The Gamer’s Date Night Guide

There can be a bit of stigma surrounding talking about video games with a person you’d like to date. Male or female, regardless of what decade this is and how many people play Call of Duty while simultaneously managing to be contributing members of society, there’s still that image of the basement-dwelling light-phobic living-at-home geek that all of us have to try to dispel.

Here at Game Front, we think the best way to stop the perception the lingering perception that gamers are weirdo nerds is through education. And the best education: playing video games.

So we’ve thrown together a bit of a Gamer’s Dating Guide below. It’s not going to explain how to gamers should date people, and we’re going to try to avoid stereotypes here: this is more like a guide to a successful date night that involves gaming. Also cooking. We’ll try to keep it easy for you.

Also: remember to let your date win once in a while.

The Casual

Not everyone is ready to be introduced to your modded Xbox or sick $140 gaming mouse and level 85 World of WarCraft character during the “not yet comfortable enough to fart in the same room” phase of a relationship. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t a little bit of fun to be had. Try for an easygoing evening with a person who’s not too well versed in gaming culture, try this combo.

Cook It: Fettuccine Alfredo

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 pound uncooked fettucini noodles
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • 1 1/2 cups grated Asiago cheese
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder

Preparation:

  1. Bring large pot of salted water to a boil and add pasta.
  2. About 4 minutes before pasta is done, heat cream and butter together in a saucepan on medium, stirring occaisonally, until butter melts and the cream is hot.
  3. Gradually stir the Asiago cheese and the garlic powder into the butter and cream. The sauce is done when the cheese has melted.
  4. Drain your pasta (do not rinse) and toss with sauce in large bowl. Serve.

Check out the original recipe on Man Tested Recipes.

Drink It:

Wine: Pinot Grigio or Riesling

Play It:

Mario Kart

The old standby is still the best. Easy to pick up but tough to master, you don’t need to be a gaming savant to have a good time with Mario Kart. In the newer Mario Kart Wii, two players can take on races cooperatively, which is kind of ideal for a date night. Although competition can be fun too.

LittleBigPlanet 2

The easygoing nature of Sackboy and his games, coupled with some cooperative Move support in Sackboy’s Prehistoric Moves, means even the most video game illiterate can have a good time with this one. It’s working together and engenders team work, which is nice, but there’s also the chance to playfully murder your partner’s Sackboy, which can also be fun.

Anything on Kinect

Anything that gets you up, moving and making a fool of yourself can alleviate tension and make it easier to get to know one another.

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4 Comments on The Gamer’s Date Night Guide

Nick

On September 21, 2011 at 2:10 pm

Phil, will you take me on a gamer date?

Aids

On September 22, 2011 at 6:32 am

Gamer date includes masturbating to Chrono Trigger in his basement.

Phil Hornshaw

On September 22, 2011 at 9:43 am

@Aids

You wrote “gamer” where you meant “Aids’.”

Nick

On September 22, 2011 at 12:23 pm

@Aids

You’ve done that too!?