The fad even made its mark on sitcom history: How I Met Your Mother included, as part of its core ensemble, a pickup artist named Barney Stinson, played by Neil Patrick Harris. Like Mystery, Barney ran a blog, invented convoluted dating lingo, and performed magic tricks. Several of the character’s tics and catchphrases — referring to male friends as “wingmen,” shoving them in front of random women with a “haaaaaave you met [X]?” — came directly from the pages of The Game.
Jude Ellison S. Doyle
Holy Crap… I didn’t know this. I used to love Barney’s character for his comedic value. My younger self frowned on some of his actions, but I didn’t think it could’ve inspired this horrific movement now… :(