Valentines Day Tagged Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Valentines Day RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network Fortnite Brings the Love with Valentine's Update https://www.gameskinny.com/2fe4m/fortnite-brings-the-love-with-valentines-update https://www.gameskinny.com/2fe4m/fortnite-brings-the-love-with-valentines-update Thu, 08 Feb 2018 11:23:38 -0500 bazookajo94

With the lovey-dovey-est of all holidays approaching, Fortnite has released a new Valentine's Day patch so gamers can partake of the holiday while they game, too. 

The Fortnite team promises fun new skins for the upcoming holiday, including an Adonis statue with pink pants and a punk pink bear with a cute little heart nose. 

But the most exciting feature of the new update is the addition of a new weapon: the crossbow. What better way to celebrate love than by obliterating the competition with a well-timed arrow straight to the heart (or should I say knee)?

The crossbow can be found either by ground or by chest, and the weapon has both Rare and Epic variations. 

For gamers venturing out of Battle Royale and into the Save the World game mode, they can expect a love transformation there, too -- a themed quest that is aptly named "A Love Story, told the Fortnite Way." 

Though the original update was slated for today, Epic had to push their release of the patch due to technical concerns, so the patch won't be available until February 14th. 

Until then, buy yourself a box of chocolates and be patient. 

]]>
10 Gaming Couples We'd Love to See Hook Up https://www.gameskinny.com/x50su/10-gaming-couples-wed-love-to-see-hook-up https://www.gameskinny.com/x50su/10-gaming-couples-wed-love-to-see-hook-up Mon, 22 Jan 2018 10:51:27 -0500 bazookajo94

[{"image":"https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/w/h/y/why-dont-you-trust-nathan-lara-soralover45678-d7vbyd9-a2b7a.jpg","thumb":"https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_85,w_97/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/w/h/y/why-dont-you-trust-nathan-lara-soralover45678-d7vbyd9-a2b7a.jpg","type":"slide","id":"177571","description":"

It's been a wild ride. We've gone from couples that are borderline terrifying because of their fandoms to couples that are borderline terrifying because they are literally monsters who kill people. 

\n

But love is love, and the internet is the internet, and you can't stop people from wanting and believing in love -- and then writing about it and drawing pictures for it. 

\n

Maybe, instead of searching through the internet to satisfy your cravings for crossover ships, just stick to Tomodachi Life. At least you can guarantee PG -- and only PG -- things happening on that game. 

"},{"image":"https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/f/0/a/f0abded34ffb596fec5f6e9d343b2029-moon-tattoos-geek-games-4ad60.jpg","thumb":"https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_85,w_97/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/f/0/a/f0abded34ffb596fec5f6e9d343b2029-moon-tattoos-geek-games-4ad60.jpg","type":"slide","id":"177568","description":"

Jigglypuff x Kirby

\n

Another cute and wholesome ship, Jigglypuff and Kirby are a pair that I never thought about together until I saw a piece of fanart and cursed myself for not thinking of it sooner. 

\n

Although their relationship seems to stem from the fact that they're both pink and round and adorable, they work as a pair because they're both pink, round, and adorable together. 

\n

And there's nothing wrong with pairing together two cute things. 

"},{"image":"https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/s/f/d/sfdd-efdf7.png","thumb":"https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_85,w_97/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/s/f/d/sfdd-efdf7.png","type":"slide","id":"177567","description":"

Pinky x Boo

\n

The research I did for this article took me to some dark places, showed me some things I've never wanted to see ever in my life, burned frightening images into my brain. 

\n

One of the few bright aspects I found while searching was a brief line that mentioned Boo and Pinky as a couple, and I thought that was the cutest thing I've ever heard. 

\n

Two ghosties with differing agendas in different universes, living their undead lives and haunting their heroes. I'm glad someone out there thought to pair them together, because I think two 8-bit ghosts together is the most adorable thing that can happen in an article like this. 

"},{"image":"https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/0/a/e/0ae9f7882c60c70e1009b80181c06dc7-759e8.jpg","thumb":"https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_85,w_97/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/0/a/e/0ae9f7882c60c70e1009b80181c06dc7-759e8.jpg","type":"slide","id":"177570","description":"

Nurse Joy x Dr. Mario

\n

You know which Mario doesn't get enough love? Dr. MarioTalk about a fun game with a cute aesthetic and an intense hard mode. Some of the love for this game was renewed when Super Smash Bros brought Dr. Mario into the ring, but what sort of love does Dr. Mario really deserve? 

\n

Though he could be paired with any nurse and people would probably be like, "Oh, cute," Dr. Mario and Nurse Joy make a cute couple. 

\n

They both deserve more than their fandom gives them -- and their stereotypical medical outfits pair well together. 

\n

So please, internet. Give the people what they want. 

"},{"image":"https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/e/n/d/enderman-slenderman-kasodani-d5cp3zy-896e4.jpg","thumb":"https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_85,w_97/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/e/n/d/enderman-slenderman-kasodani-d5cp3zy-896e4.jpg","type":"slide","id":"177569","description":"

Slenderman x Enderman

\n

Yes, you read that right. Slenderman x Enderman. 

\n

I bet you didn't know this was a thing. And why would you even think about it, except for the fact that they both lurk around at night and try to kill you? And their names both end in -man, which I guess just solidifies their love. 

\n

Slenderman and Enderman are a thing, guys. Find the fanfic, look for the fan art, and you will find it because this is a thing. 

\n

And you know what? It's not the worst thing I've ever seen. I can see where people are coming from. So enjoy all you can of these two before the Slenderman movie comes out and some really uncomfortable new ships arise. 

\n

Photo credit: Rosenblade

"},{"image":"https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/f/o/r/for-you-miss-wii-fit-trainer-villager-rzstudio-d8s2tfl-a7d8c.png","thumb":"https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_85,w_97/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/f/o/r/for-you-miss-wii-fit-trainer-villager-rzstudio-d8s2tfl-a7d8c.png","type":"slide","id":"177566","description":"

Wii Fit Trainer x Villager

\n

Super Smash Bros is an amazing game. It satisfies our hunger for crossovers by combining our favorite characters into one game and letting them tear each other apart -- or work together.

\n

It also pairs people together that you would never expect to be together until you hear someone say, "Wouldn't they be cute?" and suddenly that couple is all you can think about. 

\n

That's gotta be the only explanation for the Wii's Wii Fit Trainer being paired with Animal Crossing's Villager. Their popularity is baffling, but spend enough time looking at the fanart, and you start to see what everyone else is seeing: they are kinda cute together...

\n

Photo credit: RZSTUDIO

"},{"image":"https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/s/i/l/silent-hill-nurse-d72c3.jpg","thumb":"https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_85,w_97/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/s/i/l/silent-hill-nurse-d72c3.jpg","type":"slide","id":"177561","description":"

Nurse x Witch

\n

Who's says monsters can't have love? Any piece of fiction retelling the story of Beauty and the Beast sets out to prove this theory -- and people love it. 

\n

But will people love it as much if a monster is paired with another monster? I like to think so -- and no monsters go better together than a Witch and a Nurse. 

\n

Though most people ship the Nurse from Silent Hill with Pyramid Head (which is also cute -- if you can call couples like that cute), and Left 4 Dead's Witch with the Hunter, putting the two creepy women together just seems like the only natural course of action. 

\n

They're both dreary, creepy, and ready to kill. I am ready for the fan art.

\n

(Seriously, though. Where is it?)

"},{"image":"https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/c/r/o/cross-over-lara-croft-nathan-drake-asunachou-dakdrc5-84add.jpg","thumb":"https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_85,w_97/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/c/r/o/cross-over-lara-croft-nathan-drake-asunachou-dakdrc5-84add.jpg","type":"slide","id":"177565","description":"

Lara Croft x Nathan Drake

\n

I talk a lot about couples made for each other, but in all honesty, I don't think there's any crossover couple as made for each other as Lara Croft and Nathan Drake are. 

\n

I don't even have to tell you why they would work together because I'm sure that as soon as you saw them staring soulfully into each other's eyes, you were like, "Ah. Yep. I get it." 

\n

Just imagine the temples they could explore. Imagine the shenanigans. Imagine the perils they'll face -- together. I'm dying over here. 

\n

Good thing there's enough fan art and some fanfiction to hold me over until someone makes me a game.

\n

Photo credit: AsunaChou

"},{"image":"https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/k/i/m/kim-eul-bong-illust-bff3f.jpg","thumb":"https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_85,w_97/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/k/i/m/kim-eul-bong-illust-bff3f.jpg","type":"slide","id":"177551","description":"

Jinx x Harley Quinn

\n

With all the hubbub going around about people finally realizing that Joker and Harley's relationship isn't as cute as everyone once thought it to be, it's nice to know that people can escape that Mad Love by shipping Harley with someone else -- like with League of Legends' Jinx. 

\n

Though, with both of their tendencies to blow stuff up and laugh about it, their relationship could be just as dysfunctional as Joker and Harley. 

\n

But they just look so cute together ....

\n

As a side note, some fanfic writers and fan art artists portray Jinx as Joker and Harley's daughter; personally, I prefer the romantic ship. 

\n

Photo credit: Kim Eul bong

"},{"image":"https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/f/4/4/f441dfb1cabfa8089af3aa1e0f24302e-85a4a.jpg","thumb":"https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_85,w_97/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/f/4/4/f441dfb1cabfa8089af3aa1e0f24302e-85a4a.jpg","type":"slide","id":"177553","description":"

Samus x Mega Man

\n

I think we deserve a well-earned palate cleanser after that first ship. Let's reward ourselves with the cuteness that is Samus and Megaman. 

\n

What's not to love? They both shoot guns, they both fight aliens, and they're both heroes worth looking up to. They even have the cute complementary color palette of blue and orange that alludes to them being an "opposites attract" couple, even though I just spent three sentences saying how similar they are. 

\n

If nothing else, Samus x Mega Man fulfill the cutest couple trope of all: height difference.

\n

Photo credit: TeeTurtle

"},{"image":"https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/f/a/k/fake-sonic-screenshot-mario-xxsilverthehedgehog-d62n64p-2c6fa.png","thumb":"https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_85,w_97/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/f/a/k/fake-sonic-screenshot-mario-xxsilverthehedgehog-d62n64p-2c6fa.png","type":"slide","id":"177552","description":"

Mario x Sonic

\n

Admittedly, this first pairing is more of a crack pairing than any serious inkling I have to ship these two. But their fanbases are so large -- and terrifying -- that even if I were loath to seriously include them on this list, somewhere out there is someone currently writing the fanfiction and drawing the art (you could not pay me to link to this), and I have no choice but to add them to a crossover coupling list because of their popularity. 

\n

Is it their competitive natures that appeal to people? Their similar "Jack of All Trades" stats in their sports games? Perhaps it's the contrast of the red and the blue. 

\n

I don't know. I don't care. Perhaps in a PG universe, I could see the appeal -- alas, as long as rule 34 exists in the universe, I will never do an image search for Mario and Sonic ever again. 

"},{"image":"https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/h/a/r/harley-quinn-jinx-avalon-d9c1yqe-2184b.jpg","thumb":"https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_85,w_97/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/h/a/r/harley-quinn-jinx-avalon-d9c1yqe-2184b.jpg","type":"slide","id":"177550","description":"

You remember when you first bought Tomodachi Life and, after you made everyone in the room and your secret crush, you started thinking, "Wouldn't it be great if my avatar hooked up with my fictional love, lol?"

\n

So you make a few of your fictional crushes, and you wait for them to notice you -- but instead, they notice someone else, and you're like, "No! That's not who you're supposed to be with!" -- and now Mario is married to Zelda, and Link is watching Samus, and Peach is starting a family with your cousin Joe, and you're starting to think that this isn't too bad ....

\n

Okay, so maybe this is more of a personal problem. But there is something unbelievably fun about romantically pairing off characters that could never meet in their respective universes. 

\n

It's up to you to decide if these 10 crossover couples are more of a crack pairing, a match made in heaven, or a match made in the ninth circle of hell. 

\n

Photo credit: Avalon- 23

"}]]]>
10 Sexiest Bachelorettes in the Gaming Universe https://www.gameskinny.com/ner1f/10-sexiest-bachelorettes-in-the-gaming-universe https://www.gameskinny.com/ner1f/10-sexiest-bachelorettes-in-the-gaming-universe Mon, 22 Jan 2018 10:00:02 -0500 ThatGamersAsylum

[{"image":"https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/c/r/o/crowd-people-images-sihlouette-bf709.jpg","thumb":"https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_85,w_97/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/c/r/o/crowd-people-images-sihlouette-bf709.jpg","type":"slide","id":"177609","description":"

Player Character from Every Game that Lets you Create Your Own Character, EGTLYCYOC

\n

Whether you are playing Skyrim, Mass Effect, or Fire Emblem, you can rest easy knowing that when the control is placed into your hands, you can create your ideal woman, or at least the one who most nearly approximates your ideal woman based off of the customization options available at your fingertips.

\n

Some RPGs leave the story so open-ended that you have complete freedom of interpretation; in other words, you can decide your own character traits. So if there's a quality your dream girl would have that no sane game developer would have the guts to include, then you can take solace in knowing that she has it, even if it is an unspoken truth that only you and she know about.

\n

---

\n

Phew! That was exhausting. It’s hard to write about so many beautiful women without getting a little worn out. But alas, my mission is complete, and we have brought together the 10 sexiest bachelorettes in gaming. Since I already know I am inevitably wrong, who would you have loved to have seen on this list? And which entries do you think should be taken off? We’d love to hear about what fictional ladies keep you up at night.

\n

Note: If fictional ladies are literally keeping you up at night, you might want to contact your physician about that. Our comment section is not a sounding board for medical advice.

