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So your girlfriend doesn’t play videogames…!

It isn’t often that games journalism fills me with warm fuzzies—and, well, almost nothing I read ever fills me with warm fuzzies—but the latest installment of Game Time with Mister Raroo has supplied me with a nice, comfortable, soft feeling. I think this is the exact feeling most toilet paper commercials attempt to inspire artificially, and with limited results.

In his most recent column, “Cross-Platform Lovers: How To Cope When Your Girl Isn’t A Gamer,” devoted family man Mister Raroo (it’s probably a pen name) offers sound, sage advice in balancing one’s hobbies with home and hearth. Apart from its being legitimately helpful, the whole blarticle is confident, sweet, and adoring, a little love letter to the Raroo family.


And while the column itself is certainly earnest, it’s written with the endless charm and gay lilt of a midcentury instruction manual. (Also: the endearingly illustrative line drawings, which bolster the article each step of the way, were inked by Missus Raroo herself.)

Here is an especially tender excerpt:

Still, Missus Raroo is very supportive of my hobby. For instance, she buys me games as gifts for Christmas and my birthday, asks questions about whatever games I happen to be wrapped up with at any given moment, assists with the editing my articles and their illustrations, and even occasionally takes the time to pen an article or two herself. In short, Missus Raroo is the best pal a gamer could wish for.

This wouldn’t be the case, however, if I wasn’t thoughtful in how I incorporated video games into my life. While no two relationships are the same, hopefully some of the ways I’ve learned to balance video games with the other loves of my life will help other gamers who are in the same boat as me. Just because one’s significant other doesn’t share a passion for video games, it’s still very possible for the relationship to be strong and healthy.

Oddly and eerily, and immediately before I stumbled across Mister Raroo’s column, I was inexplicably rereading this post at the Game Widows book blog, and it had left me feeling sour.

As a point/counterpoint, the two in concert are incredibly interesting; Mister Raroo’s column matches the pace of the Game Widow post step-for-step, but with a gentleness that cannot be outdone.

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