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Does The Woman In Your Life Play Video Games?

I've done articles on girl gamers before and in fact, one of them generated such an outpouring of feedback from female gamers everywhere that my inbox exploded over the weekend. But I've been wondering: we all tend to assume that a guy gamer's fantasy is to find a really cute girl who is also into his favorite hobby. And as the industry grows and the years wear on, this is becoming less and less of a novelty.

So the question is, does your significant other or girlfriend play video games? And if so, are you responsible for getting her into this form of entertainment or did she already have a big ol' game collection when you met her? And if you are currently without a lady, do you want to find someone who shares your enjoyment of the interactive video medium? ...how many different names can I come up with for "video games?" Anyway, the goal is to see if the old-school "fantasy" remains the same for both long-time gamers and gamers from a new generation. Personally, I'd have difficulty finding anything wrong with a girl who plays games but at the same time, perhaps there's something a little boring about being with someone who's too much like you. I mean, I suppose there's no shortage of conversation due to your shared interests but sometimes, there are particular differences between couples that prove to be the most appealing and, well, "spark-inducing." So, what's your take on this? Anybody ever date a chick who loved games but still turned out to be intolerable?

I suppose my problem is that my generation never really had girl gamers. That would be like guys playing with Barbie dolls; it just wasn't done that often. Therefore, women around 30 years of age still don't understand gaming and see it as a kid's hobby...but then again, I've outlined all this before. I'm not about to start again. ;)

5/2/2010 9:21:13 PM Ben Dutka

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Comments (182 posts)

Jackyl
Sunday, May 02, 2010 @ 9:47:20 PM
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Mine is not a gamer. She does enjoy some games. Stuff like Katamari and puzzle games. She enjoyed watching me play games like Uncharted 2 and the entire God of War series. Unfortunately that's about it. I'm one of those who gets most of his game playing time when their significant other isn't at home.

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dachemists
Sunday, May 02, 2010 @ 9:56:19 PM
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same here jackyl, my wife liked UC2, Heavy Rain, dead space, and game show/board games, (monopoly, trivial pursuit etc etc)


she hates mag, mw2, bfbc2, basically all the shooter games, except UC2

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DeathOfChaos
Monday, May 03, 2010 @ 7:58:58 AM

I do too, don't blame her.

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HighLife
Sunday, May 02, 2010 @ 10:14:58 PM
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My wife plays on the PSP all the time and has played (and finished) every Ratchet and Clank game that has been released. She also really enjoyed the first couple Crash Bandicoot games.

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NoSmokingBandit
Sunday, May 02, 2010 @ 10:23:55 PM

Ratchet fan? I already like your wife ;)

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Gamer Girl Gemo
Monday, May 03, 2010 @ 1:44:56 AM

@NoSmokingBandit

Well, let's just hope for her sake, you're only the video game type playa ;)

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shaydey77
Monday, May 03, 2010 @ 8:01:23 AM

She sounds similar to my gf. :)

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Akuma07
Monday, May 03, 2010 @ 9:43:25 PM

Mine loves the crash games.

She wants a PSP or DS. I may buy her one soon. Other than that, she mainly likes to watch me play games instead. ALthough we had logged a few hours playing LittleBig Planet together, she loves that game.

Plus she has heaps of guitar heros at home, i think she could be influenced to become more of a gamer after she moves out of home.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Sunday, May 02, 2010 @ 10:17:35 PM
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I'm single now, but my ex was a pretty regular gamer. We did not part on good terms but kind of reconnected and now she's on my PSN buddy list. She's always on HOME, I hate to say it but I want to follow her Avatar around and see what she's doing in there all the time. I don't though, I suppose if HOME had a fighting mechanic *I'd go in there and punch her in the head.

*World does not advocate violence against women... in real life.


I'd love to have my next girl be a gamer too, we could attend midnight release parties and whatnot. We come from the same generation Ben so I feel ya. 28-30 year old women are likely to still look at you askance when they find out that is your main hobby instead of say wakeboarding or skydiving or something more outdoorsy.

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Mavfan321
Sunday, May 02, 2010 @ 10:31:26 PM

Home happens to be the only thing I'm not interested in on my PS3. Funny imagining someone following their ex around on Home though, and of course dancing like an idiot to seem inconspicuous.

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Alienange
Sunday, May 02, 2010 @ 10:42:45 PM

None of the female psxe readers have propositioned you yet? I find that hard to believe. I mean, look at the size of your sword.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Sunday, May 02, 2010 @ 11:14:50 PM

haha, I think we only have 1 resident and robochic is married. There might be another girl hanging around here somewhere. I tell ya though, I'm sick of going to bars and stuff. I need to meet somebody who hasn't been passed around more times than a used copy of Gears.

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frylock25
Sunday, May 02, 2010 @ 11:54:02 PM

we have more than one girl around here world. i know there is gamer girl something. cant remember her full screen name. but i think there are more girls on our beloved site here than you think.

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WolfCrimson
Monday, May 03, 2010 @ 1:39:30 AM

Gamer girl gemo, you mean? And I think lordalucard (?) is a female as well. There are a couple of girl gamers here.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, May 03, 2010 @ 1:50:58 AM

yeah but they don't post regularly like those of us with no lives :)

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King James
Monday, May 03, 2010 @ 2:16:32 AM

@World
lol...I can see you catching a case for being the 1st Home stalker on the PSN.

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SvenMD
Monday, May 03, 2010 @ 5:36:42 AM

Oh King James, he wouldn't be the first!

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, May 03, 2010 @ 8:42:20 AM

I'd be swift and quiet like Ninja. :)

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Qubex
Monday, May 03, 2010 @ 10:15:01 AM

I'm desperate for a life...

Q!

"desperate for a life"

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FlyingKickPunch
Monday, May 03, 2010 @ 2:33:48 PM

just stay single forever and adopt a bunch of cats. :)

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Dancemachine55
Wednesday, May 05, 2010 @ 6:16:24 AM

You can't really "make love" to a buncha cats though.

23 and still single is pretty lame to me, mostly cos it IS me. Unfortunately I have no confidence to take the initiative AND I don't drink. Hate bars.

Meeting a single gamer girl is like finding a yellow needle in a haystack. All the other coloured needles are found and taken, but the yellow one for me is just damn near impossible.

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BikerSaint
Sunday, May 02, 2010 @ 10:19:14 PM
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I'm between women for the moment, but neither of my ex's were into games(and like Ben said, mostly because of the era we were in at the time).

But I'm looking, and I have a couple of major requirements for my next relationship(in order)

1. She must like, and willing to ride on the back of my Harley. And if she owns her own, that's a major plus(but she must send me her picture....of the bike,that is). LOL

2. She must like gaming, or at least tolerate the fact that I have 20 consoles & hand-helds.

3. High-maintenance women "NEED NOT APPLY" (I've already had my fill of them over the years(same #3 rule applies for any Gold-Digger wanna-be's).

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frylock25
Sunday, May 02, 2010 @ 11:57:39 PM

i dont know who would have thumb down you for that. must have been a gold digger. anyway i think thats an acceptable qualifying list. everyone has to find someone they can be themselves around.

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Hezzron
Monday, May 03, 2010 @ 9:24:46 AM

I hear ya Saint. Unfortunately, a lot of the "mature" ladies are more into "head games" than "video games".

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Phoelix
Sunday, May 02, 2010 @ 10:21:11 PM
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My girlfriend plays Rock Band, LittleBigPlanet, and Super Mario Wii with me. She's not really into shooting games because she's not skilled enough to feel like a part of the game. That's about all; she prefers social games and isn't really a fan of single-player ones.

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Riku994
Sunday, May 02, 2010 @ 10:21:17 PM
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My girl plays mario with me, but I;ve also convinved her to play U2 and sonic. She's also played Assassin's creed (I personally don't like it) and RE4 on the wii. Shes not that into gaming but enough that we can talk about stuff.

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fooosie
Sunday, May 02, 2010 @ 10:23:10 PM
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My girl spends hours and hours playing games. She is a huge FF freak but right now she spends her life online playing Little Big Planet. I have actually considered getting a second system so I can get some play time.
She's a dance dance revolution and guitar hero phenom.
She loves the old school x-x-o-square-triangle games like parappa, jammer lammy and space channel 5
plus she is hot.
really.

