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Feeling embarrassed buying a video game.

Updated on November 8, 2012
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Have you ever been embarrassed to purchase a video game because of its content, name or even cover art?
A friend of mind recommended Onechanbabra: Bikini Samurai Squad for the Xbox 360 when I first purchased the system, because of its price and surprisingly decent game play..so he said. When it comes to video games his recommendations are normally pretty good, he told me about No More Heroes when I first purchased my Wii and that game was great, so I figured I would trust him on this one.

After speaking with him I stopped by my local used video game store to pick up the game, not really sure what to expect. Other than the title sounding kind of out there, I wasn't really thinking anything of it. I walked in the store and started to browse, I come across the game and after viewing the cover I started to feel a little embarrassed. Based on the cover alone, it looks like some sort of Anime style Playboy! Just to make sure I was getting the right game, I took a picture of it and sent it to my friend to confirm that this was in fact the game he was speaking of. He replied back and confirmed it was, told me not to worry and just buy it.

I started heading to the counter, holding the game close and looking around to make sure no one was watching me, I felt as if I was buying condoms or a dirty magazine. When I approached the counter I laid the game facedown so the person next to me couldn't see what I was buying. Then just my luck the halfwit behind the counter holds up the game as to announce it to the store what I was buying and tells me he has to run in the back to get it for me. From the moment he left I didn't make eye contact with anyone, I felt really hot because I knew I was blushing and I didn't want to see all those convicting stares.

After all was said and done the clerk asks me if I want a bag, I said of course I want a bag and preferably a paper bag so people could see through it. While I was leaving, I still had the feeling that everyone I came across knew I just bought some kind of smut, so I rushed home with a quickness, as if the police were after me!

I even disconnected my Xbox from going online when I first played it, because I didn't want my friends to know I got it! Now that all is said and done, besides the lead characters running around in bikinis, it's really not all that bad of a game for the price...and it's not as smutty as I first thought either.

Michael

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      John Roberts 4 years ago from South Yorkshire, England

      Very funny story, and I think this is what goes through everyone's head when it comes to buying Rumble Roses XXX or Dead or Alive: Extreme. Coincidentially, I was in town today looking for new games and found my favourite Gamestation was closed down, as GAME owned them. Of course, the alternative was to go down to the latter store. Ever heard of the Blood Angels' "Blood Rage"? Never mind.

      No matter what game is on their stores, I see red. If it weren't for my patience, I'd shout "PEDOPHILIA!" at every Final Fantasy game on their shelves, but in Gamestation and CeX I'd just laugh at the failures of Square Enix. Anyway, voted up, funny and interesting ^^

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      J Antonio Marcelino 4 years ago from Illinois, USA

      Since you were able to post about your experience, I share some of the game titles where I had to put the game case on the counter (front cover art) facing down.

      1st would have to Be the Dead or Alive Xtreme Volleyball & Xtreme 2. I enjoyed the games for what they were, but the cover art was quite something. One of these came with a 12-month calendar, with pre-order. Another game that comes to mind is Super Princess Peach for the Nintendo DS. Enjoyed the game, but I'm sure I got a "look" for picking it up off the shelf. Shadow hearts:Covenant, an J-RPG for the PS2 just had a young woman in form fitting attire on the cover.

      I don't have this game but some people who bought Catherine, for the PS3 must have had a whole lot of courage to put that down at the checkout.

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      John Roberts 4 years ago from South Yorkshire, England

      Actually Tonyx32, I think Catherine requires some form of thinking unlike looking at different physics engine for each boob. I'm not really sure, but it's been positively recieved by a lot of critics though ^^

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      Michael John Mele 4 years ago from Seffner, Florida

      @JohnGreasyGamer I've never bought/played any games in either Rumble Roses or Dead or Alive series...are they any good or just cyber smut? Blood Angels' honestly never heard of it...is it some crazy stuff...not for someone with a weak stomach?

      @Tonyx35 I heard Catherine could be pretty steamy, but I can't say for sure...I tried the demo and didn't really feel it so I passed.

      Thanks for the feedback guys!

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      John Roberts 4 years ago from South Yorkshire, England

      The DOA games are just cybersmut, and I haven't even played them yet. It's the kind of game you can't critique because it's like calling a fat troll fat. It's just not going to offend you, only enrage you further. In fact, that should explain the Blood Angels there - being enraged by Trolls. It's a Warhammer 40,000 Space Marine thing ^^

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      Michael John Mele 4 years ago from Seffner, Florida

      @JohnGreasyGamer OK so I'm not really missing anything, on either account?

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      John Roberts 4 years ago from South Yorkshire, England

      In the words of the Team Fortress 2 Engineer, "Nope.avi" ^^

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