And many of you did exactly that. The tales of geek love brought a tear to this cynic’s eye. But only five of you could win – we only have five codes to give away, after all!
So, the five winners are:
Batguy Two foreign excursions that my wife and I been on exemplify our shared geekiness.
The first was a 150 mile round-trip across England, driving together from Nottingham to Leeds (and back again) in one evening to see They Might Be Giants – the quintessential geek band – play. We only had a rough idea where we were headed, but we somehow made it on time, despite the cold and darkness.
The other excursion was when we spent half a day trying to track down the Tokyo pokemon centre. The first place we went to turned out to be the old site, then all we could find about the new site was the nearest train station. We wandered aimlessly around the streets surrounding that station until we encountered a steady stream of school kids carrying green pokemon shopping bags. “Follow the children!”, she said. So we followed them back to the source and found our goal! We were easily the two most excited people in the store, and spent wayyy too much on high quality pokemon merchandise.
So that’s two of our geekiest moments. Both showed that even when faced with total cluelessness, our geek instincts always save the day!
welbot My wife and I are both game addicts! We met online and our relationship blossomed through lots of chatting. While there have been many a geeky moment over the years, like both of us rocking out to guitar hero in front of 30+ friends of my parents friends. BUt I would have to say that probably the most geeky moment would have to have been the marriage proposal. I made up a lovely flash animation outlining all the things I loved about her, and finished with an array of fireworks asking her to marry me! She actually replied to me with a powerpoint presentation containing some photos and a big YES on the final page! I was shocked and stoked!! I never expected her to embrace the geekiness for a reply, but it eally warmed my heart that she put in the effort! Unfortunatly for us, both of those got lost in a now dead harddrive. Perhaps one day if I get a spare $1000 I’ll try to get it recovered, but until then, it shall remain just a loving warm memory!
EzyLee My girl hates the fact that I play video games. She just doesn’t get it and roles her eyes at me every time I am glued to the TV battling it out in an imaginary world.
Little Big Planet came along and I decided to test out the level creator. I made a level that was a bit like a picnic that I could take her along. I set up some candles, nice ambient music, a picnic rug, a giant diamond ring and beside that a big red button. I handed her the controller and explained to her that what we were about to play was something that I had created especially for her.
We started off just jumping over things, and having a bit of a laugh. We finally got to the end of the level with the rug and the big red button. She let out a big ‘awwww, isn’t that sweet!’ I invited her to press it, which she did… from the air dropped down thousands of different sized hand made love hearts that covered our picnic area. She started to cry as she gave me a big hug. We then spent the next 10-15 minutes jumping over and playing with the hearts.
After that level, she decided to give the rest of the game a go… Little Big Planet was the first game that she has ever played and completed.
Daniel Tyler Well this is a two parter really. First was how I broke the ice with my girlfriend (well ex now) and what I did first night she stayed with me.
On my wall at my place I have space invaders painted above my bed. When I met her the first time I asked her if she’d like to see my space invaders. She came over saw them and bust out laughing. She had labelled me the “invaders guy” but hey she remembered me.
When she stayed over the first night, we had a power failure. No big deal, but that’s how I learnt she feared the dark. But lucky me I had bought the collectors edition of COD with the nightvision goggles.
I gave her theme switched them on. Her fear was but to rest and my reward was my first kiss with her…WITH THE GOGGLES STILL ON!
Matthew Carroll HEAVY RAIN PLOT SPOILERS BELOW.
For about two weeks we would have ritual after-school Heavy Rain sessions every Wednesday, and take turns in each chapter. Some choice quotes:
Me: “NO PICK THE AXE, NOT THE HACKSAW! IT’S AN EASIER CUT, TRUST ME”
Me: “HE’S GOT A GUN, QUICK SHOOT HIM!…oh wait, it wasn’t a gun… woops”
Her: “GET OUT OF THE CAR! GET OUT OF THE CAR!…WHY’D YOU LEAVE HER IN THE CAR!?”
Her: “IM TELLING YOU, THE CLOWN ‘IS’ THE ORIGAMI KILLER!”
Her: “DON’T WORRY ILL JUST CLIMB OUT ONTO THE WINDOWSILL AND SIDLE ALONG THE EDGE…WHY DID SHE JUMP OUT OF THE WINDOW?!”
non-gamer bystander: “PICK UP THE STICK AND GIVE IT TO HIM, QUICK” “you can’t do that” “JUST GIVE HIM THE STICK, HE’LL DROWN OTHERWISE!!”
Instead of what would probably be this deep, personal experience, it was as if all the characters were bickering old couples trapped inside adult bodies.
IT WAS POSSIBLY THE MOST FUN WE’VE EVER HAD PLAYING GAMES TOGETHER.