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Titch1794
Monday, May 03, 2010 @ 4:20:36 AM

She sounds real nice :D

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Alienange
Sunday, May 02, 2010 @ 10:46:06 PM
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The wife plays Picross on the DS daily. I introduced her to it and when she was hooked with no chance of recovery, I bought her her own DS so I could get mine back.

As for console games, not really. Trivial Pursuit and Buzz Quiz are about as far as she'll go. She might be interested in other games but I hog the PS3 so we'll never know.

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King James
Monday, May 03, 2010 @ 2:20:18 AM

...And thats how marriages stay healthy.

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Sonattine
Monday, May 03, 2010 @ 3:06:44 AM

Same as Alienange here. I got my wife a DS. She plays it daily while I play the PS3 (FFIV currently). And yes, it does helps the marriage to stay healthy !

To answer Ben question though, she used to play a bit before I met her. She had finished the original Prince of Persia if that is any indication. She was not a gamer, but she at least understood and enjoyed games. I hadn't really thought of it before, but it has indeed been a great plus in our relationship.

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Bugzbunny109
Sunday, May 02, 2010 @ 10:49:53 PM
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I am single right now, but yeah it would be great to meet a gamer girl. By gamer girl, I mean NOT the Wii, but someone who plays a PC, 360 or Ps3. The Wii is not abysmal, but it is just too casual for me lol.

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Gamer Girl Gemo
Monday, May 03, 2010 @ 1:16:01 AM

Hey there ;)
Lol jk :D
Although, I will say I do own a Wii although it's only really for party play. I'm not too much into the Wii itself, but it's for fun with the family and friends. I'm more into the PS3. Some of my fav titles are: UC2, Dragon Age: Origins (Not so much awakening, wasn't my cup o' joe), MW2, Oblivion, Heavy Rain, GoW Series, SH series, and basically anything you can throw at me. RPGs are definately my thing but I adore shooters, FPS and all, as well. Only exception: I strongly (I know, racism!) dislike the 360.
All my secrets hath been exposed! =O

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tes37
Sunday, May 02, 2010 @ 10:52:09 PM
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I'm single but my ex would only play Tekken with me and nothing else. It never dawned on me until typing this that if I weren't pissing her off maybe she wouldn't have played.

I really don't care either way if the next woman I'm with plays or not. She better like the idea of having two ps3's and two hdtv's if she does play.

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King James
Monday, May 03, 2010 @ 2:23:40 AM

what's the deal with the women and Tekken thing? I can recall 4 girls off the top of my head that don't play games, but would always play Tekken with me.

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LittleBigMidget
Sunday, May 02, 2010 @ 10:56:51 PM
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My girlfriend plays on the 360 while I play the PS3. When shes playing MW2 I can hear her say "Noob" a few times. It's nice to have a Gamer girl.

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Titch1794
Monday, May 03, 2010 @ 4:24:13 AM

Lol

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John Shoemaker
Sunday, May 02, 2010 @ 10:57:04 PM
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Not a big gamer. She loves Mario so we play that a lot.
And she has kicked my ass a time or two in Wii bowling. ha ha.

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chewy102
Sunday, May 02, 2010 @ 10:58:44 PM
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I wish I had a girl. It's hard for me to find someone that likes a man that can grow a full beard in under 2 weaks with stubble that can make a cactus feel soft.

That's why Im called Chewy. One hairy SOB that had a full beard since before high school. The one thing I regret about the name is that Iv never been able to make that noise, no matter how hard I try.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Sunday, May 02, 2010 @ 11:17:14 PM

ever considered investing in a razor?

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WolfCrimson
Monday, May 03, 2010 @ 1:44:34 AM

Hehe chewy, you're just like my real-life best friend. He too has excessive facial hair growth. But don't worry, having a beard is a sign of MANLINESS!

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MysteriousMagus
Monday, May 03, 2010 @ 2:19:26 AM

LOLOLOL That sounds like me XD ... no problem some girls like hairy guys but nowadays most don't, I girl rejected me simply because she wanted me to wax n order to go out with her LOL!

Well, none of my ex-girlfriends were really into gaming, I tried to play with them and stuff but never really liked it.
But my next one is a Final Fantasy freak! :P

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Qubex
Monday, May 03, 2010 @ 10:51:59 AM

LooooL World... Lol... man Chewy gotta chop down that bush...

Q!

"Gillette"

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chewy102
Monday, May 03, 2010 @ 12:14:15 PM

Well world I do have a razor. The thing is my stubble can grow over night and my face hates me every time I use the damn thing. So I only shave 2x a year to keep it from getting out of hand.

This fur grows about an inch a month. If I shave it off how can I be Chewy?

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Alienange
Sunday, May 02, 2010 @ 11:07:08 PM
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Interesting that the latest Gamepro magazine shows that the male/female gamer ratio is very close. I just don't think female gamers are as loud about their hobby. Can it be that women are embarrassed to be gamers? I would certainly hope not.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Sunday, May 02, 2010 @ 11:41:51 PM

That ratio is untrue. If it were true, we'd have more than one or two members here, and the male population of the GameSpot and IGN message boards wouldn't be 97% (which it damn well is).

They still only count casual gamers in such polls and studies; i.e., anyone who might play 20 minutes of Solitaire on the PC before bed, or who plays a few Flash games at work. So then, it appears as if girls come close to the guys.

But just stand outside a GameStop for a day. Figure out the percentage for yourself...I think we all know what it is. Perhaps unfortunately.

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rogers71
Monday, May 03, 2010 @ 10:01:16 AM

You are very correct Ben. The last midnight release my Gamestop had, there were quite a few girls standing in line. I was really shocked until I started hearing them saying "Is it almost midnight" or "I am gonna sit in the car, this is stupid" or "I can't believe you guys do this"

I could go on. It is pretty humorous to listen to them though.

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JcBball717
Sunday, May 02, 2010 @ 11:14:31 PM
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@LittleBigMidget: tell her to get a ps3...i would never touch a girl who played 360. Has she tried ur ps3?

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King James
Monday, May 03, 2010 @ 2:27:11 AM

What if she's really really hot?

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Tom_Robertson
Monday, May 03, 2010 @ 5:58:20 AM

@ King James

She would be with all the heat a 360 gives off ;)

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TGG
Monday, May 03, 2010 @ 11:02:10 AM

The fact that she plays games at all would be cool, I think.

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BikerSaint
Monday, May 03, 2010 @ 2:20:00 PM

Ben,
I think you're absolutely right about that male to female ratio.

I'm in my 5 local GS/EB store about 4 to 5 times a week & I've only seen a ratio of about 16 females to 1,000 males in there all year.

And every time, the woman's reading off the game from her written shopping list, either getting the game as a gift for a friend, or it's for her own son.
Most of the time, the woman will ask questions that let's me know she's not really a gamer, questions either about the game itself, or what system it's supposed to be for. And even after she get's the info, she still seems puzzled. Plus, the majority of the time, she's asking for a WI or DS game.


And it's even worse in my local mom & pop Bandit Video games store, because I've never seen a woman in there, ever.

My own feeling is it's a real shame that we don't have a lot more woman gamers(along with more cute female motorcycle riders too, but I've done my share to boost their ridership, by helping to teach about 10 of them to ride).

Anyway, in the last couple years, I have noticed that slowly, there's more & more female gamers on gaming sites now, so at least that's a big plus for future gaming percentages.

(OK, all you gaming cuties 18 & over out there, go get yourself a Harley, & call me in the morning)

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WorldEndsWithMe
Sunday, May 02, 2010 @ 11:16:25 PM
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The question is, if you are trying to get with a girl gamer and are playing a game against each other, do you let her win?

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Sunday, May 02, 2010 @ 11:42:09 PM

Not in a million years.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, May 03, 2010 @ 1:51:12 AM

haha, you were quick on that one!

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King James
Monday, May 03, 2010 @ 2:28:46 AM

Hmmm....good question. Depends on how much gaming patience she has? and how fine she is? ;)

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Nynja
Monday, May 03, 2010 @ 10:01:50 AM

Ah ha! It's not about letting her win. It's about winning with her.

What worked in getting my girlfriend into games were the co-op ones. Anything that is co-op, she want's to play. Something about teaming up and taking on the world together gets them excited. This way you share the victory or defeat with her.