"},{"image":"https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/g/a/r/gardevoir-image-c6c88.png","thumb":"https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_85,w_97/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/g/a/r/gardevoir-image-c6c88.png","type":"slide","id":"177608","description":"

Gardevoir Jane Doe from Pokemon series

\n

I know what you are thinking:”But she’s a Pokemon .…” This is factually accurate. But before you hop onto your high Rapidash and start making comparisons to bestiality, I’d like to point out that while many Pokemon are rather beast-like, there are also a lot of animated objects — aka not beasts. That’s not even to mention all the ghosts, most of which are actual human beings’ souls manifest in different fashions. To further humanize Gardevoir, I would like to point out that she specifically belongs to the human-like egg group, which is sort of a contradiction since we humans don't breed via externally laid eggs, but my point stands! Gardevoir is also a psychic type, many of which have been shown to be capable of communicating with humans telepathically, which is arguably an even more advanced form of communication than vocal expressions of language.

\n

In fact, Game Theory’s old video titled Humans are Pokemon, embedded below, gives plenty of great reasons why it’s not really all that crazy to think that Pokemon are related to us, including ancient lure that suggests human and Pokemon were once interchangeable as well as evidence that evolution plays a role in the Poke-verse. As such, it's not all that hard to believe certain Pokemon, like Gardevoir, are biologically very similar to us humans.

\n

\n

With the realization that Gardevoir is actually of a species that is merely a lateral move away from human beings, I have decided to strike through her name in the header and instead recognize her as Jane Doe until the liberated members of the genus Gardevoir have each independently chosen their own names.

\n

For this reason, seeking out a Gardevoir as a partner is not about "catching" a foine humanoid Pokemon. In fact, it is something that can't even be truly sought until a whole societal structure has been toppled. A societal structure that has willingly placed close genetic relatives of human beings into subjugation next to literal trash monsters. 

\n

This may have started out with an edgy joke about hitting things off with a Gardevoir, but this has now become a call to arms. Things must be changed. Join our cause and help save our brothers and sisters in captivity today!

"},{"image":"https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/c/o/r/cortana-image-8d302.png","thumb":"https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_85,w_97/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/c/o/r/cortana-image-8d302.png","type":"slide","id":"177607","description":"

Cortana from Halo series

\n

I might have said that Yuna represented the perfect balance between desirable and attainable, and that’s true within the context of the article. That is to say, assuming she’s real and attainable. As such, Cortana represents a somewhat meta-selection for this list. Assuming digital girls are obtainable still leaves Cortana unattainable, because she's a program inside of a program. As such, she would only be a viable mating option if viewed through an in-universe "Top 10 sexiest AIs in the Halo Universe" article. 

\n

Cortana is also notable for being a high-profile character that becomes increasingly more voluptuous as her series goes on, while the reason behind her being voluptuous in the first place was never clear. According to a guy who transcribed a GamesRadar interview, franchise chief Frank O'Connor seemingly admits that Cortana was made to be sexy and that any reasoning as to why that might be was only thought about after the fact. Which would be fine if he didn't hide it under some sort of logic where she uses sexuality to manipulate people. All I'm saying is that I couldn't ever imagine a situation where her sexuality would be utilized to leverage me to place her in a position that her mere wit would not; she's only on this list for her wits. Her sexy, blue wits.

"},{"image":"https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/y/u/n/yuna-image-d337d.png","thumb":"https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_85,w_97/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/y/u/n/yuna-image-d337d.png","type":"slide","id":"177606","description":"

Yuna from Final Fantasy X and X-2

\n

Lady Yunalesca has a ton of attractive qualities without overwhelming you with, "I'm a strong female lead who's super badass!" (Although she is badass.) Watching her character arc over the course of the first and second games shows someone who goes from being shy, timid, and reserved to her place in the world to being someone that is willing to carve out her own place in the world and let loose a little bit while still caring for others. That’s not to mention that she’s cute, quirky, awkward, loyal, kind, and other superlatives you’d throw at someone. If she has one character flaw, it’d probably be that she cares too much. (No seriously, she was willing to sacrifice herself and marry the creepiest guy this side of the farplane.) Okay, so in a lot of ways, she is a traditional leading character. 

\n

Thankfully, the guy that was her romantic pursuit and who helped shape her along this great arc was actually like a ghost or something the whole damned time. It’s actually kind of confusing. Regardless, he’s not in the picture, and that’s perfect. Because while Yuna is all of those great things above, she has daddy issues since he sacrificed himself to “save” the world when she was a child, and she’s grieving the death (re-death?) of her lover. If there’s ever a better, more opportune time to strike gold, then I haven’t seen it.

\n

I’m not saying it’d be easy, but half of what makes someone attractive is their availability. Too hard to get and it’s unattainable. Too easy and it’s not fun. Yuna’s just right, though, and that’s why she makes this list.

"},{"image":"https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/m/o/t/motherbrain1-thm-b2682.jpg","thumb":"https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_85,w_97/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/m/o/t/motherbrain1-thm-b2682.jpg","type":"slide","id":"177605","description":"

Mother Brain from the Metroid series

\n

If brains are important to you, then — in a very literal sense — you are in the right place. Mother Brain has a ton of brains because she basically is just a giant brain (I know some iterations have the brain on top of a giant monster, but I'm not about that life, fam.). Some might say that beauty isn’t just skin deep, and I could hardly agree more, considering that Mother Brain doesn’t have any skin at all — just a brain surrounded by a giant glass container. Sure that might be disconcerting for some, but not me. I love brains.

\n

Am I completely missing the point of the skin-deep cliche by only loving her for the physical beauty of her brain and not the actual personality stored within? Why yes. I most assuredly am, but I might also be missing the point of this article.

\n

That’s right, Mother Brain might not be a bachelorette at all. I mean her name is MOTHER, and if there is a mother, there must be a father somewhere. Usually, fathers are husbands, and while the possibility of a breadth of Baby Dad Brains is completely possible, this is Nintendo we are talking about, so I highly doubt it. They’d keep things PG and only allude to consensual sex between Mother Brain and Father Brain, obviously.

\n

Lastly, I’d be remiss if I weren’t to mention her physical appearance. Look, I know she’s a BIG brain, but big girls deserve love too. On top of that, she has a beautiful, glaring eye that you could just get lost in for days. Combine that with her giant, sleek spikes, which make her feel playfully unapproachable, dangerous, and edgy, and you really have someone that is irresistible. She’s the whole package ... except for a body. She doesn’t have one of those, but basically, everything else you could want is there.

"},{"image":"https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/z/e/l/zelda-image-df694.png","thumb":"https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_85,w_97/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/z/e/l/zelda-image-df694.png","type":"slide","id":"177604","description":"

Zelda from the Legend of Zelda series

\n

After nearly three decades of having little to no personality, it is nice to finally see Princess Zelda become a fleshed-out character — well, as fleshed out as video game characters get. I’ve always liked the quiet and shy type, and there’s nothing that says quiet and shy quite like not saying enough over three decades to warrant having a discernible personality.

\n

To make things even better, Zelda also spices things up with some classy, story-convenient amnesia that leaves her acting like a pirate in Wind Waker. Talk about personality! Pirates always have a ton of personality, whether it’s stealing things, pillaging (or in the case of Nintendo, sort of gently harassing people but never really causing any discernible harm), or, well I guess that’s about all pirates do.

\n

Oh, and there was that time where Zelda cross-dressed and turned into Sheik. She's truly an odd girl.

\n

You might argue that Zelda isn’t actually a bachelorette. But let’s not play coy: if a girl leads you on for three decades before finally talking to you, I’d beg to say she’s probably not that into you. Anyway, even if she was into Link, it’d be hard to not notice someone and be at least remotely interested after he’d saved your life and/or kingdom for like the 20th time — I don’t really think things would turn out that well, considering that the only character in the series who has struggled with exhibiting any sort of personality or emotions more than Zelda has been her savior, Link.

"},{"image":"https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/g/l/a/glados-image-8eda2.png","thumb":"https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_85,w_97/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/g/l/a/glados-image-8eda2.png","type":"slide","id":"177603","description":"

GLaDOS from the Portal series

\n

Who doesn’t love GLaDOS? Isn’t that solid-enough logic to land her on this list, or am I -- much like GLaDOS -- fundamentally misunderstanding a core part of what drives human beings? I mean, everyone who has played Portal loves her and says she is one of the best parts of the game. Naturally, that means she should be desirable on a list like this. Sure, she’s a little murderous and seems to mostly lack empathy, but if you’re a sub, then that should be right up your alley. And as I am sure I have mentioned at least once or twice so far on this list, I am nothing if not inclusive.

"},{"image":"https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinny/cb344ab2983f62464341d52b20b58301.jpg","thumb":"https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinny/cb344ab2983f62464341d52b20b58301.jpg","type":"youtube","id":"11805","description":"

Lara Croft from the Tomb Raider series

\n

Lara Croft was the poster girl for video game girls from her inception in the 90’s until, possibly still now? There really aren’t many franchises based around women in video games. With her short shorts, long braid, and giant, blocky, pyramid-shaped, polygonal breasts, Lara Croft caught the attention of just about every gamer, for better or worse. In a move that drips with the forced shock and edginess of the '90s, Lara Croft’s sex appeal was leveraged into Tomb Raider’s silver screen translation of the same name, Tomb Raider, starring Angelina Jolie.

\n

I saw this movie as a child, but I don’t remember much about it. What I do remember, rather distinctly, is the conversation my mom and aunt had afterward, wherein both proclaimed that Angelina Jolie was so hot that they could see themselves going gay for her. Which was sort of odd.

\n

I had to agree: she was definitely very hot. But what if Angelina Jolie were to become my second mom? Then I’d be like,”Damn second mom, you are, like, really hot!” And that’d be all sorts of weird and would give me extremely conflicting issues into adulthood, along with some mommy problems. I guess I should just be thankful that Angelina Jolie never came beckoning at our door.

\n

So here's to Lara Croft for making me ask weird questions about how I’d feel with a hot, unrelated, celebrity lesbian mom. I probably would've been fine with it ....

"},{"image":"https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinny/83ab80a9b8d397ee2b4e75d02259d909.jpg","thumb":"https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinny/83ab80a9b8d397ee2b4e75d02259d909.jpg","type":"youtube","id":"11804","description":"

Lusamine from Pokemon Sun and Moon

\n

A list like this is always going to be fundamentally flawed. For instance, it is likely to be dominated by characters from games people actually know or care about. Moreover, it will also be dominated by characters the author is familiar with. But perhaps the most glaring flaw is that it will be dominated by characters that the author finds attractive, which is at least partly the purpose of the list and yet also seems to fly in the face of it. I mean, no one wants to just know which 10 video game girls I find the hottest.

\n

And yet, with Lusamine, my weird sense of humor and my attraction to a character combine, resulting in me both adding her to this list and to an hour-long break from writing this article that leads me into dark places of the internet where hentai rules all and Lusamine is a proverbial queen. I mean, she literally is engulfed by a giant tentacle monster in the actual video game, so Nintendo kind of dropped the ball on that one.

"},{"image":"https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/t/r/a/tracer-image-383f8.png","thumb":"https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_85,w_97/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/t/r/a/tracer-image-383f8.png","type":"slide","id":"177600","description":"

Tracer from Overwatch

\n

Yeah. I know, I choose one of the most basic options to start out, but I just wanted to make sure to ease you into things, okay?

\n

You frankly can’t have as much porn made involving you as Tracer has and not at least be considered for this list. I know this technically makes half of the Overwatch cast subject to being placed on this list, while the other half are either men or robots. But it’s because of this that I view Tracer as somewhat symbolic and representative of the larger female portion of Overwatch’s cast.

\n

Tracer was one of the first characters shown off. She is generically heroic and preppy, as opposed to characters like Widowmaker. Oh, and she’s on the game’s freaking cover! It’s hard for Blizzard to be any more clear about the fact that she is the game’s primary mascot. You can like whichever character you want, and the love seems to be spread around, but Tracer is their darling. Lastly, she’s also the only LGBTQ character on this list. While I'm no SJW -- not that many people seem to profess that they are -- I had to show some love for the ladies that love the ladies.

\n

So, while I don’t REALLY need to defend why I choose this Overwatch female for my list of sexiest bachelorettes in the gaming universe, I did. Enjoy!

"},{"image":"https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/1/0/s/10sexiest-header-2e83e.png","thumb":"https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_85,w_97/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/1/0/s/10sexiest-header-2e83e.png","type":"slide","id":"177599","description":"

Ah, can’t you smell that? Love is in the air, and it’s time for everyone who's anyone to cash in on the ensuing Valentine’s Day-themed money rush. (Look, I can be complicit to the system while still criticizing it.) Anyway, what trouble did choosing our favorite video game gals based off of random, varying, and ill-conceived criteria ever cause anyone?

\n

Changing gears, I’d like to place some caveats on this list: I can’t promise all the women on this list are bachelorettes. And even if they are at the time of writing, this list will not be updated to reflect their future relationship statuses, so be warned. Likewise, I can’t promise that the above non-existent criteria for who I choose will line up with your likely existent, yet ill-advised, and poorly contemplated criteria for who I should have chosen. As such, you might disagree with some of my entries on this list.

\n

That being said, to the best of my knowledge, all of the women are indeed women, even if they only loosely fit the criteria that you might hope would define it, such as having a body. If nothing else, rest assured all of these fine ladies are from video games.

\n

Now, without further ado, let’s get started.

"}]]]>
10 Sexiest Bachelors in the Gaming Universe https://www.gameskinny.com/33435/10-sexiest-bachelors-in-the-gaming-universe https://www.gameskinny.com/33435/10-sexiest-bachelors-in-the-gaming-universe Wed, 17 Jan 2018 09:36:15 -0500 bazookajo94

[{"image":"https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/m/a/x/maxresdefault-3489e.jpg","thumb":"https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_85,w_97/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/m/a/x/maxresdefault-3489e.jpg","type":"slide","id":"177373","description":"

So there you go. 10 different dudes with 10 different ways to steal my heart, whether that happens by being ruggedly handsome or by knowing their way around a weapon (wink). 

