• Gamer Girlfriend: Compromises, Conflicts, and Chrono Trigger

    Over the course of our relationship, Mike and I have been through many compromises, both large and small. For the most part, these compromises simply serve as necessary evils that ensure our harmonious co-existence (see above), but on occasion, they can have unexpected benefits as well.

  • Gamer Girlfriend: A Month in Review

    I’m sure I don’t need to tell anyone that October has been an interesting month, complete with some nice ups and a few spectacular downs. For me, some of the more personal ups and downs have included moving to a new apartment, joining a book club, and becoming rather disillusioned about certain aspects of my job.

  • Gamer Girlfriend: Diner Dash: Memories, Sweet (Resurfacing) Memories

    The summer I turned 18, I began my first job as a waitress at Friendly’s. I had previously volunteered at my local library, and done my share of babysitting over the years, but I had never before worked anywhere that required a W-2 form.

  • Gamer Girlfriend: Gaming Overdose

    I proudly admit to being a casual gamer. I’ve never pretended to be otherwise. My standard M.O. is to play a little bit, and then go do something else. A large part of this preference is due to my general lack of interest in many of the games that are out there.

  • Gamer Girlfriend: My Boyfriend, The Pirate King

    Last night was an interesting evening. My boyfriend headed out to a videogame networking event around 7:00, and I had the apartment all to myself for a couple of hours. I made good use of the first hour by cleaning up the place and doing the dishes, but by 8:00, I had pretty much caved and was completely engrossed in my latest obsession, Kingdom Hearts. I know that anyone who reads this column is probably already nodding his or her head in recognition, but really, the fact that I’m even playing this game is a huge deal for me. Generally, I am loathe to venture into RPG territory, Disney characters notwithstanding. I don’t really do those kinds of action/adventure games. They kind of make me nervous.

  • Gamer Girlfriend: Pink is for Girls

    After the seriousness of last month’s column, I thought I would take a step back this month and look at something a little bit lighter. After debating several possible topics, including “Why I Will Never (Ever) Play War Games” and “Shockwave is a Bitch,” I decided that it might be interesting to take a look at one of my experiences with gaming as it relates to my, ahem, femininity.

  • Gamer Girlfriend: Living with “The Other Woman”

    Imagine a world where the guy you love brings home a new woman, announces that she will be living with him for at least a week or two, and proceeds to spend every waking, non-work moment with her. He kindly indicates that it’s cool if you hang out, too. However, he would prefer it if you didn’t get in the way too much. Now, if you’re like me, you would have dumped this guy’s ass within five minutes of hearing such a presumptuous proposition. Any self-respecting woman would. We don’t share our men with others of our kind.

  • Gamer Girlfriend: I Am the Shock Rat

    In this column, I don’t really review games. There are others on staff who are far more qualified for that task, mostly because they are actually willing to sit down and play a game all the way through. I have been known to do that from time to time. Mostly, though, I merely dabble, or else watch while someone else plays.

  • Gamer Girlfriend: Gearing Up for Girlfriend Mode

    Finally, a game that non-gamers can play together with their gamer friends.