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Can Gaming Be A Romantic Valentine's Day Endeavor?

There was a time when Valentine's Day and video games were mutually exclusive.

If you were playing a video game on Valentine's Day - and especially V-Day night - you weren't in a relationship. You probably weren't even close.

That's just the way things were. But the situation has changed dramatically over the decades and now, plenty of women enjoy playing games. The only thing is, can gaming really be a romantic activity? I'm not sure I can name many games that would qualify as "romantic," at least not from the female perspective. And besides, even though you're playing together, you're still not really communicating, which is what intimacy is all about, of course.

Even so, I'm willing to bet there are plenty of gamer couples out there who will celebrate Valentine's Day with a little game time. Maybe it's a co-op quest or maybe it's something cutesy. Then again, maybe both are core gamers and they're off a-questing in an MMO or tackling a tough Raid in Destiny. Then again, maybe it's just about playing an old-school puzzler or platformer together and laughing a bit about the good ol' days.

Valentine's Day and gaming isn't mutually exclusive any longer, but I do wonder if gaming can ever be a really important part of this so-called holiday. ;)

Tags: valentines day, video games, gaming culture

2/12/2015 10:00:07 PM Ben Dutka

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Lone Wanderer
Thursday, February 12, 2015 @ 10:09:42 PM


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Thursday, February 12, 2015 @ 10:46:14 PM

I think it can... but, under really special circumstances. I also hope it would be a common thing, though.

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Thursday, February 12, 2015 @ 11:49:26 PM

Sure it can, depends if your significant other likes gaming though. I don't like telling people what they can't and can't do, especially on a made up holiday.

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Banky A
Friday, February 13, 2015 @ 1:52:34 AM

Everyone lives their own life brother.

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Thursday, February 12, 2015 @ 11:51:41 PM

I celebrate valentine day with romantic sex...

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Friday, February 13, 2015 @ 12:42:50 AM

...In video games?

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Saturday, February 14, 2015 @ 4:31:48 AM

must use the hot coffee hack in gta san andreas...

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Friday, February 13, 2015 @ 2:12:04 AM

Like Big_Boss90, I too am married with two children. However, spending quality time together can be accomplished in multiple ways and gaming happens to be one of them - in my opinion, of course. If video games are a shared hobby, then it isn't "wasting time."

For example, my wife has come to adore the Dragon Age series. As such, it makes her happy when I talk to her about it and engage her while she plays the games (such as talking about the lore, asking what specifically she's doing, etc.). And the same works the other way around. Granted, we don't just sit on our butts the whole of V-Day and that's that, but at the end of the day - when it is just the two of us and the kids are down for the night - we enjoy gaming.

Beyond all of that, it is certainly far and wide cheaper to set aside time to game together as opposed to going to the most expensive restaurant in town - which we both believe to be supporting the superficial side to the holiday anyway.

So no, there's nothing wrong with gaming with your spouse/significant other on a holiday meant for romance. Can it be problematic? Sure - but that boils down to the couples and individuals in question.

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Banky A
Friday, February 13, 2015 @ 2:20:33 AM

I like your bit about restaurants.

In that instance it would be lovely to learn a game together instead of that on an off chance, but hey you can't choose your loves :D

We're sugar free (I don't care, but I'm helping to support her with the life choice) so everything is essentially superficial to us haha.

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Friday, February 13, 2015 @ 3:42:59 AM

no i don't think so but ru examples are entirely fesable if ur bf/gf, wife/husband etc. are into that kind of thing i do wonder how gaming and v-day are going to blend in the future this year and going forward it'll be interesting to see

happy gaming

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Friday, February 13, 2015 @ 11:11:27 AM

When virtual reality hits, I think they may combine quite successfully but not really until then.

Both can enjoy a pedalo on a lake or watch some monster trucks live sitting next to each other or explore a forest or...wait for it...virtual mario!

Your gf/bf is locked in a tower and you have to get to them to rescue them!..and obviously arrive with flowers and a box of chocolates at the end of it!!

But seriously, it could be really cool to do something like that with your better half and then find yourself at home, ready for some..real reality?

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Friday, February 13, 2015 @ 11:21:55 AM

It will be for me. I'm going to let my right hand have a nice, easy going, day. While my left hand does all the work.

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Friday, February 13, 2015 @ 11:32:44 AM

At my house? Not a chance.

My wife doesn't really like video games much so if I want to be part of any romance, my controller will be left on the coffee table.

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