The Game

Only true convention veterans will remember

Yaoi paddles

Praying your parents don’t see anything weird when they’re dropping you off

Yelling “buttscratcher” and at least 10 people yelling back.

Org XIII cosplayers as far as the eye can see

“The Game”

Free Hugs

Glomps

The banning of Glomps

The paranoia of cosplaying Sauske, Naruto, Sora, or Riku because you know someone has a Yaoi paddle and they’re watching your ass like Wile E. Coyote watches the Roadrunner

Homestuck invasion

Not being able to cosplay or enjoy One Piece without some asshole screaming the 4Kids theme at you

Cat ears

Seriously how did Yaoi Paddles stick around for so long? You would never get away with that today. You’d probably go to jail for that behavior

Okay, I had an idea. Y'all know those “Space Australia” posts? I just had an epiphany for one.

Aliens are probably used to humane weirdness by now. They’ve seen us pack bond with everything and attach knives to roombas and use our adrenaline to fight *anything*. But have they seen our games?

Specifically, *The Game*?

Imagine an alien talking about a particular game they play on their homeworld and a human suddenly cursing in response, slamming their hands on the table or kicking a wall with anguish on their face. The alien asks, worried beyond belief, what had happened. Did they commit a major offense? Remind the human of a tragic event in their past?

The human slowly shakes their head, and with a sense of utter drama, solemnly says, “I just lost the game.”

And then the rest of the humans instantly start cursing as well because *fuck you dude you just made me lose the game too!*