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NeoHumpty
Monday, May 03, 2010 @ 11:32:55 AM

Yeah, we don't like playing fighting games against each other because I'll start learning combos and whooping up on her. She can, however, beat me fairly steadily on Mario Kart. That's why I've already got approval to buy Modnation.

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johnld
Monday, May 03, 2010 @ 3:22:30 PM

i usually get myself beat almost until i'm dying then come back and win. its pretty fun. hahaha

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YesterdysRising
Sunday, May 02, 2010 @ 11:17:35 PM
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I'm single right now and since school keeps me really busy I don't have much free time, but when I do, I squeeze in my video game time. I've never really had a girlfriend that's been into games though. I've had a couple that would watch me play but that's it. I think it would be pretty sweet to have a gamer girl but it's not a necessity. As long as she's not the type of girl who thinks they are stupid and gets mad if I play. I couldn't handle someone like that. I have some friends who get assigned a certain amount of "play time" a week by their wife and I don't understand how they deal with that. The second a girl tries to put me on a schedule is the moment she gets a swift kick out the door.

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frylock25
Monday, May 03, 2010 @ 12:05:48 AM

those guys that let their women tell them what to do like that want their women to tell them what to do like that. personally i have to agree, my gf complains sometimes about how much im playing. i just tell her she can find something else to do.

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shindelion
Sunday, May 02, 2010 @ 11:18:21 PM
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My fiance plays games. She loves War Hawk, and Little Big planet but she got damn good at it, kick ma ass at it most of the times. So I change game to something we both would win ;)

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King James
Monday, May 03, 2010 @ 2:31:57 AM

Holy crap! She plays Warhawk?!
No wonder you popped the question.

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shindelion
Monday, May 03, 2010 @ 9:38:56 PM

yup, she likes it. I'm looking forward to the next one.

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frylock25
Sunday, May 02, 2010 @ 11:47:45 PM
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i would have to say that it is my fault my gf is into video games. as a matter of fact she tells me as much. she has told me several times how she never cared about playing video games before me. she actually just saw me writing this and now wants to read the article when i am done. ;)

she is more of the casual facebook gamer. she has her farm and some pet on there. i dont really care for facebook at all nor those games. i recently got her to try god of war 3 and she is having a lot of fun. she doesnt like to watch me play but when she is playing its all good. she really wants to play heavy rain and even played the demo a few times.

she has a serious orientation problem with the controller. i tell her r1 she presses r2 or l2 or l1. anything but the button she is supposed to press.

she grew up on n64 and knows sonic and mario type games. she gets lost on a lot of this generations games. i think they are to complicated. she likes simpler games from the psn a lot. zombie apocalyse, zuma and even bought uno and bloons cuz she wanted to try them.

she watched me play bioshock 2 and now she talks about wanting to try it. she watches me play mag and wants to try that. i let her try the training part of mag and she did horrible. most of it comes back to her not knowing the controller well enough.

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King James
Monday, May 03, 2010 @ 2:34:53 AM

Wow, frylock. Thats a trooper right there. I'd say keep her. :)

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SvenMD
Monday, May 03, 2010 @ 5:42:33 AM

That's my problem too frylock. My wife could do OK back in the days of the 2 button NES controller....but now there are just too many options and too many things to do at once.

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CH1N00K
Monday, May 03, 2010 @ 8:22:00 AM

Yeah that's where my girl is to. Anything that forces here to use anything other than a d-pad and she doesn't enjoy it. She'll play the Sega Genesis collection I found her playing some classic NES this weekend, but that's pretty much it.

Although her and I used to play Burnout on the PS2 all the time before the PS3 days, so I was a little choked when Paradise City launched with only single player. We used to have a great time with head to head road rage events all the time, now we can't do that anymore.

When I met her, she owned an original Xbox which was cool, but she stilled loved her Mario Cart more. Her biggest complaint is that the new controls have too many buttons..



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inkme101
Sunday, May 02, 2010 @ 11:54:22 PM
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mine dont play games but she does play with my wii! LOLOLOL ikid ikid

my ol' lady hated gaming until we got the wii and now shes pretty into it!

hopefully when the move comes out i can get her into some more hardcore games!

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King James
Monday, May 03, 2010 @ 2:35:51 AM

The ol' Trojan Horse trick, eh?

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Sunni_Boi
Monday, May 03, 2010 @ 12:11:00 AM
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My Chick Loves Playing Uncharted 2, and She Owns A Wii And Psp

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Robochic
Monday, May 03, 2010 @ 12:13:13 AM
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@ worldendswithme, yep I'm married sorry :)

I didn't really get into certain games until I met my husband, he introduced me to final fantasy first, I was more into the FPS, and tomb raider stuff like that when I met him, he expanded my collection, now I'm a bigger console gamer than he is, he's more into PC gaming (WOW. Starcraft) he's trying to get me to try starcraft (beta) since I got my code but I would rather just play on the PS3 I am not a fan of PC gaming.

@ worldendswithme never let a girl win, we don't like men who can't stand a little competition, now if she's new to it, introduce her to something like LBP or something on the PSN :) start something simple, or if she's anything like me and loves to kill things Naughty bear is releasing soon LOL jk.

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King James
Monday, May 03, 2010 @ 2:38:38 AM

@Robochic
You have to try Starcraft. Maybe not the new beta, but definitely the original. One of the best games of our times.

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spiderboi
Monday, May 03, 2010 @ 12:40:56 AM
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I'm proud to say my girl's somewhat of a gamer. We play Marvel Ultimate Alliance (1&2), LBP and Band Hero (so sue us :p) on the PS3, and she's into puzzler games in the PSP.

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XxNoir
Monday, May 03, 2010 @ 12:49:17 AM
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I'm single so i can't really reply to the article the same as others but I'll try my best ;]

I wasn't very aware of the sheer number of girl gamers until i played...[wait for it...wait for it.]....Uncharted 2!! ;D In nearly every game i played there was a girl and a lot of them actually kicked my ass.

You guys are probably going to like this bit,a girl i met on uncharted 2 is actually one of my closest friends now.We have a really good friendship even though we've never even met[and it doesn't hurt that we get to kick butt together....playing video games of course!] ;]

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LegendaryWolfeh
Monday, May 03, 2010 @ 1:04:40 AM
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my ex was an avid gamer, but now i have no one to game with =(

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Gamer Girl Gemo
Monday, May 03, 2010 @ 1:39:42 AM

I'll be your P2! ;D

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Qubex
Monday, May 03, 2010 @ 10:54:33 AM

That's really cool of you GGG... wish we had more gamer girls like you around :)

Q!

"play.experience.enjoy"

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Gamer Girl Gemo
Monday, May 03, 2010 @ 1:05:35 AM
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I think we all know what's going to come of my comment. I absolutely adore video games and I plan to someday, as I've mentioned before in another article, become a 3D animator. I've played video games my whole life since I was 3 years old and I'm proud to say that I'm up in the ranks with the guys ;)
I can kick some booty on MW2, Guitar Hero (I play expert, mind you), and I own at wii (Big accomplishment there, eh?). Let's just say I'm a hardcore gamer girl and my sisters, yes my older sisters, are to blame for getting the controller in my hands. The Mario theme song was my constant lullaby the moment I came home from the hospital. So, in other words, I'm the biggest nerd and tech junkie of a girl you could possibly meet.
Watch out guys, you got yourself some competition ;)

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King James
Monday, May 03, 2010 @ 2:43:03 AM

U sound like my homegirl, Chelsie. She aims for the head and pwns noobs on xbox live everytime I've watched her play.

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Hezzron
Monday, May 03, 2010 @ 9:19:36 AM

"I can kick some booty on MW2..."

Them's fighting words! You better bring your "A-game" if you run into me.

Aw, who am I kidding.....I'm the guy cowering in the corner saying "Please, not in the face!"

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Alienange
Monday, May 03, 2010 @ 1:28:02 PM

I have never ever EVER seen someone write "I own at wii."

I'll be damned if that's not the funniest thing I've heard in 2010.

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Gamer Girl Gemo
Monday, May 03, 2010 @ 7:02:48 PM

@Alienange

Lol that's what I was aiming for, don'tcha know?! :D
I'll get the Wii remote calibrated faster than you can say "Wii!"

