Lament Over Fanbases We’ve Lost With “Now It’s A Ghost Town”

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50,000 People Used to Live Here. Now It’s a Ghost Town, refers to a memorable quote from the 2008 video game Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare describing the ghost city of Pripyat. Online, the quote and image macros based on it have been used as a way to describe various abandoned communities, such as old multiplayer games that lost their user base.

Origin

On November 6th, 2007, first-person shooter video game Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare was released in the United States. In the mission “All Grilled Up,” which takes place in Pripyat, character Cpt. MacMillan comments on the abandoned city by saying “Fifty thousand people used to live in this city. Now it’s a ghost town” (shown below, left). The phrase is also said at the start of the intro of the game (shown below, right).

Look at this place. Fifty thousand people use to live in this city. Now it’s a ghost town… I’ve never seen anything like it.

Spread

The phrase has gained significant recognition in the Call of Duty community in the following years. The first recognized meme using the phrase was posted by an unknown user between March 29th and 31st following the shutdown of Club Penguin servers (original tweet no longer available). On March 31st, 2017, Twitter account @DankMemePlug reposted the joke, gaining over 1,000 retweets and comments and 2,800 likes (shown below).


Starting in March 2017, the quote received limited spread online, being used to describe communities that lost their userbase among other things (examples shown below).

On April 26th, 2019, Redditor Peng-Donny posted a meme based on an image macro that combined the phrase with a still image of Pripyat from the intro of the game (shown below). The meme received over 33,000 upvotes in six months.

How I look at my balls after I nut 50000 people used to live here, now it's a ghost town Sky Cloud Text Roof
In the following year, the image macro saw a moderate spread in memes, primarily on Reddit.

Various Examples


Pope Francis: Masturbation isn't a sin anymore Hell: 50000 people used to live here, now it's a ghost town Text Sky Cloud Font COD hype after Activision announced survival mode is only on PS4 50000 people used to live here, now it's a ghost town Text Sky 50 000 THOUSAND PEOPLE USED TO LIVE HERE NOW IT'S A GHOST TOWN. makeameme.org The Spirit of Detroit Landmark Architecture Metropolitan area Sky Daytime Tree City Arch Tower block
When I take my pills for schizophrenia: 50,000 people used to live here, now it's a ghost town Sky Cloud Text Font TmarTn @TmarTn 50,000 people used to live here... now it's a ghost town BeHambo ChaostorReal PSmartn Joker r Joking 0:59 & 30 2 Chaeel 12:52 PM · Jan 19, 2018 · Twitter Web Client Urban design Landmark Human settlement 10,000,000 PEOPLE USED TO LIVE HERE 8+ NOW IT'S A GHOST TOWN quickmeme.com Chernobyl disaster Pryp'yat' Sky Tree Photo caption

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