Willy Wonka event becomes a video game parody of a gold mine

An Animal Crossing character stands behind a table full of chemical equipment.

Screenshot: Nintendo / @Haztecamarera on X

If you somehow haven't heard about the infamous “Willie's Chocolate Experience” event. Held in Glasgow on February 24 and canceled a day later, the whole saga has been wild. The kids' event (tickets cost £35, roughly $44) was promoted as “a place where chocolate dreams come true,” only to turn out to be a low-budget, barely decorated warehouse that looked nothing like a chocolate warehouse. Images rendered by artificial intelligence used to promote it. the The cops were called Because the event was catastrophic, but those of us on the outside can bask in the glow of this dumpster fire. Since the Willy's Chocolate Experience went viral, people have turned to recreating the event in video games — even big brands are jumping on the trend.

One specific shot of the legally featured Oompa Loompa went viral and became the basis for numerous memes surrounding the event. The photo shows one of the actors standing at a scientific-looking station, looking less than exciting, while smoke billows in the background. In an interview with diverseThe actress, called Kirsty Patterson, said she finds the whole thing “funny”, but also “embarrassing” for her acting career. But the image became synonymous with fiasco and has been recreated in numerous games, both by fans and by the video game companies themselves. Click through to see them all.

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