Ripley

Cyaneus's picture
Ripley is a parrot who enjoys television and video games. With a simple joystick, he can play several interactive games--the most complex of which is The Endless Forest. In the game, he uses this pictogram:


Let me know if you run into him in the forest! His gaming schedule is sporadic, and less frequent these days as I am unemployed and have a lot of time to spend hanging out with him. Occasionally we may play together, but I would rather watch him playing than play with him as a deer. Don't expect him to perform too many actions--although he seems to understand the joystick layout better than I do. So far I've noticed him listening, roaring, dancing, jumping (lots of this), and laying down. And please take some screenshots, because I doubt he will. Eye

Read More to learn about the parrot who shares the forest with you!

About Ripley

Age: 1 year
Birthday: June 14, 2009
Species: Congo African Grey Parrot (Psittacus erithacus erithacus)
Nicknames: Monkeybird, Rip
Favorite Foods: cashews, applesauce, and peaches
Favorite Objects: paper, squeaky dog toys, pen caps
Favorite Song: The Great Escape
Hobbies: hanging upside-down, screaming, and diminishing property value

How He Plays TEF






Frequently Asked Questions

Can he talk?
  • Yes. Ripley uses many words meaningfully (that is, in correct context), and says several others seemingly for his own amusement or just to get attention. Despite popular opinion, many parrots are capable of understanding that words have meaning, and can even use them correctly. African greys are noted as a specie that speaks very clearly, and Alex the parrot is one of the most successful and famous animals to communicate with humans.

    • Just how smart IS he?
      • Adult African greys are estimated to have the about the same intelligence as a six-year-old human. That doesn't mean they act just like human children, but their awareness and problem-solving skills are comparable. Their emotional intelligence is closer to that of a two or three year old. Since Ripley is still very young, he's still developing. But he is quite smart: I have caught him unscrewing the locks on the food bowl doors of his cage from the outside of his cage so that he can open them from the inside.

        • What words does he know?
          • Too many to catalogue! He learns new words and phrases all the time, and tends to pick a favorite to fixate on every few days. Lately, some of his favorite phrases have been "can I touch ___?" and "I love ___," wherein he substitutes many different words (such as 'it,' 'you,' 'juice,' and 'your toes').

            • Does he ever move? I only ever see his deer standing still!
              • He does move, but very infrequently. Eye I leave the game up for several hours at a time, most of which he spends eating, preening, napping, or playing with some of his myriad other toys. The joystick does seem to be his very favorite toy, though! Even when he is paying attention to the game, he spends most of his time just sitting by the joystick, watching the screen, sometimes saying "ooh" or "hello!" to it.

                • Why are you doing this?
                  • Because parrots are smart. Like, scary smart. In the wild, they live rich lives full of complex social interaction, and travel great distances in search of food and safety. In captivity, we shrink their environment and their social circle, but like their wild relatives, they still need to be constantly playing, doing, and thinking. If not, they will become unhappy. Letting Ripley play video games is one way I am attempting to enrich his play and give him opportunities to interact with his environment.
Kaoori's picture

track. So excited about this.

track. So excited about this. xD
Alecsander's picture

I'll be on the look out for

I'll be on the look out for him. Smiling
Serenai's picture

Stalking for all I'm worth.

Stalking for all I'm worth. c:
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I have an African Grey as

I have an African Grey as well, and I can't wait to see how this goes.

I'll be keeping my eye out for him. <3
Kiraki's picture

Hehe might be interesting ^^

Hehe might be interesting ^^
Zeekii's picture

Creative idea! If I let my

Creative idea! If I let my lovebird try for one he probably wouldn't be strong enough, and secondly he'd probably just ignore it xD
Tuhka's picture

I have to say I'm quite

I have to say I'm quite excited about this~ I really wish I'll get a chance to meet him. : D

amazing idea =O

amazing idea =O
Ourania's picture

cannot wait to meet him! This

cannot wait to meet him! This should be interesting xD
J!n's picture

:DD

:DD
Spyrre's picture

O__O I SO want to meet him!

O__O
I SO want to meet him! =D
<3<3<3
Cyaneus's picture

I have a lovebird and a

I have a lovebird and a cockatiel as well--I think it would be pretty hard to make a game that would hold their interest, though ... they are really just more interested in trying to eat the cursor. Waiting excitedly for that gameport/USB!

nuevapaz's picture

Hmm, should be interesting to

Hmm, should be interesting to meet him in-forest.
~*Paz*~

Tally's picture

I wondered if you were going

I wondered if you were going all the way through with this. I'm so happy you are! c:
Apparanza's picture

I'd love to meet him

I'd love to meet him in-Forest! xD

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Cyaneus's picture

The PC Gameport has finally

The PC Gameport has finally arrived! Ripley will be online today!

Edit: Er, online sporadically ... apparently the joystick + TEF gives my computer the Blue Screen of Death. He can only play for about 5-10 minutes before we see the BSOD. Halp? Sad

Kiraki's picture

Aww I saw him just before he

Aww I saw him just before he vanished :3

I have no idea about joysticks though, sorry ;_;
Cyaneus's picture

I think I fixed the joystick

I think I fixed the joystick problem now. Smiling But he's winding down for bed and losing interest, so I'm going to log him off. I'll probably let him get on tomorrow!

Kaoori's picture

Gah, missed him! >_<

Gah, missed him! >_<
Cyaneus's picture

He's in the forest right now!

