I have a somewhat similar story, though not while playing a video game.
A friend of mine (rip) & I used to box bees ( yes, as stupid as it sounds ).
We are/were huge fans of Bruce Lee and prone to being somewhat…let’s call it “expressive”.
One day, on a beautiful Sunday afternoon, there were a cluster of bees outside of his newly
purchased home in a quiet, residential neighborhood.
We looked at each other ( as we did often ) and knew exactly what the other was thinking.
“HEEEEE-CHAAAWWWWWWWWW”…EPIC KUNG-FU BATTLE OF EPICTUDE ENSUES!
After a few minutes of wildly chopping, jumping and kicking, out of breath and laughing our heads off…we look up to see a couple with small children staring at us in horror from across the street.
The second my friend made eye contact with them, they began to scurry away into their house, in what I can only assume was sheer terror at the nutters across the way. Realizing their misinterpretration of our behavior, my friend yelled at them ( which certainly must have put them at ease, lol )…“HEY! HEY! WE’RE NOT CRAZY! YOU CAN’T SEE THE BEES! YOU…CAN’T…SEE…THE BEES!”.
And from then on after, anything taken out of context was forever referred to as " hey bro, they can’t see the bees".