If you like your game more than your girlfriend, you’re an asshole

Reality check for manchildren.

I regularly hear gamers complain that their girlfriends are on their cases about playing too much. First, you might not be an asshole. You might just be an idiot. Don’t date a non-gamer if you want someone to understand your gaming habits. It’s that simple.

But that’s not what I want to talk about today. Today, I’d like to talk about the fact that video games are not better than your girlfriend. If you treat them as such, you’re an asshole.

It’s a common misconception for some reason that girl gamers are a rare breed. Not really. But there are still more guys who enjoy games, and the ratio is even more skewed if you’re talking about “hardcore” (I hate that word) gamers versus casual gamers.

Log online to any game you enjoy, though, and you’ll find plenty of females. They’re around. If you’re someone who’s super into video games, that’s the type of girl you should go after. Again, if you don’t, you’re kinda a moron, and I don’t have much sympathy for you when your girlfriend starts shrieking that you play too much after only being online for ten minutes.

Yes, there is such a thing as gaming too much. And no, it has nothing to do with her hormonal moods.

The absolutely coolest gamer girl in the world won’t stand for it if you’re into your tenth straight hour of World of Warcraft or Sekiro and she’s lying on the bed naked.

Ok, maybe on launch day you get a free pass, but if you’re neglecting sex because you’re too involved with a game, you’re an asshole.

Asshole, asshole, asshole.

Oh, I know, I know. You would never pass up a hot, naked chick for a video game. So says just about every guy in the world. But most girls aren’t just going to undress, spread their legs, and wait for you to come running into the bedroom. Most girls like it if your initiate, at least some of the time. If she’s getting into the shower, put down the controller and surprise her by joining in. Rub-a-dub-dub. Think about it – when is the last time you stopped gaming to initiate sex with your girlfriend?

This isn’t just about naked girls, though.

Sexy fun time is just part of what makes a relationship work. If you’re truly going to build something together, you have to each uphold your end of the household chores. Haven’t moved in together yet? Irrelevant. Clean your damn apartment. If your girlfriend is coming over and there’s pee on the toilet seat, it doesn’t matter if she’s a gamer or not – she’s going to feel disrespected that you couldn’t walk away from the TV for ten minutes to tidy up.

It also helps to be a multi-dimensional person. Gaming is awesome, but if that’s all you do, your girlfriend is going to feel like she’s in a rut pretty quickly. Work, game, sleep. Wake up and repeat. Where’s the spice in your relationship? Where’s the fun? Get away for a few hours to see a movie and go to dinner. Take the dog for a walk together. Roadtrip to visit some friends. Even gamer girls need to get away from the screen now and then.

The problem with a lot of male gamers is that they do all of this already – but on their own schedule. They make gaming a priority, but when they’re horny, they get off. When they’re grossed out by their apartment, they clean up a little. When they’re bored, they go do something unrelated to video games. The disconnect comes from not realizing that when you’re in a relationship, your own schedule isn’t the only thing that matters. You might not need a break yet, but she does – so turn it off and turn her on.

If you love to game, dating a gamer is by far one of the best ways to ensure that you don’t have to give up your hobby because your significant other doesn’t approve. That doesn’t mean you don’t have to make an effort to put your girlfriend first. Most relationships with gamers end because the game is treated better than the girlfriend.

Please, for the sake of us single gamer girls out there – clean up your asshole act.