There’s something about 8-bitfiction that makes you feel like you’re reading the tweets of a friend, someone who you can tell your deepest darkest secrets to. It certainly helps that their tone has always been polite — they address their followers (and anyone who DMs them) as “friends”. The account was founded in 2010 by friends who liked to insert poetry onto old NES video game stills, but it mainly blew up on Tumblr in 2013.
While the hype surrounding 8-bitfiction has simmered down since then, it has always been in the background, delivering sincere and uplifting content that makes it seem like they always just get us.
With a steady following of over 80,000 on Twitter, it might seem strange that they still choose not to reveal their identities. But who’s to blame them? Anonymity is and will always be their thing — the strongest quality that makes them so relatable.
Recently, many of us were shocked when the people behind the account sacrificed a bit of that tightly kept secret in order to take a stand on the issue of Marcos’s burial at the Libingan ng mga Bayani. The revelation that the people behind the account are Filipino became the talk of crowded cafeterias and break rooms almost as quickly as the news of the burial spread.
This week, we caught up with one of the folks behind 8-bitfiction to talk about staying anonymous in the age of influencers, getting to openly tweet about sisig and Ang Bandang Shirley, and choosing to engender love and honesty in an age of negativity.