Ok, so there I was checking on some sites for research purposes, and I found myself looking at Gone Bingo, whom I hadn’t visited for a while. The first thing I noticed was their 6th birthday celebration graphic at the top of the page. I looked at it for at least a second before my eye caught the ghastly sight across the top of their page. I can only describe it as a string of bingo balls, but not your typical kind.
I know I’ve got a childish mind at times, so I checked with a couple of my colleagues to see if it was just me. I didn’t need to point it out, I just said “string-o’-balls” and gave them a link to Gone Bingo. Straight away they came back with a ROFL and a LMFAO, which is proof positive that it’s not just me, or that my colleagues are also as childish as I am. I did check and ask ‘it’s not just me is it?” And thankfully they said no.
I looked aghast! Was this some kind of bizarre warning to keep men away from the site? “Enter at ye own risk, lest thee precious bits be strung up”? Now I know some sites like to market themselves almost exclusively to women, but this is taking things a bit too far! Come on guys, you know us blokes like a game of bingo too, but do you really need to try and scare us away from your site like this? If I played there, I’d be worried that my bingo balls might be Gone too.
To be fair, we all know how much of a cliche the old bingo balls are, so I suppose Gone should be commended for trying to do something a bit different at least. Either that or they need to sit their graphics designer and give ’em a good talking too. There’s no need for some “Casino Royale” style rope and seat-less chair shenanigans, but a quiet word on how to draw balloons should suffice. Want to check out the “string-‘o-balls” yourself? Visit www.gonebingo.co.uk whilst they’re still there. Dangling.
Update: It has been suggested by a certain Mrs Shute that the site will henceforth be known here as Gonad Bingo. Seems fair.