Series: Play to Date

Play to Date: Fallout is on Tinder

Welcome to my new miniseries, Play to Date, in which we discuss the strange, perhaps upsetting, perhaps useful overlap of dating and gaming. Have your own dating/gaming anecdotes? I’d love to hear them.  This first installation basically wrote itself. There I was, swiping through all of the available gay ladies on Tinder while I played Sims on my laptop, my new cat sitting just out of reach of my love. Real winning portrait of the ambitious, lovelorn millennial, folks. As will become apparent in future episodes of this column, I have a messy relationship with Tinder. I have to watch myself or...

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Play to Date: Fallout, Women-Consoles, and Porn

Welcome to the second installation of my miniseries, Play to Date, in which we discuss the strange, perhaps upsetting, perhaps useful overlap of dating and gaming. Have your own dating/gaming anecdotes? I’d love to hear them.  It’s about a Fallout game again. I can’t help myself. Earlier this week I got married—in Skyrim. You see, instead of playing Fallout 4, I’m replaying all of the Elder Scrolls games, and then all of the Fallout series, and maybe by the time I’ve done with this ridiculous thing I’ll have enough money for a new console, and I will catch-up to the rest of...

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Play to Date: Geek Dating Sites

Welcome to the third installation of my miniseries Play to Date in which we discuss the strange, perhaps upsetting, perhaps useful overlap of dating and gaming. Have your own dating/gaming anecdotes? I’d love to hear them. I will begin with a letter from a reader: “Dear Al — When do you normally tell prospective partners that you’re a gamer? I’m always afraid of scaring people off. —G0ym3r” Dear G0ym3er, First of all, I love your handle. I laughed. We Jews (or, perhaps just this Jew) appreciate when non-Jews make Jew-y jokes. (I will stop typing the word “Jew” now.) Second,...

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