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.
Ourania's picture

LOL Yeah I was too when he

LOL Yeah I was too when he did the sad thing and bowed!!!
Cyaneus's picture

What! He can do the "sad'

What! He can do the "sad' emote?! Shocked I've seen him sit several times before, but I've never seen him do anything from the emotions bar! I officially have no idea how the joystick controls work. Until a couple weeks ago I thought he was only able to jump--but I think once he clicks the second joystick button to access the action bar, whichever action gets performed might be dependent on how he moves the joystick. When I have clicked the button myself, all it has ever done is hop. Game developers: any ideas?

Also, I have noticed that when he sits down, he is able to sit-slide instead of walk, until he chooses to click to stand up. This amuses me.

ocean's picture

I was spelling him yesterday

I was spelling him yesterday [trying to peacock him], and he turned away from me, then turned straight back a little later. It was awesome to see him move!
Ourania's picture

Yeah!! I was totally amazed!!

Yeah!! I was totally amazed!! It was like he was sorry but he just had to sit down XD
quadraptor's picture

Trunks is hanging out with

Trunks is hanging out with Ripley now. Pfft...he should totally be a Jimmy Buffet fan XDDDDD

Also we love our Ripley wallpaper I made yesterday in case you missed it.

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OokamiAzura's picture

I can't believe I didn't see

I can't believe I didn't see this until someone mentioned it to me this morning D8

You've got my track. I adore parrots <3

I wish I would have thought

I wish I would have thought of this. Maybe it would have helped my mother’s African Grey. He use to pluck his feathers out because of boredom. We had him tested and everything but the vet was sure it had to be boredom or stress since he didn‘t seem to have any parasites or anything. We’d even mist him hoping it’d help. At the time everyone worked odd hours so we didn’t have much time for him. Poor guy. He’s currently living with my Aunt (grandfather’s sister).

He use to love Ed, Edd and Eddy and would often sing the show’s song. He’d get all excited when the show came on. He’d ask us ’what you doing?’ and go ’oh’. He did this most often when we were in the kitchen and wanting what ever we had.
He had quite the vocabulary. He seemed to just use them mostly to entertain himself or get our attention though.

We had a chicken at one point. He use to love the chicken and made chicken sounds at her all the time. When she passed away (she was egg bound) he mourned her.

Perhaps I’ll suggest this to my Aunt. If she agrees perhaps it will help him with his feather problem. The stimulation couldn’t hurt. We already know he loves TV.
Plus, with TEF not being goal oriented people are less likely to be upset with him if his deer doesn’t do anything productive. :- P

This is a really good idea for parrot lovers. Parrots just seem to need more stimulation then people are willing to give or have time for. They're like children.
OkamiLugia's picture

Track! This is amazing and a

Track! This is amazing and a great idea for your parrot!
gglidden's picture

o-o oh wow!!!! *instant

o-o oh wow!!!! *instant track* =D
Ring The Bells That Still Can Ring.
Forget Your Perfect Offering.
There Is A Crack In Everything.
That's How The Light Gets In.

(A part of the lyrics of Leonard Cohen's Song "Anthem")

You made me wanna have a

You made me wanna have a parrot ._. That's too awesome to be real. Track.

Holy crap, track!

Holy crap, track!
quadraptor's picture

Having some more fun with

Having some more fun with Ripley today. He moved around a little, even skipped a few times.

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shamiya's picture

This is pretty amazing.

This is pretty amazing.

Wow, this is amazing. I love

Wow, this is amazing.
I love birds, and too see a bird do this... wow
c: One day I hope to have such a smart bird
^.^ so cute!
Krystal's picture

Oh man...I just found this on

Oh man...I just found this on a whim by clicking his symbol on the map...now I can't bring myself to leave his side Sad

I LOVE that you set this up to broaden his spectrum of entertainment...if only I could have done this with my ferrets!! xD This is very neat. Track track track! Smiling
Aivilo's picture

Awesome :3 I see him

Awesome :3 I see him in-Forest now... I might have to say hello!
bubblywums's picture

This is absolutely amazing!

