Valentine’s Day for Gamers

Valentines Day is coming and you know what that means…  Your significant others and friends are going to want to spend quality time with you.  Want to have the best of both worlds?

I’m going to be honest here and let you know that Valentine’s Day isn’t a big deal to me.  *shrugs*  But, there are many of you out there who love it this post is dedicated to you!  See that?  Digital Distraction has love for all of you 🙂  Well, not you, Estalibar.

Why not combine your love of games with your actual love?  There are a boat load of titles with great co-op and there are even some with story lines that allow for action and love interests.  Let’s reclaim this day as an occasion of fun for everyone.

Halo Reach

Not only is this a great shooter, but there’s a love connection here that plays out through the game.  The male love interest is voiced by Nathan Fillion (Mal from Serenity).  How can you go wrong with that?  Nothing says love like shooting the covenant in the face together.  Make your own side game as well.  Whoever has the most or least head shots…  Fill in your own blanks.  Moving on.

Gears of War 2

This love story is very emotional.  If you haven’t played the Gears of War Series, you’re missing out on a unique shooter.  The story lines are well done and most importantly, they don’t take away from the action.  In my opinion, the character development adds so much to this game that you actually care about what happens to them.  That’s rare for me because I’m usually in it for the achievements.

Uncharted 1, 2, 3

Survivor show winner and wannabe journalist Elena Fisher meets Nathan Drake in a Lara Croft meets Indiana Jones adventure.  Fighting for survival has a way of bringing people together.

I could go on and on with the co-op games, but not everyone is in a relationship.  For those of you who still want some virtual love, here are a few titles for you to play solo.  *wiggles eyebrows*

Mass Effect 1, 2

Mass Effect 1 and 2 offers a captivating story and more hook up options than you can shake a stick at.  Why go human when you can try out an alien.  In the case of Garrus, your hook up will require a bit of research to facilitate.  He’s worth though, isn’t he?  *shrugs*  In Mass Effect 2, lesbian love is featured.  There is an opportunity for the female Shepard to have a relationship with Liara in Mass Effect 1, but since the Asari are gender neutral, I’m not sure that counts.  Look for male/male options in Mass Effect 3.

Dragon Age 1, 2

In Dragon Age 1, 2 homosexual love is featured along with heterosexual love.  There is also an opportunity for a threesome, but that’s for another time.  The story in Dragon Age 1 is wonderful and you really feel like you are absorbed into an adventure.  The characters react based on your game personality and the conversation choices you choose.  I really enjoyed this game.  In Dragon Age 2, it was all about Fenris for me.  You already know that though, don’t you?

Final Fantasy VII

The story of Cloud and Aeris is a sweet, endearing saga that ends in a way that left gamers everywhere with their jaws on the floor.  If you haven’t played the series, what are you waiting for?

Again, there are many titles to choose from in the single player games that have romance options.

Guys, if your girl isn’t the gamer type, but loves romance, you can hook her in with these games and really sell the romance portion.  Find a youtube of a kissing scene.  Kissing scene guys, not a love scene, otherwise she’ll think you’ve been playing some porn game.

Once you’ve piqued her interest, you get to play a good game and she get so see her romance.  Win – win.

Ladies, the reverse works for you as well.  If you want the romance but your man runs at the mere mention of the word, you can lure him in by pumping up the action and adventure portions.  He gets the stuff he likes, you get the stuff you like and you’re spending time together.  I didn’t care about romance in video games until they attached achievements to them.  That made all the difference in the world for me.

Guys, this isn’t the day to use those tired jokes about women needing to stay in the kitchen.  You’ve been warned.  If I see a news story about a man being eviscerated on Valentine’s Day, I’ll know what you did.

If neither of you are into romance, there are a lot of games without it that can be enjoyed together or alone.  Many of the dance titles, puzzlers (like Portal 2), shooters, music, action and adventure games will be fun for all.  For those who want to take their gaming fun online, many MMOs will suck you in.  In Star Wars: The Old Republic, there are options for romance with your companions that you can indulge in or leave.  In Rift, you can actually get married in the game.  There are also other people playing these games in the environment with you.  Please practice safe cybering.

So, now you have a few ideas for what to do together or apart this Valentine’s Day.  What I’d like to see are some of your suggestions.  Help each other out and make the day even more memorable.  Happy Valentine’s Day gamers!

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