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Can Video Games Help Your Marriage?

April 13, 2008

To sum it up. Yes.

Like anything, you must take the good with the bad. I watched my friends marriage become ravaged by the horrid MMORPG World of Warcraft. They became separated more and more while playing online and then she started hanging with someone else’s clan. It ended in a divorce. Maybe it was not as “dramatic” as all of that given there where many factors leading up to the split, but you cannot deny how serious this video game non-sense can get.

Just like marriages can be created online, they can be destroyed! Be it by social networking, adult matching sites or even online games.

My wife and I get along as great as any married couple do. But like most, we sometimes lose the communication that is needed to keep a marriage strong. We have full time jobs and run our own business together and keep pretty damn busy otherwise. While we do communicate just fine, we never get into extremely in-dept conversations without something getting in the way. Odd enough, the time we talk the most is right before bed when playing co-op or verses with each other with our DS’s.

We game dammit, and we talk. We talk trash, we talk about the world, we talk about work, we talk about how much we hate the “squiggly” blocks in Tetris and how they always seem to rain down on you when your chips are down (random my ass). We talk about how Peach always hits a 10 when you are both 5 away from the star and how snaking ruined Mario Kart. We talk about everything.

We first discovered this when we played games together on the NES. Bubble Bobble for example is always a great conversation starter as well as SMB 3. I daresay my wife has never said no to, “You wanna hope in bed in play tetris?.” Your never “not tired enough” to retire to bed for some gaming.

The only thing I can hope for is more and more Co-Op games one can play and still have a great conversation with in doing so. Some of the best conversations I wish I had on tape where in a dorm room playing Contra ROMS on a Dreamcast. Your wife may be down for some trash talking too so get her a ds of her own and get read to get owned.

This is Colonial Chuch Frisby, and the truth may piss you off.

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