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Taking the Relationship to the Next Level: The MMA Edition

After my fiancee bugged me to let her play my Playstation, I caved. Will our relationship ever be the same?

I’m so cliché. Some might call it sexist. However, I’ll stick with cliché because it sounds nicer.

To address my fiancée’s desire to play me in video games, I went out and got some games and a second controller for her (for those of you who haven’t read my last blog, recently I decided to take a huge step in bettering my relationship by getting back into video games, thus giving me an hour or so a day where I can avoid all contact with her).

Anyways, I chose an MMA game (she pretends to be a fan, even though she hasn’t seen a fight in years and the last time we watched them on TV she fell asleep 10 minutes in), a family game (a collection of games like Scrabble) and a last year’s Tiger Woods game.

The sexist/cliché part? I got her a pink controller. Keep in mind, it was $60 and is a very nice controller, so I didn’t skimp out! However, I thought it was funny that they now make pink controllers, and it shows a shift in the demographics of who plays video games. Of course, she loved it and laughed at the fact that it’s a pink controller.

So Sunday night we finally play each other. We decide the MMA game. After she lists off a few fighters she’d like to be, none of which the game had, we both chose our competitors and go at it. Keep in mind, neither of us have ever played the game, or any MMA game, before.

The bell sounds and we both frantically start pounding away at buttons like we know what we’re doing. I can tell she *really* has no clue what she’s doing, but at least I have a feel for it. I figure out how to punch and grab first, and like a good fiancée, I don’t tell her so I can beat her.

I actually think she beat me the first match. I don’t remember. What I do remember, is that we faced each other in five rounds, and I won three of them. That’s all that matters.

While the point of me getting back into video games was an escape from “real life,” it’ll be interesting to see what happens when she and I play each other. As someone who is super competitive, I can say that I really don’t like losing, so I will probably end up cheating a few times to beat her (honey, if you’re reading this I’m kidding. To everyone else reading this, I’m not).

It’ll be fun to play her in various games. Next, I will discuss the balancing act for families with video games, young children, and making sure everyone has fun together both inside and out!

Matt Elder owns and operates i9 Sports, a youth sports league in Marlborough and Framingham. Their flag football and cheerleading program is taking registrations for its spring season, and plays every Saturday morning or Sunday afternoon, where they have a practice and a game all in the same day. No weekday practices. Visit www.i9sports.com today for more details.

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