(club meeting room)
LUCAS: (Another noob, huh? They just keeping coming.) Name?
LUCAS: Welcome aboard, Oliver.
LUCAS: It’s too bad you didn’t get here earlier. You should have seen the last girl who tried to sign up. Fake Geek Girl thought Zelda was an RPG and never even heard of the Dreamcast. And she never shut up. Heh, stupid girls. They’ll do anything for attention.
LUCAS: (looks at window, then back to Oliver, smirking) There are many fakers like her out there, trying to get in just because our hobby’s getting popular. The same sort who mocked us in elementary. Do you know what happens if they take over?
LUCAS: Dumbed down mechanics. Censorship. Political correctness. Games so diluted even a baby could play them. You think those are good? Maybe to a filthy casual who only plays baby games like Pokémon. Stick around, and we’ll show you real gaming.
LUCAS: (glares as he leaves)
(Night, Stacy’s room)
(starts sobbing uncontrollably)
What is wrong with me? All the other girls have no problem fitting in. What is their secret? “Just be yourself.” That’s what they always say. Even if I have less going for me than other girls, other geeks had to be out there! And I thought I was right at home to Hyrule and other game worlds. Surely I could find someone in real life to come on the adventure with me, right? Right?
But I was wrong. Video games are not my home. All along, no matter how much I tried to fit in, I was just a trespasser. (rips off glasses) And nobody is like me. I can’t be myself, because I’m just an annoyance that gets on everybody’s nerves. (gazes at mirror in tears) I’m never going to fit in as a geek! I should just stop trying! (forcefully tosses away glasses).
(looks back at mirror, vision completely blurred) But then, if I can’t be cool, or a geek, who can I be? (sighs)
(picks up broken glasses, puts them back on) Maybe…I’m just not meant to have friends….
(end of Act I)