\n

But this is but one girl's opinion. Maybe this list only reveals the dark recesses of my soul and shouldn't be taken seriously. Maybe you're thinking, "Well, she's got a type." 

\n

Maybe you should tell me who you think the most eligible bachelor of all eligible bachelors is.

\n

(And remember -- The Shape of Water is popular right now ....)

"},{"image":"https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/j/a/s/jasonbrody-3d92c.jpg","thumb":"https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_85,w_97/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/j/a/s/jasonbrody-3d92c.jpg","type":"slide","id":"177386","description":"

Jason Brody from Far Cry 3

\n

One of my favorite tropes is when a renowned player, an exuberant party-goer, a rich son of a bitch, has a fall from grace and learns what it's like to live on the other side. The movie Overboard? Sign me tf up. 

\n

Jason Brody goes through this transformation, but instead of learning to sympathize with peasants, he turns into a stone-cold killer. And honestly, he is the main man in my heart. I don't know why everyone talks about Vaas when Brody is the real crazy one. 

\n

He goes from not knowing how to sympathize with another human being to sympathizing with other human beings and being a badass survivalist at the same time. He hunts tigers, fights pirates, burns fields of marijuana, all while saving everyone's lives. 

\n

Like, damn, Jason Brody. Hardcore. 

"},{"image":"https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/m/a/x/maxresdefault-80c0d.jpg","thumb":"https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_85,w_97/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/m/a/x/maxresdefault-80c0d.jpg","type":"slide","id":"177385","description":"

Mike Munroe from Until Dawn

\n

All right, let's step back from the older gentlemen now (I refuse to use the word you're all expecting me to say). 

\n

Let's showcase my boy Mike Munroe, who's kind of a dick, kind of funny, and a whole lotta douche. Half of the people who play this game hate him, and the other half hate themselves for liking him. 

\n

But there's something to say about a guy who chops off his own fingers with a machete just so he doesn't lose the machete -- because anyone who balls that hard in a survival game deserves a place on this list.

"},{"image":"https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/p/r/o/professor-sycamore-hands-down-sexiest-part-14201-1382450873-01dcf.jpg","thumb":"https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_85,w_97/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/p/r/o/professor-sycamore-hands-down-sexiest-part-14201-1382450873-01dcf.jpg","type":"slide","id":"177383","description":"

Professor Sycamore from Pokemon X & Y

\n

I thought it would be funny if I added Professor Sycamore to this list, and I was right. I'm cackling as I prepare to write about the merits of this professor, all the while lamenting that people expected to see the shirtless wonder of Kuikui here, even though he's married and I can't bend the rules for him like I did for Marston (who's dead).

\n

Most everyone's love for Sycamore seems to be purely material: he's got a cute face, luscious hair, and a popped collar. What could be more sexy? (I hate that I just used the word "sexy" in relation to a Pokemon character.)

\n

Alas, people's love for Sycamore knows no bounds. Here's a Buzzfeed article professing love for this lovable professor -- and I honestly can't tell if it's a satire or not. 

"},{"image":"https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/r/e/d/red-dead-redemption-john-marston-revolver-1280-50dc6.jpg","thumb":"https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_85,w_97/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/r/e/d/red-dead-redemption-john-marston-revolver-1280-50dc6.jpg","type":"slide","id":"177382","description":"

John Marston from Red Dead Redemption

\n

I know that, technically, John Marston is married and wouldn't be considered a bachelor, but that's not going to stop me from adding him to this list of "Gruff, bearded men with dark hair and guns who are considered sexy by at least one writer."

\n

There are only a few times I've seen a character supposedly considered an "expert" at guns actually live up to their reputation. And darned if Marston doesn't live up to his. I actually believe that he could hit a target with both eyes closed, and that belief has got me all twitterpated.

\n

Who cares if he's not technically a bachelor? If you want to get really technical, then nobody gets to love John Marston because he's dead.  

"},{"image":"https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/c/c/5/cc579d19ebf45fbc7dc3d7a8e58527e5-e1508672973350-480x270-42e0e.jpg","thumb":"https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_85,w_97/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/c/c/5/cc579d19ebf45fbc7dc3d7a8e58527e5-e1508672973350-480x270-42e0e.jpg","type":"slide","id":"177381","description":"

Joel from The Last of Us

\n

Joel and Booker have a lot in common: a lost daughter, a surrogate daughter, and the voice of Troy Baker. 

\n

Setting aside his tragic backstory and road to retribution, Joel also has keen survival instincts and a commanding presence that cause people to turn to him when they need help. 

\n

Even though he's kind of an ass, his heart has the capacity to love, and as soon as he does, people don't want him to stop loving. Everyone is rooting for Joel; everyone loves Joel; and everyone is a sucker for a gruff, bearded man in flannel. 

"},{"image":"https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/b/o/o/booker-dewitt-bioshock-infinite-1452704685-d2133.jpg","thumb":"https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_85,w_97/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/b/o/o/booker-dewitt-bioshock-infinite-1452704685-d2133.jpg","type":"slide","id":"177379","description":"

Booker DeWitt from BioShock Infinite

\n

You know what else makes a woman weak in the knees? A tragic back story (and the voice of Troy Baker). 

\n

Booker DeWitt is man with past mistakes and a never-ending guilt, leaving people with a desire to see him earn his retribution. 

\n

Maybe it's the fact that DeWitt has a personality (as opposed to the other BioShock protagonists); maybe it's because of his interactions with Elizabeth; maybe it's the clothes. 

\n

One things for sure, though: if you know how to handle a gun and you have a voice like Troy Baker, then you've got a place on this list (and in my heart).

"},{"image":"https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/l/e/o/leon-kennedy-wallpaper-resident-evil-35806038-1920-1080-7754d.jpg","thumb":"https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_85,w_97/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/l/e/o/leon-kennedy-wallpaper-resident-evil-35806038-1920-1080-7754d.jpg","type":"slide","id":"177378","description":"

Leon from Resident Evil

\n

All right, all right. I'll step back from the monstrous suitors by introducing one who kills monsters instead. 

\n

And what sort of list of sexiest video bachelors wouldn't include the original: Leon Scott Kennedy. 

\n

Talk about a lady killer. And a zombie killer. And an all-around killer in general. 

\n

This guy knows what he's doing, what needs to be done, and when to do it. And just like with Dante, women like a man with confidence. 

\n

With Leon's ever-constant presence in the Resident Evil games, he will have an ever-constant place in our hearts -- and lists about sexiest men. 

"},{"image":"https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/s/c/r/screenshot-1920-1080-m1acjvm-6ce6f.jpg","thumb":"https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_85,w_97/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/s/c/r/screenshot-1920-1080-m1acjvm-6ce6f.jpg","type":"slide","id":"177376","description":"

Dante from Devil May Cry

\n

What's a girl to do when they can't pick between an angel and a devil? 

\n

Pick Dante. 

\n

Part devil, part angel, Dante has been stealing the hearts of women everywhere with his intense gaze, his open shirt, and his overwhelming confidence, all combined with a bad-ass attitude and strong desire to kill demons. And let's not forgot all the awesome powers he has. 

\n

He's literally the full package of good and evil -- but mostly good.

"},{"image":"https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/f/o/4/fo4-john-hancock-8e02d.jpg","thumb":"https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_85,w_97/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/f/o/4/fo4-john-hancock-8e02d.jpg","type":"slide","id":"177375","description":"

Hancock from Fallout 4

\n

I'll never forget my first step into Goodneighbor. My lingering resentment still strong from the revelation that Nick Valentine's epic buildup resulted in a 50's-style old-man detective, I take a step into this new environment, ready for my next mission, and suddenly a ghoul is shooting a man trying to kill me and telling me he runs the place. 

\n

Needless to say, I fell in love immediately. 

\n

Like Garrus, Hancock is another man looking for his place in life, looking for a friend, and eternally grateful that the sole survivor accepts him for who he is. 

\n

You just have to overlook the massive addiction to drugs and violence. At least he's a nice guy, right? And he's a mayor. 

"},{"image":"https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/g/a/r/garrus-0e692.jpg","thumb":"https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_85,w_97/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/g/a/r/garrus-0e692.jpg","type":"slide","id":"177374","description":"

Garrus from Mass Effect

\n

You can't take two steps into the Mass Effect fandom without seeing some Garrus/Shepard fanart. And with a face like that, who would blame someone for drawing what the fans want?

\n

Some people can't understand why Garrus is so popular with the ladies, but, call us crazy, ladies like a guy who's nice. There's something undeniably adorable about a man who's awkward around a potential romantic conquest -- and not afraid to admit it. 

\n

Not to mention he's known as the "Space Batman," and everyone knows how successful Batman is with the ladies...

"},{"image":"https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/j/a/s/jason-brody-e85b4.jpg","thumb":"https://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_85,w_97/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/j/a/s/jason-brody-e85b4.jpg","type":"slide","id":"177371","description":"

When women have nowhere else to turn to find a decent man in their lives, they go for someone they always know will be there: fictional characters. Though it's easy to fangirl over book characters (all I need to say is "Mr. Darcy" and swoons are heard across the world), where are the good video game men? Where are the scruffy gaming guys, the nice dudes, the sexy?

\n

Right here. This list. Top ten. Let's go. 

\n

And with the popularity of del Toro's The Shape of Water spreading through the hearts of women everywhere, I probably shouldn't have to worry about putting someone like Bowser or Specter Knight on the list -- but, for the sake of all our dignities, I'll stick with the mostly human bachelors. 

\n

Mostly. 

"}]]]>
Romance in Pokemon: From the Games to the Anime https://www.gameskinny.com/v8xh7/romance-in-pokemon-from-the-games-to-the-anime https://www.gameskinny.com/v8xh7/romance-in-pokemon-from-the-games-to-the-anime Tue, 14 Feb 2017 19:51:04 -0500 Unclepulky

Pokemon is a series which appeals to people of all ages. However, even with the world-wide phenomenon that was the first month of Pokemon GO's existence, the franchise's target demographic is still young boys.

Perhaps that's what makes it so interesting that romance has played such a large role in the series' history.

Since the earliest days of the franchise, romance has been in the air. Before many kids even knew what shipping was, they were shipping Ash and Misty from the Pokemon anime. So, with many of us thinking about love this time of year, I thought it would be fun to look over some of the franchise's canon relationships, and even some popular ships.

(Also, the "relationship" between Ash and Latias in Pokemon Heroes will not be addressed here. That was just weird.)

Ash and Misty

The original Poke-ship. Ash Ketchum, the eternally 10-year-old protagonist of the anime, has had many traveling companions through the course of over 900 episodes, but its hard to argue that any are more beloved than his first friend, Misty (or maybe Brock).

While Ash has gotten emotionally close with all of his female companions, Misty is one of only two for which there is any evidence at all that there were romantic feelings between the two.

It's well known that the two were always very passionate with each other in the anime itself, and in the English dub of the movie, Jirachi: Wish Maker, the way Ash talks about Misty during a brief interaction with Max has a very strong romantic connotation.

However, the biggest fuel for Pokeshippers came in the movie, Pokemon 2000.

Throughout the film, there's a subplot about one-shot character Melody being interested in Ash, and thinking that she's making Misty jealous. This leads to Misty repeatedly proclaiming that Ash is her friend, but not her boyfriend.

While in real life, we could go by Misty's word, in the realm of fiction, when someone says that a character is just a friend, it means that they have secret feelings about them. On top of that, the two have a plethora of intimate moments throughout the movie.

Whether or not their feelings were romantic, Ash and Misty clearly loved each other. That's something we can all appreciate.

Ash and Serena

See that image?

Yeah, Ash and Serena kissed.

I don't care that it happened in Serena's last appearance. I don't care that we didn't even get to see the kiss itself. I don't even care that the relationship will likely never be referenced again.

It. Happened.

And, while it would have been interesting to spend a season with Ash and Serena as a couple, what we got was still rather sweet.

While Ash and Misty developed a real bond -- whether romantic or not -- the relationship between Ash and Serena was more like puppy love. The two met as kids, instantly taking a liking to each other. And, while Ash moved on from their brief encounter, Serena never got over everyone's favorite Pokemon Master (HA!).

Once the two met up again, they develop a very sweet and genuine connection. Serena didn't have the fiery temper of Misty, the drive of May or Dawn, or the hair of Iris (DID Iris have a personality?). No, in Serena, we got a schoolgirl with a crush.

While definitely a departure from the strong personalities of the previous female companions, not including Iris, Serena and Ash still had a lot of great moments together. After all the build up we got what was, quite frankly, a really touching farewell.

Flint and Lola

Continuity is a funny thing. Sometimes, it allows for really clever references, or even interesting plot developments.

However, it can also cause some problems.

In the case of Pokemon, there's the problem of Brock's parents.

When Brock was first introduced in the anime, he was taking care of an abundance of siblings all by himself. This was because his father, Flint, was a deadbeat and a failed Pokemon trainer, and in the English dub, his mom, Lola, had passed away. Now, in the original Japanese, it's just said that she left Flint.

However, either way, it makes it pretty odd to see the two of them as a loving couple later on in the series.

So, ignoring this instance of inconsistency on the part of the writers, we're left with two different versions of this couple. There's the horribly dysfunctional couple consisting of a selfish deadbeat and an uncaring mother... and then there's the boring "lovey dovey" couple.

For being more interesting and (sadly) more realistic, I prefer the darker version of these characters' relationship.

Pokemon and Each Other

I may not like the idea of Ash having a romantic relationship with Latias, but that doesn't mean I have a problem with Pokemon getting it on with each other. After all, where would the series be without breeding?

