Photo by Andrew Ferguson
After inheriting the title of Humblebrag King from his retired predecessor, Justin Timberlake, Andrew’s life has become quite difficult. At first he leveraged the powers of the humblebrag with responsibility, dropping names tastefully and with dignity. But he soon learned that the humblebrag is greater than the steady trickles of personal achievements and connections. Like an ancient artifact of terrible power, over time the humblebrag demands more and more of its host.
Soon Andrew was entwined with all manner of popular events and people, just to be able to casually say what he did and who he knew. The list of his experiences and connections grew and grew: Loading Ready Run, the Game Developer’s Conference, Desert Bus for Hope, Electronic Arts, Gaslamp Games, PAX, hosting not one but two game jams (and counting). Andrew’s life became a whirlwind of casual references and long explanations of worlds you have only briefly glimpsed.
But not all of the Humblebrag King’s life is self-referential chaos. To better track these points of careless egoism, WTF Game Jam co-founder Michael Elliott has devised the Humblebrag-o-meter, a device able to pinpoint and measure humblebrags to within a few humblebragatonnes. With this patented device, he hopes to better analyze and contain these humblebrags before they overwhelm his friend.
Oh, you haven’t heard of it? Wait… I’m getting a signal here… oh no… OH NO.