Iíve been a gamer far longer than Iíve been a boyfriend.
Iíd like to say Iím equally good at both, but truthfully Iím probably a better gamer than partner.
I donít think my partner fully realised the extent of my obsession until it was too late. Like any addict I covered it up, hidden beneath the surface knowing in some way it would be a sticking point if it was revealed.
My partner is a non gamer. Sometimes she falls in the Ďcasual gamerí category but it usually only goes as far as getting briefly addicted to Plants vs Zombies, Candy Crush or Angry Birds. I will add one exemption to this rule. For some reason she is phenomenally good at Mariokart 64, this will forever baffle me. It could also be that Iím phenomenally bad at Mariokart and just not willing to admit it, but Iíd never admit that.
On occasion (all the time) I have prioritised video games over chores. I am now the master of cleaning between death matches. As the game loads I will wash some dishes, when I hear the start tone I madly run to the controller. The jobs still get done, eventually.
My partner has always had to relinquish storage space to exorbitant sized laptops and desktops, numerous consoles and stacks of video games. I distinctly remember her coming home to see my latest desktop computer and inquiring if it was a heater. We havenít lived in a house where the TV and Xbox werenít given pride of place, pushing her crafty fabrics and lentils out of the way to make space for the collection I have amassed.
The common discussion after I purchase a new game is ďsurely you donít need any more games?Ē I have no rebuttal to this, as this is more than likely a fair point. Usually Iíll respond with ďsurely you donít need any more clothes or shoes?Ē Stale mate.
She puts up with my bizarre references to video games she has never played and would never dream of playing. I have, on several occasions told her ďthe cake is a lieĒ or asked her ďwould you kindly?Ē only to be met with a blank stare. Trying to understand either of those references out of context is near impossible. ďSo, there is this super computer A.I called GlaDos and she tries to kill you during experiments but you have a gun that can fire portals that is like a teleportation device and she makes you do all these experiments for cake, but there is no cake...Ē Yep I definitely sound stupid.
Often I will tell her about a concept of a videogame, the fundamental story or game play that sets it apart. I know she tries her hardest to stay with it but letís be fair, games have some pretty bizarre concepts. Mass Effect more colloquially became called ďthe game where you talk lotsĒ. Which is actually a pretty fair summation of that game when I think about it.
At the end of it all I think my partner understands. Through all the years Iíd like to think Iíve found a happy medium. Everybody has to have a passion and the few gamers who read this article will understand.
For all my weird behaviour, obscure quotes, library of games, numerous gaming consoles, excessively big computers and meaningless information, she still loves me.