I'll admit it, I actually like video games. I like to play them. ALOT. However, I'm married, have two school-aged children, and also work a full-time job. In addition, I try to keep my Examiner account active (which has become a bit difficult lately, please accept my apologies for that). I also try to blog and write articles elsewhere too. So video games do get put to the side often. Often times, I'm putting video games aside to ensure my relationship with my wife stays healthy. However, there are ways that video games can actually help your relationship instead of causing damage to it. Video games can actually improve a strained relationship if you and your partner find a common interest. It may give you things to talk about or help encourage team building or friendly competition. So, this list is dedicated to the ways that video games can help your relationship.
Minecraft and other building games
Games like Minecraft and other building games help encourage creativity, team work, and sometimes friendly competition. Want an easy way to build stuff without fighting creepers? Try Creative Mode set on Peaceful.
World of Warcraft and other Online Role-Playing Games
Online role-playing games like World of Warcraft encourage role-playing, creativity, team building, and friendly competition. Just avoid the trade chat channel.
The Sims 3
Life simulation games like The Sims can encourage role-playing, responsibility sharing, and cooperative play. Just don't get caught woo-hooing with the neighbor. While there is no distinct multiplayer on the PC versions of the game (you may see a computer-controlled version of your partner if they aren't playing at the time and you can interact with them), the console versions often offer 2-player capabilities.
Shooters like Team Fortress 2
Shooters like the Halo series and Team Fortress 2 can encourage team work or friendly competition. Want to take out your frustrations on your partner without actually harming them [chances are they do too at this point], then try inviting them to play one of their favorite fantasy shooter games.