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nogoat23
Monday, May 03, 2010 @ 1:38:34 AM
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I'm currently single, and honestly, I'd rather find a girl that plays basketball and loves to go camping and hiking than one that games as much as I do.

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Vivi_Gamer
Monday, May 03, 2010 @ 5:46:30 AM

I actually agree with you, i like to think of gaming as my own guilty pleasure.

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Alienange
Monday, May 03, 2010 @ 1:30:25 PM

Guilty?! No need to feel guilty because of some hiker.

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Atoris
Monday, May 03, 2010 @ 1:51:33 AM
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My Wife plays perhaps more games than I do. I bought Heavy Rain and I went to sleep. I woke up in the morning just in time to view the ending for Heavy Rain..... Another episode, I bought MAG and was playing and then she says she wanted to play, so I went out and bought another copy for her. And now her level is higher than mine. She also plays Uncharted 2 online more than I do lol

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King James
Monday, May 03, 2010 @ 2:44:27 AM

Sucks she spoiled the Heavy Rain ending for you.

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FM23
Monday, May 03, 2010 @ 1:51:34 AM
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My girlfriend does not play video games unless they are Wii based, everything else is just, in her words "Too complicated to waste time trying to understand". I told her most games have better stories and music scores than most movies (refering mostly to MGS series at the time), but she didn't care anyway because she isn't that much into movies either. Me and my girlfriend think the same, but we don't do the same things and that is why we work so perfectly. But if she played the mature titles that come out on PS3 or Xbox 360, I would love that because we would have alot to do together in our down time inside the house besides you know what. I try to make her play, but she just doesn't care and I don't think she cares if she isn't good because she isn't afraid of embarassment so she probably just doesn't find it interesting. I think girls who plays games are sexy, but to tell you the truth, I find that most of the girls who plays games on a level that I do are either very macho or not that attractive. I am not saying every girl gamer is like this, but I know a lot a true girl gamers that I wouldn't date if I had a girlfriend. But if my girlfriend were a gamer, man she would be even hotter...I guess...lol

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Lucifer_Light
Monday, May 03, 2010 @ 2:39:05 AM
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I'm female, and sad to say, my significant other aka man of the house is no gamer. I managed to rope him into playing MGS and I'm so proud of him when he completed all 4 MGSes on the Playstation. My fellow gamers and I managed to get him hooked onto Gears of War and I played co-op with him for both games. I'm trying to get him to play Splinter Cell and Uncharted, but to no avail. Well, at least he plays Mario and he kinda loves the new super mario bros.

I'm not really complaining, I get to hog the TV and sound system all I like. But it does get kinda lonesome as I will be downstairs blasting my way through Gran Pulse and he'll be upstairs looking through cars website. Since he loves cars so much, I'm going to try to get him to play GT5 with me soon.

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King James
Monday, May 03, 2010 @ 2:47:37 AM

Don't get him GT5!!!

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Monday, May 03, 2010 @ 10:18:00 AM

Cool. A backwards story...so rare. ;)

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Lucifer_Light
Tuesday, May 04, 2010 @ 7:09:24 AM

@King James: Why not GT5? I would have thought it's one of the games to get a driving enthusiast.

@Ben: Well, granted that I was the one who intro-ed gaming to him. And now with him prepping for his anesthetics exams, it would so much more difficult for him to sit and hold that controller.

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King James
Tuesday, May 04, 2010 @ 9:28:00 PM

You'll ruin his life. The man you know & love with goals and aspirations will wanna nothing but play GT5....another GT fan is born. Just kidding, but seriously doe don't buy him GT5 if u want him to still accomplish things in life.

;)

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King James
Monday, May 03, 2010 @ 3:15:35 AM
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I'm single right now. I used to be so busy between skool and work, that I didn't have time for a gf. But now that I've graduated, and I'll I do is work and party on weekends...I don't want a gf. lol

I honestly never had any gfs that I would call gamers. I'm 23 but I like older women. So I usually date women that are 2-15 yrs older than me.

Some have just watched me played. Some were totally uninterested. But there were some would play a few games with me like LBP, Tekken, and I even had one play Fallout 3 once.

But they all seem to lack the hand-eye coordination w/ the controller. In my experience, most of them stopped playing games after the controllers got analog sticks, so they don't understand controllers that have them. They just can't use it. I was hilarious when one of my ex's was playing Halo 1 (she just moveed the LS and had the character strafing everywhere b/c she couldn't turn him with the RS) but I got concerned after I saw the exact same issue with future girls I let play shooters or any game that required 2 sticks to play. Its like they can't use both thumbs! The left works fine but the right just doesn't move.

However, I do know a couple of legit girl gamers. They play all the hardcore games that use controllers (not the Wii). They play online. They pre-order games. And they can hold great gaming convo's w/ u if u test their knowledge. Hell, one of them put me on Katamiri! But all of them are either overweight (I'm 6'2" 175, I can't date a girl as heavy as me), or they're just not my type.

I guess having a gf - that appreciates games as much as I do - on team would be nice...I'll prolly never find one doe. The two women I'm talking to now are ages 28 and 41....I don't c it happening lol.

Plus I like the fact that I'm the only 1 playing games in the house. So when I want to play my game, I dont have to worry about some hot chick hogging my PS3.
;)

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RadioHeader
Monday, May 03, 2010 @ 4:51:36 AM

lol they say women are the multitasking champions but apparently that doesn't including moving both thumbs at the same time.

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FxTales
Monday, May 03, 2010 @ 3:48:06 AM
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Ok skipping back to the "losing to a girl during a game" thing, don't, I wouldn't want that done for my sake. If I'm good I'll prove it.

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natho86
Monday, May 03, 2010 @ 3:52:54 AM
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My girl is no gamer she likes the wii but that doesnt count since i sold the thing. But my friend came around the other night with his new girl,we had a few beers and put some MAG on, she asked for a go just after i came first in my platoon and she ended up beating all 255 players on there she absoulty dusted everyone.

Turns out she is in game design and is a pro i cant win a game against her now so i just sit back and drink my arse off!

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RadioHeader
Monday, May 03, 2010 @ 4:44:48 AM
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No, for I am happily single. The only bi*** in my life likes to eat, dig, swim, play fetch, eat, chase rabbits, sleep fourteen hours a day and eat... She is a Labrador without the opposable thumbs :)

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RadioHeader
Monday, May 03, 2010 @ 11:31:39 AM

Oh, so that's why I was in moderation land. Sorry for the 'B' word but that IS the name for female canines, you know?

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FullmetalX10
Monday, May 03, 2010 @ 6:13:49 AM
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Let's see, don't have a girl right now, not gonna look for one until I got my first paycheck, yeah, it's handy to have cash when looking for a girl, that way you can take her out instead of letting her watching you play games all the time.

No, but fo' real, I know a couple of girls who play games, not many though. And I'd like my next girlfriend, if she'd be a gamer, to at least not like the 360, pointless arguments would arise too often.

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johnld
Monday, May 03, 2010 @ 3:28:41 PM

yeah, i'm in the same boat as you. i have to get a job first before anything else. I cant be the one being taken care of in a relationship, that doesnt fly with me. I prefer someone that doesnt game as much as i do though. I know what happens to gamers when a bunch of games come out at almost the same time. Hell, i just lived it the past 3 months.

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Tom_Robertson
Monday, May 03, 2010 @ 6:14:55 AM
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I'm single, but actually met one of my ex's playing R:FoM online (yes we did meet). my last girlfriend wasn't an avid gamer, she had a PS2 and a wii, but I don't count the wii to be honest. She liked ratchet and clank, so gave Resistance a go but failed, funnily enough because of the analogue sticks :S, she liked LittleBigPlanet, but found Heavy Rain boring. Most of the time she would just fall asleep while I was playing.

I would love to have a gamer girl, but I'm not that bothered about it. I'd rather find someone I can hang out with and be myself around first and if she likes games great :)

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mid10smaradoarg
Monday, May 03, 2010 @ 6:37:27 AM
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Will you guys believe me if i say that me and my girl broke up yesterday??
Well anyways the only game she play is Madagascar Kartz .....But now she play's nothing because i got the ps3 baby hahahahaha so $#@%#@%$ her

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Qubex
Monday, May 03, 2010 @ 10:22:15 AM

You poor sod... just continue gaming, you'll be fine...

Q!

