**“He’s not fit to be my daughter’s boyfriend,” **Dad declares after witnessing junior high school boy’s lack of fighting game skills.
The first time a father meets his daughter’s boyfriend is a complicated moment. After years of enjoying a position as her archetype of dependable masculinity and gentlemanly gallantry, he has to come to terms with the fact that she’s found someone else to fill those roles.
Some fathers respond to this with the emotional balance and security befitting a man who’s old enough to have children. Others, though, like Japanese Twitter user @buppa_stone, have a somewhat less mature way of sorting through their feelings.
@buppa_stone has a daughter who’s in junior high, and said daughter has a special guy in her life. She recently brought him over to the house to meet her family, prompting @buppa_stone to send out a string of tweets, starting with one sent just before 6 p.m. last Monday.
“My daughter just introduced her boyfriend to us.”
No problems so far, but it turns out that @buppa_stone and his daughter’s boyfriend have a common interest: video games. Specifically, they both enjoy fighting games, including the long-running Guilty Gear series. By their very nature, though, fighting games are all about competition, and @buppa_stone’s competitive juices were soon flowing like a raging river.
“This punk kid says he wants to take me on in Guilty Gear, so I’m gonna teach him a lesson. I’m hiding out in the bathroom right now, but I’m totally going to show him what’s what. Oh, and gamers like him who use the character Slayer are shits, so I’m not going to let him get away with that.”
Guilty Gear Xrd Rev 2, the title the two would battle on.
So less than a half hour after @buppa_stone’s first tweet, he and the boyfriend grabbed controllers and crossed digital swords.
“Let the holy war begin.”
The two decided to see who could rack up ten wins first, and while @buppa_stone’s tweets show he can talk the talk, he can walk the walk too, as he defeated his young adversary and sent out a string of victory tweets, starting at 8:11.
”10-6!!! It’s over!!! We’re done here!!!”
“I’ve been playing Guilty Gear since the first game in the series [released in 1998]. No way I was going to get beat by a junior high school kid.”
“I’ve defeated him. He’s not fit to be my daughter’s boyfriend.”
But apparently Dad’s gloating was a little too much for the rest of the family to handle, and when dinner time rolled around…
“By the way, no one made anything for me to eat.”
“I got kicked out of the house, so I’ll go buy some cigarettes and rice balls.”
“I’m the worst in my family at Guilty Gear Xrd R2, and this wet-behind-the-ears kid can’t even beat me? He shouldn’t be allowed in our house.”
“They finally let me back in, but, still there’s no dinner for me.”
Winning always feels good, as does finding out that you’re not so old that you’ve lost your edge at youthful pastimes. Still, it’s a pretty poor display of sportsmanship, and one can’t help but wonder how @buppa_stone would have reacted if he’d lost.