Boys, I know. It's hard enough trying to get a girlfriend when you're a giant nerd, but it's even harder trying to keep one around when you're busy standing in line at your local GameStop for the midnight release of Call of Duty: Black Ops. But hey, the holidays are around the corner, and that means now is the perfect time to introduce your special one to the wonderful, interactive and technologically advanced world of video games. It's like killing two birds with one stone: By buying your significant other a video game as a Christmas present, you'll be expressing your devotion as you spend money on her and also allowing yourself to play that game, too. See? It works out perfectly.
Better yet, you can focus on games that feature a co-op gameplay, giving you a top notch opportunity to train your girlfriend on the how to play and share quality time with her. Remember how she always nags at you about not spending enough time together because you're too busy wasting hours teabagging anonymous 14 year olds in the online multiplayer of Call of Duty: Black Ops? Now you can bond over blowing the heads off of Grunts as you go to war with the Convenant. Together. You can even link arms as you both maneuver the controllers. It can't get cuter than that. So enjoy our top co-op games from 2010, which we firmly believe would not only help cement your relationship with the lady, but also provide endless rounds of entertainment.
It goes without saying that when Lady Gaga is featured on a video game, the non-gamer girls will come flocking. Ease your girlfriend into video games with the Kinect title Dance Central, where you can introduce her to motion control and friendly competition by battling it out on the dance floor. You'll even save more money by not having to take her out clubbing. See? You both win.
What wouldn't your girlfriend like about Scott Pilgrim vs. The World arcade game? The old school 8-bit graphics, the catchy soundtrack by Anamanaguchi, and the storyline about fighting evil enemies alongside the girl you love are all pluses when it comes to convincing your lady to pick up the controller. The game can also serve as a nice history lesson for her, where you can explain the benefits of classic 2D side scrolling games...which are like...I don't know. Cause it's easier to move from left to right?
Rock Band 3 takes the music genre of video games to a whole new level, and not because the drums now offer two cymbals. IT HAS A KEYBOARD. It's like when you start a really bad band with your friends in the garage where you can only play really bad covers of your really bad favorite songs, and your girlfriend wants to be more than just a groupie, so you hand her a really bad Casio keyboard and tell her plink-plonk away. Except this time, it's all virtual. Every rock band needs a hot girl on the keys, and now you can make that dream happen. Plus, she'll finally feel "included" or something.
Everyone loves Mario, especially girls. I haven't figured out why but it's probably due to him being such an iconic character and that sexy mustache. He's safe, harmless and heroic. Every motivation behind Mario is to save the girl he loves. Now your significant other can get in on that action with the fun co-op mode in Super Mario Galaxy 2 where she can play as Luma, an orange star who accompanies Mario everywhere he goes. See? That's called teamwork! And you still get all the credit in finishing the game, because hey. You're Mario. She's just an orange star. It all works out.
Left4Dead 2 "The Sacrifice" DLC
Imagine this: it's the end of society as you know it. The zombie apocalypse is actually happening, and the only thing that's on your mind is staying alive. Armed with only a shotgun and a frying pan, you and your girlfriend have to figure out how to reach safety before a Smoker drags you both away. How romantic is that? Light some candles, too, and you've got yourself a date night with the special lady. Not only is the co-op mode in Left4Dead 2 more fun and easier in fighting against the Infected, but the gameplay will also introduce your n00b girlfriend to shooting. She'll learn how to aim, fire, reload and save ammo, all in the name of love! Or "quality time." Whatever makes her shut up.
If your girlfriend is itching for more violence and action after Left4Dead 2, it's time to introduce her to the co-op modes of the Halo universe. Reach is all about teamwork and as a companion to Noble Six, your girlfriend will understand why the world of Master Chief is so addicting. She can learn about the ongoing war against the Convenant, the ultimate sacrifice of our Elite SuperSoldiers and how gratifying it is to take down a Hunter armed only with a plasma assault rifle. After completing the campaign, you can show her off in the online multiplayer maps where she, too, can waste hours teabagging anonymous 14 year olds for their homophobic comments. But remember: war is war so you're still allowed to snipe her if she ends up on the opposing team.