These Gamers Are Not Little Girls

These Gamers Are Not Little Girls

Aikatsu! is a popular collectible card arcade game in Japan. The cabinet is smaller, because it's aimed at children — little girls. And yet there are a handful of grown men who play it.

They are not little girls! Not the target audience! And some are hogging the game, preventing children from playing. So mean.

These Gamers Are Not Little Girls

Aikatsu! centres around collecting clothes to help idol pop stars pass auditions. Via Matome, here are some more "big friends" enjoying the game:

These Gamers Are Not Little Girls
These Gamers Are Not Little Girls
These Gamers Are Not Little Girls

Look, if you are an adult — an "Aikatsu Ojisan" ("Aikatsu Old Dude") — and adore the game and are a paying player, that's your prerogative. But c'mon, making kids wait? Or even making other big friends wait too?

These Gamers Are Not Little Girls

There's one way to solve this problem, you know: a console version. Oh wait, there already have been two 3DS games. WE'RE DOOMED.

大きなお友達が子供用ゲームを占領!?アイカツをプレイする"アイカツおじさん"がヤバすぎる件 [まとめ] アイカツおじさん頑張ってる [yyyh1209]


    I was going to make a comparison to Pokemon but this is much worse.

    Day 465 of the "Great Kotaku Head-Shake".

    Shaking our heads ever since we noticed Japan seems to be much better at handling insecurity than the west.

      I'd say we're both terrible at it.

        I'm not entirely sure that's true. Japan gets around it's severely traditionalist pornography laws by making an entire industry full of monsters and octopuses having tentacle sex with cartoon women. On top of that, it's widely regarded as spectacularly weird and I have yet to meet a Japanese man who is ashamed or embarassed by it.

          Insecurity isn't just limited to being ashamed or embaressed.

          Tentacle sex arose after the west encouraged the Japanese to be more modern & prudish. The tentacles were a way to get past penis censorship, alongside all the pixelated genitals etc
          Before the west (the USA) imposed their values, topless women were ok and they had normal nudity in their artwork

    Japanese tend to be pretty immature with this sort of stuff, so this is no surprise. As the saying goes '2 eech therel owen'

    Last edited 28/01/14 9:30 pm

    “Critics who treat 'adult' as a term of approval, instead of as a merely descriptive term, cannot be adult themselves. To be concerned about being grown up, to admire the grown up because it is grown up, to blush at the suspicion of being childish; these things are the marks of childhood and adolescence. And in childhood and adolescence they are, in moderation, healthy symptoms. Young things ought to want to grow. But to carry on into middle life or even into early manhood this concern about being adult is a mark of really arrested development. When I was ten, I read fairy tales in secret and would have been ashamed if I had been found doing so. Now that I am fifty I read them openly. When I became a man I put away childish things, including the fear of childishness and the desire to be very grown up.”

    ― C.S. Lewis

    TL;DR - Do what you enjoy, discard other peoples irrelevant opinions on how ashamed or embarrassed you should be.

    Pretty sure this exact article was run a few years ago with a headline like "these guys stop this little girl from playing a little girl arcade game" or something similar

    Heck, I am pretty sure that the top left photo in the row of three collage was used in that article too - and the story was debunked as a little girl who just walked past the machine and was watching the guys play

    This is just a recycled article with more pictures

    Are we still going on about this? This article (or one saying and showing pretty much the same thing) was published years ago and still had the same mentality that adult men aren't allowed to play anything other than "adult" games. I'm really sick and tired of the stigma that any man playing video games is either a man-child who can't accept he needs to grow up and do "adult" things, or that a man can't play games aimed at younger audiences and must instead play manbro shooters with the gore settings set to max gibs. /rant

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