Gaming as a Couple
There's a preconceived notion floating around out there that video games are only played and enjoyed by guys. Guys in relationships that spend too much time gaming and not enough time with their significant other. Some people might look at my boyfriend and point him out as a prime example. When he comes home from work, he likes to get into comfy clothes and then make pixels explode. A lot. But I am always first priority, even if he can't always hear me over the explosions.
Video games have actually been an avenue that we could explore together as a couple. I've enjoyed video games throughout my life. I've had my share of thumb callouses from too many hours of button mashing just like he has. The major difference is that we each prefer different genres of games. We've had to make compromises and stretch out of our individual comfort zones to try games that neither of us has played so that we could do something together.
I'd like to say that from personal experience it's a great feeling to be able to take down a tricky boss then high five the person that helped you through it. Or, if it's a particularly rough day, you can legally beat the crap out of each other. Just make sure that no one's feelings get hurt as you pummel each others faces into the dirt. Video games are a stress relief, co-op or solo. And when that stress is minimized, there's more time and energy to focus on couply-things. In fact, according to a study by Harris Interactive (Read more here goo.gl/S8j34s ), women gamers have sex more frequently than women who are non-gamers. Most of these lady gamers are in happy, committed relationships. I guess that puts me in the majority.
William and I spend a lot of time together and some of that just happens to include video games. In a small way, I like to think that playing video games together improves our communication skills and our ability to figure out things together which is what a relationship is all about.
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