"drown your sorrows with a game"

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JackC8
Monday, May 03, 2010 @ 6:43:10 AM
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My wife unfortunately isn't into gaming. She plays for a couple minutes, gets killed, laughs, and hands the controller back to me. She tried playing a racing game using my steering wheel - I had to tell her that racing cars can go around corners at MORE than 30 mph. Sigh...

Guess nobody's perfect.

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FlyingKickPunch
Monday, May 03, 2010 @ 6:24:04 PM

did she turn the controller and lean into the turns? my mom used to do that on the NES. she also tilted the controller when mario ran in mario 3. it was weird...

man, that was a long time ago...lol

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LightShow
Monday, May 03, 2010 @ 6:44:10 AM
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she plays a lot of gameboy advance, but shes not a console gamer. shes really old school, cuz her dad is. turn based rpg's, 2d platformers and grid-based strategy for her.

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JackKnifeZero
Monday, May 03, 2010 @ 7:22:55 AM
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My wife is a huge wowhead. I introduced her to the game and before I knew it she had 3 level 80s, was part of the best horde raiding guild on our server, and could kick my butt all over Azeroth. I quit playing recently to focus on course work and all my ps3 titles that have been collecting dust, but she is still going strong.

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Qubex
Monday, May 03, 2010 @ 7:31:09 AM
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I am not connected yet, but hey, if I were, a pre-requisite would be that she should at least tolerate gaming to some degree :)

Q!

"play.experience.enjoy"

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johnld
Monday, May 03, 2010 @ 3:31:20 PM

isnt that one of the main criteria every guy here is looking for. You can call videogames not your cup of tea, but dont call it stupid.

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NeoHumpty
Monday, May 03, 2010 @ 7:39:51 AM
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My girlfriend is 30 years old, and games pretty much daily. It's how we unwind in the evenings. She gamed before she met me a good bit, but didn't have much of a collection to come along with her.

I know a lot of girls around 30 that game. Whether it's WoW or Mario, they'll play something. I think that the main issue is that most SINGLE girls don't game much. They'd much rather buy a couple of new outfits than a game system. Girls who are dating someone would tend let their boyfriend spend his money on the system, then play it. That's how it always seems to work for me, anyway.

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shaydey77
Monday, May 03, 2010 @ 8:02:56 AM
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My girlfriend isnt a gamer. She has played a few games. halo 3, MW2, LBP, Dead Space.

Then one day i took her into a gamestop.(sorry!) She looked through the games, turned to me and asked where are the girls games?She said she liked LBP but wanted something else to play and she wanted a game that didnt involve killing something like Crash bandicoot or Spyro.(She had a PS1).

The only thing i could think of was ratchet and clank but she saw a gun on the box and said no.
you guys got any ideas?

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DeathOfChaos
Monday, May 03, 2010 @ 8:37:52 AM

It is kind of hard to find a game where you don't kill now days, lol. There's supposed to be a new Ape Escape coming out sometimes, so maybe when it starts showing up somwehre, hype her up on that. Ape Escape was fun, imagine a PS3 version. There are some nice fun, non-violent games on the PSN. Critter Crunch...I guess kind of violent since he eats things, lol. This isn't a game, but try Eyepet, she'd probably think it's cute. She could try ModNation Racers, too. Kind of like Little Big Planet, just set as a racing game. Rub-a-dub would get her using the six-axis. There's more around in the PSN store, though.

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bridgera
Monday, May 03, 2010 @ 11:36:04 AM

Wow if you can't kill anything (even in a child like setting such as in Spyro) you REALLY limit your options.

My wife has a DS and puzzle games, that's about all the non-killing I can think of.

Maybe the Lego games, Lego Batman, etc, but even that has mild "killing" if that's what you call blowing up some lego guys.

I'd start scrolling through the PS3 demos, and see if anything catches your eye.

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NeoHumpty
Monday, May 03, 2010 @ 11:37:58 AM

Get the demo of Ratchet and Clank so that she can see it isn't much different than shooting fire at people with Spyro. My girl liked the original. Honestly other than that, it would seem to mostly be PSN games that she would like. Of course, Heavy Rain is very unisex.

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Nynja
Monday, May 03, 2010 @ 11:46:56 AM

Sounds like she already has her mind made up of what type of game she likes. As of now, a majority of those games are only available on the Wii. You could try breaking her in with Pain (no pun intended).

Does she like puzzles or anything that makes her think things through? Lumines is one of my favorites. There are many great puzzle games on PSN that you can have her try. Start downloading some of those demos.

Does she mind fantasy violence, the kind with swords or magic? If so there are a whole slew of titles she might enjoy.

There is always sports titles as well. Maybe have her team up with you in a short basketball or hockey match. Most importantly, just be patient with her.

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shaydey77
Monday, May 03, 2010 @ 1:59:52 PM

Thanks guys. Sorry if my wording was brutal above. i meant she enjoyed spyro and crash.

I guess I should change my vote on the how often do you browse the PSN now. :)

Thanks again.

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BikerSaint
Monday, May 03, 2010 @ 2:44:48 PM

shaydey77,
If you can play PS2 games, you need to check "Okami" for her.
It's a very good game, & I believe she'll love the artfulness of it too.

A small bit about the game:
The game is a art masterpiece. It's very easy to play & you use the controls to "paint" your desired powers.

You possess the power of a God, but face the world in the form of a Wolf. You must overcome the odds against you. You have the power to create & destroy.
Faced with your greatest challenge, to restore order & beauty to a world laid barren by evil.

Here's a lot more info on "Okami" w/some pics(although the Wikipedia pics don't do justice to the true art & color palette in the game, itself).
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C5%8Ckami

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johnld
Monday, May 03, 2010 @ 3:33:00 PM

modnation racers is about to come out this month.

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NeoHumpty
Monday, May 03, 2010 @ 4:10:33 PM

Modnation Racers FTW! D1P

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bridgera
Tuesday, May 04, 2010 @ 1:14:03 AM

Oh, she LIKED Spyro.

Sorry misunderstood your post, now I see what you meant.

Ya try the Lego games, my wife and I play Lego Batman.

Also we play Ultimate Alliance and Ultimate Alliance 2. If she likes some comic characters, those might work for her.

So the list:

Lego Batman
Lego Starwars
Lego Indiana Jones
Mod Nation Racers
Little Big Planet
Ultimate Alliance 1&2 (maybe)

that's about all I got.

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DeathOfChaos
Monday, May 03, 2010 @ 8:11:36 AM
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Mt GF beat all the God of War games, all the Zelda games (starting from Ocarina of Time, she didn't even know the ones before it existed before I met her), she likes Halo but still hates the XBox 360 (she cheered when they were said they were done with Halo), she owns Uncharted 2 and Resident Evil 5 and has been playing a lot of Little Big Planet. I actually met her by talking to her about how to beat Yunalesca on FFX. She hates FFXIII and despises the fact I even want to buy the game, lol. I wanna get it basically because it's supposed to intertwine with the whole FFXIII mythos stories. But to make a long story a bit longer, she is a gamer and she loves it. She's pretty badass. She's alright when playing online, but when someone tells her she sucks because she's a girl, she takes no prisoners. The person claiming that statement usually either says she's cheating/sucks still or they resort to glitching up the game in order to win. Somehow on Uncharted 2, they get off map or something to where they can shoot you even when you're undercover.

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spiderboi
Monday, May 03, 2010 @ 1:58:04 PM

hey that's happened to me too! annoying little pricks, they snipe you from nowhere using a shotgun?! it totally ruined my streak and appetite for UC2 that time.

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johnld
Monday, May 03, 2010 @ 3:37:14 PM

tell her not to sweat it, thats just what people who suck or prepubecent do. tell her shes lucky shes not on live. once people find a female there they either berate, hit on, and even sing to them (yes, they sing to them the who damn game).

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gumbi
Monday, May 03, 2010 @ 8:57:39 AM
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my wife has a DS she plays all the time. She doesn't play Playstation much, but she does love a few series that she's watched me play. she's seen pretty much all of the GOW series. and she watched a good chunk of a few RPG's. and she really enjoyed watching shadow of the colossus (even helped me defeat a few i couldn't figure out) both of us are really looking forward to The Guardian.

