hard to make sure the boys don’t tear each other (or their new manager) apart before they even have their first performance.
It is, after all, BTS’ world and we’re just living in it.
we live in a world where you can listen to bts music while playing your bts video game then take a break to drive in your hyundai (sponsored by bts) to go see a bts movie and then go to bed with your bt21 plushies dreaming about your next bts concert
— ☾ (@balencihoya) June 25, 2019