They move in together, and live happily ever after.

However, between the moving and the happy, there are some obstacles unique to those of a geeky persuasion. Having experienced most of them, I thought I would give the rest of you a heads up on what you can expect if you take the dive with a nerd.

  1. But…I want the big TV.

    It doesn’t matter that you now have two Xboxes in the house, and it doesn’t matter that every room has it’s own TV (or two). You’ll both want the big TV to play on. Even if both TVs are the same size, you’ll both want to use the one in the main living area.

    It can occasionally come down to extreme tactics…like asking for a cup of tea, and quickly getting set up while your partner is in the kitchen. That’s one of my favourites.

  2. Chances are, you like different games.

    I am a huge Kinect fan, my boyfriend is not. He would happily switch his sexuality completely for Master Chief. I find nothing about that helmet attractive. The list goes on, of course. The problem comes when you try to find a decent co-operative game that both of you will enjoy for long enough to complete the damn thing.

    There may be a lot of Portal 2 and Lego Lord Of The Rings in your future, is what I’m getting at. Compromise.

    Sidenote: my boyfriend likes to mock me for my love of what he deems ‘girly games’. Well. He likes trigger happy games for illiterate cretins. So it’s okay.

  3. What’s yours is mine, and what’s mine is…mine.

    Inevitably, each of you will have a giant collection of something. Action figures, comic books, novels, card games, video games…collections of everything. When you move in with someone, after a little while, your collection blurs into ‘our’ collection. Don’t get me wrong, this is a good, but there will come a point when he (or she) claims ownership of one of your prized possessions, and a small civil war will erupt.

    (The only way to deal with this is to SHARE. Be nice).

  4. “I want to name the cat Master Chief”.

    Maybe, just maybe, you and your darling will want to get a pet. We got a kitty, and this was an honest to god name suggestion.

    Needless to say, our cat is not named after any Halo characters.



  5. Of course we can hang out! After this level/chapter/comic/episode.

    When you live with someone, your time is not entirely your own. You are morally and romantically obligated to spend time with your new housemate, even if you think that you’ve got something more important to do.

    Hint. It’s not more important. Go do something with the three dimensional people.

Of course, the regular arguments pop up as well. I just thought you might like to know what you could, potentially, be getting yourself into.


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