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lupus
Monday, May 03, 2010 @ 9:07:08 AM
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my wife like to play hustle kings and pretty much all kind of puzzle games. So i gave her, her own tv and ps3 - so i have mine alone.

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Nynja
Monday, May 03, 2010 @ 11:19:43 AM

Hustle Kings is a great pool game for anyone who enjoys playing for real.

She just started playing that last night and we had a blast. Only wish there were some form of team gameplay.

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ValdiPS3
Monday, May 03, 2010 @ 9:30:09 AM
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well, it's complicated, I do not have a girlfriend in the real world, I have no time, but in the virtual world I had some, I had a complicated relationship with Morrigan and Leliana in Dragon Age, and some prostitutes in Fallout 3.

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Qubex
Monday, May 03, 2010 @ 10:16:54 AM

Well, at least you enjoyed yourself and the challenges thrust upon you. As they say, "rise to the challenge..."

Q!

"rise to the challenge"

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johnld
Monday, May 03, 2010 @ 3:45:57 PM

hahaha, google SOM japan. saw this on kotaku a long time ago and laughed my ass off.

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Ergi
Monday, May 03, 2010 @ 10:08:56 AM
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nope, my gf is not a gamer.....yet.
If a PSP and LBP don't do it then I don't know what will(which she actually wants to try, it's not like i desperately need to convince her).

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Nynja
Monday, May 03, 2010 @ 10:28:13 AM
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My girl was a light gamer when she was growing up as a kid. When we got together, about a year or two later I had her playing Metal Gear Solid and NBA Jam on PS1 then Unreal Tournament, NBA Showtime, Red Faction 1 & 2, and Killzone on the PS2.

Anything that was split screen or some form of co-op she wanted to play with me. I always complimented her progression and only gave her tips as she needed them. I never tried to overload her with too much information, that just discourages her. When playing a shooter, the only thing she needs to know is how to move, aim, and fire. Once she got that stuff down, I introduced her to the other buttons - changing weapons, jumping, ducking, grenades, etc.

How to get your girlfriend into video games;

First of all, you need to make sure the conditions are right. Don't have any left over chores sitting around that needs to be done. Finish that last batch of laundry, the plates piling up in the sink, vacuum the carpet, dispose the waste that's overflowing in the trash can. Complete whatever task it is you have lying around waiting to be done. Once there is "nothing" to do, the time is right.

Remember, not every girl wants to only play dating sims or my little pony games. They want blood and gore just as much as the next person. The trick is knowing what type of female companion you have. A good indicator is the type of movies or TV shows they are into. Do they like to think (not too many don't)? Maybe an RPG or RTS would be their liking. Do they enjoy action films? Possibly an FPS player in hiding. Do they like drama? Heavy Rain will keep her busy for hours. Once you think you have an idea of a genre or two it's time to figure out which game.

Think back to all the different games you used to enjoy. See, you need to think like them. They are fresh to the gaming realm and should start where you started (well for most of you gamers out there). I think anyone can get their girlfriend or wife to play video games. It's just a matter of not overwhelming them with too much information at once and using positive reinforcement. Rather than playing against your woman in a 1v1 match in Madden or race her in a game of Need for Speed, try something that allows team play.

Think of it as inviting her into the hot tub. A woman will like to expose herself slowly to the hot water. Do the same with the game she's about to play. Don't try and explain what every single button does. Just the mandatory ones she needs to know. Pay attention to her progression and be sure to compliment her performance. Notice when she does something amazing (at least amazing to her) and cheer her on like you would any of your buddies. Above most, laugh with her, not at her. Point out the mistakes you are making. She'll feel better about messing up knowing that the "gamer" showing her the ropes still misses the mark to from time to time.

Great co-op games for this are team sports like basketball, hockey, or action games like Marvel Alliance, Dynasty Warriors, Resident Evil 5, Army of Two, and upcoming Lost Planet 2. Be sure to start on the easiest setting available. If you think you have a good game in mind but it doesn't offer co-op play, try taking turns.

The next part is probably one of the harder parts to do. Set a time limit. Try to keep this time limit to yourself. Say maybe about 30 minutes to 1 hour maximum. It's better to stop the activity before she becomes bored from it. Get her to say she wants to keep playing. The sooner she admits she's having fun and wants to play more, the easier it will be for her to come suggest playing a game with you.

Continue this for a while and you will find that she also enjoys games too. I will warn those out there to be care of what you wish for. Now that my girl games, when ever I look into buying games I have to consider a second copy for her own gaming system setup. If you thought they (women) were expensive before, get her involved in your activities.

Best of luck and I'd like to know if anyone else has had success with this method.

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Qubex
Monday, May 03, 2010 @ 10:56:40 AM

Incredibly long post Nynja... but very interesting to read nonetheless... there are some useful trade secrets in there...

Q!

"play.experience.enjoy"

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Nynja
Monday, May 03, 2010 @ 11:24:29 AM

I'd like to append to my above post;

If you've tried the above and you are still having problems getting her to even pick up a controller, you could always attempt bargaining with her. Let her know that you will gladly enjoy spending time with her during an activity she would like to share, in return for a 30 minute game session. Make sure she is aware that you want her on your team. That you want her to play with you against the computer. Make her feel needed and wanted. They love that.

She'll be more likely to give it a go if she knows it's to help her man out.

Also, if you are a woman trying to get a man to play a game with you - this method could help you too.

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Jawknee
Monday, May 03, 2010 @ 11:05:53 AM
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The wife loves to play Mario. She has finished two Paper Mario titles and Mario Sunshine. I just bought her New Super Mario Bros Wii. Her and her friend have been hammering away at it.

She also likes LittleBigPlanet. I just recently showed her the ModNation Racers PSP demo. That sparked her interest in the PS3 version. She finished Kingdom Hearts and Kingdom Hearts 2 before i did and shes anxiously awaiting the 3rd title.

I didn't introduce her to video games. Shes has 3 younger brothers so shes been around them but she said she didn't really start playing them until she met me. So i guess i deserve some credit. :) She lived in Japan during the Final Fantasy X launch. She said it was crazy over there.

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johnld
Monday, May 03, 2010 @ 3:49:03 PM

bought New super mario bros wii before christmas. took me less than half a week to beat it 100%, shining stars and all. I just cant help but feel disappointed that it wasnt as much of a game for 50 bucks. damn nostalgia got me.

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maxpontiac
Monday, May 03, 2010 @ 11:26:33 AM
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My wife is not a gamer. In our 18 years of marriage, she has sat down and watched me play occasionally.

Heavy Rain, however, was the first game she decided to watch until the game was completed.

Still hoping that Heavy Rain supports PS Move. I believe she would actually play it.

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Alienange
Monday, May 03, 2010 @ 1:44:38 PM

I always find it curious when a wife sits down and watches you play. Mine watched me play Uncharted 2. But let me ask you, since she liked watching you, would YOU wait for her to be around before playing? Or did you play a couple hours without her?

I ask because even though my wife watches from time to time, I sure as heck can't control myself and not play until she's available to watch.

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Sonattine
Monday, May 03, 2010 @ 2:51:33 PM

My wife and I just started Heavy Rain, and we have decided that I would only play it with her present. I do not watch TV, I get bored quick, so Heavy Rain is our TV nights together.

It is hard to not go on with it as we don't have all that much time together between work and the baby, but I owe it to her to wait. As previously said, it all about helping the marriage last ! ;)
Mind, a friend just bought me Super Street Fighter IV, so I got something else to do while waiting. So yes, friends can help the marriage too !

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maxpontiac
Monday, May 03, 2010 @ 5:22:56 PM

Alienange...

I was not allowed to play Heavy Rain unless she was there. I am always playing multiple games at once, so it was all good. Plus, I figured it best not to be pushy since she far from being a gamer.

Sonattine...

Nice man. I always have believed that doing things "together" as a couple goes along way in maintaining a relationship.

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Alienange
Monday, May 03, 2010 @ 9:59:46 PM

You two are amazing. Letting sweet gaming bring you together as a couple. Bravo I say.

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bridgera
Monday, May 03, 2010 @ 11:29:51 AM
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Women my age (28) definitely don't play video games and they see it as a kids hobby. However a while ago my childhood friend (5 years younger than me) actually introduced me to a bunch of his female friends that played video games.

Apparently people born somewhere around 1985 or later are more likely to have grown up with video games, and more likely to play them as a hobby.