This is absolutely amazing! Smiling I hope I see Ripley very soon!
nuevapaz's picture

He just stood there the whole


He just stood there the whole time. When I saw he had the peacock mask and antlers, I tried to get the pelt on him, too, but it took so long I got tired of it and gave up.
~*Paz*~

Aivilo's picture

"When I saw he had the

"When I saw he had the peacock mask and antlers, I tried to get the pelt on him, too, but it took so long I got tired of it and gave up."
lol, Rire and Geography had gotten it for him earlier. Someone must've un-done it. Oh well~
Ourania's picture

LOL Ama looks so tired XD

LOL Ama looks so tired XD
Krystal's picture

Omg, Ripley's really active

Omg, Ripley's really active right now, is it still him or potentially the owner? He just got up and sat down 4-5 times! And is walking up against us real close and hopping a LOT, he even sat ON me at one point! xD He must be super affectionate today Laughing out loud
Ourania's picture

As Krystal said, Ripley was

As Krystal said, Ripley was really active tonight jumping around, walking, sitting, etc. I got a few screenshots from it Smiling









http://i54.photobucket.com/albums/g90/Ourania_Dreamchaser/TEF_Ourania_20101212_181307_342x356_00023.jpg This one is rather big for here so I'll just post the link.

Cyaneus's picture

Hey guys, I haven't been here

Hey guys, I haven't been here in a while! I'm so happy to see you guys playing with him. I haven't played TEF in a couple months, but Ripley has been playing a lot in the past couple weeks. I saw a few people playing with him today. I'll update his page soon!

Ourania's picture

Good to see you again! We've

Good to see you again! We've had a lot of fun with Ripley lately Laughing out loud :D
Cyaneus's picture

Ripley's been leaning against

Ripley's been leaning against the joystick and his deer has been walking in a straight line for a really long time. A lot of people are following him! Laughing out loud

Munkel's picture

This is so adorable &hearts;

This is so adorable ♥
snow's picture

My deer was one of those

My deer was one of those following him. First time I've seen Ripley moving. :')
Cyaneus's picture

I can't seem to stay logged

I can't seem to stay logged in on my computer! I don't think my wireless signal is strong enough. But I'm the nameless deer following the Ripley herd. XD

Kaoori's picture

This is the first time I've

This is the first time I've seen Ripley moving around, it's a treat. xD
gone's picture

He's been walking for a

He's been walking for a really long time, this is actually the first time I've seen him outside the Birch Forest, but that's really amazing!
Iaurdagnire's picture

Haha, that was fun. I was the

Haha, that was fun. I was the silly white dude (:
Ourania's picture

Omg that was so awesome XD

Omg that was so awesome XD

I didn't know that was you Dag! I've seen that deer before but didn't know it belonged to you xD.
Iaurdagnire's picture

Haha yes, it's called "The

Haha yes, it's called "The Uuo" because of its pictogram. I use it for spreading lulz and happy.
It was surprisingly entertaining and exciting playing with Ripley, even if he was just walking!
Ourania's picture

Yeah I think it's just the

Yeah I think it's just the concept of there's an animal controlling him that is fascinating xD
gglidden's picture

My character Button's got the

My character Button's got the chance to hop with with him when he was a bunny. Then got to sit with him before Buttons had to go somewhere else. Twas fun. :]
Ring The Bells That Still Can Ring.
Forget Your Perfect Offering.
There Is A Crack In Everything.
That's How The Light Gets In.

(A part of the lyrics of Leonard Cohen's Song "Anthem")
Cyaneus's picture

Hey guys! It's been months

Hey guys! It's been months and months since Ripley played TEF, but he does miss it! The reasons behind his absence:

He broke his joystick (again!) But this time we're making him a new one, almost from scratch. You can check out a preview here.

We updated to a dualboot Linux/Windows 7, and we're having a lot of problems getting the game to run at all. Sad If anyone can offer some help to us in this regard, we all miss playing TEF together!

Hope you all have a happy new year!

Silverpaw15's picture

Unfortunately I don't know

Unfortunately I don't know how to help with the Windows program, but wanted to reply anyway and give this a bump so that maybe someone else will be able to assist.

And I also wanted to add that I remember Ripley from way back. =D It was always fascinating to just sit and watch him play. I hope to see him again in the forest someday!
MB's picture

Oh! I'm so excited to see

Oh! I'm so excited to see such things! Amazing parrot..

Wow! This is really funny and

Wow! This is really funny and cute ^-^
Flyleaf's picture

I miss Ripley .....i always

I miss Ripley .....i always was like crazy when he moved ...even just a little lol .
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Krystal's picture

So happy to see Ripley might

So happy to see Ripley might be coming back soon, missed him in the forest! Bumping this so somebody may be able to help too. Sad
Waning-Sun's picture

Gosh, I got excited reading

Gosh, I got excited reading that. I wish I was around at the time to meet Ripley. I hope things can get worked out to where Ripley can play on the game again!
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