Well, the competitive scene would be barren, and the lovable creatures would have a lot less fun.

Since Pokemon Gold and Silver, players have had the ability to take two Pokemon, leave them at a daycare center, and, if the two are comparable, they'll make an egg.

Whether you look up compatibility charts or just breed everything with your omnisexual Ditto, breeding is an excellent way to either get more competitively viable Pokemon, or even try to get shiny Pokemon.

Breeding seems to be a purely sexual relationship between the Pokemon, but even if neither party is capable of expressing their emotions, deep down, they may just be there.

Or not. Either way, YOU reap the profits!

Tonio and Alice

Going back to the anime once more, we have a couple from one of the most popular Pokemon movies of all time: The Rise of Darkrai.

Tonio and Alice met when they were young, and they have been close ever since. Throughout the film, their relationship is put to the test by... well, nothing.

Really, they introduce a rival character for Tonio in the form of Baron Alberto, but he's actually just a comic relief character. The truth is that their relationship, while not lacking chemistry, is a bit flat. They love each other at the beginning of the film, and they love each other at the end of the film.

This would be a rather sour note to end this look back on Pokemon romance on. Thankfully, I've saved the best for last.

Professor Kukui and Professor Burnet

So far on this list, we've had: soul mates, puppy love, a weird combination of a somewhat overly in love couple and a couple that created a broken home, pure animalistic feelings, and a couple who are pretty much best friends.

The relationship between Professor Kukui and Professor Burnet is very different: they are partners.

These two are equally intelligent and have perfect chemistry. Just through their fairly minimal dialogue in Pokemon Sun and Moon, we get to know each of their individual personalities, and see first hand how much they love each other. 

One studies Pokemon attacks, and the other studies the Dream Radar. They both have their own professions, and yet they assist each other in all of their endeavors.

Kukui and Burnet are a perfect couple -- something all of us can hope to achieve.

HAPPY VALENTINES DAY!!!
]]>
5 Best Dating Sims To Get You Through Valentine's Day https://www.gameskinny.com/nuryy/5-best-dating-sims-to-get-you-through-valentines-day https://www.gameskinny.com/nuryy/5-best-dating-sims-to-get-you-through-valentines-day Tue, 14 Feb 2017 12:59:08 -0500 DannyPTP

[{"image":"http://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/r/s/z/rsz-ace-academy-6488d.jpg","thumb":"http://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_85,w_97/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/r/s/z/rsz-ace-academy-6488d.jpg","type":"slide","id":"150093","description":"

1. ACE Academy

\n
Developer: PixelFade Studio
\n

ACE Academy is a comedic, slice-of-life visual novel with sci-fi and romance elements. With hundreds of narrative choices available, you can experience the storyline and interact with characters in a much more personalized way.

\n

Set in the year 2049, you attend a school for Cenorobotics in Japan. No team will accept you for your "outdated" American gear, except for one. Now it's up to you to help that team win the tournament. But you'll also have to wrestle with some love interests along the way. 

\n

This game is rife with story. Like most entries in this genre, it includes a variety of branching paths. But there's so much depth here that all the different choices can give you an near-infinite experience.

\n

The detail in this game really is astonishing. It was developed in full 1080p graphics, and the artwork was created at a higher resolution to deliver sharper looking scenes. So it's as fun to look at as it is to play!

\n

Get ACE Academy on Steam.

\n

Have you played any of these dating sims? Will you be checking them out, or do you have other suggestions for single gamers who want some love? Comment below -- and have a Happy Valentine's Day! 

"},{"image":"http://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/r/s/z/rsz-hatoful-boyfriend-7db0d.png","thumb":"http://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_85,w_97/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/r/s/z/rsz-hatoful-boyfriend-7db0d.png","type":"slide","id":"150035","description":"

2. Hatoful Boyfriend

\n
Developers: Mediatonic, Hato Moa, The Irregular Corporation
\n

Congratulations! You’ve been accepted as the only human student at the prestigious St. PigeoNation’s Institute -- a school for talented birds! Roam the halls and find love in between classes as a sophomore student at the world’s greatest pigeon high school. Finding happiness won’t be easy, but it’s not all academic -- there’s always time for a little romance in this delightful remake of Hato Moa’s popular visual novel/avian dating sim Hatoful Boyfriend

\n

It might be a game about dating birds, but there really is a lot to love here. 

\n

You'll need to level up your character by doing things like attending gym and art classes, staying on top of your Wisdom stat to pass classes, and more! There's a lot of replay value here, because each scenario takes a different path through this genre-bending narrative and reaches a unique end. 

\n

 

\n

There will be unexpected twists and turns, so choose your date wisely. Can you survive and find true love? Or will you be fed to the birds?

\n

Get Hatoful Boyfriend on Steam.

"},{"image":"http://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/r/s/z/rsz-header-2ab58.jpg","thumb":"http://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_85,w_97/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/r/s/z/rsz-header-2ab58.jpg","type":"slide","id":"150025","description":"

3. Backstage Pass

\n
Developer: Sakevisual
\n

Backstage Pass is a visual novel/sim about love, life, and working in the entertainment industry. You play as makeup artist Sian Goodin as she navigates the world of showbiz. And there are lots of decisions to be made.

\n

Work with upcoming talent, or established pros? Focus on your schoolwork, or use your industry connections to climb the ladder and land a job as a high-ranking producer? Date a famous actor, cultivate romance with a fresh-faced pop star, or strike out on your own? The choices are yours!

\n

There's a lot to love about this game. It features 15 unique endings (so a TON of replayability), a fully voiced English cast, and opening/ending scenes that are animated by Studio DEEN. You can also switch up your character's look with over 80 items -- definitely an endless supply of customization options.

\n

Dating sims featuring a female protagonist are becoming more prevalent in the genre, and it's nice to see this happening in an otherwise male protagonist dominated field.

\n

With a unique and exciting setting, a few RPG elements mixed in, as well as the many differing personalities of the characters, this a great addition to the genre. And it features a female protagonist -- a nice change from the usual fare in this niche. 

\n

Get Backstage Pass on Steam.

"},{"image":"http://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/r/s/z/rsz-noonebutyou3-88dd7.jpg","thumb":"http://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_85,w_97/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/r/s/z/rsz-noonebutyou3-88dd7.jpg","type":"slide","id":"149982","description":"

4. No One But You

\n
Developer: Unwonted Studios
\n

[Note: This game is NSFW]

\n

No One But You is a visual novel/dating sim about Hideaki, a high school student who has just returned to his hometown. He re-discovers this town he knew from childhood -- meeting new friends and reuniting with those he had long forgotten. He resumes his high school life in the big city, quickly adapting to the change in pace, and thinking of the city as his home once more.

\n

But as Hideaki spends time with different girls, the ghosts of his past begin to haunt him, pushing him deeper into a hole of despair the more time he spends with each girl. This interesting take on the dating sim forces you to grapple with Hideaki's demons in order to maintain a normal life and help ease your friends' concerns about you. 

\n

 

\n

Can you keep sane while under pressure? Only one way to find out!

\n

Get No One But You on Steam.

"},{"image":"http://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/r/s/z/rsz-justdeserts-poster-a41e3.jpg","thumb":"http://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_85,w_97/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/r/s/z/rsz-justdeserts-poster-a41e3.jpg","type":"slide","id":"149979","description":"

5. Just Deserts

\n
Developer: Vifth Floor
\n

Just Deserts is a sci-fi action dating sim where you play as a soldier who must protect a city from mysterious alien attack, while at the same time seeking to capture the heart of your dream girl(s)!

\n

The game features 5 unique heroines, each with their own personalities and interests. So your Valentines won't be carbon copies of each other. And having an alternate objective (like saving the city) makes for a refreshing change of pace in this sim, so it's got more of an action feel to it.

\n

Unlike the usual text-based affair with minimal background noise, you'll hear full English voice acting in this unique game. So your heroines will express themselves every step of the way as you do activities together and kick some alien ass in mini-battles. 

\n

The game features 7 different endings, depending on your status with each heroine. And each ending takes about 7 hours of play to unlock -- so there's a lot of replayability to be had with Just Deserts. Perfect for Valentine's!

\n

Get Just Deserts on Steam.

"},{"image":"http://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/r/s/z/rsz-khheart-5d40a.png","thumb":"http://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_85,w_97/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/r/s/z/rsz-khheart-5d40a.png","type":"slide","id":"149977","description":"

With Valentine's Day Single Awareness Day upon us, even the internet isn't safe from all the lovey-dovey crap that makes us solo folks feel lonely. But fortunately, we gamers have all kinds of games that we can jump into for the whole day and leave the real world to the romantics.  

\n

Want to love (or be loved) without the need to go out and spend money on a card, chocolates, and roses? Well you've come to the right place! These excellent dating sims will keep you company and give you more Valentines than you could ask for. 

"}]]]>
6 Best Games to Play on Date Night https://www.gameskinny.com/vwbbw/6-best-games-to-play-on-date-night https://www.gameskinny.com/vwbbw/6-best-games-to-play-on-date-night Sun, 12 Feb 2017 14:05:07 -0500 Emily Parker

[{"image":"http://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/e/v/i/evil-goat-08730.jpg","thumb":"http://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_85,w_97/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/e/v/i/evil-goat-08730.jpg","type":"slide","id":"150336","description":"

A video game date night can either strengthen a relationship or leave it shattered and abandoned. Choose your game wisely and count yourself lucky you have someone to play with. 

\n

What are your favorite date night games? Will you be having a game date on Valentine's Day? Let us know in the comment section below. 

"},{"image":"http://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/s/a/l/salt-sanctuary-dc5fa.jpg","thumb":"http://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_85,w_97/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/s/a/l/salt-sanctuary-dc5fa.jpg","type":"slide","id":"150319","description":"

Salt and Sanctuary

\n

Consoles: PC & PS4

\n

Couch Co-Op: Yes

\n

Skill Level: You both better be MLG

\n

Budget: Console version and a giant stuffed animal to cry into ~$30

\n

If you both thought the Dark Souls games were just a little too easy, check out this side scroller homage that you suffer in together! The difficulty is significantly amped up when co-op is turned on, so no weak links on this date night. 

"},{"image":"http://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/2/9/4/2946644-rockband4-hud-1b82b.jpg","thumb":"http://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_85,w_97/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/2/9/4/2946644-rockband4-hud-1b82b.jpg","type":"slide","id":"150315","description":"

Rock Band 4

\n

Platforms: PS4 and Xbox One

\n

Couch Co-Op: Of course

\n

Skill Level: As a gamer? Not required. Musically? Appreciated. 

\n

Budget: Band in a box & bottle of stage whiskey ~$200

\n

Get ready to take your relationship to the next level -- start a band. Be prepared for fights over the drum kit, spending way too much cash picking up new songs, and listening to your partner slaughter Florence and the Machine at least 5 times. 

"},{"image":"http://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/g/o/a/goat-simulator-listing-thumb-ps4-06aug15-e07d2.png","thumb":"http://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_85,w_97/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/g/o/a/goat-simulator-listing-thumb-ps4-06aug15-e07d2.png","type":"slide","id":"150312","description":"

Goat Simulator

\n

Platforms: PS4, Xbox One and PC ( there are versions for older gens as well)

\n

Couch Co-Op: Yes

\n

Skill Level: Best to not have any

\n

Budget: Console version and a mid-range bottle of tequila ~$35

\n

Get your goat on and laugh until you cry. There's nothing better than that feeling on a first or 50th date. You'll also find out whether the person you love most (or are tryna chill with tonight) is an evil goat mastermind or a saint among goats...  

\n

Just remember -- there's no turning back. 

\n

 

"},{"image":"http://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/f/l/o/floodgates-f1d9d.jpg","thumb":"http://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_85,w_97/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/f/l/o/floodgates-f1d9d.jpg","type":"slide","id":"150301","description":"

Don't Starve Together

\n

Platforms: PC & PS4

\n

Couch Co-Op: Yes (Lan also available)

\n

Skill Level: Medium and Medium, or High and Low

\n

Budget: Bundled version (if you don't already own the single player game) and a really full bodied red wine ~$50

\n

For the couple that enjoys a more macabre atmosphere, Don't Starve's multiplayer expansion is just perfect. The game is simple to begin with, but can get really complex if it grabs your attention. Its co-op mechanic allows even the most button-smashy partner plenty of activities to keep them busy.  

"},{"image":"http://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/f/b/2/fb2bd18ed041435a4f7a160f1c518e43-77232.jpg","thumb":"http://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_85,w_97/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/f/b/2/fb2bd18ed041435a4f7a160f1c518e43-77232.jpg","type":"slide","id":"150299","description":"

Child of Light

\n

Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, and PC (there are versions for older gens as well)

\n

Couch Co-Op: Yes

\n

Skill Level: Medium for Player One, Very low for Player Two 

\n

Budget: Console version and giant ice cream cake or equivalent  ~$25

\n

Crank up the romance with this literal bit of digital poetry. Meant to feel like a children's book, this game is thoughtful and beautiful. You'll definitely score some cute points, but remember that this is a turn-based RPG. Some people will just never ever, under no circumstance, be able to sit through a strategy RPG like this. But it doesn't hurt to try.   

"},{"image":"http://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/m/i/n/minecraft-steve-00366474-5192148-lrg-c9e64.jpg","thumb":"http://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_85,w_97/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/m/i/n/minecraft-steve-00366474-5192148-lrg-c9e64.jpg","type":"slide","id":"150314","description":"

Minecraft

\n

Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC, and just about everything else. 

\n

Couch Co-Op: Yes on consoles; LAN available on PC

\n

Skill Level: Not Required (It's actually very easy)

\n

Budget: Console version and some flowers to match your in-game garden: ~$30

\n

All of us have (probably) dabbled with the sandbox survival top dog, but have you considered playing it with that special someone? Building a house, setting up a farm, or digging into the earth only gets better when you can bicker about it with your partner. 

