On New Years Eve, December 31, 2013, the internet news was exploding with the romantic merge of video games and nuptials when game developer Robert Fink designed an online video game, Knight Man: A Quest For Love, specifically to propose to his girlfriend…and now fiancé, Angel White.
Fink recorded his ladylove playing the video game, and her reaction as the hero knight completes his quest and the message of the proposal is unveiled. A truly heartfelt, and ambitious sentiment that not only won her heart, but that of millions of others as a video of the playthrough and proposal went viral.
While this is the first full video game created superficially to propose marriage, and is now available for everyone to play online via the new website pixelproposal.com (optimized for Google Chrome), it is by no means the first time a video game has been used to pop the question.
In December of 2010, an Earthbound fan named Matt and his girlfriend Liz were participating in the online gameplay festival, EarthBound Fanfest 2010, via the website Fangamer.com. While the couple live broadcast their playthrough of the classic Super Nintendo game Earthbound, Matt had secretly switched out their official copy with a hacked version of the game. At a critical moment, a message popped up, replacing the character Ness’ message with one from Matt. He quickly dropped down to one knee as the surprised Liz received the 16-bit proposal.
Like Fink’s proposal, Matt and Liz’s retro-game engagement went viral and gained the couple brief internet fame. Of course after a short pause, they went back to finishing their game of Earthbound, proving their full commitment to each other and gaming.
Of course you don’t need to be a game developer or even a hacker to get engaged via a video game. Back in April, Kotaku reported a story of a Borderlands “superfan” named Ben teamed up with the game’s developer Gearbox to make a video proposal to his girlfriend Tora. The result was the in-game smart-ass robot character Claptrap “helping” Ben pop the question.
The biggest missed-opportunity video game proposal happened in 1999 when developer Mike Mika, who worked on the Game Boy Color version of the puzzle game Klax, included an extra in the game that, when specific steps were followed, would reveal a marriage proposal. He then spent three years trying to get her to play the game, but she never did. The two ended up getting hitched regardless, with Mike telling his story of the in-game proposal stumble years later to Wired's GamelLife.
The list of video game themed and in-game proposals goes on and on, from numerous proposals in Minecraft to a hacked copy of Contra that ended with engagement. The one thing this proves is that love and video games can easily go hand in hand.