Now it’s time to say goodbye to all our company…wait. No. This isn’t the Mickey Mouse Club. In all seriousness, this is the final iteration of our PSN Community Spotlight. For the unfamiliar, this is where PlayStation gamers would tell their unique stories/experiences/thoughts, as submitted to this section in the PlayStation Community Forums. Those that made it all the way to the PlayStation Blog receive a $50 PlayStation Store voucher via private message on the forums. After this ends, we’ll be putting out a new community-centric post, so keep an eye out for it!
Last week we asked for your PlayStation stories, and gamer Winscar_Shinobi wrote in to tell us about how he met the love of his life through the PlayStation Network.
How I Met the Love of My Life
The first day I met my girlfriend, she shot me in the face. With a grenade launcher. Then told me I sucked. It was a bit disheartening.
I was playing MAG, as I had since its launch in 2010. I was a level 70 valor soldier. She was a level 70 SVER hoodie wearing evildoer. I got shot because I was the only man who could get close enough to a bunker to destroy it. She didn’t like that. After the 30 minutes of me getting rocked I got a message from a member of her clan, inviting me to switch sides and join them. I agreed because anything was better than playing solo on valor.
I vetted over to SVER as a little grunt. Needless to say I was impressed when I saw she was an officer in a clan with 300 members.
A few weeks passed, I had gotten familiar with everyone, and to my surprise, out of the blue I received a friend request from her. Needless to say after that day, we spent almost every day playing together and talking, going from MAG to Killzone 3 to Mass Effect 3, and finally onto Starhawk.
We were around the same skill level so we had a competition going, to see who could outscore who. It also started up a team killing war. I “accidentally” shot and killed her once. There was a hysterical argument about it, in which several people said we fought like a married couple. In turn, it became sort of a tradition for me to randomly kill her in a match. Clan members would lack excitement unless we had out little team shoot outs. She never really enjoyed them, but it made everyone laugh when she would yell at me. It was mostly due to my inability to actually talk to women without sounding, well like a gamer nerd. I was just trying to get her attention and I was just really bad at talking unless it involved video game shenanigans.
We even managed to sneak in a competition for Infamous 2. Whoever got the platinum trophy first would win. I admit I had a bit of a head start because I got the game launch day while she had to wait for it in the mail. It was only a one day head start, but I ended up with the Platinum 2 days before her. Despite that she still won’t admit that I won, although she did best me in Skyrim, and about 20 other games. Her 29 Platinums to my… 8. And she won’t let me live it down.
But despite the weirdness of my attention seeking it actually paid off. We started talking to each other outside of gaming. In the beginning it was mostly us talking about games, strategies we could use, and in late 2011 to be specific, her trying to show me how to not die instantly flying in the Starhawk beta. I was actually quite bad at it, still am. She just laughs and kills me with homing missiles now.
But it was on April 1st that I formally asked her to go on a date with me, because little did we know, we actually lived right near each other! So I as the bumbling fool I am I went to ask her out and somehow it came out as “will you marry me.” She simply brushed it off as a April fool’s joke, so I told her to prove it wasn’t, I’d ask her to go out with me every day until she said yes. It didn’t take real long because she said yes the very next day.
The very first day we met in person we had known and talked to each other for over a year, so when we met it was as if we were meeting someone when had known forever. Although after saying hello to each other the first thing she did was inspect my PlayStation for the games and content I had on it. She looked at my old school original PS3 and couldn’t believe it was still running after 5 years. She has a slim PS3 so she hasn’t had much time with the fat PS3s. I suggested dinner and a movie for our first date. She decided a movie, and then come back and play some games. I couldn’t have agreed more on how great an idea that was.
Now any day we can’t spend together we spend playing games together — Starhawk, Dust 514, Borderlands 2. She even convinced me to get Journey and got me to try out the God of War series for the very first time. Come to think of it, a big reason I got Starhawk was in order for me to play with her. Turns out I had a great time with the game, and now have the PSN version.
This past week was my birthday and to my surprise she got me the God of War collection as well as a Borderlands 2 shirt that I just loved. I also was given PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale. She challenged me to a fight. First it was best of 3. Then best of 5. Suddenly it was 1 a.m. and it was best of 307. She just wouldn’t admit that my Raiden was better than her Big Daddy.
If it wasn’t for PlayStation then I wouldn’t have met the girl that I want to spend the rest of my life with, and I wouldn’t have such a great co-op partner who can read my mind as well as she can. And if it wasn’t for MAG I would never have known PhoenixArcher128. We will be together 9 months come January 2nd 2013 and it’s thanks to our PlayStation 3’s that no matter how far we are from each other, we will never be apart.
Thanks for writing in Winscar_Shinobi! Hope you’ve all enjoyed reading your fellow community members’ stories.