Dating Games -You Could Get Laid!

Written by PushingUpRoses on April 15th, 2010

Date time!
I admit, unabashedly, to being what one would call a nerd.  Gaming has alwaysseemed to be a big part of my life, even as a young girl.  I remember vividly the day I got my first Tandy computer, and falling in love with parser driven games like King’s Quest, Space Quest, and Hugo’s House of Horrors.  Because my love for computers and video games blossomed at such a young age, it stayed with me up until adulthood, and has even managed sneak into my love life.  As backwards as it may sound, I am a girl who would rather play a video game on a date then go to a movie, so when I am looking for a candidate suitable for dating, I make sure that video game play is going to be on the agenda.   But what exactly makes a game appropriate for a date?  In my experience, some date games only lead to disasters (like Tetris.  God.  The blocks.  STOP THE BLOCKS!) but other games can lead to a pleasant experience, and can even lead to…ahem…other activities of a more sexual nature.   So when you finally do find that perfect partner that likes video games almost as much as you do, you can refer to this list of possible date games.   These are games I’ve played personally on dates, and have had success with.

Phantasmagoria

Phantasmagoria

Wow, where can I even start with this game?  One might look at it and immediatelydoubt its ability to be a good date game, but I am telling you, it has the potential to make an eventful night.

So what are the pros exactly?  It’s very long. (…that’s what she said?)  It’s especially long if you are new to the adventure type genre, and you are not familiar with the classic Sierra puzzles.  Because it’s very time consuming, this is a good game to play over a nice chunk of time, which means more dates.  Give your date an excuse to come back, I say.  Even if it’s just to continue a game.  Even if your date doesn’t like you, well, maybe he or she will like the game enough to go back for more.

The cheese factor in this game is exponentially more than other games, which makes it amusing.  Because the game is so interactive, it will cause you and your date to engage in conversation and work together to solve the puzzles, and we all know how awkward it can be when you have nothing to say on your date.

Because the game is categorized as horror, it’s also good to scare the living daylights out of each other to provoke comforting.  There was a point in this game where a cat flies out of nowhere and attacks your character, and when this happened during my date, I clung to my partner like wet clothes.  It’s very much like seeing a scary movie with your date, only this is much more interactive, so instead of stiffly sitting there in a theater or on the couch watching a movie with your date and constantly wondering what your next move would be, you could be engaging in puzzles, talking with each other, and laughing over how cheesy this game actually is.

Kings Quest 6

Alright, alright. I know this is the second Sierra game I have mentioned, but it really needs to be, and I’ll tell you why.  This game fills me with tremendously wistful and romantic feelings, because it’s basically a romantic comedy in game form.  This game pretty much encompasses every Jennifer Aniston chick flick ever made. Even if you are a guy or a girl that happens to flee from all things cheesy and romantic, there are still some pros to consider.   The most important point being, it’s simply a fun game, filled with whimisical and fantastical creatures, references to fairy tales, challenging (but not overly obtuse) puzzles, and pleasing to the eye graphics.  Because it’s challenging, it makes it a great game to collaborate on, and because of it’s romantic nature, it’s a great game to spark some amorous feelings.  The sentiments of the main character are very sweet and good natured, and really emphasizes the heroic prince archetype.

I admit, the premise is a bit overused and corntastic.  But I still find myself slipping into that giddy teenage girl, hoping for a handsome young prince to come sweep me away from the voracious Minotaur!!! Well.  At least come sweep me away from my math class.

Super Mario World

Super Mario World is one of the games my generation grew up on.  I was six when it came out, which put me at an age where I was old enough to at least understand the game, but too young to actually be very good at it.  I guess I was a pretty ill-attentive girl, because I seriously didn’t beat this game until my late teens.

Super Mario world is a great date for gamers and non gamers alike.   Even if you are not a big gamer, chances are, you most likely know who Mario and Luigi are, and are pretty familiar with the games.  Nintendo has always been really good at creating games that everyone can play regardless of their age and gender, and also the masters of making an enjoyable multi-player.  This game is good in particular for it’s turn based style collaboration.

The game is also not very emotion heavy; it’s seriously a happy go lucky fun game.  Out of the three games I mentioned thus far, this is probably the most light hearted.  No drama, no heavy emotions, no odd feelings, just a good time for a fun date.