"},{"image":"http://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/d/a/t/dating-your-best-friend-1f2d4.jpg","thumb":"http://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_85,w_97/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/d/a/t/dating-your-best-friend-1f2d4.jpg","type":"slide","id":"150309","description":"

With Valentine's Day just around the corner, it seems like an appropriate time to compile a list of the best video games to play with your significant other on date night. 

\n

Whether both you and your partner are master gamers, one of you is a little new, or you're both hopeless, there is always a game to play together. Here's a varied selection to get you on track for the best date night ever! 

"}]]]>
Is Your Valentine a Non-Gamer? These 5 Games Will Change That https://www.gameskinny.com/b45ln/is-your-valentine-a-non-gamer-these-5-games-will-change-that https://www.gameskinny.com/b45ln/is-your-valentine-a-non-gamer-these-5-games-will-change-that Sat, 11 Feb 2017 16:53:24 -0500 Rob Kershaw

We’re approaching Valentine’s Day, and what better way is there to celebrate the execution of religious martyrs than spending time with your loved ones in front of a TV? It’s what they (probably) would have wanted. However, if your significant other is a non-gamer, fear not. It is the day of love, after all, so why not help them fall in love… with games?

The great thing about the gaming industry is that there are hundreds of thousands of titles to choose from over the last four decades. Failing to find at least a few games that you can enjoy together will be nigh-on impossible, for even the pickiest of players.

But let’s assume you’ve moved on from the days of the Sinclair Spectrum and fancy something a bit more modern. The trick is to pick a game that a.) engages and b.) isn’t so difficult that it will turn off your beloved before they’ve started to enjoy it.

With that in mind, here are a few suggestions that you might want to introduce to your beau or belle as you snuggle on the couch.

Peggle

One of the most joyfully addictive games ever created, Peggle never fails to bring a smile to the face of anyone who plays it. And how could it not? It has a ridiculously simple premise: fire a ball at pegs until they all go away. Even the most ardent non-gamer can understand that.

The qualities that set Peggle apart, though, are in its meticulous presentation. Zingy colors, brilliant sound effects, wacky characters, and a tremendous, uplifting rendition of Ode to Joy, which is pelted out when you complete a level. Yet beneath the glossy veneer lies a surprisingly challenging game -- especially if you’re trying to collect all of the trophies for each level. Despite that, Peggle is never a chore to play.

It even comes with a Duel mode, so if you get bored of trying to complete a level together, you can instead get a bit more competitive and play against each other. A sequel was released which offered more of the same and an even shinier coat of paint -- but at the cost of some of the original title’s game modes. Warning: if the person you are playing Peggle with displays zero emotion throughout the session, it’s probably a sign that you need to find a new partner.

Gone Home

If you fancy something a bit more atmospheric and story-driven, Gone Home will tick all your boxes. A spooky tale of a girl returning home to an empty house and trying to work out what happened to her family, The Fullbright Company’s debut is a masterful exercise in subverting expectation. With a strong female protagonist and progressive narrative beats that finally offer a mature discussion of feminist topics, Gone Home will surprise and delight -- as well as unsettle at times.

While it’s a single-player game, it’s also not a fast-paced one. You won’t need to gun anything down or beat anything up, as the entire experience is one of exploration and discovery. It’s a perfect shared experience for couples who want to spend a few hours uncovering a mystery together. Also, it won a BAFTA, so you can play the “arty” card with utmost sincerity, and impress your true love.

You Don’t Know Jack

If your Valentine likes comedy, game shows, or both, then YDKJ will be right up their street. Packaged as part of the Jackbox Party Pack Vol. 1 on PS4 and Xbox One, this somewhat anarchic trivia quiz takes place over ten rounds and a final head-to-head. It’s hosted by the snarky Cookie Masterson, and the questions are obscure enough to make you think, but not so insanely difficult that they put you off.

They’re also presented in interesting ways, and a variety of different special rounds means that the time will simply fly by. Favorites include “The Put The Choices Into Order Then Buzz In To See If You Are Right…Question” -- which is, umm, exactly as it sounds -- and “Cookie's Fortune Cookie Fortunes (with Cookie "Fortune Cookie" Masterson)” where a nugget of generic fortune cookie wisdom is twisted into a vaguely relevant question. There’s plenty of innovation here, and the laughs come hard and fast.

Also, as it’s a quiz, competitive couples may enjoy demonstrating their knowledge of random garbage as they trying to screw over their other half. Literally -- you can use a once-per-game “screw” if you think they don’t know the answer, and if they get it wrong you’ll be given bonus points. Of course, if they do know it, you’re the one who ends up screwed.

Valentine’s Day: perfect for screwing.

Life Is Strange

Episodic adventure games have become very popular with couples over the last few years. At around two hours per episode, they offer an interactive experience, while at the same running time as an average film. The best part is that two people can shape the way the story turns out, while simultaneously learning something about the other person from the choices they made.

We could easily have mentioned The Walking Dead or The Wolf Among Us here too, and both are very valid alternatives if you’re both interested in the horror or comic-book genres. However, Dontnod Entertainment’s five-part tale of a girl called Max who is able to rewind time gets our vote for two reasons.

Firstly, the main game mechanic means that the conversational choices and the decisions you make are not necessarily set in stone, should you wish to backpedal and change them. For a gaming newbie, this may appeal immensely as it offers the option of experimentation with gameplay.

Secondly, the characters are strong, well-written (as the BAFTA would attest), and exist in a more realistic setting -- if you discount the supernatural powers that Max has. Taking control for a scene and then handing the controller over to your other half is a popular way of playing similar games, and the bond of experiencing a shared story is far more powerful than just watching a film together, since you are able to direct it yourselves.

Do yourselves a favor and step into the world of Life is StrangeBecause, given current world events, it probably won't seem that weird in comparison.

LEGO Games

If you’re looking for harmless, enjoyable, and fairly simple fun on a night in (steady, now!), you could do far worse than booting up a LEGO game for some co-op action. Aside from being colorful, intuitive, and rather addictive, they’re perfect for people who haven’t been exposed to many games -- because everyone understands LEGO.

The best thing about the LEGO series is that the film franchises they are based on are so varied that you’ll be hard-pressed to find at least one that you don’t enjoy. Whether it’s Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Star Wars or Indiana Jones, there’s bound to be something for everyone.

Our pick of the series is LEGO Marvel Super Heroes, which tapped into the MCU zeitgeist at just the right time, and did so with a polished and interesting experience, oodles of fan service and a cracking score. And as it’s a co-op game, it’s even better to play with your other half since you can work together to overcome obstacles, smash up enemies and solve puzzles. What could be more romantic?

What games do you like playing with your significant other? Are they gaming fans, or did you convert them? Let us know in the comments!

]]>
5 Best Valentine's Day Themed MMO Events https://www.gameskinny.com/r3065/5-best-valentines-day-themed-mmo-events https://www.gameskinny.com/r3065/5-best-valentines-day-themed-mmo-events Wed, 08 Feb 2017 15:11:23 -0500 Emily Parker

[{"image":"http://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/w/o/w/wow3-9b802.jpg","thumb":"http://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_85,w_97/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/w/o/w/wow3-9b802.jpg","type":"slide","id":"150034","description":"

No matter which MMO you're playing this Valentine's Day, there are always ways to get into the spirit. Don't forget about your friends when you're busy chasing crushes, and definitely don't forget about your partners while you're busy hanging with friends.

\n

Happy Valentine's Day!

\n

Which events will you be participating in? Or will you avoid it altogether? Let us know in the comment section below. 

"},{"image":"http://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/f/s/3/fs3qiuk-475ca.jpg","thumb":"http://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_85,w_97/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/f/s/3/fs3qiuk-475ca.jpg","type":"slide","id":"150026","description":"

Final Fantasy XIV

\n
Valentione’s Day
\n

From the 2nd to the 15th, you'll need to go speak with Lisette de Valentione to start your Valentione's Day festivities in Final Fantasy XIV

\n

\n

Old rewards will be included, but there will be a new emote and minion coming this year as well. This game also includes one of the best marriage mechanics in an MMO, if you'd like to make the day extra special!

"},{"image":"http://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/c/u/s/cushionbundle-88176.jpg","thumb":"http://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_85,w_97/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/c/u/s/cushionbundle-88176.jpg","type":"slide","id":"150021","description":"

Everquest 2

\n
Erollisi Day
\n

Erollisi Day has always provided a ton of content to complete in Darklight Wood, the Stonebrunt Highlands, Butcherblock Mountains, Lavastorm, Great Divide, and the Thundering Steppes. 

\n

There will be a new quest, plus more recipes and achievements this year, with several more rewards added. The famous pink unicorn mount is (of course) on the returning rewards list. 

\n

"},{"image":"http://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/c/o/s/costume-valentines-day-2017-sweet-treat-86d66.png","thumb":"http://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_85,w_97/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/c/o/s/costume-valentines-day-2017-sweet-treat-86d66.png","type":"slide","id":"150019","description":"

Blade and Soul

\n
Blade and Soulmate 
\n

Not only will Blade and Soul be updating their Hongmoon Store with both old and new costumes and weapon skins, but it will also have some in-game content to go with them. 

\n

Head to Jadestone Village to begin your quest. Assist Chai concoct a love potion and she'll give you some chocolates in return!

\n

"},{"image":"http://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/p/o/s/pose-valentinesday-1024x640-40ea9.jpg","thumb":"http://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_85,w_97/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/p/o/s/pose-valentinesday-1024x640-40ea9.jpg","type":"slide","id":"150017","description":"

Archeage

\n
Valentine's Day Cash Shop Update
\n

Archeage will likely be celebrating the big day as they always do, by adding more items to the cash shop. But so far, there's no update on what will be available in 2017. We will likely see similarities to 2016's additions, which are possibly the most beautifully stylized options in an MMO.

\n

"},{"image":"http://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/l/o/v/loveintheair-1a3a7.jpg","thumb":"http://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_85,w_97/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/l/o/v/loveintheair-1a3a7.jpg","type":"slide","id":"150010","description":"

World of Warcraft

\n
Love is in the Air
\n

Traditionally players spend their Valentine's Day in WoW collecting charms to craft into a charm bracelet that they can present to their Valentines -- even NPCs. 

\n

The Crown Chemical Company is set up to sell perfumes across Azeroth, and it's up to the players to unlock their secrets. For 2017 players will be able to queue and farm for rewards (like the Big Love Rocket mount pictured above) at level 16 in Shadowfang Keep. Even traditionally max level gear will scale to you lower level. 

\n

As it only takes about 3 minutes to reach level 16 these days, this has essentially made Love is in the Air content available to everyone.

\n

Lady Sylvanas will always be my Valentine! I wonder if she'll have time for me now that she's Warchief...

\n

"},{"image":"http://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_360,w_640/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/v/a/l/valentines-mount-blog-5f182.jpg","thumb":"http://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/c_limit,h_85,w_97/e_sharpen:100/f_auto,fl_lossy,q_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/v/a/l/valentines-mount-blog-5f182.jpg","type":"slide","id":"150007","description":"

Valentine's Day is right around the corner, in case anyone has let you forget. And of course, MMOs are ramping up to celebrate their in-game versions of the holiday. 

\n

In addition to decorating in-game locations, these events provide ways to earn everything from jewelry to mounts. (And feeling less lonely on the day of lovers is a pretty nice bonus.) So let's take a look at the best Valentine's Day themed MMO celebrations happening in your favorite games! 

"}]]]>
Valentine's Day Gifts for Your Gamer Girl https://www.gameskinny.com/9fwpd/valentines-day-gifts-for-your-gamer-girl https://www.gameskinny.com/9fwpd/valentines-day-gifts-for-your-gamer-girl Tue, 07 Feb 2017 14:47:00 -0500 Kat De Shields

Valentine's Day is right around the corner. If you're still struggling to find the perfect V-Day gift for your gamer girl, here are a few ideas to get you started. 

Matching/Paired Jewelry 

If a shared love for gaming is one of the things that brought you together, you can't go wrong with a his and her jewelry set. Sweet and sentimental, it's a way to carry a bit of each other with you when you're AFK. 

Five Nights at Freddy Fazbear Pizza Kit 

Chicks dig men that can cook. But if cooking isn't your thing, fret not. If your gal enjoys the Five Nights at Freddy's franchise, then this gift is sure to win her over. Bring Freddy Fazbear's Pizza to your house with this pizza kit. It includes an apron, a pizza cutter, a pizza pan, and a pizza box to add that final horrifying touch to your Valentine's Day meal. 

Assassin's Creed Wooden Dish

Perfect for keys, jewelry, rings, or change, this hand-carved tray is made from Macedonian Black Walnut. Whether she sets it on her desk, her vanity or in the foyer, this stylish catch-all is a great addition to any household. 

Video Game Silkscreen Scarf 

Whether it's summer or winter, scarves are the perfect accessory for any outfit. Allow your lady to rep her love of gaming with a pashmina scarf covered in video game controllers. Not only do you have a retro-trip of controllers across the ages, there are multiple color combinations available, too. It's a gift she's guaranteed to love. 

Star Wars Clothing and Accessories

Skirts and purses are boring. Star Wars themed skirts and purses are stellar. (Pun intended.) Whether she thinks Princess Leia is the bomb or she's a Captain Phasma die-hard, give your gamer girl a Star Wars outfit guaranteed to draw compliments. 

Gamer Gift Basket

If you still can't figure out what to get her, you can't go wrong with a gamer gift basket. Add a game she's had her eye on, a Steam card, some treats to munch on, and some smaller gaming-based accessories.  Here are a few items to get you started. 

A few of these items will definitely woo your gamer lady. If you found some other great gamer girl Valentine's Day gifts, let us know in the comments! Happy Valentine's Day!

