Internet commentators were quick to call out a man who left his partner locked in their apartment for playing a popular video game.
In a virality Reddit article posted on r/AmITheA**hole, Redditor u/eldenr1ng (otherwise known as the original poster, or OP) explained that their key fob for their apartment broke over the weekend and detailed the events which followed which left them stuck in their building lobby as a result.
Entitled, “[Am I the a**hole] for leaving my husband ‘stranded’ in our apartment after he left me locked up for 45 minutes playing Elden Ring”, the viral Publish received nearly 10,000 votes and 1,300 comments in the past day.
Writing that they texted their husband on the way home from work to let him know when to unlock their apartment door, the original poster said they had received no response and had to wait nearly an hour until a tenant who was leaving the building let them in.
“I stand in the lobby and call her over and over… but ended up locked in for 45 minutes,” they wrote. “I’m going up to the apartment and my husband is playing Elden Ring on our PlayStation with his headphones.”
“I walk up, tap him on the shoulder VISIBLY pissed off,” they continued. “He’s got this ‘oh shit I screwed up’ face and rips off his headphones… he tells me he’s lost track of time, totally forgot, etc.”
“His phone was on silent and across the room which is why he didn’t answer calls,” they added.
Wanting to avoid an explosive confrontation, u/eldenr1ng said they calmly pulled their husband’s key fob from his key ring and went to visit their younger sister, who they said lives five minutes from their apartment.
After they left, however, the original poster received several text messages from their husband lamenting that now he was the one without a key ring.
“My husband is texting me basically saying I’m the [a**hole] for taking the key fob which means he can’t leave the building without being locked in,” they wrote. “I pointed out to him that he left me locked in for 45 minutes… and that as far as I know he had no intention of leaving the apartment.”
Ring of Eldenbilled as a fantasy action role-playing video game, was released on February 24.
Developed by FromSoftware Inc., a Japanese video game development company, the game has taken the gaming industry by storm over the past month.
In one Press release published by FromSoftware on March 14, the company revealed that Ring of Elden had sold one million copies in Japan and 12 million copies worldwide.
Earlier this month, Ars-Technica reported that the game’s 21-day sales figures match those of Rockstar Games Grand Theft Auto Vand could potentially follow in the footsteps of 2018 Red Dead Redemption 2which sold 17 million copies in its first two weeks, and has since averaged 9 million sales per year.
However, as players fully immerse themselves in the virtual Ring of Elden world written by Game of Thrones author George RR Martin, scenarios like the one described in the viral Reddit post can happen with regularity.
Throughout the post’s comments section, Reddit users pointed out that the original poster’s husband was too into his new video game to answer his partner’s pleas, and asked why he was upset about not having a keychain if his plans were to keep playing anyway.
In the post’s top comment, which received over 15,000 votes, Redditor u/annrkea told the original poster to keep the keychain and ripped their hubby with it. a Ring of Elden reference.
“Keep the key fob,” they commented. “Your husband can find an imbued sword key to get in and out.”
“[Not the a**hole]“, they added.
Redditor u/ImpeccablyDressed, whose response received over 5,000 votes, asked why the original poster’s husband was upset.
“[Not the a**hole]“, they commented. “You were leaving too, so why didn’t you take the key ring?”
“I seriously don’t understand why people say she punishes him,” another Redditor added. “He clearly has no intention of leaving the apartment, why wouldn’t she bring [the key fob] with her?”
In a separate comment, which received almost 4,000 votes, Redditor u/windyafternoon assured the original poster that they had done nothing wrong, especially if their husband was planning to play Ring of Elden for the rest of the evening.
“As long as you’re not planning on going away with the key fob overnight or whatever, you’re fine,” they wrote. “But taking him on a visit to make sure you can come back later when he’s just on the couch playing is perfectly reasonable.”
Newsweek contacted u/eldenr1ng for comment.