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#1 Edited by OppressiveStink (357 posts) -

Today I went to the store, and while at the store, I purchased an issue of Electronics Gaming (semi)Monthly, or, EGM for short.

You see, I'm going to PAXeast tomorrow and have a three hour long flight, so I kinda wanted something to burn time with.

Lo and behold, there was register without a line! I put my stuff up on the convevyerbelt thingy and I notice that the cashier is a handsome young lady.

Everything is going swimmingly, I'm about to get out of there ahead of time until she tries to scan through the EGM.

She flips the EGM over to scan the bar code(the bar code is on the font) and... what's this? An advertisement for Hyperdimension Neptunia MK2!

She pauses and looks at it a second, then looks at me, then hurriedly completes scanning it.

The reason this is so significant is... well, I'm a pretty intimidating guy. I'm 6'6" around 340lbs, got a big scruffy beard and a video game t-shirt on. So I'm not very unassuming.

Take a moment to let that soak in...

Yes! I DID probably look like a sexual predator! Silly me, trying to support a dying media!

So, thank you EGM, thank you for making me seem like a pedophile at my neighborhood grocer.

Image included for illustrative purposes.

edit: edited because my writing needed work.

#2 Posted by Little_Socrates (5715 posts) -

That woman just doesn't get anime. Hyperdimension Neptunia is just dumb and harmless, and people who "get it" won't really find any issue with it at all. She would've raised her eyebrow at Sailor Moon fifteen years ago, too.

Also, shit, Sailor Moon's anime was made almost twenty years ago now. Crazy.

#3 Posted by NegativeCero (3039 posts) -

I mean, you could always buy a subscription and get it mailed to your house. I find this interesting though, because I remember being younger and having friends who would be embarrassed to buy certain games because they considered it to be too "kiddy" like Pokemon or Viva Pinata.

#4 Posted by fox01313 (5089 posts) -

Consider the cashier never said anything to you about it, you're probably overreacting & that person might just hate video games. Get over it as you weren't buying a half dozen of teen/children themed magazines that no adult should be reading (unless they work for making those magazines).

#5 Posted by Insectecutor (1205 posts) -

In before holy shit a magazine joke.

#6 Posted by TaliciaDragonsong (8606 posts) -

"Buying this for your boyfriend? How sweet of you!"
 
That's what I have to deal with every time I buy a games mag.
You can handle this.

#7 Posted by Jay444111 (2441 posts) -

Fuck EGM. When the first went out of business they stole 30 bucks I had sent them! It is as though they cashed all the checks they had and escaped with the fucking money.

THEY DARE TAKE MY HARD EARNED MONEY!!!!!????

Assholes...

Anyways, enough about people stealing money from me... But yeah, advertisers really do need to get a clue when it comes to regular people looking at things. Now sure, I doubt a Dead space back would help either, Just saying, something like GameInformers covers should be the norm at this point.

But anyways... is that... uh... anime game any good? Looks like a 3D version of Phantom Brave to me at least.

#8 Posted by NorthSarge (254 posts) -

yeah i bought Viva Pinata in a store, the guy gave me the weirdest look. No regrets, that game was great.

for some reason also thought of this while typing.... take it as you will.

#9 Posted by Bourbon_Warrior (4523 posts) -

HAHAHA oh anime stay in Japan.

#10 Posted by MorkaiTheWolf (185 posts) -

While I sort of understand your reaction to the cashier, at the same time it could be alot worse....I don't know how but I'm sure it could.

#11 Posted by Demoskinos (15148 posts) -

If she is going to make an assumption about you based on an ad on the back of a magazine and the choice of your hobby then you really probably shouldn't give a shit what she thinks because that is a shallow and presumptive way to judge someone.

#12 Posted by Jay444111 (2441 posts) -

@MorkaiTheWolf said:

While I sort of understand your reaction to the cashier, at the same time it could be alot worse....I don't know how but I'm sure it could.

If there was a cop there. A child. A awkward situation involving tripping and possibly spilling a white cherry icy in the middle of all this. Yeah, could have been WAY worse.

#13 Edited by OppressiveStink (357 posts) -

@Little_Socrates: @fox01313: @TaliciaDragonsong:

Well, it's not the scantily clad women, hell, I got no problem with that. Big boobs, hangin' half out of their costumes, sure, no problem. I just am kinda embarrassed about this type of thing. Little flat-chested girls is kinda gross, no matter the venue, especially when a 31 year old man is buying a magazine with that very subject placed on the cover.

