I’m not sure it was intentional, but I got a good laugh from Tsezguerra (who has a Satan-ish countenance to him) telling Gon and Killua they can’t play Greed Island, because it reminded me of the oh so wonderful “hardcore gamers vs. casuals” debate. You’ve got a bunch of people — including Phinks and Feitan of the Phanton Troupe — playing a video game with the utmost seriousness. It’s so real — so dangerous — that only the best of the best could hope to survive. It’s the Dark Souls of the Hunter x Hunter world is what I am saying. And because the people involved want to beat this Very Serious Game, they accept only those who have truly honed their Nen (read: gaming ability), because everyone else is a fucking casual scum of the Earth. (Note: I’m not applying this broad brush to Dark Souls fans, because I haven’t interacted with many of them. It’s simply the first game that came to mind!)
Just look at how smug Tsezguerra is in that screenshot! Such pure disdain in his eyes as he looks at two kids and sneers, “Fuck off, you little twerps, you’re not good enough to play this video game.” What a jerk!
The auction also made me laugh, because it’s a throwback to the days when certain games would be super expensive because they were rare and there was no other way to attain them since physical copies weren’t being made/sold anymore. Generally, I imagine digital distribution of many classic games has cut down the prices they used to command, though the novelty of actually owning a physical copy is still attractive. (And there are, of course, a few holdouts like Panzer Dragoon Saga.) This part of the manga was written before mass digital distribution was a thing game publishers took advantage of, though emulation was probably plenty strong by that point. In a way, though, it is sort of brilliant in limiting access. Jing would of course not take advantage of a digital distribution platform, because he doesn’t want any loser to hop into his awesome game. (Maybe he also hates casuals!) Limiting access to physical copies also ensures only people who truly want to play will get in.
Also, the JoyStation is tough like an original Game Boy because it won’t be destroyed even if you smack it with a comically massive mallet swung by Ben Grimm.
Oh yeah, also Killua shocks himself with a taser so that he can better visualize electricity coursing through his body and therefore be able to produce electricity of his own with Nen. Simple! This would probably be a bit crazier if we didn’t already know that electrifying barely fazes him at all. That said, it’s still kind of crazy. Electric powers aren’t exactly uncommon in anime, but I can’t recall a character who took this specific route to obtaining them, haha. Gon, meanwhile, doesn’t need to play around with any of that stuff because as an Enhancer, he can just bum rush people like Sabin in Final Fantasy VI. If only he had been able to see Uvogin fight once; Gon probably would have picked up on some things from that.
Nothing much else going on in this episode that I am interested in writing about, so I will close by saying that Gon and Killua are adorable in their tuxedos. Moe~