The day has come. It's the kickoff for this year's Electronic Entertainment Expo, better known as E3. And if you're dating a serious gamer like me, it's time to say sayonara to your gamer boyfriend or girlfriend.
This week, gamers are flocking into Los Angeles where companies are unveiling their latest games. A couple of reasons to get psyched? How about sneak peeks into Halo 5: Guardians and Battlefield Hardline, debuting indie games, and new demonstrations of virtual reality gaming to start? And they'll come away with plenty of new games to "test out" back home. Expect that from today through the next several weekends, your partner be planted on the couch in front of the TV, frenetically mashing buttons and tuning out the world around them.
You'll wake up in a panic at 2 am thinking someone is shooting outside your house ... nope. It's just them in the living room playing Call Of Duty: Ghosts. And every time you ask them to do something, it's met with this classic gamer one-liner: "Just let me get to a save point" or this dreaded non-phrase: "Innaminnit" (Translation: "In a minute"). So if you're lucky (aka your partner beats Assassin's Creed IV early), maybe you'll see them resurface from the den sometime at the end of the summer. And if you're one of the really lucky ones, they'll be smart enough to wait until they work out the kinks in the prototype of the latest consoles they've just got to get their hands on "right now" and you'll be able to delay this grieving process by a few months.
And while it doesn't always seem like buckets of fun to be the one sitting next to them on the couch (take it from me), I think gamers get a bad rep in love. Industry entrepreneur Jenova Chen once said, "Games have so much freedom. You can go anywhere you want." And we're thinking E3 might not be the worst place to find your next love affair. There are a ton of fact-based reasons why a gamer makes the perfect partner.
1. Gamers Are Brainiacs
A recent study found that playing video games actually boosts certain regions in your brain. Researchers from Max Planck Institute for Human Development and Charite University Medicine St. Hedwig-Krankenhaus put a sample of gamers to the test by having them play Super Mario 64 and concluded that "video gaming causes increases in the brain regions responsible for spatial orientation, memory formation and strategic planning, as well as fine motor skills." And here you thought your gamer was just rotting their brain away.
2. Gamers Are Good With Their Hands
Your mom wanted you to marry a doctor ... but we're telling you to nab yourself a gamer. An obvious benefit is that gamers have incredible manual dexterity. Surgeons have been known to play video games for this reason and it helps them with their hands. And well, we'll just let you use your imagination (wink-wink, nudge-nudge).
3. Gamers Are Low Maintenance
Mountain Dew and Domino's Pizza jokes aside, as much as gaming enthusiasts enjoy going out on a date, they will have no qualms with staying in. A cozy at-home date ordering takeout and curling up on the couch is right in their comfort zone.
4. Gamers Are Expert Problem-Solvers
No matter what kind of challenge (or relationship) he faces, a gamer is always up to the task. If you need further convincing, both the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency and the U.S. Army Intelligence Center have used video games for training personnel in critical thinking skills. So their hours spent playing Minecraft, Portal or World of Warcraft are really honing their problem-solving skills. (Okay, so sometimes they use cheat codes, but that's beside the point.) The point is, a gamer will never just throw their hands up in the air. They'll find ways to make you smile or put a fight between you to rest. You can also blame it on spending a stupid amount of time stuck in the Water Temple. (Shudder.)
5. Gamers Are Tech-Savvy
Wouldn't you love to have a Geek Squad guy right at home? Even casual gamers have a working knowledge of their console; it goes hand-in-hand with gaming. The beauty of the XBox One, for instance, is that it's not just a gaming console — it plays movies, music and TV shows and connects you to your favorite apps, and they'll know his way around it all. Kiss your technical difficulties adios.
6. Gamers Are Resourceful And Come Prepared
Whether it's avoiding the undead during a zombie apocalypse, sniper-shooting on the virtually-recreated battlefields of Normandy or running from the cops in GTA5, a gamer always has a strategy (unless they are aimlessly trolling other live gamers — then, they're just being a jerk). But their experience in co-op makes them a valuable partner.
7. Gamers Take Charge Of The Relationship
They're used to playing the role of hero whether it's saving Zelda or kicking space alien butt. And because they're romantics at heart, that means no forgetting your anniversary (as we already mentioned, his memory is top-notch), he will come up with creative date night ideas and thoughtful gifts. And the biggest thing is, he will genuinely strive to make you happy. Isn't that what matters most?