I don't argue that the game should or shouldn't exist, but I am kinda arguing that having this in your possession could get you searched, suspected and arrested, simply on the suspicion you might have more explicit materials: http://www.japanator.com/elephant/post.phtml?pk=8753

#14 Posted by Napalm (9020 posts) -

Somebody has low self esteem, assuming that a situation is meant to reflect a negative thing about them.

#15 Posted by MorkaiTheWolf (185 posts) -

@Jay444111 said:

@MorkaiTheWolf said:

While I sort of understand your reaction to the cashier, at the same time it could be alot worse....I don't know how but I'm sure it could.

If there was a cop there. A child. A awkward situation involving tripping and possibly spilling a white cherry icy in the middle of all this. Yeah, could have been WAY worse.

Yeah, that. I was seriously drawing a total blank. Thank you for that.

#16 Posted by TaliciaDragonsong (8606 posts) -
@OppressiveStink
Sure, in theory.
But that's a pretty fucking bad cop if he doesn't understand it's a advertisement.
He takes a look, goes through the magazine, sees its little more than that, and lets you go.
 
Besides, if you got something to hide there's always subscriptions or online orders.
#17 Posted by ArbitraryWater (12114 posts) -

As far as I understand, Hyperdimension Neptunia is pretty harmless cheesecake loli anime stuff... which immediately sounded terrible to me as I typed it out. In any case, you'll just have to take it. My suggestion is to get a subscription if you want to avoid any more of this kind of awkwardness.

#18 Edited by whyareyoucrouchingspock (975 posts) -

@Little_Socrates said:

That woman just doesn't get anime.

Type "anime" into google images and the first page almost fully comprised of cartoon girls who look 12 dressed scantily. Whatever anime is, this aspect seems dominant.

Personally, I like Japanese woodprints. They are awsome and the characters don't look like 12 year old space hookers.

#19 Posted by iAmJohn (6134 posts) -

EGM is still around?

#20 Posted by OppressiveStink (357 posts) -

@TaliciaDragonsong:

Yeah, I know about subscribing, thing is, I've never really cared about what was on the cover until now. I mean, there's the normal cheesecake shit, but this shit is beyond the pale for me, given it's subject matter.

#21 Posted by scarace360 (4828 posts) -

@iAmJohn said:

EGM is still around?

#22 Posted by TaliciaDragonsong (8606 posts) -
@OppressiveStink: I might be used to more, there's been some pretty scanty clad Dead or Alive ladies on some dutch magazines over here.
#23 Posted by SmilingPig (1341 posts) -

If you’re other items where a roll of duct tape, some candies and a teddy bear... how could you blame her.

#24 Posted by NobodyHIFI (96 posts) -
#25 Posted by Apathylad (3067 posts) -

It could be worse. It's not like you were buying pornography or something.

#26 Posted by StealthRaptor (531 posts) -

I don't think women like to be called handsome anymore.

#27 Posted by TheHT (11785 posts) -

oh man, that looks worse than i was expecting.

#28 Posted by wjb (1697 posts) -

Yeah, if I didn't know anything about anime or video games, I'd think you were a creep, too.

Oh well, it's over. One more stranger making presumptions about you.

#29 Edited by Jay444111 (2441 posts) -

@Apathylad said:

It could be worse. It's not like you were buying pornography or something.

It could have been way worse. A H-anime loli magazine would've been an instant pervert moment like this... ("PERVERT!!!" *Old lady points finger at poor duder as a cop out of nowhere tackles him to the ground breaking 3 ribs.)

So yeah, could have been horrifyingly worse. But thankfully. It didn't happen. Coincidences can work out against you as well. Trust me, I have learned this quite often. (thankfully I have never been called a pervert in my life... yet anyways.)

#30 Posted by TheHumanDove (2523 posts) -

Just look like a few kawaii desus to me.

jk, that image is awful. Good thing I dont buy gaming magazines or like anime

#31 Posted by LordAndrew (14430 posts) -
I'm a manly man who buys manly games like Princess Debut and Arcana Heart without anyone batting an eye. Or if they do bat an eye, they wait until I'm out of the store. It's not even your fault that the magazine you're buying has a loli console-tan advertisement in it. Tell the handsome lady the magazine is just for... research! Yeah, that's it. Just innocent ol' research.
#32 Posted by whyareyoucrouchingspock (975 posts) -

@Apathylad said:

It could be worse. It's not like you were buying pornography or something.

