Lately, my husband and I have both been playing Breath of the Wild, which is really nice because we can talk about it with each other and share tips and hints. The downside is that we’re currently sharing the Switch and have to plan when I get to play and when he gets to play. This got me thinking about the pros and cons of being a gaming couple!
Pro: Co-op partners for life
In addition to being able to talk about games with each other, we always have someone to play co-op games with! It’s great since we’re sitting next to each other, and we don’t have to worry about using a headset or typing to chat. It also guarantees that we’re always playing with a competent co-op partner. We don’t have to deal with the frustration of finding someone random online. Playing a good co-op game together is one of our favorite ways to spend time together!
Con: Having to plan our games around each other
This is what we’re doing now with the Switch. We have to plan when each of us gets a turn, and we have to do this whenever we play any console game. With PC, we’ll both buy a copy, so we don’t have to share, but it’s not very reasonable to buy two of every console. Most of the time, we plan our games so we aren’t on the same console and have to switch discs. For example, if I know he’s using the PS3, I’ll play a PC game or use a different console. (We also have to split up our consoles on different TVs, so they can be played at the same time.)
Pro: Understanding gaming moments
When you really get into a video game, interruptions are super annoying, especially if it’s something that can’t pause (online games or a cinematic). Fortunately, my husband and I understand that. For example, if he’s in the middle of an online match, I’ll wait until it’s finished or a good time (like during a respawn) to bug him, and he’d do the same for me.
An early memory was back when we were dating in college. He came over to pick me up for dinner to find that I was the only healer in a MMO group. It would be a jerk move to leave them in the middle of a boss fight! Though it was my fault for not timing it better, he didn’t mind at all and waited for me to finish. A++ boyfriend move.
Con: It’s hard to hide spoilers
Not only do we have to plan our console use, but sometimes we have to plan when we finish a game. I tend to stay up later, and he tends to wake up earlier, so we try to beat games while the other is asleep. It doesn’t always happen that way though, and even though we try to warn each other or use headphones, it’s still easy to see something. For example, I’ve already seen some of Bayonetta 2’s ending, and he saw some of Bioshock Infinite’s ending before he played it. Oops. (We’re also having problems hiding Breath of the Wild spoilers from each other right now.)
Pro: We influence each other’s gaming
Though we love a lot of the same games, some of our gaming preferences differ, and we often play different games. (You can see the similarities and differences in our favorites lists.) Thanks to this, we’ve introduced each other to games we might not have played otherwise! I feel like we expand each other’s experience with video games, and I love that.
This is also the main hobby that we share. (Other than eating good food – does eating count as a hobby?) I tend to like creative hobbies (photography, cosplay, etc), and he tends to like competitive ones (sports). Of the hobbies that we do, I’m really glad that gaming is the one we overlap on and that we can share our love of gaming with each other!