TikTok role players have made a viral game out of trading capitalism cats

Roleplaying is popular on TikTok, but normally it means someone dressing up in cosplay to make a video welcoming you to their fantasy tavern (opens in a new tab)or maybe offer you a mission (opens in a new tab). Over the past month, a new type of RPG trend has overtaken the platform. It’s called “dabloons” and the hashtag has over 730 million views (opens in a new tab).

TikToker Sweezy (opens in a new tab) claims credit for starting it, after posting a slide show (opens in a new tab) which offers the hungry viewer a hamburger and ends with the punchline that it will cost you “4 dabloons”, as claimed by a cat holding up four claws. (An image that had previously become a meme on Instagram (opens in a new tab).) Others continued the gag with slideshows and videos of bowls of fresh stew, soup, or entire RPG shopping experiences (opens in a new tab)while still others featured cats and other characters (opens in a new tab)but mostly cats, who handed out the imaginary currency instead.

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