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It should be no secret by now that I love video games. And I’m very lucky to have a husband who also loves playing games. So, we’re always on the lookout for date ideas for gamers! But how exactly can gaming be incorporated into the dating world? Is it all online or can you game together in a physical space?
Fortunately, I’ve done the research for you! Whether you’re in a mutual gaming relationship, or you’ve signed met someone on Tinder, there are an abundance of ways to enjoy gaming together.
Five Fantastic Date Ideas for Gamers.
Visit a virtual reality hut!
One of the most modern date ideas for gamers that I’ve come across is that of a virtual reality hut or room. My husband and I first came across these when visiting Krakow a few years ago, and were immediately hooked! Lucky for us a virtual reality place opened up a little closer to home the following year 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-lockdown, 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 on 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.
Check out this post about the wonderful world of Animal Crossing & how it saved lockdown.
Check out some old-fashioned, browser-based games!
My husband and I both grew up during the time when flash games ruled the internet. I remember spending hours on my home computer playing various games across multiple websites that have long since disappeared. And with advancements in technology, you can now play old console games in your browser! There’s nothing we enjoy more than sitting down to play some low-stakes browser games while nursing a glass of wine and watching a TV show. It’s one of the most relaxing evenings I can think of!
I recently discovered Plays.org which hosts a variety of browser-based games. From arcade favourites like Tetra Blocks to old classics like Mahjong, there is something for everyone to enjoy! On a recent trip, Ryan and I spent an evening playing through the board game section. Four in a row is an old favourite of ours, and we were able to play against each other!
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. Tabletop ‘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.
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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.
Absolutely love these ideas! As a gamer I would love to go on a date to play virtual reality or have a date playing Animal Crossing or Mario Kart! I will keep some of these ideas and instead use them for sisters dates!
Great article! As a gamer, it can be challenging to come up with date ideas that both you and your partner will enjoy. Your list of five fantastic date ideas for gamers is creative and fun, with options for both staying in and going out. From co-op gaming to escape rooms and board game cafes, these ideas offer a great way to bond over a shared love of gaming and create memorable experiences together. Thanks for providing these unique date ideas that are sure to appeal to gamers and their partners alike!
What a great date night idea. Games are so much fun!
I’ll share these dating ideas for gamers with my grandson and his girlfriend! I personally love escape rooms. So fun!
It is so fun to have a common interest! This is a great date night idea!
My husband and I would love to do some of these; especially an escape room! We already do date nights where we play board games and that is always so much fun!
These are great ideas for couples who want to find creative ways to spend time together. The ideas are fun and unique, allowing couples to explore something new together. I’m sure any couple who tries out one of the ideas will have a great time!
Games are fun and teach kids about non-fungible tokens so win-win!
What great ideas for couples who enjoy gaming! So many fun ideas. Thank you for sharing your date ideas!
It’s always special when you share common interests! These suggestions for some fun date nights for gamers I’m sure will be of interest to gamers!
My partner and I both love games. And I’m so glad we have so many options here. Plays.org is such a good resource for games, even free ones.
I love the idea of a game date. I think it’s unique and easy for game lovers like me.
Great date ideas for gamers. I like that you really cover all the bases with different gaming options. A good old fashioned game of monopoly is fun, too!
These a great ideas! My oldest son and his wife have these type of game dates! Its so cute seeing them play their favorite games together.
These are fabulous date night ideas for gamers. I love old-school board games and I need to check out an escape room.
I’m not a gamer, but my 18 year old son is and I will save this for him for some cute and fantastic date ideas for gamers! All of these ideas sound like so much fun!
These are cool suggestions. I haven’t been to an escape room since Covid began. I shall have to find one.
I love gaming and your gamer date ideas are great. I agree, it’s important to take time away from gaming too.
I love video games but still searching for my better half – I just hope they love videogames as much as I do because it would be lovely to get to share some of these activities with someone special x
Heard of gamer date for the first time. Wondering how it excites gamers.
Escape rooms are fun! I think my date and I will try it after the pandemic!
Escape rooms sound great Idea. This is really perfect room for a gamer like me. I never thought about this before.
Escape rooms are such a great idea! This is a good article to think outside of the box for fun things to do with your significant other.
We aren’t gamers but these are super cute ideas!
These ideas are definitely what a gamer wants to have that amazing date. Everything is unique and well detail, we can just make this an awesome reference to this kind of date genre.
Thank you! I know me and my husband are big into gaming, so we’re forever coming up with cool ideas.
Thank you so much for reading 😀
These are great! Thanks for the ideas. Escape rooms are a bit outside my comfort zone but I should try.
I love these unique gamer date ideas. I’m not into gaming but surely game enthusiasts would love to try these.
I love these ideas! There’s an entirely new generation of couples out there who are gamers. Genius ideas!
I can’t believe I never thought of doing something like this with my wife. She’s a huge gamer. I almost wasn’t able to propose to her because she wouldn’t stop playing Final Fantasy VII back in the day!
I was once an avid gamer, but not so much anymore. But I do, however, like the escape rooms! I have tried several and found them enjoyable, even if sometimes a little frustrating.
What a cute idea! My husband is more of a gamer than I am. I make him play arcade Pacman with me though!
We aren’t gamers but I know some good friends who are. These date ideas are perfect for them!
Those are some fun date night ideas. I especially love a good board game.
Those are some wonderful selections of gamer date ideas. Definitely, fun options and will keep them in mind
I’m not really into gaming but these sound like great ideas for livening up lockdown too!
I’m loving all the ideas here! Sharing with a friend who loves his games
I did a board game weekend with my boyfriend last week and we loved it! It was such a cute date night (admittedly I won so that made me very happy haha). Card games have always been really good fun, when we started dating we would always play some in the pub – good times! Nice post thanks for sharing!
I’m not realy into video games but my hubby loves them so the escape room idea sounds like a great option
These are good ideas for couples who like to game. Thank you for sharing your ideas.
My husband and I have become gamers (thanks to trying to connect with our kids). We really need a break from the screens! We used to love board games – what a great alternative! xxx
What cute date night ideas for gamers! Thanks so much for sharing!
Great post! My husband and I are both gamers and love playing together and against each other. We recently discovered escape games and have been enjoying those, but the I love the idea of a Virtual Reality Hut. I will definitely be checking into that after the pandemic. Thanks for sharing these brilliant ideas!
This is a brilliant post 🙂 My husband and I are both gamers and with this pandemic, it’s been tough planning date nights. Maybe this will help!
When COVID is over I’d like to think I’d be brave enough to do an actual escape room but I’m not sure! I play a lot of games but my boyfriend and I like very different types of games!
What fun ideas. I love the double date in an MMO idea. That sounds like a great way to spend time with your significant other while involving fellow gamer friends in on it. My husband and I enjoy playing Mario Kart, but we get a little too competitive at times so we can only do a few races at a time, haha.
Fun! I am not a gamer, but my husband is, these are great ideas!
Both me and my partner are gamers so these are great ideas! We usually play multiplayer games together & early this week we played monopoly with our daughter. I also agree it’s good to spend time together away from screens & cooking & having a picnic are good ideas too!