Many single people have lamented how hard it has been to find love during the coronavirus pandemic. While we’ve not been going out, there hasn’t been the opportunity to socialise or to progress with online dating. Single gamers, on the other hand, have had an advantage as they’ve known for years that there’s a strong community connection on the other side of a screen. During the recent lockdowns, there has been an increase in online gaming and in many cases friendships and relationships have been formed.
If you’ve recently found love online whether through interactive gaming or through online dating, you may be looking forward to meeting a new love interest for the first time now Covid restrictions are beginning to ease. Take a look at five ideas for gamer dates:
Many people choose to just go out for a drink or meal during a first date. Sometimes this can feel awkward as suddenly the attention is on just the two of you and you feel pressure to get along. If you’re nervous choose a date where you get to do something together, such as the following ideas for gamerdates. This way, the pressure is off you both, but you’ll find you naturally chat, laugh and get along together while taking part in the activity.
Go to the Arcade
If you met each other while gaming or on a dating site for gamers then the chances are you’re going to be in your element in an arcade. Have fun playing the old school games, play the latest modern arcade games and unleash your inner child by playing on the 2p machines and attempting to win a cuddly toy.
If your local arcade is in a seaside town, follow the arcade game playing with fish and chips and a walk on the beach and finish the date with ice cream. It will already feel like a holiday romance!
2. Complete an Escape Room
Escape Rooms are perfect for Gamers- you get to problem solve, enhance your communication skills, challenge friends and socialise. You could choose an Escape Room with a theme based on your favourite game or game style. Most Escape Rooms are suitable for 2- 10 players so you could even double date or go along with friends for reassurance when meeting someone for the first time.
3. Go to a Comic Convention or Gaming Festival
So you both love gaming and there’s a gaming festival coming soon…it’s the perfect excuse to meet up. If you’re both into games inspired by comic then look out for comic conventions. You could even cosplay as your favourite game character.
4. Gaming on the Go
So you’re both die-hard gamers but want to meet on neutral territory? Consider gaming on the go! Why not play a location-based game on your phones, such as “Pokemon Go” or “Zombies, Run?” You could even grab food and a drink together along your way. For something a bit different consider Geocaching during your walk/drink date or even set each other a scavenger hunt challenge based on your favourite games.
5. Make Your Gaming Experience a Reality
A perfect date for gamers can be making their favourite gaming experience a reality (within reason, of course!). For example, if you love zombie games, consider taking part in a zombie run or zombie experience, football gamers can go on a football date, speed gamers could book a driving experience day in your sports car of choice and if you love archery or shooting games why not organise a date at your local activity centre and have a go at target sports.
As you can see, gaming is a great activity for online socialising, it’s been a lifeline to many during this time,. Now covid-regulations are starting to ease you can start to meet up and still take part in gaming too!