He's in the forest right now! I'm sitting on him! He hasn't moved in about ten minutes, but we were dancing together earlier.

Silverpaw15's picture

This is such a lovely idea. I

This is such a lovely idea. I saw Ripley earlier today, and gave him the antlers that look like yellow trumpets (whatever they are called).

^_^
Cyaneus's picture

His pictogram wasn't showing


His pictogram wasn't showing up on my computer, but that's Ripley's deer we're sitting on. Thanks for dancing with us last night!

Verycrazygirl's picture

I was watching out for him

I was watching out for him all day. It was most amusing that he'd be in one part of the forest then the next and yet I never saw him walking! Haha.

Cyaneus's picture

He likes to click the

He likes to click the joystick more than push it around, that's why his deer doesn't walk much ... and the hotkeys I set to the joystick don't really work. Still trying to improve that ...

Cyaneus's picture

Hahah, oh my goodness you

Hahah, oh my goodness you guys. It looks like Ripley has been having fun in the forest today! I logged him in before I left for work, and when I came back his deer was in a completely different spot of the forest from where he logged in, surrounded by fawns, and he was hanging upside-down from his cage while clicking the joystick and laughing (not the emote, Ripley himself was actually making a laughing sound). Now the fawns have left, but his deer is still at the ruins for now.

kaitlyn's picture

Awww! That's adorable. A

Awww! That's adorable. A parrot playing TEF. cB <3 I love it!
J!n's picture

He was laughing? That's so

He was laughing? That's so adorable, omfg.
Cyaneus's picture

He laughs a lot, actually!

He laughs a lot, actually! He usually chuckles with me when I watch TV.

AMAZING, I stalked him once I

AMAZING, I stalked him once I believe

Hey, weren't you dancing with

Hey, weren't you dancing with him for like ten minutes just now? You know the fawn that joined you ^-^ That was me, LOL

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Hahah, I was! He wasn't

Hahah, I was! He wasn't dancing though, he was just watching, silly guy.

(Also, I think Joystick Layout C may enable him to perform several actions. Not sure how it works yet. We'll see.)

Tally's picture

I met him today! He didn't

I met him today! He didn't move around much but I was still extremely excited to see him. :,D
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Yeah, he generally only moves

Yeah, he generally only moves for about five minutes an hour. XD He has kind of a short attention span ... but he's also just as happy to watch as he is to play.

I'll be watching him And play

I'll be watching him And play with him if i'll see him :3
The intresting and collest thing about it.. that it's looks like TEF is connecting between animal and human.. that actually palying the game with us XD
Num num.. nice parrot.. and smart Laughing out loud
quadraptor's picture

I saw him on, actually! He

I saw him on, actually! He never did anything, though, just stood around. I never knew that's who that was!

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Silverpaw15's picture

Congrats on Ripley being

Congrats on Ripley being featured on "Tale of Tales" 's facebook account. He's famous now. XD
scab's picture

Must follow this!

Must follow this!
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Wow, I didn't know ToT even

Wow, I didn't know ToT even had a facebook! *adds*

And yeah, he does tend to stand around about 90% of the time! When that happens, he's probably just off playing with another toy or eating or snoozing. Sometimes he also just likes to watch the game, especially when deer are dancing (he loves that music). Unlike humans, he seems to view the computer as just another object of interest and doesn't get fixated on it. And oddly, his deer doesn't go to sleep when it idles, I think it is some function of the joystick setup. He occasionally makes his deer lie down.

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Had a fun day with Ripley. I

Had a fun day with Ripley. I actually caught him jumping!

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Hubalaboo's picture

Track!

Track! <3
Spyrre's picture

Hehe, those videos were

Hehe, those videos were awesome! He´s so adorable. XD
Ourania's picture

Will the real Ourania please

Will the real Ourania please stand up?



ohwait...
Cyaneus's picture

Ha, so that's who I watched

Ha, so that's who I watched playing with Ripley last night! Your pictogram wasn't showing up for some reason. Even though he wasn't playing with the joystick, he seemed pretty entertained by Ourania's antics while he ate dinner. Smiling

Ourania's picture

hehehe I Ourania was bored

hehehe I Ourania was bored and I she didn't like the set he had so she played around with it and happened to give him Oura's XD Glad she could entertain him Laughing out loud
Fehaine's picture

This is so cool!! I've seen

This is so cool!!
I've seen Ripley's pictogram in the game a lot.
Hope to see him soon someday!!
*stalks*
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AnimalArtist's picture

Madison met Ripley

Madison met Ripley 8D.

Ripley is one awesome parrot! I find it hilarious and adorable about he'll make you scratch him and then go "Good boy" |D
Ourania's picture

So Ourania's been hanging out

So Ourania's been hanging out with Ripley a lot today. He's moved from by the ruins toward the birch forest. And he just did the "sad" action, bowed to her and sat down. I've never seen him do any of the actions before! I was amazed 8D He can also sit-move from side to side and slide just a little. So funny xD
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That really surprises me how

That really surprises me how he moves and then quickly sits down, then gets up, moves, and sits down *repeat over and over and over*. I'm stumped as to how he figured that out.

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Ourania's picture

Yeah I was laughing as he

Yeah I was laughing as he kept trying to sit on Ourania XD XD
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That first time Ripley moved

That first time Ripley moved and sat infront of Quad, I was convinced that it was Cyaneus controlling him XD

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