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Dark Souls (Japanese: ダークソウル Dāku Souru) is an dark fantasy action-RPG (Role Playing Game) developed by From Software in October, 2011. It has been published for the Playstation 3 and XBox 360 consoles, with a PC port stated in 2012. It is considered the spiritual sequel of the game Demon’s Souls, released for the Playstation 3 in 2009.
Dark Souls has gained critical acclaim due to its gameplay, graphics, and music. However, the game, as its predecessor, is notable for its high, yet rewarding, difficulty. Along with the possibility of online interaction, these factors have contributed to increase its fanbase along with fanart and video parodies, many of which depict the frustrating but addicting experience of playing this game.
Much fan art has been created depicting the game’s bosses and NPCs (Non-Playable Characters):
Jolly Cooperation / Solaire of Astora / Sunbros
One NPC that stands out is a knight by the name Solaire of Astora, a Warrior of Sunlight. Throughout the story he shows his obsession to find his own sun. His friendly and naive attitude has gathered the attention of fans. His most rememberable quote is “…to summon one another as spirits, cross the gaps between the worlds, and engage in jolly co-operation!”. This expression has been commonly used among Dark Souls gamers, especially in YouTube videos showing gameplay.
“I am Solaire of Astora, an adherent of the Lord of Sunlight.
Now that I am Undead, I have come to this great land, the birthplace of Lord Gwyn, to seek my very own sun! … Do you find that strange? Well, you should!”
“But, use this, to summon one another as spirits, cross the gaps between the worlds, and engage in jolly co-operation!”
“Oh, hello there. I will stay behind, to gaze at the sun. The sun is a wondrous body. Like a magnificent father! If only I could be so grossly incandescent!”
As the game progresses, he offers the player the opportunity to join the covenant of Warriors of Sunlight. Players in Dark Souls can be summoned by other players and help them in their quests. If the summoned player is a Warrior of Sunlight, the phantom will appear with a golden hue instead of the normal white color. Fans have also shared the monicker Sunbros among adherents of the Warriors of Sunlight covenant. An example can be shown in the tumblr page “Sunbro”.
Videos / MAD
Aside the numerous PvP (Player vs Player) and gameplay videos, there have been many fan-made videos that were edited using gameplay or mixed with other memes:
A character build popular among griefers, the Giantdad (sometimes referred to as Bass Cannon or the Legend) was initially created by the youtuber OnlyAfro.  It has since then spawned many pieces of fan art, tribute videos, including a song by Ken Ashcorp.  Giantdad is often associated with Mountain Dew, Doritos, and the hatred of casual gamers.