Yesterday, a friend of mine asked me to register for some sort of web browser based game.
For various reasons, said friend shall be henceforth referred to as Bob Saget.
Their idea, not mine.
Anyway, being as I was tied up eating manly things like steak and crab, while writing about savagely manly things like boxing; I didn’t have a chance to get around to registering for the game.
While I was in fact busy scarfing down crab meat a manly minute or 2 ago, I managed to find time in my manly schedule to dig through my e-mail and register for Bob Saget’s game.
Upon clicking the registration link, I was greeted by a flowery and decidedly Japanese website with a cartoonish doll looking woman with a forehead that could rival J-Gar’s saying to me:
“Tell us your name and where you live.”
Well, actually an exact quote would require the period of that sentence to be replaced by a musical note, denoting the sing-song intonation of the phrase, but you probably knew that already.
For the unitiated:
Frilly Japanese website + fashion victim female mascot character = high-pitched and “cute” voice, even in text form.
Short of “who is your daddy and what does he do?” I can think of few introductory phrases that put me on my heels as much as that did.
Despite the forward nature of the greeting page, (and I thought those silly Japanese were supposed to be polite!) I trust my friend Bob Saget, lecherous old pedophile that he may be.
That being said, I went ahead and registered, giving myself some retarded name I’ve already forgotten, and naming my hometown as Kumamoto, the city my grandpa’s family was from.
Anyway, as it turns out, this “game” I was registering for, was some kind of online, digital paper doll game wherein the players create a female avatar for themselves, (wasp waisted and “cute” regardless of how you choose to alter their appearance) and proceed to dress them up and shop for them.
The name of this game, was Poopie Girl.
My first thoughts upon noticing the title of the game were:
“Poopie Girl? What the fuck kinda’ perverted Japanese shit is this!?”
Okay fine, the game isn’t actually called “Poopie Girl,” it’s actually Poupee Girl.
I’m guessing Poupee* is a French word (Japanese love Parisian fashion, and therefore France) for “cute” or some shit, but regardless; don’t expect me to keep typing out the word “Poupee” for the remainder of this article.
It’s fancy words like “Poupee” that make me think the French think they’re better than me.
*Ahem!* Moving on, Bob Saget told me that in order for them to get the perks for my registration, I would be required to dress up my Poopie Girl at least once.
Being as I already took the time to lie to the Poopie Girl server and pretend I was a female Japanese citizen named “Treebar Heart,” I decided I would go ahead and finish the job.
I started out by making my Poopie Girl, essentially by giving her a face and hair style.
Apparently there’s only one body type in Poopie Land.
After that, I was given the task of dressing up my Poopie Girl.
Being as I’m kind of a slow learner, I ended up completely bypassing most of my character creation options, and instead ended up making my Poopie Girl out only the newest and Poopiest items available.
I decided to go with a very simple look that I’m sure goes against the grain of every fashion law in existence.
Believe me when I say this, fashion is not something I have any sense for, least of all in regards to lady bid’ness.
If it’s any indication, in my world Axel from Streets of Rage is the best dressed man in all of existence.
In example of my fashion fail-ness, here’s an image of one of the Poopier Poopie Girls I ran across on the Poopie Girl site:
Anyway, near as I can tell, the game is very much like most browser based games, (time spent playing = forward progression) however with the ingenious inclusion of a deep community system.
Poopie Girl players are apparently expected to rate each other’s Poopies on how Poopie their dress up arrangements are, which in turn rewards players based on their community evaluated Poopie levels.
At least that’s what I assume, anyway.
Near as I can tell, the dress up interface is pretty robust, making for a great number of possibilities.
Being a fan of character customization in my games, I can honestly say that Poopie Girl kind of reminds me of the Smackdown! Vs. RAW series of games.
I bought and played a great number of those games, almost entirely for the purpose of creating absurd and unique characters.
In that sense, if I was into fashion, or browser games for that matter; I could see Poopie Girl being a lot of fun.
Or at the very least, something to do on a boring Sunday evening.
*Poupee actually means “doll.” Fuckin’ French, think they’re better’n me…