If You're Over 25 and Own a Computer, This Game Is a Must-Have, also known as the Wise Mystical Tree and Must-Play Tree, refers to clickbait ads for several browser games that feature a human-faced tree character and a knight kneeling in front of it, with the text often claiming that if you're above a certain age and own a computer, then you must try the game. In 2017, the ads went viral on 4chan's /v/ board as users parodied and mocked them, with the ads again going viral in September 2023 on Twitter.
Several fantasy artworks depicting a knight standing near a human-faced tree were commissioned by the mobile game company Plarium for the purpose of advertising their browser game Stormfall: Age of War. The best-recognized artwork, which shows a knight kneeling in front of the tree (shown below, left), was traced from a photograph of a tree in a forest (shown below, right).
The ads have also been used by Plarium for advertising their other games Vikings: War of Clans and ThroneL Kingdom at War and usually feature one of several captions, most notably:
- If you're over 25 and own a computer, this game is a must-have!
- If you own a computer you must try this game!
- This game will keep you up all night
Prior to becoming a meme, the image achieved some online recognition as clickbait ads for Stormfall: Age of War appeared on various sites in the spring of 2017. For example, on May 3rd, 2017, Twitter page @USgamernet made a post about the artwork (shown below, left). On May 11th, Tumblr user letshearitforthisclown made a post about it, which received over 8,000 likes and reblogs in roughly five years (shown below, center). On June 11th, 2017, Twitter user @snakepixel posted a tweet that gained 20 retweets and 100 likes in a similar timeframe (shown below, right).
On June 23rd, 2017, an anonymous 4chan user posted the artwork to the /v/ board, writing, "ITT games you need to play if you own a computer" (shown below). The thread received over 90 replies in roughly five years.
Starting in late June 2017, the meme started to spread on 4chan's /v/ board, with users referencing the ads in their posts. For example, on June 28th, 2017, a /v/ user referenced the ads in the opening post of their thread (shown below, left). The meme gained major recognition on the board after July 14th when a user posted a screenshot of a clickbait ad with another artwork of the tree (shown below, right).
In September 2023, the meme resurfaced on Twitter after user @marisagender tweeted a montage showing multiple "If You Own a Computer" ads with the tree on September 18th, 2023. The video accumulated over 250,000 views, 5,500 retweets and 36,400 likes in three days. The video was originally posted on Twitter by user @JacobKluding on September 17th, 2023, with the post not gaining significant traction (shown below).
— goober (@JacobKluding) September 18, 2023