In the world of games, there are expressions that grow and take on a “life of their own”. It’s common, especially on social media, to see someone post the letter “F” in a tragic situation, or even hear a streamer say “F in chat” when something goes wrong.
The origin of this term comes from a situation that closely matches the reason why people use this expression. Have you ever heard of it but never understood where it came from? We explain the origins and reasons why people send “F”.
Press F to pay respect
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Released in 2014 as Activision’s hope to turn things around after a controversial release. Ghosts. The company did not think that the sequel would become the subject of jokes and much criticism. The scene takes place at a funeral where the player attends the team’s funeral.
The scene, quite crude in fact, was criticized for being insensitive to such a delicate subject that, contrary to Sledgehammer’s intent, there wasn’t the least bit of respect. A meme was created out of this. Due to the lack of sensitivity and the situation going completely wrong during the scene, the joke became slang over time and was repurposed with the advent of game streaming platforms.
F in chat
The term evolved and changed, just like everything else on the Internet. With the rise of streaming platforms and people interacting in real-time with the dramatic situations that occur during gameplay, the term “F Chat” has emerged. Whether it’s commenting on a content creator, engaging with the community during a tragic game scene, or, for example, stopping a streamer’s mouse from working.
However, this is not limited to when something unfortunate happens in the game or a peripheral malfunctions. The gaming community started using the term to express their condolences. Whether it’s when a public figure passes away, or any news about a player passing away, it’s common to see people commenting “F” on the original post.
Moral If you use F for actual death, you are nothing but human
from (@andriaspobrete) November 5, 2021
Oh just a message, avoid using “F” for the death of a person, this expression came from a meme, it’s not cool to use it in real life
— Gugal #ProjectGuz (@Gugalizando) November 5, 2021
Using an F for the death of a real person is so disrespectful to me, don’t be!
— Alex Aguiar 🏁 (@oaleques) November 5, 2021
And really, don’t use f for real people dying, it’s super disrespectful
“ah more eh respect” and where did it come from?? It came as a meme from the game, you can use it on a fictional character but on a real person???
Don’t make excuses, it’s disrespectful and that’s all, don’t use it
— girl (@12goLdie12) November 5, 2021
— Daltrinador – OPEN COMMISSIONS (@daltrinador) May 17, 2021
For many, using a meme to pay tribute to someone becomes insensitive to the pain of someone suffering from the situation. For others, the feeling is what matters. Controversial or not, the practice is pretty common on the internet these days.
Info: Know Your Meme