The Couples, Computers & Gaming Event: for you, your girlfriend, and your MMO

Real life, Greg Dean, console costs, relationships, money, and gaming


This post is for those of you out there who are having difficulties with their significant other. Don’t laugh. It really is. No really, we’re not kidding… VIA Technologies, Inc., a developer of silicon chip technologies and PC platform solutions, announced a unique “Couples, Computers & Gaming” event to be held in San Francisco on Saturday, November 11. The event is set to provide a comprehensive look at the interaction of couples and gaming as the industry adapts to create, develop and promote games.

Team members of the all-female professional PC gaming team, girls 0f destruction will give on couples from the audience hands-on training in the skills needed for pro gaming, and probably skills needed getting along with a pro-gamer (male or female). The guests for the event include John Broady of CNET Gamespot, analyst Rob Enderle, and Mary Shuyler, producer of the Desperate Housewives PC game. They will discuss the relationships between women and gaming, advertising, and the future of the industry.

More details on the event after the Jump!

Real life, Greg Dean, console costs, relationships, money, and gaming


This post is for those of you out there who are having difficulties with their significant other. Don’t laugh. It really is. No really, we’re not kidding… VIA Technologies, Inc., a developer of silicon chip technologies and PC platform solutions, announced a unique “Couples, Computers & Gaming” event to be held in San Francisco on Saturday, November 11. The event is set to provide a comprehensive look at the interaction of couples and gaming as the industry adapts to create, develop and promote games.

Team members of the all-female professional PC gaming team, girls of destruction will give couples from the audience hands-on training in the skills needed for pro gaming, and probably skills needed getting along with a pro-gamer (male or female). The guests for the event include John Broady of CNET Gamespot, analyst Rob Enderle, and Mary Shuyler, producer of the Desperate Housewives PC game. They will discuss the relationships between women and gaming, advertising, and the future of the industry.

The hosts of the Dawn and Drew Show on Sirius Satellite Radio will be the comedic emcees for the event.

Below are some nice snippets from the people involved with the event:

Timothy Brown, Marketing Manager for VIA Technologies, Inc – “The growth of the gaming industry and the professional gaming scene presents significant challenges to individuals in trying to manage time spent on the computer in a healthy way, particularly those with relationship or family responsibilities…”

Jamie Pereyda, girlz of destruction Clan Leader – “As avid pro gamers itÂ’s difficult for us to understand why more women donÂ’t play FPS games, but we can definitely relate to the problem of fitting serious gaming time appropriately into our relationships and lives…”

What’s my take on this? Well, here’s my “real-life relationship” problem. This may sound a bit pedantic, so feel free to skip the next paragraph. Anyway, it leads right into the last paragraph of this post, so the flow sort of stays.

My significant other and I both have Guild Wars accounts and we only have one PC. We’d really like to save up for a new PC, but the consoles are coming out. We’d both like to work overtime, so we’d have money to spend for 250 dollar and 600 dollar consoles, but we’re too busy fighting each other for game time on Final Fantasy XII. Don’t even get me started about the arguments that arise when one of us gets a significantly higher level in an MMO (things like: “I thought we were going to go questing together…” are said).Our families really want us to take time to visit home more, but we’d rather just spend our free time from work with each other, or with our games.

I guess one just really learn to manage time and set priorities right when responsibilities and real life start to get in the way of the gaming that we oh so love. One has to learn to Grow-up, and not Grow-old.

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