Note * If I am on a date, I refuse to be Luigi. Don’t even think of trying to play Mario. I will harm you.

Rock Band


One of the most socially adept games I have ever played has to be Rock Band. Guitar Hero was okay, but Rock Band was the first game I played that really managed to get me to open up at parties and social gatherings. Not only can the players actually play together simultaneously (unlike the turn based style of Super Mario World) but it’s a good way to start conversations about your music interests! I know I am not alone when I say that similar music interests are important to me when looking for boyfriend material. I can tell what kind of music my date may or may not like based on the songs they choose, and there’s nothing better than finding common interest on a band we both like. I think it’s safe to say that everyone likes music (and if you don’t…well..what planet are you from?..) and listening to music can be a great way to lighten the mood and have a good time (unless you’re listening to Morrissey. Liiiiife suuuuuuucks).

Lumines

…Wait a second. Lumines!?!? No no no, this isn’t supposed to be on my list!  I hate this game with every fiber of my being!  Ugh, I am just so bad at this game it makes me angry.  It makes me feel so…riled up.  So…aggressive. So…..aroused?? Could it be the sheer frustration of losing this game to my opponent makes me want to bone him? (I know.  I’m such a tactile girl.)

Huh.  Interesting.  You’d think losing at a game like this would make me pretty irritable.  After all, no one likes losing a game to someone else.  But this game is so exciting, so challenging.  I hate it!!! ….But I love it.

The multiplayer mode in Lumines can be very very competitive.  For some people (like myself) a good competitive game can really get the heart goin’, and cause a lovely adrenaline rush.  Let’s just say, this game has led to some very good times for me and my date.

….I still hate it though.

Technically, any game can be made into a decent date game depending on the person.  These games may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but they have certainly made for some fun times with the dates I played them with.  So, don’t just look for a date to go see a movie with or go out to dinner with.  Add some fun;  pop in that old SNES cartridge or break out the Xbox! And for gods sake, keep Lumines away from me unless you are looking to be mauled.

I’d love to hear other people’s experiences with playing games on dates, so spill ‘um!

  • DanManX

    Sarah, why must you include those parts about what Lumines led to? You know your fans are all nerds. You know what you do to us. Darn you.

  • pushinguproses

    Ahahaha, SORRY! I'm just sayin…Lumines WILL GET YOU LAID. That is all.

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/DeanTheAdequate DeanTheAdequate

    Ah, games on dates. There were two moments in my past when such a thing came up.

    Soul Calibur for the Dreamcast- I would send quite a time trouncing my girlfriend at the time, unless she was playing as lizardman for some reason. However we didn't lead into more amorous situations because a) she was an honest to goodness “Good Catholic Girl” and b) She always had a third wheel tagging along.

    Gauntlet: Dark Legacy- Nothing get's my wife into a righteous fury like a long round of smashing things in Gauntlet. It's easy to use control scheme makes it perfect for a bit of epic button mashing, which can work up a fury for other button mashing later. And if you're a little more adventurous you can go four way… Aww yeah.

  • Kimmy

    *shivers* Phantasmagoria is a scary game!! But I liked it.

    =/ I think I've only played king's quest with you once. I need to borrow them from you or something.

    lol…honestly, getting laid is far from my mind right now. You got me wanting to play those games right now.

  • hatbocs

    For Biscuit and I, Counter Strike: Source was our date game of choice. Boom headshot?

  • Biscuit

    Haha, baby you're so dang dirty =P

  • thewindowkeeper

    Doom. Seriously, Doom was the game my fiance would play almost constantly until I got my Mac. Now, we play Rock Band or Beautiful Katamari, or riff on games like Deadly Premonition and Spawn: The Eternal.

    I turned her on to gaming (and some of my musical tastes). Recently, I got her to play the Gabriel Knight series, and I'm going to find my Sanitarium discs to get her to play that too.

  • viktor13036

    Surprised about Phantasmagoria

    I found any game on the Wii is a good turn-on, along with one girl having to change her panties when I tact nuked her on MW2 and when I had one girl that was interested in RPG's over Final Fantasy VI (the opera part was AMAZING FOR BOTH OF US) and Suikoden was a rare game for her (she never heard of the series). so when she goto the big SPOILER death scene for Gremio, she cried for a long while… who comforted her? that's right 😉

  • http://twitter.com/khakhov Khadeja Merenkov

    Games on dates….hm…well I really, REALLY love watching people play games more than actually play them myself (I know, I know) so a great date would be me watching someone play a Metal Gear Solid game, or a Final Fantasy game, or something like that. Something with a storyline I guess. It's most fun when the person is laid back, so we can make funny comments about the ridiculous storyline, design, or whatever.

