Left 4 Dead 2

Hollywood superstar Will Smith has an eccentric son, so much so that modders for Left 4 Dead thought that they would pay homage to Will Smith's miniature offspring by including tweets that Jaden Smith made on Twitter... in Left 4 Dead 2.

Gamespot picked up the story from PC Gamer who spotted the mod over on the Steam Workshop page from user Molkifier. The mod is simply a texture overlay for the graffiti in Left 4 Dead 2, it adds Jaden Smith's Twitter comments to the walls on various levels throughout the apocalyptic zombie world.

According to the modder, the Tweets were worth including in Left 4 Dead 2 due to the philosophical "genius" of Smith, writing in the description page...

Replaces almost all the safehouse graffiti with the musings of Twitter-Philosopher Jaden Smith. Prepare to be enlightened by his juvenile genius!

It's really weird and very bizarre... but the modding community actually likes this mod. They like it for a very specific reason: they feel as if Jaden Smith's tweets turned into graffiti art for Left 4 Dead 2 is perfect for the zombie apocalypse.

A user named The Pest (1997) wrote "This graffiti is almost fitting for a crazed society afflicted by zombies. Or the intellectual behemoth Jaden Smith."

Strange as it seems, the majority of the comments thank the author for the mod and they actually seem to like it. Out of the 8,400 or so people who have viewed, more than 3,700 have downloaded it. That's not a bad ratio for a mod that does little more than add the Twitter ramblings of a young man as graffiti in the background.

Left 4 Dead 2 Jaden Smith Mod

I think what really sells the mod is how each of these quotes are plastered about the levels in a way that make them look as if they come from some madman or a dangerous cult roaming around in the zombie apocalypse, similar to that cult in the 2010 movie Stake Land.

It's not often that you can apply a series of tweets to graffiti art in a game and actually have the 140 character aphorisms make sense within the context of the world, but here we have these amateur philosophical musings sprawled across doorways and the walls of billiard rooms while the undead walk about. It gives the impression that someone within the realm of Left 4 Dead 2 desperately trying to survive in a world amongst the horde of zombies has gone stark raving mad and is trying to make some sense of their new reality.

The only thing that would have been more epic is if the quote "How Can Mirrors Be Real If Our Eyes Aren't Real?" was actually written across a mirror. The meta-context of that would have been absolutely hilarious given that the mirror in the game wouldn't be real due to the fact that most mirrors in games are a complex series of rendering tricks and they're not actually mirrors, and for the fact that video game character eyes aren't real. Heck, In that regard, Jaden Smith is actually spot on when thinking about looking into the mirror as a video game character.

Anyway, if you think the Twitter musings of a child translated into Left 4 Dead 2 graffiti art is something worth adding to your game, simply visit the Steam Workshop page and hit the "Subscribe" button.

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