Room 208

Elaborate Burn

Posts from #barcodekanojo

"some shit i got an actual A for turning in"

@mnxmnkmnd successfully turns one of #yackfest’s more… let’s say “unusual” conversations into a course paper:

I was chatting in a casual topic-less “room” I frequent when a stranger who had been lurking (i.e. present but not speaking) for several weeks decided to speak up about something near and dear to him: a video game called “Barcode Kanojo”. The object of this game is to scan barcodes of consumer products. Each barcode is decoded and “transformed” into a fictitious cartoon “girlfriend” (JP: “kanojo”) that interacts with the player in a scripted, persistent manner. As the unsolicited elaboration continued, I was struck by the psychologically fascinating if personally disturbing intersection of consumerism, psychosexual activity, and fictional narrative.