]]>
Valentine's Day Cards for the Gamer At Heart https://www.gameskinny.com/d01my/valentines-day-cards-for-the-gamer-at-heart https://www.gameskinny.com/d01my/valentines-day-cards-for-the-gamer-at-heart Mon, 06 Feb 2017 14:50:27 -0500 Kat De Shields

Whether you're looking for a special card for your special someone or need bulk cards to pass out for class, check out these adorable gaming-based Valentine's Day Cards and pick one to woo your Player 2. 

For the Lovebirds

These cards are perfect for that special gamer girl or gamer guy in your life. From sweet sentiments to reminding them that pausing your game also counts as a token of affection, these Valentine's Day Cards will power up their heart. 

You can also download this card and print, here

The card above ships from Austria, so they may not arrive in time for this Valentine's Day. However, playerNo2's Etsy store has a ton of charming Valentine's Day cards to check out for next year. 

 Gamer Kids Class Valentines Day Cards

Back in my elementary school days, you had to hand out Valentine's Day cards (and candy hearts) to everyone in class. If you're looking for some gaming-based cards for your kid, here are some great options that you can download and print immediately!

Have a wonderful Valentine's Day!

]]>
Spent too much time gaming and got no idea what to do for Valentine's day? https://www.gameskinny.com/fl6wy/spent-too-much-time-gaming-and-got-no-idea-what-to-do-for-valentines-day https://www.gameskinny.com/fl6wy/spent-too-much-time-gaming-and-got-no-idea-what-to-do-for-valentines-day Sat, 13 Feb 2016 07:23:11 -0500 shox_reboot

Great! Me neither. Let me go over some theories with you.

I'm no romantic by any means. I'd sooner drag an unfortunate soul to go watch Deadpool on the 14th than actually do something thematic. But, if experience has taught me anything, it's that if you pretend you are for this one day -- well, it can go a long way.

But

Don't go out of your way to follow the mainstream and do what everyone else is doing. (Except roses. Think of that as your fail safe). You're a gamer, right? So show them your appreciation with something along those lines. 

Disclaimer: Satisfaction not guaranteed.

Video Game Themed Cards

Alright, hear me out. These things are corny but they can get the job done. Of course, you don't want to get them any old card. Get one of those game-themed Valentine cards and you're good to go.

This works exceptionally well if he or she knows what it's in reference to. If they don't--well, tough luck. Although the sentiment will probably be appreciated in the best case scenario. 

Hint- You might want to have a fail safe ready. 

Buy them that game you spend hours playing online

You know that age old meme? Something along the lines of:

If a guy wants you to learn how to play a game, it means you are the most important person in his life. And he probably also wants a healer.

Minus the last part, the rest actually has some truth to it. After all, we spend as much time as we can on our games. Asking someone else to join us is basically inviting them to spend that time together! 

Many MMOs have Valentine themed events going on. While I would advise against attending these virtual events and calling it a day on the 14th, it can be a good add on! 

Well, yeah -- you could use someone to fill a role your raid party is missing, but don't tell them that. 

So look around, there are plenty of Steam sales going on along with some MMORPG's running promotions as well. Maybe you can convince your Valentine to join you?

Take advantage of discounts from geek/gaming culture centric stores 

You know those stores like Musterbrand or Ubiworkshop that sell game-themed clothing and accessories? They always have something going on for Valentine's day enabling you to get some nifty items on sale. 

If your Valentine is the type who's into your hobby, you really can't go wrong here. 

Looking for an excuse to dress your date up as an Assassin? Now's your chance.

Now, was all that informative? If you answered yes then I feel better about myself. 

That said...do make an effort to do more than this if you're serious about celebrating the 14th. You're on your own from here though, I should have proved by now that I'm not the best person to give out Valentine's day advice. 

 

]]>
Best couples we ship in video games: Non-cannonical romances we'd love to see https://www.gameskinny.com/ove8m/best-couples-we-ship-in-video-games-non-cannonical-romances-wed-love-to-see https://www.gameskinny.com/ove8m/best-couples-we-ship-in-video-games-non-cannonical-romances-wed-love-to-see Fri, 12 Feb 2016 10:17:57 -0500 Venisia Gonzalez

[{"image":"http://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/fl_lossy,q_80/c_limit,f_auto,h_360,w_640/v1/gameskinnyc/j/a/s/jason-leatherface-23a98.jpg","thumb":"http://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/fl_lossy,q_80/f_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/j/a/s/tiny_jason-leatherface-23a98.jpg","type":"slide","id":"102706","description":"

Jason Voorhees and Leatherface from Mortal Kombat X

\n

The couple that slays together, stays together. What's wrong with a bromance on the horror scale? These guys are misunderstood and perhaps, this union can make them complete. They have so much in common:

\n
    \n
  • love of hand tools
  • \n
  • love of masks
  • \n
  • love of torturing the love-sick teens at inopportune moments
  • \n
  • love being close to home
  • \n
\n

Isn't that what romance is all about?

\n
What did you think of these suggestions? What other couples would you like to see? Let us know in the comments.
"},{"image":"http://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/fl_lossy,q_80/c_limit,f_auto,h_360,w_640/v1/gameskinnyc/t/r/i/triss-geralt-yenneferwitcher3-69db0.jpg","thumb":"http://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/fl_lossy,q_80/f_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/t/r/i/tiny_triss-geralt-yenneferwitcher3-69db0.jpg","type":"slide","id":"102712","description":"

Yennefer, Geralt and Triss from The Witcher series

\n

As a huge fan of The Witcher series, Geralt is known to be torn between the great sorceresses Yennefer and Triss. But what if you didn't have to decide? What if you could have the ultimate, romantic relationship with them both? There are multi-partnered couples in the world that experience this level of commitment. Perhaps it may seem over-the-top, but is it?

\n

As long as "cycles" alternate, it can be beneficial for all.

\n

What they have in common:

\n
    \n
  • combat skills
  • \n
  • unicorns
  • \n
  • helping others
  • \n
  • "personal time"
  • \n
  • love of the outdoors and paranormal
  • \n
"},{"image":"http://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/fl_lossy,q_80/c_limit,f_auto,h_360,w_640/v1/gameskinnyc/b/a/t/batman-harley-quinn-wide-c6503.jpg","thumb":"http://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/fl_lossy,q_80/f_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/b/a/t/tiny_batman-harley-quinn-wide-c6503.jpg","type":"slide","id":"102705","description":"

Batman and Harley Quinn from Batman Arkham Asylum

\n

These are two people who have had their minds twisted and have known pain on various levels. Yes, Harley is no longer the therapist, but a patient. Batman is dark and alone, like his cave on Mother's Day and Father's Day. What if they could heal together? Their love of costumes speaks to their inner cosplayer. Maybe it'll lead up to something new and brightly colored.

\n

Their common interests:

\n
    \n
  • both love dressing up
  • \n
  • jokes that kill
  • \n
  • both are fond of horticulture
  • \n
"},{"image":"http://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/fl_lossy,q_80/c_limit,f_auto,h_360,w_640/v1/gameskinnyc/m/a/s/master-chief-cortana-9a29c.jpg","thumb":"http://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/fl_lossy,q_80/f_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/m/a/s/tiny_master-chief-cortana-9a29c.jpg","type":"slide","id":"102704","description":"

Master Chief and Cortana from the Halo series

\n

In the world of science-fiction, almost anything is possible. Why can't Master Chief and Cortana somehow be reunited? This "unconventional" love, this bond that is shared, is as timeless as the universe itself. Doesn't Master Chief deserve his happily ever after? This time she saves him.

\n

Things in common:

\n
    \n
  • "mommy" issues
  • \n
  • both are obsessed with who "came" before
  • \n
  • love rings
  • \n
  • both have fallen prey to their "Guilty Spark"
  • \n
"},{"image":"http://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/fl_lossy,q_80/c_limit,f_auto,h_360,w_640/v1/gameskinnyc/m/a/x/max-chloe-life-strange-0ebff.jpg","thumb":"http://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/fl_lossy,q_80/f_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/m/a/x/tiny_max-chloe-life-strange-0ebff.jpg","type":"slide","id":"102703","description":"

Max and Chloe from Life Is Strange

\n

The ultimate relationship that is sparking fan-fiction all over the internet is Max and Chloe. Playing the deeply emotional game myself, it's no wonder why! Max and Chloe have such a bond that even 5 years of separation didn't put a dent. Both are vulnerable but also strong. They support one another with ferocity.

\n
Spoilers!!!!
\n

Depending on your choices in Life Is Strange, a relationship may become impossible due to necessary sacrifices. I know it broke my heart. Max and Chloe have a connection that every couple strives to achieve.

\n

What they have in common:

\n
    \n
  • cherish friendships
  • \n
  • love pirates
  • \n
  • love mysteries
  • \n
"},{"image":"http://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/fl_lossy,q_80/c_limit,f_auto,h_360,w_640/v1/gameskinnyc/e/r/i/eris-cayde-did-you-reboot-d9ethkg-c3655.png","thumb":"http://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/fl_lossy,q_80/f_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/e/r/i/tiny_eris-cayde-did-you-reboot-d9ethkg-c3655.png","type":"slide","id":"102702","description":"

Eris Morn and Cayde-6 from Destiny

\n

If you've played Destiny as much as I have you'll know that Cayde-6 has a field day picking on Eris. Do you think that the old "if a boy picks on you, it means he likes you" adage is true?

\n

What they have in common:

\n
    \n
  • helping others
  • \n
  • mutual enemies
  • \n
  • sense of humor
  • \n
  • dealing with Crota and his dad
  • \n
\n

The photo featured here is made by did-you-reboot on DeviantArt.

"},{"image":"http://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/fl_lossy,q_80/c_limit,f_auto,h_360,w_640/v1/gameskinnyc/g/l/a/glados-wheatley-portal2-9dd60.jpg","thumb":"http://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/fl_lossy,q_80/f_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/g/l/a/tiny_glados-wheatley-portal2-9dd60.jpg","type":"slide","id":"102701","description":"

GLaDos and Wheatley from Portal 2

\n

When it comes to power couples, how can we avoid the tale of GLaDos and Wheatley? GLaDos, the sarcastic "sadomasochist" and Wheatley, the wannabe totalitarian. This is a plausible couple that knows how to push one another to the brink of "drunken" madness or cause the demise of every soul they encounter.

\n

What they have in common:

\n
    \n
  • love being in "control"
  • \n
  • wonderful humor
  • \n
  • love of science
  • \n
  • neither eat cake
  • \n
\n

Doesn't this sound like fun, you monster?

"},{"image":"http://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/fl_lossy,q_80/c_limit,f_auto,h_360,w_640/v1/gameskinnyc/a/l/i/aliens-predator-chess-9b3c6.jpg","thumb":"http://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/fl_lossy,q_80/f_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/a/l/i/tiny_aliens-predator-chess-9b3c6.jpg","type":"slide","id":"102700","description":"

Alien and Predator from Alien vs. Predator

\n

Alien and Predator have been enemies for quite a long time. They are adversaries of skill and wit. But, underneath the hostility there may be something more. Perhaps, a yearning to be understood for companionship rather than merely sport. Yet, I can't be the only one who's imagined: what if they didn't have to kill one another?

\n

I know Robot Chicken has.

\n\n

What they have in common:

\n
    \n
  • love of sacrifices
  • \n
  • love of sneaking up on "participants"
  • \n
  • love playing "tag"
  • \n
"},{"image":"http://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/fl_lossy,q_80/c_limit,f_auto,h_360,w_640/v1/gameskinnyc/v/i/d/video-game-couples-0e69f.jpg","thumb":"http://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/fl_lossy,q_80/f_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/v/i/d/tiny_video-game-couples-0e69f.jpg","type":"slide","id":"102714","description":"

With Valentine's Day drawing near, how about we think of couples we'd love to see in video games. Many of us have characters we love that haven't been able to develop the type of relationships we imagine.

\n

Here I have compiled relationships that I would love to see become plausible, even if they seem impossible. Some characters never had the time and for others, it wasn't a possibility. So let's see where our hearts can take us.

"}]]]>
Best couples we ship in video games: Non-cannonical romances we'd love to see https://www.gameskinny.com/ove8m/best-couples-we-ship-in-video-games-non-cannonical-romances-wed-love-to-see https://www.gameskinny.com/ove8m/best-couples-we-ship-in-video-games-non-cannonical-romances-wed-love-to-see Fri, 12 Feb 2016 10:17:57 -0500 Venisia Gonzalez

[{"image":"http://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/fl_lossy,q_80/c_limit,f_auto,h_360,w_640/v1/gameskinnyc/j/a/s/jason-leatherface-23a98.jpg","thumb":"http://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/fl_lossy,q_80/f_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/j/a/s/tiny_jason-leatherface-23a98.jpg","type":"slide","id":"102706","description":"

Jason Voorhees and Leatherface from Mortal Kombat X

\n

The couple that slays together, stays together. What's wrong with a bromance on the horror scale? These guys are misunderstood and perhaps, this union can make them complete. They have so much in common:

\n
    \n
  • love of hand tools
  • \n
  • love of masks
  • \n
  • love of torturing the love-sick teens at inopportune moments
  • \n
  • love being close to home
  • \n
\n

Isn't that what romance is all about?

\n
What did you think of these suggestions? What other couples would you like to see? Let us know in the comments.
"},{"image":"http://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/fl_lossy,q_80/c_limit,f_auto,h_360,w_640/v1/gameskinnyc/t/r/i/triss-geralt-yenneferwitcher3-69db0.jpg","thumb":"http://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/fl_lossy,q_80/f_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/t/r/i/tiny_triss-geralt-yenneferwitcher3-69db0.jpg","type":"slide","id":"102712","description":"

Yennefer, Geralt and Triss from The Witcher series

\n

As a huge fan of The Witcher series, Geralt is known to be torn between the great sorceresses Yennefer and Triss. But what if you didn't have to decide? What if you could have the ultimate, romantic relationship with them both? There are multi-partnered couples in the world that experience this level of commitment. Perhaps it may seem over-the-top, but is it?

