I have a feeling that there will be more than one reader of these pages who will be gaming in the nude this weekend.
It is not merely that the weather has warmed up a little. It is a lifestyle choice.
I can imagine that clutching one's console wearing nothing in which it can get snagged is one of the more liberating experiences for the tense and the troubled.
So when I discovered that there were naked gaming parties in New York City, I thought to myself: Where else? Here is a place where everyone wants to expose their every last glory to anyone else prepared to gawp.
The YouTube video that was sent to me featured young and even, in some cases, attractive people, gaming together in the altogether. They commented on how lovely it was not to be distracted by a vibrating cellphone in their back pocket. They purred at the idea that they can just be free and have a fun time.
I myself hummed at the notion that nude gamers still keep their Oakland A's hats and yarmulkes on while attempting to kill alien beings or enemy soldiers.
Sadly, though, it appears that this particular--and extremely delightful--naked gaming video wasn't all it was cracked up to be. It was, instead, another invention from the twisted mind (and, no doubt, body) of Michael Krivicka and his equally pretzeled friends at a company called ThinkModo.
These people try to plant videos on YouTube that turn out to be ads of some kind.
These are the people who tried to convince you that there existed a new shaving helmet. This turned out to be an for something called Headblade.
These are the people who wanted you to believe that a man could hack into a Times Square jumbo screen. This was an ad for the movie "Limitless".
In the case of the naked gaming party, it turned out to be an ad for XtendPlay, something that makes you able to go on for longer at the naked gaming party without getting tired.
Krivicka told me that some of the performers are actors, some nudists, and some merely his friends to whom he fed particularly powerful narcotics.
I was guessing about that last element. So I asked him how he talked people into this. He told me that he and his partner, James Percelay, went to a Young Naturists and Nudists America gathering.
"They let us take part of the event with our clothes on. It was a hell of an experience. I never felt so uncomfortable with my clothes on. We were warned before entering--they told us things will be a lot smoother if we just take our clothes off and blend in with the crowd. But we refused--and paid the price," Krivicka admitted to me.
Though some of the nudists seemed a little on edge, Krivicka and Percelay seem to have relaxed quickly. "We were surprised with how fast we were OK with the fact that everyone else was naked around us." Somehow, I am not.
In the end, about half the performers were nudists. When it came to the shoot, their biggest worry was whether everyone, once they had taken their clothes off, would get along. But, gosh, they did.
"You just drop that 'nude' thing in your head after a few minutes," Krivicka told me. Although he also confessed: "It was a bit weird to see longtime friends fully nude, I won't lie."
Krivicka and Percelay decided that this was an obvious spoof, so they didn't worry too much about the performances. However, many media entities were still taken in. (The pressure of deadlines, surely, rather than dead heads.) The client, a start-up with no discernible image, is apparently delighted. It should be, given the more than 500,000 YouTube views.
I do feel, though, that Krivicka has hit on something that might improve the image of gaming. As one lady (actress? nudist? mere friend?) says in the video, naked gaming parties do disabuse one of the notion that gamers are lonely louts who sit there stuffing their faces with fast food and very slow thoughts.
Surely, the real beauty of this idea is that, though this party is fake, the concept ought to be real and repeated worldwide.
This would create a frontier upon which gaming and pornography could meet and have a polite conversation. This would be something that would attract new and exciting participants (without pants) to the gaming community.
This would be a marvelous way for Sony to rise above the slight image troubles the company has experienced after being hacked by miscreants.
I feel confident that the Sony management is considering creating these events worldwide at this very moment.