Mud Butte, SD- Gary Overby has noticed something has been awry when he would start playing a game. Every time he’d fire up one of his machines, PC, Xbox, PlayStation, Nintendo product, it really didn’t matter they were all plagued with this modern annoyance. He thought to himself, did Gamers allow this injustice to go on for so long. Why do load screens take forever?
“Rather than letting it lame up the game, I thought of what I could do.” -Gary Overby
Gary was playing his favorite game, Duke Nukem Forever, and was getting a bit irritated. “I really love this game, but goddamn it was sucha sonnova bitch.” Growled Gary. He didn’t want the load screens to sour his gaming time with Duke, so he came up with a clever pastime. He would fire up his Gameboy Advance SP and speedrun Super Mario Brothers.
“It was just something to do, but then before I knew it became a side challenge.” -Mr. Overby
Quickly, Gary made it his personal challenge to get further and further in the game between the load screens. He soon was conquering the game a couple of times over during load screen session. “The first time I beat the game I was like, boom, drop the mic,” said Gary. He continued, “Then one of my buddies came over and saw what I was doing” From there, as Gary explains, his friend Jimmie being ultra competitive like himself, wanted to try his hand at the challenge. Knowing that nobody would believe their feats without video proof, Gary’s buddy would record him using vine clips.
“The first time we recorded the videos we would Snapchat the video to our friends, but our proof would always disappear after 10 seconds!” said Jimmie Warren, Gary’s Best Friend.
Gary’s idea must have filled a void within the gaming community because the meme has been gaining attention. Through the latest reporting from Google Trends, hashtag metrics from Twitter, and Instagram double taps, it appears ‘nerd rage’ is subsiding while the popularity of the SMB Load Screen Challenge submissions rise. Nerd rage has been defined by NPR hosts as a shrill, vitriolic rant in response to videogame stimuli.
“It’s the ultimate way of hardcore gaming, playing a game while gaming!” said Gary Overby.