\n

As long as "cycles" alternate, it can be beneficial for all.

\n

What they have in common:

\n
    \n
  • combat skills
  • \n
  • unicorns
  • \n
  • helping others
  • \n
  • "personal time"
  • \n
  • love of the outdoors and paranormal
  • \n
"},{"image":"http://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/fl_lossy,q_80/c_limit,f_auto,h_360,w_640/v1/gameskinnyc/b/a/t/batman-harley-quinn-wide-c6503.jpg","thumb":"http://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/fl_lossy,q_80/f_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/b/a/t/tiny_batman-harley-quinn-wide-c6503.jpg","type":"slide","id":"102705","description":"

Batman and Harley Quinn from Batman Arkham Asylum

\n

These are two people who have had their minds twisted and have known pain on various levels. Yes, Harley is no longer the therapist, but a patient. Batman is dark and alone, like his cave on Mother's Day and Father's Day. What if they could heal together? Their love of costumes speaks to their inner cosplayer. Maybe it'll lead up to something new and brightly colored.

\n

Their common interests:

\n
    \n
  • both love dressing up
  • \n
  • jokes that kill
  • \n
  • both are fond of horticulture
  • \n
"},{"image":"http://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/fl_lossy,q_80/c_limit,f_auto,h_360,w_640/v1/gameskinnyc/m/a/s/master-chief-cortana-9a29c.jpg","thumb":"http://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/fl_lossy,q_80/f_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/m/a/s/tiny_master-chief-cortana-9a29c.jpg","type":"slide","id":"102704","description":"

Master Chief and Cortana from the Halo series

\n

In the world of science-fiction, almost anything is possible. Why can't Master Chief and Cortana somehow be reunited? This "unconventional" love, this bond that is shared, is as timeless as the universe itself. Doesn't Master Chief deserve his happily ever after? This time she saves him.

\n

Things in common:

\n
    \n
  • "mommy" issues
  • \n
  • both are obsessed with who "came" before
  • \n
  • love rings
  • \n
  • both have fallen prey to their "Guilty Spark"
  • \n
"},{"image":"http://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/fl_lossy,q_80/c_limit,f_auto,h_360,w_640/v1/gameskinnyc/m/a/x/max-chloe-life-strange-0ebff.jpg","thumb":"http://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/fl_lossy,q_80/f_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/m/a/x/tiny_max-chloe-life-strange-0ebff.jpg","type":"slide","id":"102703","description":"

Max and Chloe from Life Is Strange

\n

The ultimate relationship that is sparking fan-fiction all over the internet is Max and Chloe. Playing the deeply emotional game myself, it's no wonder why! Max and Chloe have such a bond that even 5 years of separation didn't put a dent. Both are vulnerable but also strong. They support one another with ferocity.

\n
Spoilers!!!!
\n

Depending on your choices in Life Is Strange, a relationship may become impossible due to necessary sacrifices. I know it broke my heart. Max and Chloe have a connection that every couple strives to achieve.

\n

What they have in common:

\n
    \n
  • cherish friendships
  • \n
  • love pirates
  • \n
  • love mysteries
  • \n
"},{"image":"http://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/fl_lossy,q_80/c_limit,f_auto,h_360,w_640/v1/gameskinnyc/e/r/i/eris-cayde-did-you-reboot-d9ethkg-c3655.png","thumb":"http://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/fl_lossy,q_80/f_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/e/r/i/tiny_eris-cayde-did-you-reboot-d9ethkg-c3655.png","type":"slide","id":"102702","description":"

Eris Morn and Cayde-6 from Destiny

\n

If you've played Destiny as much as I have you'll know that Cayde-6 has a field day picking on Eris. Do you think that the old "if a boy picks on you, it means he likes you" adage is true?

\n

What they have in common:

\n
    \n
  • helping others
  • \n
  • mutual enemies
  • \n
  • sense of humor
  • \n
  • dealing with Crota and his dad
  • \n
\n

The photo featured here is made by did-you-reboot on DeviantArt.

"},{"image":"http://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/fl_lossy,q_80/c_limit,f_auto,h_360,w_640/v1/gameskinnyc/g/l/a/glados-wheatley-portal2-9dd60.jpg","thumb":"http://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/fl_lossy,q_80/f_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/g/l/a/tiny_glados-wheatley-portal2-9dd60.jpg","type":"slide","id":"102701","description":"

GLaDos and Wheatley from Portal 2

\n

When it comes to power couples, how can we avoid the tale of GLaDos and Wheatley? GLaDos, the sarcastic "sadomasochist" and Wheatley, the wannabe totalitarian. This is a plausible couple that knows how to push one another to the brink of "drunken" madness or cause the demise of every soul they encounter.

\n

What they have in common:

\n
    \n
  • love being in "control"
  • \n
  • wonderful humor
  • \n
  • love of science
  • \n
  • neither eat cake
  • \n
\n

Doesn't this sound like fun, you monster?

"},{"image":"http://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/fl_lossy,q_80/c_limit,f_auto,h_360,w_640/v1/gameskinnyc/a/l/i/aliens-predator-chess-9b3c6.jpg","thumb":"http://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/fl_lossy,q_80/f_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/a/l/i/tiny_aliens-predator-chess-9b3c6.jpg","type":"slide","id":"102700","description":"

Alien and Predator from Alien vs. Predator

\n

Alien and Predator have been enemies for quite a long time. They are adversaries of skill and wit. But, underneath the hostility there may be something more. Perhaps, a yearning to be understood for companionship rather than merely sport. Yet, I can't be the only one who's imagined: what if they didn't have to kill one another?

\n

I know Robot Chicken has.

\n\n

What they have in common:

\n
    \n
  • love of sacrifices
  • \n
  • love of sneaking up on "participants"
  • \n
  • love playing "tag"
  • \n
"},{"image":"http://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/fl_lossy,q_80/c_limit,f_auto,h_360,w_640/v1/gameskinnyc/v/i/d/video-game-couples-0e69f.jpg","thumb":"http://res.cloudinary.com/lmn/image/upload/fl_lossy,q_80/f_auto/v1/gameskinnyc/v/i/d/tiny_video-game-couples-0e69f.jpg","type":"slide","id":"102714","description":"

With Valentine's Day drawing near, how about we think of couples we'd love to see in video games. Many of us have characters we love that haven't been able to develop the type of relationships we imagine.

\n

Here I have compiled relationships that I would love to see become plausible, even if they seem impossible. Some characters never had the time and for others, it wasn't a possibility. So let's see where our hearts can take us.

"}]]]>
Guide to your gamer's heart: 5 ways to make this Valentine's Day unforgettable https://www.gameskinny.com/zcsj9/guide-to-your-gamers-heart-5-ways-to-make-this-valentines-day-unforgettable https://www.gameskinny.com/zcsj9/guide-to-your-gamers-heart-5-ways-to-make-this-valentines-day-unforgettable Mon, 08 Feb 2016 05:44:56 -0500 Autumn Fish

[{"image":"http://images.gameskinny.com/gameskinnyop/o/l/d/old-video-game-wall-decor-conference-8edc9.jpg","thumb":"http://images.gameskinny.com/gameskinnyop/o/l/d/tiny_old-video-game-wall-decor-conference-8edc9.jpg","type":"slide","id":"102564","description":"

Build atmosphere

\n

If you are spending any significant portion of Valentine's Day at home or in private with your partner, you may want to consider building an atmosphere a gamer can appreciate.

\n
    \n
  • Put on (theme appropriate) game music.
  • \n
  • Decorate your place with iconic video game characters, symbols, and environments.
  • \n
  • Dress with one of their favorite character's color palette. You don't have to spend Valentine's Day in cosplay, just keep the primary and secondary colors in mind when you're picking out an outfit.
  • \n
\n

Any of these sprinkled into the day will show your partner how much you care about them and their interests.

\n

However, beware of overdoing it - don't *just* make the day about him or her. This day is for the both of you, together.

\n

In the end, your partner appreciates who you are; don't try to be someone else. Spring from these ideas to plan a Valentine's Day that you can enjoy together.

\n

(Image via Ghoofie)

"},{"image":"http://images.gameskinny.com/gameskinnyop/u/o/q/uoqlbh2juful840x0vdef9kkm-dffa9.jpg","thumb":"http://images.gameskinny.com/gameskinnyop/u/o/q/tiny_uoqlbh2juful840x0vdef9kkm-dffa9.jpg","type":"slide","id":"102572","description":"

Play together

\n

Don't usually play video games together? Well, today's the perfect chance to give it a shot! Pick out a game you can play together for awhile. Don't give it any more than 20-30 minutes if it fails to capture your attention; you can always return again to try later with a different game.

\n

If you play games together often, you probably don't want to be doing more of the same on Valentine's Day. Consider trying something different if you still want to game. Here are some suggestions:

\n
    \n
  • a co-op game (Portal 2, Borderlands).
  • \n
  • an online game (World of Warcraft, Minecraft).
  • \n
  • a touching adventure game with conjoined input (Life is Strange, The Last of Us).
  • \n
  • any game where you engage in jolly cooperation.
  • \n
\n

Actively avoid

\n
    \n
  • competitive games (Super Smash Bros., Mortal Kombat).
  • \n
  • single-player experiences (Dragon's Dogma, Bioshock).
  • \n
  • simulation and management games (The Sims, Cities: Skylines).
  • \n
  • any situation where it's them vs. you.
  • \n
"},{"image":"http://images.gameskinny.com/gameskinnyop/8/7/8/87879ea6b1511001b4fa11a6a13c3f27-d77fc.jpg","thumb":"http://images.gameskinny.com/gameskinnyop/8/7/8/tiny_87879ea6b1511001b4fa11a6a13c3f27-d77fc.jpg","type":"slide","id":"102516","description":"

Craft a Custom Valentine's Card

\n

Print out or download assets and put together a custom card for that special person in your life. Be witty and creative with it if you're really familiar with their favorite games.

\n

It's better if the card is custom tailored to each gamer. Everyone is unique, and a card made with their interests and aspirations in mind is deeply touching.

\n

(Image via Dorkly)

"},{"image":"http://images.gameskinny.com/gameskinnyop/a/r/c/arcade6big-15496.jpg","thumb":"http://images.gameskinny.com/gameskinnyop/a/r/c/tiny_arcade6big-15496.jpg","type":"slide","id":"102533","description":"

Stop by your local arcade

\n

Or your local laser tag center. Make your gamer's Valentine's Day by going stopping somewhere special.

\n

Maybe there is a game-themed bar or restaurant in your area to check out? There is an increasing number of places that cater specifically to gamers, anymore, and some of them may be doing something special for Valentine's Day.

"},{"image":"http://images.gameskinny.com/gameskinnyop/6/9/c/69c41515962db8f0fbab81b4428f6718-2a9ab.jpg","thumb":"http://images.gameskinny.com/gameskinnyop/6/9/c/tiny_69c41515962db8f0fbab81b4428f6718-2a9ab.jpg","type":"slide","id":"102509","description":"

Cook up a game-inspired dish

\n

What foods are in his or her favorite game? Can you make a version of that in the real world? Do it! A special themed dish will let your partner know you're thinking about them this Valentine's Day.

\n

Check out Rock Sirloin and more foods inspired by video games that you can make at home if you need ideas.

"},{"image":"http://images.gameskinny.com/gameskinnyop/f/3/e/f3edf569fb6b9fe2d673f207cef51a30-0fdf4.jpg","thumb":"http://images.gameskinny.com/gameskinnyop/f/3/e/tiny_f3edf569fb6b9fe2d673f207cef51a30-0fdf4.jpg","type":"slide","id":"102494","description":"

You have the perfect gift, maybe you have something special planned out, but you still need the cherry on top to create a truly memorable Valentine's Day.

\n

The little things are what make for a truly magnificent Valentine's Day. Don't spend too much time stressing over the "perfect" day. Spend time with him or her and be open to spontaneous opportunities.

\n

These small ideas will make any great Valentine's Day even better for you and that special gamer in your life.

"}]]]>
Destiny to have Valentine's Day event https://www.gameskinny.com/d6byj/destiny-to-have-valentines-day-event https://www.gameskinny.com/d6byj/destiny-to-have-valentines-day-event Fri, 22 Jan 2016 04:14:56 -0500 KendraG

Bungie announced in their weekly update that they will be having their first Valentine's Day event in Destiny

Starting on February 9th and lasting for one week, a Crimson Days ritual will be coming to the game. While the February update will bring various fixes, it will also be bringing new content, including a new Crimson Doubles mode.

Crimson Doubles is a brand new 2v2 Crucible mode. In it, players will have to double up to enter the Crucible and work together to win. The Crucible is a competitive PvP multiplayer aspect of Destiny that's balanced so that lower level players have a chance against higher leveled players. 

Don't worry if you have more than one player you want to pair up with to take on Crimson Doubles -- you will be able to play with more than one player.

Before Crimson Days, another Iron Banner event will be happening between January 26th to February 2nd that you might want to get hyped about. 

So if you don't already have a date for the new 2v2 Crucible mode for Valentine's Day on Destiny, now is the time to start finding one.

]]>
Humble Bundle For Lovers https://www.gameskinny.com/gk4bk/humble-bundle-for-lovers https://www.gameskinny.com/gk4bk/humble-bundle-for-lovers Sun, 15 Feb 2015 14:58:34 -0500 Lampstradamus

Humble Bundle is just in time for Valentine's Day with a new weekly bundle.

