The Perfect Date

Well here it is – Valentine’s Day once again. Time for those coupled off to forget and then get beaten with the nearest sharp object and those lonely souls to try and ignore the day or the sight of everyone who didn’t forget gushing everywhere. But when you’re in a relationship with a gamer what is socially acceptable for a Valentine’s date or present?

To be in a relationship with me you pretty much have to like gaming to some extent; you don’t have to dedicate yourself as much as I do but you have to adapt by at least owning a console! So therefore my husband quickly picked up a gaming habit when we started dating and although he plays very different games and we rarely play together (sore loser is such an understatement for him!) he clocks up the hours in an appropriate manner.

This leads to the question of presents. If you’re dating a serious gamer is it socially acceptable to give games as presents, even for events such as Valentine’s Day? I have received games from numerous partners over the years as Birthday / Christmas / Anniversary / Valentine’s gifts and have happily accepted them but yet I still get funny looks from some people when asked what I got and they get the answer, “a new wireless pad for my 360”! But honestly, one of the most heartfelt presents I ever received was many years ago now when Kung Fu Chaos on the Xbox had become impossible to find. After months of searching I finally gave up only for my partner at the time to phone up the UK headquarters and get the game couriered down in time for Valentine’s Day. The time and money spent to get me this one game was immense and isn’t that what we all want from our partners? Someone who really puts in the effort?

This leads on to my second point of dating. Although all couples would like to be cuddled up together (or at least one would assume) let’s admit that, realistically, this isn’t always possible. The answer? Well an online date of course. If you’re both into games thereΒ is nothing wrong with setting aside some time each week whilst you are apart to play co-op games together. Although deathmatch against each other may lead to arguments a few happy hours of monster killing together can really work well as a bonding exercise.

So there we have it, my advice for dating for all you gamers out there. Having previously had to resort to things like co-op FPS dates myself I know it can work. So pick up your pads, go to your local game shop or find your own way to keep gaming in your romance. Happy Valentines Day!







8 responses to “The Perfect Date”

  1. City avatar

    This year for our anniversary one of the things Paul brought me was a PS3 controller as I was too cash strapped to do it myself. I couldnt be happier with it.
    I cant play games against Paul (unless its Buzz) as he is a really bad loser, and at the same time a fairly bad winner, but we do like to watch each other, and then play something mindless together or shoot zombies.
    Pretty much every day since I got Buzz quiz TV it has resulted in my coming home from work and then us being cuddled up playing it on the sofa.
    Happy Valentines Day!

  2. GamerGeekGirl avatar

    I’m avoiding Valentines this year, but I agree – the best present for me would always always be a game I want ^^

    Hint Hint guys? πŸ˜‰

  3. Michael avatar

    Quite subtle aren’t ya, 3G? πŸ˜‰

    You never listed no games though!

    I suppose it’s good when it’s a game your other half has wanted for ages that’s got and given as a surprise… Just as long as there’s a MP aspect to it or they’ll be lost in it, and to you, for the day (or longer)!

  4. Emily avatar

    This is my first single Valentines day for 4 years. It really sucks.

  5. GamerGeekGirl avatar

    Too many to list πŸ˜‰

    Atm I have my eye on SFIV, Noby Noby Boy, and the new Total War when it comes out…

    Mainly absorbed in Left 4 Dead and Fallout 3 atm though – but I really need to get around to playing more of The Witcher.

    (@Emily – me too, but I’d go with odd as opposed to lame… I feel excited about being single! @Michael – You interested? ;P x)

  6. Michael avatar

    Oh my… maybe I was bitten by the day or just living up to my name! πŸ˜‰

    Or maybe I’d have just got one of them games and given it to you at the meet (if you were there, of course) cos I’m stupidly nice that way. Anyway…

  7. GamerGeekGirl avatar

    Hehe πŸ˜‰

    Sadly I shall not be in attendance at this particular meet (shame ^^ would’ve liked to find out) since I’m still a n00b around here, and also a poor* student. (They should move the Trocadero to Edinburgh .>

  8. GamerGeekGirl avatar

    Okay weird… half of my comment was deletified!

    – The reason they should move the Trocadero to Edinburgh is so that I have an awesome arcade closer to home.

    – *only because I spend all my money on games

    – I’ll just let you guess what else got deleted πŸ˜‰

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