7 Perfect Valentine's Dates For Gamers

Ideas to fill your heart meters.

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We're just a short time away from Nick Valentine's day, which means it's time to dust off all the heart piece puns and come up with an idea to make your player two select you.

It's not easy. Valentine's insists on a forced fondness, and it can be hard to find the right balance between overwrought sentimentality and cynical disregard. The cliché ridden perennials of the season grow stale over time, and more often than not both you and your partner would rather be doing something they actually enjoy.

A date on February 14th needn't be all red wine and roses. Instead, why not steer clear of the trite traditions and tailor your special night in accordance with your shared interests?

For gaming fans, there're plenty of novel ideas to ensure cupid sends an arrow to the heart, not the knee. Who knows, you might end the night like Sonic and put a ring on it?

7. Arcade Ardour

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As a teenager, the arcades of the '80s were the perfect location for a date, a secluded sanctuary away from prying parents where many a young couple enjoyed their formative years filling coin slots.

With the dimly-lit corridors bathed in a romantic neon-glow and a reverberating wall of sound precluding all conversation, invading each other's space was practically encouraged. Huddled together side-by-side before a Pac-Man machine, what might happen if your hand accidentally slipped over your partner's joystick? One had to be careful not to overdo it though, or it'd be game over.

Through the eyes of an adult, the sticky floors, dank lighting, and incessant noise doesn't seem quite so appealing. But for a gaming couple wanting to actually leave the house on Valentine's, what better option is there? Sure, you could hit the dancefloor at a club after a dinner date, but it's a lot more fun to hit the dance-pad of a modern arcade and create new high-scores together.

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Benjamin was born in 1987, and is still not dead. He variously enjoys classical music, old-school adventure games (they're not dead), and walks on the beach (albeit short - asthma, you know). He's currently trying to compile a comprehensive history of video game music, yet denies accusations that he purposefully targets niche audiences. He's often wrong about these things.