This time around Humble Bundle is bringing in seven different kinds of dating sims and visual novel style games and as usual when it comes to Humble Bundle, everything you get is based on a pay-what-you want basis.

Customers who pay any amount get Long Live the Queen, Analogue: A Hate Story, and Go! Go! Nippon! ~ My First Trip to Japan~.

Customers who pay more than the average(which at current time of writing is $6.01) get access to WORLD END ECONOMiCA episode.01, Hate Plus, and Roomates- Deluxe Edition.

Customers who pay $8 or more get Hatoful Boyfriend.

As a bonus, anyone paying $35 gets access to a Hatoful Boyfriend Lovers Pillowcase. 

All of the games are worth $94 dollars in total, but customers can pay however much they please. All games are available in the form of Steam Keys, so you can gift that special someone some Pigeon Love.

]]>
Small Ways to Show Your SO You Love Them This Valentines - For Gamers https://www.gameskinny.com/4znk9/small-ways-to-show-your-so-you-love-them-this-valentines-for-gamers https://www.gameskinny.com/4znk9/small-ways-to-show-your-so-you-love-them-this-valentines-for-gamers Mon, 09 Feb 2015 11:49:18 -0500 Rachael Johnston

With Valentine's merchandise on the shelves since the beginning of January, it may have slipped your mind that Valentine's Day is now just under a week away. So as you are continuing to level up or getting ready for the next game, remember your significant other needs attention too. Here are some small things you can do to remind your non-gamer SO that you love them too.

ALSO, these are good thing things to keep in mind in reverse if your SO is the gamer!

Play a Game Together (Co-op is Great)

There are lots of games that can be fun no matter what your interests are. Think Portal 2, Castle Crashers, MineCraft, and fighting or racing games. The key to this one is to understand that you both may not want to play for the same length of time. So set your expectations to 20-30 minutes the first few tries. 

Board games and tabletop games are a lot of fun but often forgotten. Grab something fairly new or choose a more traditional one. How about Scrabble or Battleship? Take the game with you to the bar or coffee shop for a great date. 

While I don't traditionally recommend mobile games for hanging out with your SO, there are some that are so fun it's worth taking the time. Try out Trivia Crack (reviewed with high marks here), Heads Up!, or 4 Pics 1 Word. 

Plan Something

Doesn't matter what it is. Make dinner, make reservations, buy a small trinket, make a card, text them you love them, whatever, just let them know you were thinking about them. You could even do it for Valentines Day.  

Give them Space

Understand your SO has their own way to wind down or deal with stresses, so give them the space to do what they enjoy - no ktvetching. Of course, this goes both ways.

Manage Expectations

Sometimes it's as simple as letting the other person know what time you will be able to stop playing to spend some time with them, then actually follow through and log off (that's key!). It does not have to be long, maybe just long enough to eat dinner together or a walk around the block before you are back to it.

The trick is not to agree to help a guildmate run an instance right before you need to log off. Trust me, I know from experience, it's never as quick as you think it will be. 

On the flip side, if you are a non-gamer, sometimes it's as simple as hanging out with your SO while they play. Read a book or browse online while sitting next to them while they raid. It's ok if you are doing different things.

]]>
League of Legends Valentines https://www.gameskinny.com/bx0d8/league-of-legends-valentines https://www.gameskinny.com/bx0d8/league-of-legends-valentines Mon, 09 Feb 2015 08:35:33 -0500 Amanda Wallace

[{"image":"http://images.gameskinny.com/gameskinny/2c130e6c3583237d11433e77eb5412f0.png","thumb":"http://images.gameskinny.com/gameskinny/tiny_2c130e6c3583237d11433e77eb5412f0.png","type":"slide","id":"58944","description":"

You Make My Pulse Ryze

\n

 

\n

Be sure to give your sweetheart some extra special League of Legends love!

"},{"image":"http://images.gameskinny.com/gameskinny/6d24d7ad69893bcac0a98cffc19cb258.png","thumb":"http://images.gameskinny.com/gameskinny/tiny_6d24d7ad69893bcac0a98cffc19cb258.png","type":"slide","id":"58943","description":"

You Melt My Frozen Heart

"},{"image":"http://images.gameskinny.com/gameskinny/b7efc459e5826f82be1263535b6d968d.png","thumb":"http://images.gameskinny.com/gameskinny/tiny_b7efc459e5826f82be1263535b6d968d.png","type":"slide","id":"58942","description":"

I Don't Want Annie-One Else But You

"},{"image":"http://images.gameskinny.com/gameskinny/503ad1f517835370c2aa5412ef24076d.png","thumb":"http://images.gameskinny.com/gameskinny/tiny_503ad1f517835370c2aa5412ef24076d.png","type":"slide","id":"58940","description":"

I'll Support You so You Can Carry Me

"},{"image":"http://images.gameskinny.com/gameskinny/9902c4abbbdbe50cabc1dd70363da519.png","thumb":"http://images.gameskinny.com/gameskinny/tiny_9902c4abbbdbe50cabc1dd70363da519.png","type":"slide","id":"58939","description":"

Love at First Blood

"},{"image":"http://images.gameskinny.com/gameskinny/7471a0f25e9ca223c0c99094583215ee.png","thumb":"http://images.gameskinny.com/gameskinny/tiny_7471a0f25e9ca223c0c99094583215ee.png","type":"slide","id":"58938","description":"

I'd solo Baron for you.

"},{"image":"http://images.gameskinny.com/gameskinny/4ee8e3db316c53f0ceb038fd11ef2750.png","thumb":"http://images.gameskinny.com/gameskinny/tiny_4ee8e3db316c53f0ceb038fd11ef2750.png","type":"slide","id":"58937","description":"

Is that a needlessly large rod in your pocket or are you just happy to see me? 

"},{"image":"http://images.gameskinny.com/gameskinny/18db8f26ed288e48995431d2ec9393a6.png","thumb":"http://images.gameskinny.com/gameskinny/tiny_18db8f26ed288e48995431d2ec9393a6.png","type":"slide","id":"58936","description":"

Celebrate Valentine's Day with your favorite League of Legends player! You can download all of these cards from Imgur, and I'll also include individual download links on each one. 

\n

Feel free to print these and give one to your lady (or fella).

\n

You had me at GLHF (full size)

"}]]]>
15 Valentine's Ideas For Gamers https://www.gameskinny.com/vb2w5/15-valentines-ideas-for-gamers https://www.gameskinny.com/vb2w5/15-valentines-ideas-for-gamers Wed, 04 Feb 2015 17:43:49 -0500 Venisia Gonzalez

[{"image":"http://images.gameskinny.com/gameskinny/68644c6d805bc35331b360113bf246e3.jpg","thumb":"http://images.gameskinny.com/gameskinny/tiny_68644c6d805bc35331b360113bf246e3.jpg","type":"slide","id":"58843","description":"

Here's a gift with a playful and naughty side. This "Achievement Unlocked" Women's Boy Brief definitely fits that description. They're available for $24.50 through CafePress.com and come in 3 colors.

\n

Time is closing in on Valentine's Day for your special someone, so what are you waiting for?

"},{"image":"http://images.gameskinny.com/gameskinny/c61fb0cce0f1b519a7f7115740ad8922.jpg","thumb":"http://images.gameskinny.com/gameskinny/tiny_c61fb0cce0f1b519a7f7115740ad8922.jpg","type":"slide","id":"58840","description":"

Who can forget chocolate on Valentine's Day? Receiving a Star Wars Han Solo in Carbonite chocolate would make you the cat's "meow!"

"},{"image":"http://images.gameskinny.com/gameskinny/8e9260f8782b83cb8a818451d0144b71.jpg","thumb":"http://images.gameskinny.com/gameskinny/tiny_8e9260f8782b83cb8a818451d0144b71.jpg","type":"slide","id":"58842","description":"

For that diehard Halo fan in your life, here's a canvas art of Master Chief by Celebrity Art Studio. It's available through Amazon for $99.99 + s/h.

"},{"image":"http://images.gameskinny.com/gameskinny/7bdecc6758322dff0d8dfaf35b19e540.jpg","thumb":"http://images.gameskinny.com/gameskinny/tiny_7bdecc6758322dff0d8dfaf35b19e540.jpg","type":"slide","id":"58841","description":"

Every gamer needs a glass for their beverage. How about doing it with some style with this Pixel Heart set for $19.99 from ThinkGeek?

"},{"image":"http://images.gameskinny.com/gameskinny/f7d2cd6a45b1ba097ae94bb5833f0946.jpg","thumb":"http://images.gameskinny.com/gameskinny/tiny_f7d2cd6a45b1ba097ae94bb5833f0946.jpg","type":"slide","id":"58839","description":"

I'm loving this Gears of War inspired Valentine's by Arukun14 on Deviantart.

"},{"image":"http://images.gameskinny.com/gameskinny/0b71182a66bfdbb8e1c2828293357f3f.jpg","thumb":"http://images.gameskinny.com/gameskinny/tiny_0b71182a66bfdbb8e1c2828293357f3f.jpg","type":"slide","id":"58838","description":"

This Nintendo Valentine's Day card is also available for download by Allonsykimberly. Here you can give that cute plea to that special someone!

"},{"image":"http://images.gameskinny.com/gameskinny/a843dce35d139b331d99723af5c38035.jpg","thumb":"http://images.gameskinny.com/gameskinny/tiny_a843dce35d139b331d99723af5c38035.jpg","type":"slide","id":"58836","description":"

I'm loving this Mario Piranha Plant Bouquet card by Allonsykimberly which is available on Deviantart for download.

"},{"image":"http://images.gameskinny.com/gameskinny/d3998189b3354277c974ffe96bd46f82.jpg","thumb":"http://images.gameskinny.com/gameskinny/tiny_d3998189b3354277c974ffe96bd46f82.jpg","type":"slide","id":"58835","description":"

This is such a cute Nintendo inspired Valentine's Day card by 4te on Deviantart.

"},{"image":"http://images.gameskinny.com/gameskinny/5a1e1310fbac67dbd1476d5495291385.jpg","thumb":"http://images.gameskinny.com/gameskinny/tiny_5a1e1310fbac67dbd1476d5495291385.jpg","type":"slide","id":"58834","description":"

This Build Your Own European bracelet available from ThinkGeek.com is what any woman who loves her gaming would love to wear. I know I would! Starting at $24.99, you can pick from the type and size of the bracelet, to each individual charm.

\n

Pandora, where's your gamer charms?

\n

Here's a unique Rutherford-Bohr Atom geek inspired necklace for $25.99 and earrings for $24.99 also available on ThinkGeek.

"},{"image":"http://images.gameskinny.com/gameskinny/8fc54d95c02187c6b63ea5450394ec38.jpg","thumb":"http://images.gameskinny.com/gameskinny/tiny_8fc54d95c02187c6b63ea5450394ec38.jpg","type":"slide","id":"58832","description":"

For your special man, what about some video game inspired cufflinks? Bazinga Jewelry has an assortment of game themed cufflinks to add to his wardrobe, like this Xbox theme for £11.95, $18.14 + s/h.

\n

 

"},{"image":"http://images.gameskinny.com/gameskinny/25b95a37898fe9f0a24381f59c19b926.jpg","thumb":"http://images.gameskinny.com/gameskinny/tiny_25b95a37898fe9f0a24381f59c19b926.jpg","type":"slide","id":"58831","description":"

What about a Valentine's gift for your little gamer or expecting gamers? This "i'm the expansion pack" onesie is simply fun and adorable. It's available for $22.00 through CafePress.com.

\n

Available Colors:

\n
    \n
  • Black
  • \n
  • Raspberry
  • \n
  • Turquoise
  • \n
  • Heather Grey
  • \n
\n

Available Sizes:

\n
    \n
  • 6 months
  • \n
  • 12 months
  • \n
  • 18 months
  • \n
  • 2T (24 months)
  • \n
\n

Don't forget to check out the cute Future Gamer Beanie available for $9.99 to go with it!

"},{"image":"http://images.gameskinny.com/gameskinny/925cf43d4388e5abac13ab033253cb1e.jpg","thumb":"http://images.gameskinny.com/gameskinny/tiny_925cf43d4388e5abac13ab033253cb1e.jpg","type":"slide","id":"58829","description":"

This stunning Assassin's Creed Unity canvas art is a must-have for any gamer's home. Made by Bold Bloc Design, it can be ordered on Amazon.com and is priced at $89.99 with shipping included!

"},{"image":"http://images.gameskinny.com/gameskinny/a97f96c773d911fedc58f3195f4f5441.jpg","thumb":"http://images.gameskinny.com/gameskinny/tiny_a97f96c773d911fedc58f3195f4f5441.jpg","type":"slide","id":"58828","description":"

I absolutely find this Floating Video Game Locket adorable! It's available through Amazon priced at $24.90 (not including s/h).

"},{"image":"http://images.gameskinny.com/gameskinny/ffa79255e7c3dfbefd62ec4554a0ddea.jpg","thumb":"http://images.gameskinny.com/gameskinny/tiny_ffa79255e7c3dfbefd62ec4554a0ddea.jpg","type":"slide","id":"58827","description":"

How about an 8-bit heart charm to go along with that card? The charm fits on the major brand bracelets like Pandora or Biagi. It can be ordered through ThinkGeek.com here with pricing starting at $19.99.

"},{"image":"http://images.gameskinny.com/gameskinny/36d6ba81312847a7dda773bd7d396ac7.jpg","thumb":"http://images.gameskinny.com/gameskinny/tiny_36d6ba81312847a7dda773bd7d396ac7.jpg","type":"slide","id":"58825","description":"

Valentine's Day is just around the corner and for those of you who have that special someone, we at GameSkinny thought we'd share some great gift ideas.

\n

Nothing says "I love you" more than an 8-bit heart-covered card. This cutey is made by Allonsykimberly and is available for download via Deviantart.com.

"}]]]>