For the last few days, I’ve been struggling to come up with a topic to write about for Valentine’s Day. I’m no stranger to writing about the relationship between love and video games, but I wasn’t sure where I wanted to go with a Valentine’s Day special. Short on ideas, I turned to my girlfriend Steff for inspiration.
Instead of just giving me an idea, she kind of made the whole thing. She came up a list of her top 5 video games for couples to play together, and we talked through each of her choices, which I’ve included in this post. Without further ado, here are Steff’s choices for the top 5 video games for couples to play together.
50 Cent: Blood on the Sand
Steff: 50 Cent is an awesome couple game because it can cater to at least two different kinds of people. It’s fun for those who actually play shooter games on the regular because it plays like Call of Duty (so I’ve heard) but it’s also fun for people who just want to mash buttons to shoot and taunt. The best part of it is that because its a little known game, there’s zero intimidation factor in just jumping in. If you’re fine with not necessarily being in the same room (LAN party?) its totally worth a try with a significant other.
Jett: Do any helicopters stand a chance when you and I are on the scene?
Steff: Not even close =P
The Game of Life (iPhone)
Steff: It’s an entertaining game on the go. The convenience factor is a huge plus for the game. The Game of Life is one of those games that is a good time the first time you play or the 99th time. It’s not a blatantly competitive game so there’s no awkward tension to be had in the middle of an Ikea line up or anywhere else you decide to play.
Jett: When we play the physical board game, I play as the blue character and marry another blue character. However, the iPhone game only allows for blue and pink marriage. Will we ever see a day where Franz and I can live happily ever after in the digital version of The Game of Life?
Steff: I hope so. The whole arranged marriage thing in the digital version isn’t as amusing as the choice is. Although, I don’t know how much I want you to run off with an astronaut. [NOTE: Franz is my fictional Game of Life husband, who works as an astronaut]
Crash Team Racing
Steff: I will always have a soft spot in my heart for CTR. It was the first game I ever played on my own console. It’s a game that is meant to be played with groups and so lends itself well to the date dynamic. So long as the competition is kept to a reasonable level, it is always a good time to pit tiger against polar bear against mad scientist.
Jett: You and I will likely never see eye-to-eye on the Crash Team Racing vs. Mario Kart debate. How wrong am I in thinking that Mario Kart is better?
Steff: You can still like your Mario Kart. The true test of a relationship is being able to look past the Playstation vs Nintendo feud. It’s the Capulet vs Montague of the 21st century. Not really but still.
Steff: Singstar is currently one of my favourite games. It’s an awesome party/date game since it’s just a silly thing to do. It has a huge selection available that is sure please all musical tastes. Rock out as a duet or go head-to-head for ultimate stardom. You’re guaranteed at least one groupie at every concert. 🙂
Jett: What was your favourite song that we sang together and why?
Steff: Um…I want to say ‘Don’t Go Breaking My Heart’ just because its the quintessential couple duet and because I love the song.
New Super Mario Bros. Wii
Steff: It’s an awesome group side scroller. Who doesn’t enjoy jumping around as Mario and Luigi? It’s cool to just bubble up and run around with buddies or boy/girlfriends. It’s nice to not worry about competing for supremacy in this game. Needs more princess though.
Jett: Do you mean that you should be able to play as Princess Peach in this game?
Jett: But if you could play as the princess, who would you be saving?
Steff: Meh…details. I just want to play without a moustache 😛
Jett: You can play as one of the mushroom guys.
Steff: Not the same.
Jett: Would Princess Daisy work?
Thank you to Steff for collaborating with me on this post. I hope you lovers and other strangers enjoy on this special day, and I hope to hear your picks for the best video games for couples to play together!