Imagine you are somewhat advanced in years. You still get your news from a physical newspaper. You still get your pleasure from a physical person.
Then along comes your wacky nephew, or just some distantly removed acquaintance, who decides that you have to work a little to get to their wedding. This may well be the dilemma facing the invitees to the wedding of a couple of German geeks, Darina and Niko.
According to Offbeat Bride, a place where couples share their propensity to waft away from "beaten aisle," Darina explained in an entirely harmonious way: "We knew that we didn't want standard paper invites. We wanted something for people to keep and remember. We are geeks. We love video games. Why not have a video game invite?"
Who could argue with her logic? Who could dare to score points at the expense of her delightful honesty? It's her wedding, after all. And she is inviting everyone her way.
As you can see, you can play this little Super Mario-inspired 8-bit game from each of the protagonist's--or, perhaps, given that this is a wedding, protecstasyist's--perspective. You'd better be good, otherwise you'll have no idea what the details of wedding really are.
Perhaps you will be among those who will feel particularly delighted that you have to jump up and down on the boss three times, just as in Mario's days of yore. And if analyze this remarkable artistic endeavor a little more deeply, and you will see homage paid to Douglas Adams. And, well, to Jane Austen.
You will also hear the Russian national anthem, perhaps the finest not to have been heard very often at the recently concluded Winter Olympics. On this video game invitation it does have somewhat altered words. Which might be a relief as the original Soviet version did have just the slightest reference to Stalin.
Though the bride and groom are said to be German, I cannot help but see in the name "Darina" and in the YouTube description: "These are not the correct Soviet Hymn words!", a sense that the geekily happy couple might have some relationship with the old and steadily reforming Eastern Bloc.
Unlike many an Eastern Bloc wedding, these video games were sent out on CDs inside beautiful bejeweled cases with little booklets inside. And one can only wish people with such charming imagination the very happiest of futures.
I wonder how many old people will turn up, though.