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Messaging app allows Game of Thrones fans to endlessly ‘Hodor’

By Ben Beaumont-Thomas, The Guardian
Wednesday, July 2, 2014 8:45 EDT
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There’s already been an Android keyboard app that replaces all letters with the word Hodor, and now Game of Thrones’ most beloved cult character has an iPhone app as well. Yo, Hodor is a messaging app, but like the big and gentle character it’s named after, it can only voice one word: Hodor.

It’s based on the app Yo, whose slightly ridiculous concept – a messaging app that sends only the word ‘yo’ to recipients – was matched with a slightly ridiculous $1m in seed capital last month. According to Daily Dot, developer Tyler Hedrick built the Hodor version in four hours, announcing on Instagram: “I wrote an app called Hodor because Hodoring someone is so much cooler than Yoing someone.”

Users pick a GoT-related username and can then search for others to send them a verbal ‘Hodor’ greeting, or pick a user at random to receive the salutation. As the message arrives, it triggers a vocal clip of Hodor, well, Hodor-ing. According to Hedrick, in conversation with TechCrunch, “The sound clip I use for push notifications was taken from the show, so they technically own that, too. I’m not sure what’s going to happen, but I assume they would give me a cease and desist before trying to sue me.”

It’s only slightly more useful than the aforementioned Android app, which strips out the entire keyboard when typing anything into the phone, and replaces it with the word Hodor. As its creators say, “If your passwords are Hodor, this is by far the fastest way to log in.”

The apps are of course limited in terms of really conveying all the different emotions Hodor can express with his single utterance. Northern Irish actor Kristian Nairn, who plays Hodor in the show, has said he has around 70 different ways of saying it. “In the book, there are more intonations, and on the show, it’s more body language, because you can’t really do all of them without body posture,” he told Vulture. “There’s angry Hodor, happy Hodor, sad Hodor, frightened Hodor, curious Hodor, bashful Hodor, sheepish Hodor … and naked Hodor.”

But with all this activity gathering pace, it’s worth remembering though that excessive Hodoring can lead you into all kinds of bother, as the clip below demonstrates.

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