Love is in the air, alongside banana skins, Bullet Bills, green shells, and us as we get annihilated by the ninety-seventh Blue Shell this week.
Yes, a survey conducted by Century Link has attempted to explore gaming's impact on romantic relationships. Apparently, of all games mentioned by respondents, Mario Kart has had the most positive impact. Aww.
The survey asked a number of questions to more than 1,000 people; Century Link says that over half of 18-24-year-olds who play games themselves said that it's had a positive impact on their romantic relationships.
If you're interested, the top three games found to have the most positive impact on peoples' love lives were Mario Kart, Call of Duty, and Skyrim. So brutally causing car crashes with pieces of litter, murdering strangers online, and slaying giant dragons intent on burning you to the ground appear to be right up there with romantic evenings under the stars and fancy restaurant dates. We know what we'll be suggesting this weekend.
Do you play games with your better half? Has gaming had a positive effect on your relationships, romantic or otherwise? Feel free to let us know down below.
[source getcenturylink.com, via nintendosoup.com]
I've clearly been playing Mario Kart all wrong then
And Mario Party has the opposite effect
If this was an EA game: "Mario Kart gets you laid, bro!!!". I, for one, am glad to see that romance is not dead.
I met my GF almost 9 years ago in Monster Hunter Tri on Wii.
Forcing them to play 200cc Rainbow Road is a rite of passage to find someone who has the patience and skills of a Saint.
Yes, its because then you have a break AWAY from wife/girlfriend and take out all you frustrations on the other players
Time to start playing MK with more girls I guess :^]
Cos if your relationship can survive a blue shell, it can survive anything?
Shortly after playing Mario Kart Wii together, I started dating my now wife. So I would have to definitely agree.
I play mario kart with my gf almost everyday. It gives us happy times, lots of laughter and some healthy competition.
My wife and I have great memories of playing Mario Kart on the GameCube tandem style. I drove while she fended off Wario and the rest of the opposition! Maybe that’s why we fell in love... ;p
I can believe this. My partner and I have bonded while playing Mario Kart, same with my previous ex.
Outside of that we’ve also had a lot of fun together with Rayman Origins & Legends. Snipperclips on the other hand was incredibly frustrating, the puzzle solving was fine but the more physics-y stuff basically just led to arguing.
Totally opposite with me and the wife haha. She rarely swears but during a Mario Kart & Party session she opens up the F & C Bombs good and proper haha. Even a bit of physical violence.
Suppose "pwning" her is worth a dead leg or 2 lol.
Mario Kart will always be the only way to have fun drinking and driving.
Mario kart is one of the games most females with zero interest in games will actually play.
I would suspect it's more to do with the fact that if you can have fun with your significant other in mundane things, it's good for the relationship.
I am a strong believer in the idea that a healthy relationship needs to have shared interests. Romance and sex appeal alone are not enough. If you don't have shared interests in the mundane, the relationship will quickly become unpleasant.
Then again, what do I know? I've been single for years and everyone in my family ends up divorced or has a spouse die. Marriage and relationships are over rated.
Mario Kart is my comfort game...
@Yenkman You know you are accepting physical abuse, right? There is no reason for that.
@PLATINUM7 My partner enjoys Mario Party 10 a lot, especially when she beats me and my friends as bowser. It can change so quickly lol
@NintendoFan4Lyf how does one emved things here? I'm trying to do a gif, but it won't post
I for one know a few couples where one partner's incompetence and the other's elite skillz make Mario Kart a definite no-go.
So this is now call MK 8 the dating game.
i think l won't play the game anymore.
Weird I did not know that
Seeing as Mario Kart is the only game my girlfriend have a chance at beating me in, I can say it's been positive for us, especially when she wins.
I guess that's also why it's her favorite multiplayer game.
@Bunkerneath That's a fairly unhealthy way to look at relationships, but with so many people settling into marriage I can see why.
Snipperclips basically got me into a romantic relationship, so I would rate that one pretty high.
Last time my girl notice a game was AC: Odyssey. And that was because she was amazed by the ocean.
She does not care about playing games - but appreciates the Creative Arts that go in them (she loved my The Last Guardian ART book). That is awesome, and I call her over all the time to show her a set piece in a game.
@IKAY that's adorable 😍😍
Obviously it's browsers thick thighs being irresistible. 🤤
So having hobbies and a healthy way to relieve tension has a positive impact on your relationships. Who would have thought...
Well the relationship I was in that we always played mario kart didn't work out. The woman I married only plays smash bros lol I'll take that trade.
I think this mainly applies to couples when one is a gamer, and the other isn't. I play Mario Kart with my other half, it's preferable to Just Dance. Friends with gamer girlfriends/wifes/etc play MMO's or FPS's together.
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