7 Things I’ve Learned as a Gaming Spouse
Growing up, I played a lot of video games. Free time meant playing the latest Burnout video game or Madden. Even though my little bro always beat me in Madden(and still does), I will hold the honor of the fact that he has never kept me scoreless. As I started going steady with the women who is now my wife, back 6 years ago, I still had time for video games…I just slept less. Now that I’m married, and we live together, most things have changed. Keep in mind, she likes video games as well, but not the same type. Here are some of the things I’ve learned as a Gaming Spouse.
- Housework. Learn to do it quickly. This way, when they’re not home(either working or out running errands) you can do what you have to do quick and then have more time to do what you want to do.
- Offline games. Never try to play a game online with your friends when your spouse is around. If for some reason they need you to let the dog out, or get something from the kitchen, or even just want your attention, you need to be able to pause on the spot. Your other half will definitely get angry if you don’t pay attention to them or if you don’t do as they ask right away.
- The Give and Take. Let’s say you and your spouse are at the mall or a department store, they see a pair of earrings, or a nice pair of shoes they want, give them permission to buy it. Once this happens, you can more easily take it upon yourself to buy that new Call of Duty game that just came out.
- Save points. I can’t stress this one enough. You must be able to save when ever you want, or often at least. Your husband/wife is not going to wait that long for you to reach the save point of a game without getting a little angry when you have to go through a 20 minute boss to finally reach the save point. This one goes hand in hand with the “Offline games” rule. You need to be able to put the controller down at any given moment.
- Cut scenes. They are your new best friend. Many will say that the key to a good, long-lasting marriage is communication. Paying attention to them and spending even a bit of time with them here and there, will help you boat loads.
- MMORPG. For those non-gamers out there, this stands for Massive-Multiplayer-Online-Role-Playing-Game. These are games to stay away from. They consume your life and are perfectly fine for when you’re in high school or college and your main focus is school. These games will take away your life. Take a look at an Ex-Blizzard employee for instance. She divorced her husband over World of Warcraft.*
- Game/TV Room. This is also very important. Where ever your television is that you play video games on, make sure there is either another TV or a computer. This way your spouse can keep themselves occupied while you do your thing. You can even try this set up if you’re the creative type.
Next time you’re thinking about getting married, or playing video games while married, take a look at this list. Keep in mind, this list can also be applied with other circumstances as well. You’ll just have to use your brain a little.
*Blizzard is the company that makes WoW(World of Warcraft.)