The Gamer’s Date Night Guide

The Brainy

If Sackboy is too cute and Gears too bloody, pick this one for a middle ground and a vegetarian option. Go with The Brainy for someone who doesn’t necessarily go out for shooting or platforming, but who still might enjoy a good puzzle and some humor.

Cook It: Seared Tofu with Gingered Vegetables

  • 1 pound reduced-fat extrafirm tofu
  • 1 (3 1/2-ounce) bag boil-in-bag long-grain rice
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1 tablespoon dark sesame oil, divided
  • 1 tablespoon bottled minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon bottled ground fresh ginger (such as Spice World)
  • 1 large red bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup sliced green onions, divided
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce
  • Cooking spray
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds, toasted
  • 1 cup radish sprouts

Preparation:

  1. Place tofu on several layers of paper towels; let stand 10 minutes. Cut tofu into 1-inch cubes.
  2. Prepare rice according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Add 1/4 teaspoon salt to rice; fluff with a fork.
  3. Heat 2 teaspoons oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add garlic, ginger, and bell pepper to pan; sauté for 3 minutes. Stir in 3/4 cup onions, vinegar, and soy sauce; cook for 30 seconds. Remove from pan. Wipe skillet with paper towels; recoat pan with cooking spray.
  4. Place pan over medium-high heat. Sprinkle tofu with remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt and black pepper. Add tofu to pan; cook 8 minutes or until golden, turning to brown on all sides.
  5. Return bell pepper mixture to pan, and cook 1 minute or until thoroughly heated. Drizzle tofu mixture with remaining 1 teaspoon oil; top with sesame seeds. Serve tofu mixture with rice; top with sprouts and remaining 1/4 cup onions.

Check out the original recipe at MyRecipes.

Drink It:

Wine: Riesling

Play It:

Portal 2

Filled with interesting cooperative puzzles while not being too gameplay intensive (at least early on), while still managing to be fun and hilarious, Portal 2 a clear date winner. The trick is just not to get frustrated when your non-gamer date struggles with the controls or takes too long to do something. Resist the urge to point out every single solution from the last time you played and instead try to work things out together — showing what a great match the two of you really are.

The Adventurous

You could just skip the food and go straight to a two-player session of We Dare, if you can import it from Europe. Not recommended, but certainly an option.

So there you go. Hopefully these will help you ease your hopeful significant other into the vast reaches of gaming without overwhelming his or her uninitiated brain with polygons and headshots. Meanwhile, you can’t go wrong by doing a decent job at cooking for another person and trying to come up with ways for them to have fun with the things you like, because just the very act of making an effort counts immensely.

Go forth and try not to burn your houses down, fellow gamers.

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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!?