Monkey Pukes All Over Developer During 'Sea Of Thieves' Livestream
In what is quite possibly the best headline I've ever had the pleasure of writing, a Sea of Thieves livestream
was recently interrupted when a monkey - that's a real, live monkey - sicked up on one of the unsuspecting developers. I put it down to the pressure of newfound stardom on the monkey's part - it can take its toll on all of us.
As (hilariously) reported by Kotaku, the livestream for Rare's online pirate adventure was in aid of talking about some of the new features coming to the game, including a new store and purchasable pets. As such, it must have made perfect sense to Rare and Microsoft that the developers be joined on stream by a monkey. Antonio, the spider monkey, to be specific. Little did they know that Antonio would cause such trouble for them.
The majority of the stream passed without incident as the intrepid spider monkey scampered around, sitting on peoples shoulders and occasionally scoffing the odd mealworm given to him by his handler, who claimed that Antonio was actually incredibly relaxed around humans - most of the time. The sick simian appeared to take a real shine to Rare's video manager Jon McFarlane. Unfortunately, McFarlane's evident natural monkey charisma would prove to be his undoing.
It was around the time that Sea of Thieves Senior Producer joined the stream to talk pets that Antonio, possessed by some unknown force (probably mealworms) leaped over to McFarlane's shoulder with fire in his eyes and sick in his little monkey tummy. He swiftly threw up, blew chunks, barfed, vomited, whatever you want to call it, all over poor McFarlane's face, chest, and arm. Clearly not content with his work, Antonio hopped over to the other shoulder to let a little more monkey magic out. You can see it for yourself below at the 27:46 mark.
"A great choice to wear a grey t-shirt," McFarlane joked as he attempted to dab away as much chimp chunder as a napkin would allow. Hopefully Rare and Microsoft learned an important lesson about working with animals on a livestream. No matter how well an animal might be trained, you have absolutely no idea when they're going to decide to evacuate waste from any of their orifices.
Hopefully, the sorry tale of Antonia and McFarlane should long serve as a cautionary tale to developers everywhere. Or not. I could stand to watch a few more videos like the one above, given that it was hilarious.