Tech UR MR GAY
posted by November 9 at 12:16 PMon
Hey, fellow Seattle gaming addicts. I’m assuming at least a few of you will be lining up on Sunday to buy what just arrived at my doorstep:
But I’m not just posting this to brag. (By the way—NAH NAH NA-NAH, NAH! PHHHHBT!) See, Mario titles are like the Disney animated movies of the game world—high production values, ridiculously targeted to kids, still somehow fun for everybody…and, at least with this game, conspiracy theories about weird, hidden sex jokes.
If you take a close look at that box art, you’ll see a few letters with sparkly effects on their edges. Turns out, as more than a few gaming sites have pointed out, those letters spell out “UR MR GAY.” Amusing, if a bit of a stretch. But today, I saw that the game’s startup screen animates those sparklies, making the word that much more obvious to anybody who leaves the screen open for a few seconds before diving in.
It’s not “GOOD TEENAGERS TAKE OFF YOUR CLOTHES,” but there might be something to it. Forget about weird complaints of the character reinforcing Italian stereotypes. We’re talking about a guy in brightly colored overalls who sports a moustache—no beard, just the moustache—as he hangs out on Rainbow Road and occasionally transforms into “Fire Mario.” And his best friend’s a princess. I can’t be the first person to wonder if there’s an offensive gay stereotype hidden in the world’s leading video game franchise, can I? (While I’m at it, don’t even get me started on that whole Sonic and Tails thing…)
Anyway, the game is pretty damn great so far. Back to “work.”