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No End of the World During the End of the World

Alexis Ibarra-Ibarra

To Kill a MockingGeek is a HUGE stereotype hyperbole (NO WAY!) that talks about why Geeks are probably the best mentally prepared sector of the global population for facing the end of the world. It also explains why we are very likely to die first or, at best, die anyway. We are indeed memeing our tragic existence, portraying the global catastrophes through dark humor, sarcasm, irony, and general nonsense jokes. Hence, YAY!

I can happily say that I am proud of our generation even when we, along with the rest of the human species, screw it all up. Moreover, we are also documenting the cuteness of puppies, kittens, and a vast list of adorable animals, which gives that Marie Kondo’s spark of joy to our archive of memed human knowledge (awww! ❤). However, I also mentioned that the universe could quickly annihilate our spirits just by taking our geeky things away.

We are still on that part of the crisis where geek stuff is on sale, because producers are lovely, and because it is a smart move to make more money. Who says you cannot earn some extra cash through philanthropy and good intentions? And that is not a sarcastic joke (it started like one, though). I do consider most of those sales and free products as an act of goodwill and do not expect to get everything for free, because studios need to pay their employees, so they can survive and support their families during these tough times.

I’m not going to lie… I have almost no money left on my bank account, and the imminent global economic crisis is just starting. Therefore, it hurts to see all these fantastic discounts on videogames and not be able to buy them.

I am more of a gamer than any other type of geek. However, I must admit that I am starting to fall madly in love with anime as you could read in FUNNIME: A Lousy, Terrible Descriptive Pun I Just Invented for the Fabulous LOL Anime Asobi Asobase. The fact that I can find a whole range of anime for free makes me extremely happy and to fall deeper in love with it. I have been watching a lot of stuff from Asobi Asobase, that lifted up my spirits, to Yakusoku no Nebārando (The Promised Neverland), that put down my spirits again. What a rollercoaster of emotions!

As a broke gamer and a masochist fatalist, I want to play a lot of apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic videogames, so I can keep training my brain for the big world finale, but I cannot buy them. Many of you may be in the same situation, then… a lot of us will not have an end of the world during The End of the World. Besides, even the ones that have money to spare on geek stuff can relate to this feeling or will do it in The End.

I know I should have played it before (“dishonor on me, dishonor on my cow”), but it was not until recently that I played The Last of Us. I was looking forward to the release of the second part even if I could not afford it. Every respectable gamer knows now that it has been delayed INDEFINITELY, so “here we go”…

This is the first of many delays, cancellations, and disappointments that will annihilate our spirits just as I predicted. It is not hard to notice the irony behind the fact that The Last of Us Part II, second to a work of art that dealt with a catastrophic pandemic, was delayed because of an actual catastrophic pandemic. Most probably, a lot of videogames and products that talk about the end of the world will suffer the same disastrous destiny.

So, what else can I tell you? This article was not intended to cheer you up (for that eat some UniCORN BARF ™). This is just a brokenhearted text, where I let go of my frustration and pain as a geek, as well as my shattered dreams and hopes as a gamer. At least I have a sizable anime uncharted territory to explore, so I may have some joy left to discover in this time of uncertainty, fear, and croochie-proochles.  

In any case, we all must prepare to face one of the most probable outcomes: there is going to be No End of the World During The End of the World. Therefore, ironically, we will have to wait until The End of the World to play and watch more stories about the end of the world.

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