Buying straight up pornography is a natural thing. Toon children dressed like hookers, not so much.

#33 Edited by betterboulder (190 posts) -

Yes, I'm sure she contemplated calling FBI because you bought a game magazine that had one ad of some moe JRPG crud. "'Amber alert' here must have bought this 7 dollar mag just to jack it to this one picture", she thought

#34 Posted by sthusby (383 posts) -

Oh dear. The most shocking thing about this post is that you called a young lady "handsome". I feel that's more of a dude compliment.

#35 Posted by Bucketdeth (8048 posts) -

@sthusby said:

Oh dear. The most shocking thing about this post is that you called a young lady "handsome". I feel that's more of a dude compliment.

Maybe she had manly features.

#36 Posted by wumbo3000 (1005 posts) -

Can young ladies actually be "handsome"?

#37 Posted by TheHumanDove (2523 posts) -

Young ladies have been called handsome in the past, although not normally in a modern setting. She may have had a very prominent jawline

#38 Posted by august (3866 posts) -

Calling young ladies handsome is perfectly cromulent.

#39 Posted by Chaoskiller2000 (296 posts) -

Who cares what they think? If they are going to judge you for that then that is their problem.

#40 Posted by CornBREDX (5995 posts) -

Not really. Realistically you just have a low opinion of yourself and seem to make assumptions about how people percieve you. If a young person scanning an EGM mag thinks wrongly of you due to an Ad I think that person is the one with issues. I mean, it's not like you buy a gaming magazine for the ads.

Seriously, don't give it such thought. Sounds like she was an idiot if she really gave a shit about what ad was on the back of the magazine. It's not like you're buying porn (which, honestly, there's nothing wrong with that either).

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#41 Posted by Sooty (8082 posts) -

Maybe you should grow up and stop playing video games. You're a grown ass man.

3...2...1

#42 Posted by Floope (194 posts) -

Oh well. You don't sound very confident.

#43 Posted by BraveToaster (12588 posts) -

You're probably never going to see her again, so don't worry about it.

#44 Posted by NMC2008 (1237 posts) -

So the fuck what, I bought Deathsmiles without a care in the world, went to gamestop and bought the shit out of it, if Gal Gun or Idolmaster came here I would go in store to purchase the shit out of those too, I don't give 2 shit balls about what others think of me.

#45 Posted by BrockNRolla (1694 posts) -

@Little_Socrates said:

That woman just doesn't get anime. Hyperdimension Neptunia is just dumb and harmless, and people who "get it" won't really find any issue with it at all. She would've raised her eyebrow at Sailor Moon fifteen years ago, too.

Also, shit, Sailor Moon's anime was made almost twenty years ago now. Crazy.

Dude. What is there to "get?" Regardless of the subject matter, it's scantily clad, underage looking anime girls hugging on each other. Of course that's going to turn heads. I think it's gross too.

#46 Posted by Commisar123 (1798 posts) -

@Little_Socrates said:

That woman just doesn't get anime. Hyperdimension Neptunia is just dumb and harmless, and people who "get it" won't really find any issue with it at all. She would've raised her eyebrow at Sailor Moon fifteen years ago, too.

Also, shit, Sailor Moon's anime was made almost twenty years ago now. Crazy.

Wait Sailor Moon is 20 years old? Oh shit.

Also I wouldn't worry about it. First of all it doesn't matter second, look when I was trying to track down a copy of the first game, which I'm still not clear on why I thought that was a good idea as I don't like that whole aesthetic but I digress, in that franchise I had to go around to two different Gamestops and admit to two different employees that I wanted to purchase the product. Also I bought Catherine in a Gamestop, so I have plenty of experience asking for dumb things from people.

#47 Posted by Grilledcheez (3957 posts) -

I'm sure you're reading into the whole situation too much.

#48 Posted by MisterSamMan (366 posts) -

I've bought the anime, MM! and the Fry's cashier looked extremely disgusted. She couldn't even hide it in her face. I just looked at her, smiled and went on my merry way. It was great because I didn't care what she thought. Show more confidence in your purchases even if the back cover might be a bit titillating.

#49 Posted by Slab64 (1063 posts) -

I like to think that on another part of the internet like LiveJournal, or...I dunno, Pinterest or wherever the fuck girls hang out online, that clerk is making a similar post.

"Dear internet, it happened again. Another neckbeard referred to me as 'handsome' at work today."