Relationships are a complex entity that come in many different forms. No one relationship is the same as any other. The way relationships are crafted is much like clay, you have to work the clay from a formless blob to something of beauty. Assuming your relationship is a functional one. You can be in a relationship where two individuals are just in a complete state of lust and feel nothing but lust towards each other. Then you have the people who do truly love each other and want their relationship to work. As humans I believe we need relationships to keep going, if you be gay, straight, lesbian, bi-sexual, or transsexual you will always need someone to share your life with.
What does this have to do with gaming you may ask? Well, quite a lot actually. Last August, I wrote an editorial about relationships in games. I listed my top three relationships, each being from a different era in gaming history. Now I am back once again talking about relationships. As many of the readers and staff know, I am in a relationship right now. For those who care, know it is going well and I am really happy with the girl I am currently going out with. But there is one thing, it is kind of long distance. Please, spare me from your comments of “It will not work out” or “It is doomed to fail”. I know the record of long distance relationships is not the best one. So, with that being said I do tend to spend A LOT of time on Skype just talking to her. Sometimes, when we both have school off, entire days will be spent just talking and looking at each other on Skype.
Now, instead of playing games on my days off, I am talking to her all day. This can be a bit of a problem when you work at a site that is centered around writing and talking about video games. But, being the somewhat clever guy I think myself to be, I came up with a plan – and by “came up with a plan” I mean I did what Lusipurr told me what to do. You see back in the day my girlfriend and her parents used to all play World of Warcraft together, but she quit when her parents stopped playing shortly after Wrath of the Lich King content was completed. Thus began a month long process of trying to get her to reactivate her WoW account. Finally, about two weeks ago, I sent her a scroll of resurrection and we both rolled Pandarens. Myself a Monk and my girlfriend a Hunter and we are having a blast. I have to say it is fun to have someone you really, really like playing an MMO with you.
But what about my console games? The console games I play are usually heavily single player based with large amounts of play time needed to beat them. I have tried playing games while we are on Skype together, but that is kind of awkward seeing as I am commenting on the game and she cannot see what I am playing, also it seems kind of rude to not be paying attention to her. This is the problem I ran into with the Final Fantasy XII playthrough. So I would finish talking to her on Skype at about 9:00 PM my time and then would sit down to try and play FFXII, but I would be so done with the day I would give up about half way through my session and just go to bed.
Although oddly enough I can play Xenoblade Chronicles and not feel super rude when we are on Skype together. I find this really odd seeing that my girlfriend is a video game fan but, has not really been into current video game culture until I started bringing her back into it with introducing her to this site and other sites like Lusipurr.com. So maybe I just need to let her borrow some of my games so she gets the type of games I am into. Would things be easier if we lived closer together? We could play single player games together, with trading off the controller when the other one dies. Have you ever been in this sort of situation readers? Do you have some favoriate games to play with your loved one? Are you going to be playing Final Fantasy VI with your boyfriend or girlfriend? Let me know in the comments and I hope you had a safe Halloween.