Ah, the love life. Most gamers are lucky in this department while some of us struggle. I blame being a gaming snob on my lack of luck. (I have to blame something right?) Is there such thing as a gaming snob? I think there is, my friend, and maybe you don’t know if you might also be one. I always believe you should be able to laugh at yourself and that is why I shall share some of my dating disasters; disasters because I let the gaming snob in me turn the little things into disasters.
Mr Wrong Number One: The Guy Who Pretends To Know About Gaming But Is Clueless
I talk about gaming in general a lot especially if there is some interesting news or a game I can’t wait to play. That’s why I would prefer a significant other who can appreciate such things and actually carry a gaming conversation with me. It’s not like we will talk about gaming ALL the time, we might occasionally break the pattern and discuss the weather then go back to gaming. I’m joking, I can talk about other stuff as well. The very first date I went on with this person, they told me they loved gaming and since we were in the getting to know each other stage I didn’t want to harp on about gaming and overlook other interesting information.
It was on the 3rd date when I started talking about my love for RPGs and how awesome it was playing for the first time Baldur’s Gate, when he said with a straight face that he loved RPGs as well and World Of Warcraft was his favourite. It was like a scene in a movie when someone says something stupid and crickets play in the background. First of all there is a huge difference between an MMORPG and an RPG. I for one personally have never been a fan of WoW and I struggle to see its universal appeal and it took a tremendous test of will not to break out in hysteric laughter while heading out to the nearest exit. It might seem fickle to some that I lost interest in someone cause they play WoW but I need to think about the future; what if I end up in love with this guy and then we get married and have children? I refuse to father a child with someone who plays World of Warcraft and it would be cruel and unusual punishment for my imaginary kids to have a dad who is a WoW player.
Mr Wrong Number Two: The Guy Who Only Owns A Wii
I don’t discriminate against the Wii, it’s just hard for me to take anyone seriously who solely games on this console. My problem with this guy was that he loved the Wii and especially loved playing Mario Kart on it. He was unable to expand his gaming and refused to play any other game. I understand if you are under the age of 18, why you might be attached to a Wii, but for a grown man to be that small-minded and think the Wii is the be all and end all of all consoles just blew my mind.
With so many games out there on platforms like PC, PS3 and Xbox 360, my mind cannot even compute why someone would want to limit themselves to a Wii of all things.
Mr Wrong Number Three: The Indie Guy
You know what they say: be careful what you wish for, because you might get it. Well I finally met a gamer I liked but the problem was he played only indie games. He played games I’ve never heard of and had a gift of making me feel like I broke some unwritten law if I even spoke of or played a game that he deemed to be too mainstream. Conversations where mostly about how the evil corporates had brainwashed us gamers into believing most games are good through the clever use of the hype tool. At this rate I was contemplating changing my identity and moving to another country so I wouldn’t be in the same time zone as this person because that’s how tired I was of hearing about indie games.
Playing indie games is great but when you feel the need to rub it in as if you deserve some medal for refusing to bow to the corporates and be mainstream then we have a huge problem. At some point the WoW guy seemed like the better choice.
Mr Wrong Number Four: The Guy Who Tries To Find You Other Hobbies Besides Gaming
I’m not very good at compromise when I’m in a relationship because gaming still comes first. Alarm bells are already ringing there because when you are in a relationship you start considering the other person’s feelings, you try to do activities together, you talk now and then because that’s what adults do, except I’m not good at that. From the beginning of a relationship I state my terms, I let my prospective boyfriend know the gaming release schedule of my favorite games and that during the first week the game is released and the weekend as well I shall be unavailable via phone, email and visits unless I make contact first. If they think they can handle that then all systems are a go except in this case, the guy thought all I needed was a change in hobby.
It started off small with self-help books about not fearing change, then came the almost daily outings with his friends to parties or just hanging out, which annoyingly began to take up my gaming time. On one of those outings he said to me: “Isn’t this more fun than your gaming thing?” I just smiled and the relationship ended there. You know what’s a thing? My ridiculous obsession with dolls and collecting them from the age of 6, then realising in my teens what a waste it was and how creepy some of those dolls look. Gaming is not just a passing fancy, it’s something I love and it’s a part of my life. Whenever someone tries to change that most important part of you or make it sound insignificant then it’s my cue to put on my running shoes and run.
Yeah I know I take my love for gaming a bit too far and there was nothing wrong with any of these men, it’s just I love my gaming a tad too much. Maybe there is no big secret when it comes to having a love life and the key is just trying to find a balance but until I learn to do that, I’ve got my consoles and some awesome games to keep me company. By the time this is posted I would have watched the Microsoft next gen console event and I’m as giddy as a schoolgirl because I’ve seen some footage of CoD Ghosts, I just had to add that.