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It should be no secret by now that I love video games. I’ve talked about my adoration for Animal Crossing, I’m frequently suggesting gaming as a valuable form of self-care, and I’m adamant that certain video games are excellent for our mental health. There’s nothing I love more than sitting down to an evening of Stardew Valley or The Sims 4. So, I suppose that makes me a gamer.
But how can games be incorporated into the dating world? Whether you’re in a mutual gaming relationship, or you’ve signed up to a dating site for gamers, there is an abundance of ways to enjoy gaming together.
Five Fantastic Dates for Gamers.
Visit a virtual reality hut!
My husband and I first came across virtual reality huts when visiting Krakow a few years ago. We were immediately hooked! Lucky for us a virtual reality place opened up a little closer to home the following year, just down the road in Lisburn. After dinner, we would often book our spot in a reality pod instead of seeing a movie. It quickly became a frequent hang-out for us pre-COVID. But when the pandemic was announced and my husband was furloughed, he immediately booked himself one of the latest Oculus models.
When it rained or a walk wasn’t possible, we played Beatsaber instead. We watched each other play hidden quest games and even spent time shooting zombies. All from our living room! There are also various co-op games, and if you have another headset you could easily spend hours lost in the latest zombie thriller. Better yet, there are models which connect your gaming PC, and allow you to play top-of-the-range games straight from Steam!
If you get the opportunity to visit such a place post-lock down, I couldn’t recommend the magic of VR more for the perfect gamer date.
My husband and I started our relationship as gamers. We may have met at the pub, but we spent our nights gaming together. This was often through World of Warcraft, Minecraft or League of Legends. And while these are still excellent co-op games, we’ve since settled to Mario Cart and Smash Brothers.
Now our date nights usually include dinner, a few bottles of beer and loudly protesting the other’s red shell on Rainbow Road. If you’re lacking a console or PC, you can still play co-op games on phones and tablets. Even if they’re fairly simple, you can find some wonderful hidden gems in the app store such as Bad Apples and Among Us.
Are you on the lookout for your gaming partner? Check out the latest dating site for gamers and start planning your gamer dates.
Double date on MMO’s.
This is a new concept I came across while lurking the Reddit forms. Gamer couples are now going on double dates through the use of MMORPGs and other co-op games. While it’s awesome to play together, it can be even better to team up against your friends.
There are so many ways to do this including World of Warcraft and Animal Crossing, among many others.
Go offline and try some board games.
If you’re still feeling competitive but don’t want to set up the Switch or PC, then why not crack out the old board games? There are so many great two-player games to play together including Exploding Kittens and Monopoly. You can also find some amazing true crime and escape room games. We’ve been playing ‘The Abandoned Cabin” by Thames & Kosmos Exit. Table top ‘detective’ games are fairly new to me. I’d never heard of them until late last year, but since then I’ve been hooked. And I’ve managed to rope Ryan into them too.
Of course there are also those more ‘daring games.’ The ones for adults only such as Monogamy and strip poker. We are stuck at home, after all.
I can’t stress how fun these rooms can be. For those of you who might not know what an escape room is, it’s a real-world puzzle. Each of them is different and often revolves around a theme. Some can be sci-fi, while others may simulate a jail cell. You may only be locked into one room, or multiple rooms. There are so many out there so it’s best to research what’s available to you locally.
While these places may not be open at the moment, they should be within the next few weeks. Having visited one for my birthday during the pandemic, I was hyper-aware of the hygiene policies. However, I needn’t have worried. The escape room we visited was extremely safe and followed a strict social distancing and hygiene policy. All touchpoints are wiped down and appointment times are staggered.
But gamer couples also need to remember to take time away from gaming.
While it’s tempting to spend all your time either playing solo or co-op games, sometimes we need to cut our game time down. Especially when there’s nothing else to do but indulge in game time. Take the time to cook dinner together without the presents of screens, or even watch a movie or TV show. Maybe you want to get out of the house? If the weather’s kind and you’re feeling fine, pack yourself a picnic, wrap up warm and take a break from all distractions. As much as I love playing games with my husband, it’s always nice to switch off and just talk.