We entered an underground cave where the fish-people had set up a military facility. They patrolled back and forth as we waited patiently out of sight. One by one, we jumped into the water and frantically swam as sharp fish teeth pierced our skin. We were after the treasure and equipment the that was held by those running of the facility. With sword in hand, we cut our way through our enemies. It was a typical Tuesday night.
I was a healer and I was dam good at it. So good, that when a newcomer came along and outperformed me, I took notice. He had just joined the guild and I was watching him. Watching him because I wanted to CRUSH him. Did I mention I’m a bit competitive? This is just what I needed to push me to be better.
Several years before I ever met my husband in person, we played a game called World of Warcraft. We played together off and on as we would drive in and out of the game. It was one of those online friends that you always got along with and was always down for a dungeon run. It wasn’t until I was fresh off a long term relationship that meeting him ever occurred to me. We had known each other for years and years but this was brand new experience for both of us.
Early into our courtship we sat down and played against each other in Halo. It started with me kicking his butt and as he got used to the controls…ended with me throwing the controller at his head. I HATE losing. I love that he’s competitive but I also love that we now solely play cooperative games together. Less things get broken this way.
It was a whirlwind romance of weekend visits, wine and video games. He lived about an hour away from me and at this time I was a college student, working two jobs so we fit in time when we could. Most Saturdays I would have to work a 7 hour shift and would come home to find him eating taco bell, pugging a raid on my computer. I know that gaming is a major turn off for a lot of women, but for me it an absolute necessity in a partner. The last thing I needed in my life was the guy I was with whining about how much time I spent on the computer.
Do you remember that newcomer that seriously put me in my place? If you guess that I was talking about my future husband, you’re right! Much later I’ll learn that he had just picked up the class that he was playing and that he barely knew what he was doing! After 5 years of marriage we are still going strong. Those that play together, stay together 🙂