I am a gamer through and through. Bred on Atari and Nintendo, I always have video games incorporated into my lifestyle. Playing them alone is fun and online co-op with friends is great, but nothing compares to chilling out on the sofa and decapitating zombies with that special guy.
On that first or second date when you go back to his place, you may wander into the living room to "poke around" for clues about his life: is he a secret serial killer, or maybe just a closet (or not-so-closet) nerd? If in that moment you happen to find game cases lying about or stacked neatly atop a Xbox 360, something really special happens: the gaymer connection. The understanding that this guy is passionate about video games. This broadens the experience, especially if he has the same tastes of games as you do. After a half-hour of gushing on tactics in Left 4 Dead 2 or your favorite strategy for surviving cougar attacks in Red Dead Redemption, this almost always leads to a gaming session and possibly some sexy fun.
I can tell you that even with the growing numbers of gaymers in the dating world it can still be a challenge to find that one person that you really jibe with and likes video games just as much as you do. I can count on one hand how many dates I have had with men whose eyes didn't roll into the back of their head when I rattled about my obsession with the Super Nintendo or the latest plot point in the Buffy Season Eight comics. So when you find someone who likes you and video games in tandem the real fun can begin! They say when you date a guy who is the same clothing size as you, you essentially double your wardrobe. The same is true of games. After the break I have listed some of the benefits of dating another hardcore gamer.
1. Add a console: double or triple your pleasure!
So you own an Xbox 360 and a PS3 but not a Wii and he owns a Wii but not the others. Score for both of you! Especially for sleepovers since consoles like the Wii are very transport friendly, throwing it into your trunk can make evenings at his place even more fun!
2. Add to your game and peripheral wardrobe!
Whether it be a copy of Super Street Fighter IV or a Playstation Eye he will no doubt have games or peripherals that you don't.. The merging of assets expands your gamer haven and strengthens your bond.
I once dated a guy who had the entire back collection of Nintendo Power magazines that he had been collecting since his childhood. I squealed like a little girl when I saw the cover for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles issue as my copy had long been ripped to shreds by an annoying kid sister. Dating a guy with a long history of gaming can unearth a treasure trove of gaming collectibles.
4. Tag Team Gaming
So you both just started a new game in Persona 3 Portable and he is still pimping out his characters is Final Fantasy XIII. Nothing compares to a duel grind session while cuddling on the sofa (mind out of the gutter boys!) with breaks from the level farming to share in story events. With this you can experience both games and spend some quality time together.
5. Hugs and Moral Support
Nothing is more brutal than getting owned by some enemy mob in Demon's Souls, so having the moral support and the occasional hug can help make those embarrassing moments more tolerable.
6. He knows exactly what you want
No more worries about your boyfriend signing you up for the mixed bag that is the Playstation Plus on your summer birthday. He will know you are watching the reviews and updates under a magnifying glass before deciding to join making the likelihood of receiving that sexy new black Wii very high.
7. Partnered Gaming Events
Nothing is more fun than having the boys over for a serious dish session followed by a Super Smash Brothers free for all. Rallying the troops and planning a party can be loads of fun and provide an easy way to introduce your new guy to all those nosy friends curious to see with whom you've been spending all this time. The mingling of both social groups will be easy breezy.
8. Cosplay is more fun with a partner!
Back in college my boyfriend and I went as the all male Team Rocket from that wacky Pokemon TV show. Sewing the costumes and painting pokeballs was more fun then I am willing to admit. Going to a con and sharing in the labor of making costumes can be a fun and eye opening experience and there is a camaraderie and solace in knowing he won't poke fun of your Master Chief and Zangief wrestling fan fiction fantasies.
Ultimately, finding that guy who shares in your gaming geekery is difficult. I have dated more frogs then princes and finding gamers in the top few is even rarer. But believe me, they are out there: ones who will make your Singstar score shine brighter and your headshots more plentiful! When you do find him you may find that dating a hardcore gaymer enhances your already hearty gaming lifestyle and also makes cuddling on the couch an all together amazing experience!