Hardcore Gamer

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While I was at home for Thanksgiving, my parents took me shopping for a belated birthday gift. I was thinking of something along the lines of a handheld clothes steamer or the bedskirt that my mattress has sadly been lacking for two years now. You know, something useful. But instead, I got a Nintendo DS.

My best friend, Tracey, sort of talked me into it by doing schoolwork the entire time I was home and forcing me to entertain myself with her own DS, which she received as a gift from her fiancé the night he proposed to her, and which I made fun of her for endlessly. Because, you know, it’s nerdy. And not in, like, a hipster way.

I’ve never considered myself a videogame person and find myself kind of ill at ease walking in to a game store full of men who know I’m a total fake as I buy my Snood 2: On Vacation and my New York Times Crosswords instead of legitimate gamer games. But still, don’t I totally look like Liv Tyler/Carrie Underwood/America Ferrara on those amazing DS commercials that just sort of show them playing and smiling and haven’t managed to sell a single DS to anyone to date?:

Thought so.


  1. spaghedeity says:

    AWESOME! Now you just need to buy an M3 DS Real, and you can download and play all the freeeeee, illegal DS games you please. If you’re one of those moral types, though, this must be the first (good) DS game you buy. Followed closely by this.

    You’ll be pissed to know that the new, upgraded Nintendo DS is already out in Japan, and will replace the DS Lite early next year in the US.

    • What’s awesome is that reading your comment actually did make me feel like a hardcore gamer. Not only have I been pricing DS Simplys and Reals since I got back to NYC (thanks again to Tracey’s fiancé), but I played Tracey’s MarioKart and New Super Mario Bros. so much that I wore them out in Ohio. I’ve requested Touched! for Christmas, but the Wikipedia article says it’s being taken off the shelves, so I guess I’ll be downloading that when I get my M3 card.

      I’m not sure why I’m supposed to be pissed about the DSi, though; I heard that you can’t play Game Boy Advance games on it, and what’s life without wonky-looking old Dr. Mario on my DS?

  2. Kelly says:

    Between your Nintendo DS and your tie, you’re so cool I want your autograph.

  3. cinnamic says:

    I’m not a huuuge videogame person either… I was never interested in the Nintendo DS until I saw the commercials where Lisa Kudrow is learning how to cook. You can learn how to cook with it! Not that I ever would (cook), but still!

    • That’s just how I felt when I saw that commercial! And then Kamran said, “Too bad Chinese food is the easiest to cook.” And I stopped feeling good about life.

  4. Tracey says:

    Are you e-mailing this post and this picture to Nintendo so that they will recruit you for their commercials?

  5. Tracey says:

    OMG, we totally would do that, wouldn’t we?

    We are soooo awesome.

  6. Tracey says:

    Step off, dude. I can’t start it until I turn in my last research paper on Friday.


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