So it should come as little surprise that I wound up marrying a girl 5 years younger than me who brought a Dreamcast and Genesis to the relationship.

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Nynja
Monday, May 03, 2010 @ 11:37:17 AM

This is true. The younger the generation, the higher the percentage of female gamers. My younger brother has yet to have a girlfriend who does not game. I'm talking heavily too.

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johnld
Monday, May 03, 2010 @ 3:51:47 PM

hahaha, 1985 here. when i was young, i can get girls to hang out just by saying i have super mario or super mario bros 3. where the hell are they now?

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tlpn99
Monday, May 03, 2010 @ 11:43:41 AM
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Single at the moment and not bothered about finding a girl. It'll happen when it happens. If she's a gamer then all the better but the next one has to accept that I play games. I wont stop for no one haha :) Plus I like playing with my mates/clan online.

My ex used to play GTA she said she found the driving relaxing. Also tiger Woods she used to beat me on that as I had never played it till I got with her. She used to play on the PC a bit too only Monopoly but she was on it all the time.

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Nlayer
Monday, May 03, 2010 @ 12:29:47 PM
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Well, I am single and would love to find a girl who shares the same love of Video Games with me. Not even my friends care too much about the industry, they only play a few games now and again. They are really more into DnD.

It's gotten to a point where I really don't mention video games around people. All the people, girls and guys, that I know usually talk about music and random stuff. When they do talk about video games, I jump right in and amaze them with my knowledge. Which makes me feel really left out.

I do know this one girl who is dating someone I know. She is really into Final Fantasy XIII right now and is playing it non-stop.

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johnld
Monday, May 03, 2010 @ 3:52:53 PM

DnD, those nerds, hahahaha.

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Snorge
Monday, May 03, 2010 @ 1:16:26 PM
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Well my wife is a super ALL AROUND gamer! We started off by her talking trash saying she'd beat me on Tekken 2 when I came to her parents house since I had never played it. Of course I smacked her up in that. From that day on we played fighting games for pretty much the whole PS2 generation. Tekken 5, Soul Calibur 2 & 3, Marvel Nemesis (One of our Favs!), and Virtua Fighter 4 and anything else that is/was a fighting game.

When the 360 and Ps3 came out, We played through Gears 1 & 2, Army of Two 1, Marvel Ultimate Alliance, Rainbow Six Vegas 2, Fought in Soul Calibur 4, Got drunk and played Rock Band/Guitar Hero, Street Fighter 4, Virtua Fighter 5, Grand Theft Auto 4 co-op and online, and for some unknown reason she doesnt play any FPS except Resistance 2 and Borderlands.

Now when she games by herself: Heavenly Sword, Bayonetta (360), BloodRayne, N3 Ninety Nine Nights, Rumble Roses XX, Golden Axe Beast Rider, WET, City of Heroes (PC), Sims 3, anything on her PSP, and even those flash games on the PC!

She LOVES to watch me play certain games too, like The God of War series, Metal Gear Series, Heavy Rain (I couldnt play it if she WASNT around or she'd kick my ass), and Uncharted 2!

*Funny Story* We've been married for 2 years this month. We have yet to take a honeymoon. We were planning to take ours very soon and have her parents go in half on it with us. She got me a brand new TV stand for my HDTV. Long story short, while I was transferring the TV to the new stand she knocked it over and cracked my screen. I was crushed. She felt so bad, she postponed the honeymoon, and had her parents just put their half towards replacing my TV. She said she knew that was my "escape" (playing games) and she felt REALLY bad. Couldn't have asked for a better wife!

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Highlander
Monday, May 03, 2010 @ 2:01:25 PM
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My wife considers herself a gamer now, and she is one. She had played some back in the SNES days, and loved SimCity on the PC. But It wasn't until my PS2 entered the house with Madden NFL 2001 - and at the same time Peyton Manning decided to be the best QB in the NFL for the Colts. My wife learned to love football (the gridiron kind) and Madded all at the same time. Then I played through the first Xenosaga and she loved it so much she played it herself, after that she was doomed. When I got a PS3 and Burnout Paradise was about to come out, I downloaded the Demo version. That was in December and the game came out about a month or so later in January. She played the demo almost as much as I did. Remember now, this is a demo, but we must have played with that thing for dozens of hours a piece, and the online simply made it better. When the game actually came out, we suffered along with one PS3 and copy of the game for about a week before we had to get a second PS3 (40GB) and second copy of the game. His and Hers PS3s running Burnout Paradise. The worst thing is she got to the Elite license (100%) before I did!

She still enjoys racing games and is looking forward to GT5. She loved LBP, I think she'll love Mod Nation Racers - may be another two copy game...She liked watching a play through of White Knight Chronicles, but I think the whole georama thing appealed more than the questing. She still plays Madden, less though since the PS3 version is missing so many features compared to the PS2 versions. She was addicted to Civilization Revolutions, and there have been other games along the way.

It's pretty cool having a wife that tolerates football and video games, it's freaking phenomenal to have a wife that loves football and video games as much as mine does. Only problem is, she loves the Colts and I'm a Redksins man.

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FlyingKickPunch
Monday, May 03, 2010 @ 2:17:34 PM

redskins?! bah! and to think i thought you were cool! :P
j/k. you're still cool. even though you like the redskins.

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Nynja
Monday, May 03, 2010 @ 3:52:18 PM

Too funny that! The only reason anyone would ever be a skins fan is because they live in VA. Do you live near DC Metro?

I would have never pinned you as a Madden guy, with all the love for RPGs and anime. Believe it or not, my girl was the one who got me into basketball.

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Highlander
Monday, May 03, 2010 @ 4:43:24 PM

I lived in the DC area when I was a kid, it was my first football team. Then we moved abroad and I had no football for years. When we did eventually get TV coverage of the NFL, the Redskins were doing really well (it was the original Gibbs years), so naturally I went right back to the Redskins and through thick and thin (lots and lots of thin) I've stuck with them. Last year was not a good year to be a Redskins fan, neither were th two years before that.

@Nynja,

I play Madden as a simulation game - franchise mode. I don't do the superstar thing, or play as the QB or whoever. But the strategy of Franchise mode has me hooked - plus I love seeing my team win the Superbowl when I successfully guide them there...

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FlyingKickPunch
Monday, May 03, 2010 @ 2:46:25 PM
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my ol' lady (fiancee)loves to play games, especially with me. she says it feels like we're "bonding", whatever that means. for single player, she actually introduced me to god of war 1 in 2005(?) and had a PS3 before me! she loves her some kratos. she also loves the manhunt series, ratchet and clank, and of course the sims, and katamari, saints row and GTA, LBP (she used to make levels) and tons of other stuff. i just got her to play super street fighter 4 and she was ripping off ultra combos with cammy in like 5 minutes. but then her thumb almost fell off, lol. she's got some conditioning to do!
she doesn't like blazblue though. :(
i think it's because i spend so much time trying to perfect my combos every night. she doesn't like disgaea either, for similar reasons. :P
yeah, its fun to have a gamer girl, even if she can't game as much since we've had our daughter. :)

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DazeOfWar
Monday, May 03, 2010 @ 2:47:58 PM
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I wish mine was a gamer or at least would play some games. It would be nice cause then I wouldn't have to listen to her complain about me playing. Oh well guess I can't have everything the way I want.

Hell it might be better that way cause then we might be fighting over who gets to play.

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Scarecrow
Monday, May 03, 2010 @ 2:56:03 PM
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Babes and games is a rarity

Most of them are pretentious*
For the most part they'll act as if they actually like games but they're only really into 1 or 2 series (Tekken, Final Fantasy)

Rarely will you ever meet a gamer babe which will actually list Motorstorm, Street Fighter, Resistance, and Gran Turismo in the same breath

Not saying that liking one or two games/series doesn't make you a gamer. But it just feels very pretentious (limiting) to me. Specially with the variety PS offers

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piratedrunk
Monday, May 03, 2010 @ 2:59:41 PM
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My Fiancee is on the couch playing a game right now. She doesn't play that often but when she does she gets right into it.

She also likes to watch me play games especially action like Bioshock or Uncharted, anything that moves along fairly quickly. Good times.

