There is a new leader in the Schmo of the Week clubhouse and his name is Chris Burwell. Here’s the story via FOX News:
It was the day of the prom, and Chris Burwell needed a date.
And so he did what any video game lover would do: He took a copy of Super Smash Bros. with him.
It was a decision that happened “in the heat of the moment,” he told New York magazine.
He had his mother photograph him with the disc in its case, and then was concerned that when he arrived at the prom and was searched for contraband, it would be hard to explain why he was carrying the game. So he removed it from the case.
“I put it in my jacket pocket and I just had the disc the whole night,” he said.
I took my one true love Melee to prom <3 Masterpost pic.twitter.com/UmUCfcePTt
— Chris Burwell (@countchrisdo) June 5, 2016
Speechless. This is just the ultimate power move. There was not a single guy at prom who was not jealous of Chris’ date. Your not getting 17,364 likes on Twitter by taking Lauren from Pre-Calculus to prom. And Super Smash Bros. Melee. Fantastic choice. I’m more of a N64 guy when it comes to Nintendo gaming, but I definitely played my fair share of Gamecube and that was a phenomenal game.
And how about getting his date undressed BEFORE going to prom?
“He had his mother photograph him with the disc in its case, and then was concerned that when he arrived at the prom and was searched for contraband, it would be hard to explain why he was carrying the game. So he removed it from the case.”
He might as well have just shown up to prom with Adriana Lima wearing only lingerie. Basically the same thing.
What about after prom? Do you think Chris took her to a hotel room with a Gamecube in it? Just taking down Master Hand on “Intense” difficulty all night long. Hopefully, he remembered to bring a memory card with him too. Always use protection.
Let’s hear from the teen hero himself now:
I guess the first question is, why did you take a copy of Super Smash Bros. to prom?
I’m a big fan of the game. There’s a big fan base for Super Smash Bros. Melee specifically, and I’ve been a fan of the game for a long time. I saw a couple weeks ago that a guy took his waifu to prom, and I thought, That’s very funny, but I’m not that bad. What else could I do? And I thought I’ll take Melee, because there’s such a big fan base and I’m one of those fans. It felt right. It was the heat of the moment.
When did you decide this?
Literally the day of the prom.
Did you ever considering asking another classmate or something, or was it always going to be Smash?
It was always going to be Smash. I’m not, like, a total loser, but I don’t know any girls that I would take.
So walk me through it. How did you arrive at prom?
I went with a group of friends. We all pitched in and rented a party bus. We got to the park at six, we all took pictures and everything, and so I had my mom take pictures of me with my disc and the case and everything. When it was time to go, I realized — because they search you when you get to the prom, because you can’t bring in anything against the rules — it would be a long thing to explain bringing the disc in a full case, so I took the disc out and wrapped it in a napkin. I put it in my jacket pocket and I just had the disc the whole night.
How did your friends and chaperones react?
I feel like none of my friends or the people that knew me were all that surprised. 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.
How many people were at the prom.
I’m bad with estimating numbers, but I’d say it’s a couple hundred.
Did you … dance?
Yes, I did. There were two different areas. There was a place where there was a band for slow-dancing. I didn’t do that but there was a DJ in another place so I was bouncing around and doing all that.
Yesterday, you put some of these pictures online. What has the response been like?
I first put it on a Facebook group I’m part of called Melee Hell. It’s like 18,000 members, we’re all just fans of Melee. It’s just memes and jokes and stuff like that. I figured, “I’ll put it up here because people like the game and I won’t get destroyed for doing this.” It just blew up. I uploaded my very first picture on the way to the prom, just me and the disc, and it got a ton of likes. So then it’s like, “Oh, this is something that I should roll with.”
Then it got even bigger, so I put it on Twitter and Tumblr. The response has been … Melee Hell is just like, “You’re my hero,” but the response on Twitter and Tumblr has been like, “This is kinda sad.” I should expect that.
Do you regret it at all?
No, man. I had the time of my life. This was my first high school dance — I never did anything like that before. I was just like, “I’m gonna go, it’s my last year, I’m a senior. This will be my first prom, I should do something memorable.” I think that’s very memorable and I don’t regret it at all.
In high school, you’re always trying to be something you’re not, or trying to conform. Just do whatever. No one cares about anything. In the end, this does not affect my life positively or negatively. Just do what you want.
“Live as if you were to die tomorrow; learn as if you were to live forever.” – Gandhi
“He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.” – Muhammad Ali
“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.” – Martin Luther King Jr.
“It’s like, no one’s loyal these days but Melee’s always there for you.” – Chris Burwell
Damn, I really should have taken Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time to prom.