Are gamer girlfriend rage videos the new game cake? [NSFW]

Why faux fights and fake hate is still fun to watch

Hey, you. Yeah, you. Stop playing video games right now and pay more attention to your girlfriend or she might posta video of herself breaking all your shit on the internet. Girlfriend rage videos seem more popular than ever. The latest to reach viral status features a melodramatic young woman cursing like a sailor while she shreds her ex-boyfriend’s beta invitation to StarCraft II after bragging that she’s hacked his email account…


Above: Why Brad won’t be playing the StarCraft II beta… supposedly


Above: Another video for this Brad person we keep hearing about

FAKE! It just has to be, right? Check out the channel of the original poster of these videos,ThisisforBrad, and you’ll see that the two videos embed above are the only ones the author has posted. After listening to the exaggerated screaming and the way the girlfriend mutters “Oh shit,†just as after she breaks Brad’s windows, it all seems suspiciously convenient and just too perfect. Like a staged video that mixes just the right amount of amateur camera work and sensationalism, the This is for BRAD video has all the trappings of something that’s been purposefully crafted with care just for internet prime time.


Above: An angrygirlfriend smashes her boyfriend's 360, but the couple is always posting videos of them pranking each other

But maybe that’s the point. Staged or not, girlfriend rage videos are here to stay because they’re just too much fun to watch. They tap into the same voyeuristic desires that make reality TV shows so hard to resist. Add cursing, violence, danger, and a person with a vagina screaming about popular game stuff to a mostly male audience - and you’ll be well on your way to scoring at least 100,000 views on your YouTube video. Most importantly, these videos tap into the age old dilemma of men and women just not understanding each other at all. You know, the whole “Men Are from Mars, Women Don’t Understand First-person Shooters†thing.

That’s why we think gamer girlfriend rage videos are on their way to becoming the next game cake, if that hasn’t happened already. Expect to see more, not less, seemingly staged and sensational videos featuring girlfriends kicking and screaming about whatever’s most popular amongst gamers at the moment.


Above: Is it staged? Is it real? Does it matter when trying to figure out whether it'sfake or not is part of the fun


Above: Fake or not, more videos by girls like “Brad’s girlfriendâ€might suck up all the game-related YouTube traffic with their giant screaming mouths

Apr 9, 2010

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