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totozero18
Monday, May 03, 2010 @ 3:04:15 PM
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Not that rare Scare (IT'S BEEN A WHILE PEOPLE WHAT'S UP?!) XD, my ex played a lot, but now I'm dating some NFS/Guitar Hero fan, I have a blast watching her play cuz it's really rare to see a girl having rage attacks with video games!!!

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Snorge
Monday, May 03, 2010 @ 3:28:07 PM

Ok I know thats prob really funny....never seen my misses throw a fit (she just turns off the game and watches some UFC.)I think it would be pretty cool to see a chic get mad over a game. That means she INTO it! Kudos!

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FlyingKickPunch
Monday, May 03, 2010 @ 4:47:35 PM

to you take and ravage her right there?

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Superman915
Monday, May 03, 2010 @ 4:53:38 PM
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my wife has a wii and my old DS. shell play games like Peggle, Mario, Wii Sports, and Uno occasionally. Shes more interested in the storylines for games like Assassin's Creed, Uncharted, and GOW, to the point she'll read the spoilers and know how they end before I do.

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Gordo
Monday, May 03, 2010 @ 5:04:06 PM
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Amazing. Some of you have pretty tolerant wives or girlfriends.

My wife on the otherhand sees gaming as an addiction and something I do to avoid speaking to her (she even gets annoyed when I play when she is asleep!).

She does join in during party nights playing Buzz Quiz TV, Singstar and The Beatles Rockband. Anything else with the controller is too much.

She says things like "you love that stupid console more than me" and "I wish I was born a Playstation so you would talk to me more!".

So game time is pretty limited otherwise I get the scowl. She sees it as a kids hobby.

Obviously she has a point if I was gaming whilst she was cooking or putting the kids to bed. Usually I try and fit it in when she isnt in or awake.

40 hours into Fallout 3 at the moment so she may have a point. That game is impacting on my work/life/wife/gaming balance...

I also have Oblivion on the shelf. Too scared to play it!

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Monday, May 03, 2010 @ 5:16:17 PM

No offense, but you two need to have a talk.

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maxpontiac
Monday, May 03, 2010 @ 5:29:23 PM

Hey Gordo, Ben is correct.

I have been married for over 18 years, and the one thing I always have strived to do was to make sure my wife does not feel threatened by my Playstation. My wife is my best friend afterall.

I am constantly talking to her about my gaming. I even ask her if I am playing "too much" as well.

Communication as always, is key in marriage. Especially when it involves doing seperate things from each other.

Based on my experience and my happy marriage, I recommend that you find the 50/50 balance with her and your hobby. Split your gaming time with (for example) watching her favorite TV show with her. Things like that go a long way my friend.

I hope I didn't come off to preachy, but after reading your comment, I felt compelled to respond.

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Gordo
Monday, May 03, 2010 @ 9:01:05 PM

cheers guys.

Yip, communication is the key. Re-reading my comment I do come across pretty critical of my wife. Its not that bad...

Obviously being married 10 years with a 6 year old girl and a 4 year old boy quality time most definately needs to be shared between everyone.

I was more amazed at all the people with video game playing girlfriends. I always thought it was a 99% male hobby.

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bridgera
Tuesday, May 04, 2010 @ 1:20:33 AM

Ya man, talk to your wife and budget some time that she agrees to, and make sure you give her plenty of attention.

I get about 10pm-midnight to play games usually, and then play a bit on the weekends when she is at work and I am not.

She does play, but I play more than her, and she doesn't play shooters, or games like Grand Theft Auto or God of War... so I gotta do those in my allotted time.

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NiteKrawler
Monday, May 03, 2010 @ 6:32:57 PM
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Mine is definitely a gamer. She even likes the same type of games that I do. It's amazing. She's amazing. :) <3

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totozero18
Wednesday, May 05, 2010 @ 1:47:30 PM

That sounds like loooove, HIGHFIVE

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totozero18
Wednesday, May 05, 2010 @ 1:47:43 PM

That sounds like loooove, HIGHFIVE

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Gamer Girl Gemo
Monday, May 03, 2010 @ 8:15:08 PM
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Haha hearing "My wife." from alot of these comments made me realize just how very young I am amidst this community. Ooh, youth, how it makes you wish to be an adult but oh how adulthood makes you long for youth. Quite a vicious cycle, don't we all agree?
(Sigh) Life...

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Monday, May 03, 2010 @ 9:20:36 PM

Yup.

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shindelion
Monday, May 03, 2010 @ 9:40:11 PM

Very true.

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Akuma07
Monday, May 03, 2010 @ 9:44:50 PM

Dude i turned 20 yesterday. It feels......strange. haha

Still not married (y)

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shindelion
Monday, May 03, 2010 @ 10:07:44 PM

Wish I was 20 again.Sigh, with all this knowledge I have now.

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telly
Tuesday, May 04, 2010 @ 11:16:29 AM

What's that saying? The youth is wasted on the young. Maybe Dutka can name that literary reference?

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telly
Monday, May 03, 2010 @ 8:44:59 PM
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I'm single now, but my last serious gf wasn't just a non-gamer -- she was HOSTILE towards gaming. I spent one -- ONE ! --afternoon trying to finish FF VII: Crisis Core. We had a date later that night (we lived together too) so I figured hey, she can fend for herself while I try to get through this insanely long final boss battle. She effin' LOST it, and we broke up less than a week later. We had a lot of problems, obviously, outside of games, but Crisis Core pissed her off something FIERCE. I had no ambition, she said. I was lazy, she said. That was 18 or so months ago. I still can't wrap my head around it.

Do I need a girl that plays games? Jeez, I'd be more than happy to date someone who isn't FURIOUS with the fact that I enjoy the odd game here and there!

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Masry_XI
Monday, May 03, 2010 @ 9:32:45 PM
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Women in your life .
hahahahaha looooooooool

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Nerull
Monday, May 03, 2010 @ 11:34:19 PM
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I've been between gf's for longer than I'd like to admit but my ex was at least a casual. She mostly watched but she obviously loved her snes back in the day.

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DeadReaper
Monday, May 03, 2010 @ 11:48:25 PM
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What is this "woman" you speak of?

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SplendidBlended
Tuesday, May 04, 2010 @ 12:10:30 AM
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I think a lot of you would be surprised by how many female gamers there are. They are very ninja like, though.
There are a lot of girls who play RE5 versus mode... just a little friendly tip. ; D

Yes. I am back on the site. The articles that were bothering me pretty much stopped a long time ago.
Call me a hypocrite you want.

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Orvisman
Tuesday, May 04, 2010 @ 9:01:02 AM
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While my wife of three years wasn't a gamer when I met her, she grew up in a household where her older and younger brothers and younger sister play games.

So, after three years of marriage, she has slowly started to game more. She likes puzzle games, but she also gets into fighters like Soul Caliber and racers like Burnout Paradise. Plus I bought her a DSi that she loves. She, too, likes watching me play games like GOWIII, Uncharted 2, or Heavy Rain.

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Crabba
Wednesday, May 05, 2010 @ 9:36:17 PM
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My wife is definitely a gamer, and has been long before I met her more than 10 years (gah!) ago now, oh and she's 32 so don't say 30+ women don't play games, you just need to look closer!

She loves playing Guitar Hero & Rock Band on the PS3, and she's basically as good as I am on both guitar and drums, and she can play pretty much any song on expert on the guitar. She also loves RPGs and RTS games, mainly on PC but also some PS3 games, and used to love playing Diablo II and the Command & conquer / Red Alert series. I remember we played through one of the first action/RPGs Untold Legends: Dark Kingdom on the PS3 on co-op together, not that great a game, but overall fun still, especially playing co-op together. We also played through the PS2 game Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance together which was a lot of fun, unfortunately we haven't been able to get hold of the second game yet.

Right now she's constantly playing LOTRO (Lord of the Rings Online) which sometimes gets me on my nerves as it can be hopeless to get her to stop playing :) Of course, to her credit I can be the same way with other games so I guess we're equally hopeless :p

Unfortunately a lot of the games coming out nowadays are either "first-person" or very camera-angle-3Dish which she can't play because it makes her ill with all the camera rotating stuff, so a lot of AAA-type PS3 games she can't/won't play. Even though they're otherwise great games, she'll probably never play Uncharted 2 because there's too much camera movement going on in some scenes, although she did seem to enjoy playing God of War III...

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