Sometimes it’s tough to get a date to the prom. And sometimes, you just know that to ask anyone other than that special someone is totally out of the question.
For California high school senior Chris Burwell, that special someone was a video game: not just any video game, but Super Smash Bros. Melee, one of the finest video games ever created.
As NY Mag reports, Burwell made the decision basically because hey, you only live once, and taking a Nintendo GameCube disc from a 2001 fighting game to one of the most major events of a teenager’s life up to that point would be pretty damn memorable. The photos from his prom have indeed been pretty memorable, as well as viral on Tumblr, Facebook and Twitter.
Burwell said that, despite the unorthodox move of bringing a 3.1-inch 1.5 gigabyte optical disc to a high school dance in lieu of a human person, nobody at his school was especially surprised by the decision.
”I feel like none of my friends or the people that knew me were all that surprised,” Burwell said in NY Mag’s interview. “They know me, they know my humor. It was a really good conversation-starter. ‘Hey, what’s going on?’ ‘Oh, that’s my date, Super Smash Bros Melee for the Nintendo GameCube.’ It’s like, no one’s loyal these days but Melee’s always there for you. People were mostly pretty chill with it; they just thought it was funny.”
There’s also an affirming upshot to the whole situation that goes beyond a fun set of viral photos. Burwell said he had a blast with his disc-date, and had some good advice from his experience.
“In high school, you’re always trying to be something you’re not, or trying to conform. Just do whatever,” he said. “No one cares about anything. In the end, this does not affect my life positively or negatively. Just do what you want.”