She convinced the Tinder men to buy Nier: Automata, so she ghosted them

Android 2B contains an unconscious 5S from Nier: Automata from Yoko Taro.

Image: Square Enix

There is a dramatic scene Nier: Automata where a desperate and oppressed android orders his artificial intelligence companion to cease all logic functions. The AI, sensible that it is, warns him that there is hardly any chance that it will end well. Our hero knows this, of course; he does it anyway. This leads to one of the most memorable lines in the entire critically acclaimed action game. “Because I crave humans this way,” the android shouts, as he takes a dangerous leap of faith that ends up with someone being hurt.

If you’ve ever gone to Tinder, you may know exactly what it’s like even if you’ve never played Nier: Automata. A woman named Jen definitely does, based on her experience with dating apps. Jen, who works as a paralegal, went viral on Twitter earlier this year for, as she said, swiping her finger on Tinder and getting the “guys to buy. Nier: Automata“Only for” then ghosts “.

According to his tally, he tied 22 men to his sneaky but surprising plan. Since it’s been a couple of years, he claims, he couldn’t show himself Kotaku proof that it has convinced dozens of men to buy the unusually philosophical game. However, she had a handful of screenshots of flirting conversations, where people said they couldn’t believe they were going to buy a video game just to impress a girl. [Editor’s note: This bar is low.] And at least some of the people in the photo seem to have actually played the game, as the screenshots show discussions about different endings and plot points between her and the would-be lovers.

Known for his intense post-apocalyptic and introspective narrative, Nier: Automata it’s full of twists and turns, including changing perspectives, alternating genres, and multiple endings. There is very little out there like Nier, and even less like Yoko Taro, its enigmatic and unusual creator. Let me sum up his whole thing by saying that he is best known for walking around wearing a giant moon-shaped mask over his head, based on the character Emil from the original. Nier.

It takes a certain kind of appetite to be open to this kind of unusual weirdness too: Snoop Dogg hawking call of Duty or John Cena entering Provided this is not. Nier fans have recently shown everyone that they are on a completely different level than most people when it comes to a group of modders convinced the world than their the creations may have been a long-lost gaming secret, or perhaps an ARG.

No, the cryptic messages that took the gaming world by storm were “just” a bunch of hardcore Nier fans love their game. Judging by the sounds, this is the kind of distinctive soul that Jen, who claims her bio on Tinder said so. Nier it was his favorite game, he wanted to find: someone with whom he could really, truly talk about his fandom.

Part of what makes the story credible is the reach of Jen’s fandom, which she calls “obsession.” She shared a picture of a shrine she said to keep in her room, and folks, the thing is huge. There is Emil all over the place, in a variety of different forms. The table, which also includes a dedicated candle, would stand out in any room. In fact, Jen said that before people enter her room for the first time, Jen must first warn them.

A Nier shrine appears filled with Emil's face, along with other accessories.

Image: Square Enix / Jen / Kotaku

The shrine makes sense when you consider Jen’s connection to gambling, which she says came into her life during a time when she was “severely depressed and suicidal due to bullying and an abusive family.” At that time, she watched a Let’s Play of the game and became obsessed with everything from her music to her aesthetic of hers. She still fondly remembers lines like, “You are not given a future. It’s something you have to take for yourself.”

It’s an idea he took to heart on Tinder, really. With no local to talk to about the game, he hoped to change his luck on a dating app. Most of those interactions were superficial, he admits.

“Lot of [Tinder matches] I wouldn’t appreciate it that much [as I did]or when I wanted to talk about every detail and they would just say ‘[it] it was a good game [but] there’s not much to talk about, ‘”said Jen, who took it as a cue to ghost them and move on. Yet, many have gone.

“It was really crazy, how many men would buy it,” she said, noting that while she sometimes openly told them to buy the game, she never promised anything sexual in return. But in an echo of the law that comes from buying a woman to drink at the bar, many of these men did not see buying the game as a neutral act.

“A lot of full-ons actually expected something from me in exchange for a game recommendation,” he said. “Many times I have had to read how they would like me to wear the 2B uniform for them.”

Really, the way Jen describes talking Nier it almost seems like she used it as a shield against the constant sexualization she kept encountering on Tinder. The more men tried to get naughty, the more she talked about traditions and the like. But in the end, that coarseness was exactly what prompted her to stop trying to find a match and she instead started trying to sell Yoko Taro’s masterpiece outright. You might as well do something with it, right? As she said in her original viral tweet about her, “High sales mean more games than Taro.”

“I think that [the crassness] made me a little more apathetic over time … [of course] I know it was really a mess on my part too, but I think Yoko Taro’s games deserve more recognition.

It was funny for a while, but eventually the reality of the whole thing started to hit her like the harshness of watching you lazily sneak past dozens of people on the toilet after midnight.

“Did I quit because I realized how cool I became about something so messed up?” she said. “As if some of them are really disgusting too, but others may simply not have enjoyed the game or are not that interested in analysis, theories and so on. [I] it probably hurt their feelings [by] just ‘disappearing’ “.

Nowadays, Jen not only continues to enrich the sanctuary, but has also found her people on Discord. Better yet, her Discord friends “genuinely like the game and don’t just want to fuck me.” A friend also lives near her. Besides, who needs smelly guys when the man himself is watching over your shitty seats?

Yoko Taro of Nier fame follows one of her biggest fans on Twitter.

Screenshot: Kotaku

“Yoko Taro followed me a few years ago when I made nude fan art of the two main girls of automata“she said.” I think that made my obsession even stronger. “

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