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Dos and Don’ts of Dating A Girl Gamer

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The dating world is a pretty scary place sometimes, especially if one of your hobbies involves spending enough time indoors playing video games that your pale skin can be used as a defensive mechanism in bright sunlight. I mean, I’m pretty sure I can legitimately act as a solar panel in a pinch. What’s a guy who enjoys a night online as much as he enjoys a night on the town to do? Find a girl that feels the same.

However, there are a few things you should keep in mind when it comes to girls and gaming. Things that will prevent you from looking like a massive tool or being thought of as the world’s biggest asshole. Things like:

Do: Treat her like a normal human being.
Don’t: Build a shrine to her and start worshiping the ground she walks on because she has a vagina and plays video games. Unless that’s something you’re both into.

Do: Take her out on dates to normal places and social events.
Don’t: Spend every waking moment you’re together and not boning trying to get her to play a game.

Do: Play multiplayer games with her and treat her as a valued teammate.
Don’t: Condescend and/or spend the whole game white knighting for her. She can probably handle herself if she’s played games for any length of time. Girl gamers get an astonishingly high per-capita “creepy and offensive message” income.

Do: Realize that she’s going to kick your ass sometimes and accept it.
Don’t: Break your console because she’s better than you at Mortal Kombat.

Do: Introduce her to your parents (eventually).
Don’t: Do it at Comicon or Otakon.

Do: Share funny, nerdy internet things with her, because she’ll understand them.
Don’t: Post sexist memes on her Facebook wall. That shit goes over like a lead balloon filled with nuclear waste.

Do: Trade Pokemon with her.
Don’t: Battle her in Pokemon. That shit ruins relationships.

Do: Swap off roles in multiplayer games. Sometimes she wants to lead the charge as the heavy, and a good relationship is flexible.
Don’t: Forget to swap off roles in real life too. If she’s always doing the dishes, you will come to regret it one day.

Do: Get creative with your choices, like in any good relationship.
Don’t: Translate that logic to MOBA builds. Jungle Sona is not a thing.

Do: Have an open dialog about your relationship.
Don’t: Have that open dialog on public voice chat with the rest of your guild.

Do: Experiment in the bedroom.
Don’t: Define the “bedroom” as Role-playing servers for MMOs.

Do: Count yourself lucky, because finding a good girl with nerdy interests can be tough.
Don’t: Be a misogynistic douche and ruin the potential of finding girls like that by driving them out of a community.

With these things in mind, go forth and date. I’m sure that’s a thing many of you already do, but a little encouragement never hurt anyone.

(Featured Image Courtesy Flickr user PopCultureGeek)

About Whiskey Ginger

Whiskey Ginger is a scientist by day and comedy writer by night. Other than his passions for the nerdier things in life, he also writes for comedy sites dedicated to fraternity and postgrad humor. His parents just wish he'd write less dick jokes.

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