    Rock Band is totally awesome and I would actually play it on a first date as long as I can sing! 😀 I'd try to play the guitar but they'd just have to realise that I stink at it and that I am not playing to win. Meh, I don't think I could date anyone who couldn't just play a game for fun without wanting to win anyway.

  • pushinguproses

    I totally relate to wanting to watch people play video games. When I was young, I used to watch my older brother play computer games all the time, so it brings back some good memories.

    I think a lot of people lay on too much hate for rock band. I think it's a great game, especially for social situations. My instrument of choice are the drums!

  • neoscriptor

    Ah yes, I remember a certain girl screaming at that part in Phantasmagoria 😉 While it did lead to good things, you scared the hell out of me! We'd be playing, and something scary and disturbing would happen and you'd just sit there. Then a stinking cat jumps out and you scream bloody murder!! 😛

    I too must mention Gabriel Knight, since you (Roses) introduced me to it and got me absolutely hooked! I couldn't leave your side, I _had_ to play it with you.

    Here's to some GK II action 😉

  • http://twitter.com/khakhov Khadeja Merenkov

    I don't know why people dislike Rock Band so much…I guess because it took from the popularity of Guitar Hero? But…but…it's BETTER!! 😛 I tried playing drums, but…ohhhh LAWD. Disaster! I might try it again though because it was pretty fun nevertheless :3

  • Richard Wesker

    My ex and I used to play Silent Hill 2 together, but I guess that wouldn't count as gaming on a date as we lived with each other at the time. Other games included classic stuff like Pac-Man and Tetris. She was a retro gamer for the most part.

  • http://www.warofthesoulites.com Natasha Bennett

    My hubby and I were hooked for the first time after we talked about Mortal Kombat 4, and we really like to play any two-player games. The cheesier the better.

    I'm not so sure about Phantasmagoria-just because of the gore content which could potentially throw off your date. I must say that I love Phantasmagoria 2-not as a date game, but because I actually work in an office and Spoony's review made it all the more hilarious. 'I heard that Natasha'.

    Let's see…King's Quest 6 was good but wasn't crazy about the sound system. For whatever reasons I could not turn off the beeps which annoyed some of my family.

    Super Mario and Rock Band I do agree would be great date games :)

    Cheers,
    Natasha

  • thewindowkeeper

    What a lot of people don't realize, though, is that Rock Band is made by the people who did the first two Guitar Hero games. After the second, Harmonix did Rock Band and Neversoft took over the GH series. It wasn't until the success of Rock Band that Neversoft made a band based GH game. Then, years later, they make Band Hero. At that point, it should've stopped.

  • http://twitter.com/khakhov Khadeja Merenkov

    Games on dates….hm…well I really, REALLY love watching people play games more than actually play them myself (I know, I know) so a great date would be me watching someone play a Metal Gear Solid game, or a Final Fantasy game, or something like that. Something with a storyline I guess. It's most fun when the person is laid back, so we can make funny comments about the ridiculous storyline, design, or whatever.

    Rock Band is totally awesome and I would actually play it on a first date as long as I can sing! 😀 I'd try to play the guitar but they'd just have to realise that I stink at it and that I am not playing to win. Meh, I don't think I could date anyone who couldn't just play a game for fun without wanting to win anyway.

  • Aramis Dagaz

    I found Castle Crashers to be an awesome dating game. What better way to bring each other closer than to epically kick serious ass together?

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  • sunnyheadcase

    I know this might be an old post, but I really enjoyed this read :)

    Personally I've found the Mario Party games to be fairly conducive to date activities (as long as you don't set the turn count too high) but sometimes my competitive stints gets the best of me and I focus in on the game more than whatever else is going on in the room. Dibs on Boo… Always…

    If the person if a fellow Star Wars fan, Tie fighter is a great throwback game to play. It somehow leads to a lot of talk about movies (Star Wars and other) and bonding over the nameless faceless character you play in it.

    And of course any of the Monkey Island games, because they're just fun and funny.