Hygiene can be a thorny issue among gamers. It’s a bit of an overdone stereotype these days, the ‘smelly gamer’. Having said that, when journeying to conventions and other live events it’s all too common to be trapped in a convention hall with hundreds of unwashed people.
Being excited about an event is one thing, but come on. If you’re at a convention that lasts over an extended weekend, you need to shower. What’s even worse is when it’s a one-off event and people still don’t seem to have bothered with their personal hygiene. This is the case for one poor Redditor who found it so bad he had to vent online.
The user in question, Willykinz, found themselves at a midnight event for Pokemon Sword and Shield. Apparently, the smell was bad enough to cause some major discomfort. At least it seems that way from the post they made about the whole affair.
They talked about the smell “invading their nostrils” and called the gamers “filthy mongrels.” Honestly, it’s sort of hard to blame them for that reaction. Imagine being all excited for the game to come out, buzzing with anticipation while waiting in line. It’s then that you realize you’re going to have to stand for hours with the rank stench of body odor wafting through the air. Disgusting.
It seems like the others in the thread completely agree with the sentiments of the original post. Many agreed that basic hygiene was important, obviously, while some seemed genuinely angry. There were people literally just lamenting the fact that this cliched type of gamer even existed.
For real, you should be bathing yourself regularly. This is the case any day of the week, but it’s especially true if you’re going to an event. Not only are you forcing your smells on other people, but it shows you don’t care about yourself at all. Wash your clothes. Wash your body. Maybe even try some deodorant. You shouldn’t be kicking up more of a stink in real life than gamers did online for Pokemon Sword and Shield.
This doesn’t feel like a lesson that grown people need to be taught. If you’re old enough to be up and out of the house alone at midnight you’re old enough to know to take a damn shower. At this point, I just advise people to carry a reverse stinkbomb. It’s basically the inside of a Kinder Surprise filled with crushed up bath bombs and aftershave.
This article was edited by Sam Bourgi.