As most single people can attest, Valentine's Day can be pretty crappy for those flying solo. You're constantly hit over the head with advertisements for flowers or romantic dining spots, or those damn Zales commercials reiterating that the only way to get a girl to love you is to buy her a big-ass diamond. So if you're sitting on the singles bench, Valentines' day can be rough, almost making you want to hide inside all day and pretend like the rest of the world doesn't exist.
Well, with the power of video games, that dream can become a reality.
Listen, if you're reading this and are single, I feel for you. I'm currently in that boat myself (pity me!). That's why I'm writing up this handy little editorial for tackling Valentine's day when the only lover you have is your right (or left) hand. It's possible to use video games as blinders to zone out the rest of the world when they're too busy being obsessed with PDA. Here are a few examples of how to do just that.
Firstly, the gaming industry is extending an olive branch to all the forever alones out there by releasing Eat Sleep Play's reboot of Twisted Metal on Valentine's Day. Nothing says "Screw love!" like participating in some destruction derby action with demented clowns driving ice cream delivery trucks. If you're jonesing for something new and exciting to play today to drown out all the lovey-dovey B.S., Twisted Metal is probably the best option.
If you want to go the opposite direction with your game sessions today — maybe curling up with a title that has an engaging love story to make up for the one that's missing from your life — there's always Uncharted 2: Among Thieves. Sure, Uncharted 2 is a few years old by now, but there's no denying it has one of the best romances found in gaming — skipping out on all the excess cheese to boot! The story arc between Nate and Elena is pretty damn fantastic, including quite a few twists and turns that make the climax not only memorable but also quite endearing. Likewise, titles such as Shadow of the Colossus and BioWare's epic choose-your-own-adventure space opera, Mass Effect 2, should fit the bill nicely if you're looking for some digital horizontal monster dance action.
Lastly, and to cover all bases, let's include a title (or two) that is neither a rejection of hugs and kisses or a celebration of them. Games that give you one simple goal and then push you out the door yelling "Go!," requiring no further context to get the ball rolling. If you find yourself interested in this catalogue, why not try out something like Rayman Origins, Donkey Kong Country Returns or any number of classic 8-16 bit titles. Honestly, there is plenty to choose from here; it's just a matter of making a selection and sticking with it.
I'll leave this short feature there, letting you make the final choice on what you're going to play in order to survive the next 24 hours of overly sentimental horse shit. And don't forget: in case of emergency, there's always Skyrim or Star Wars: The Old Republic. Those should keep you plenty busy on V-day.
[Header image courtesy of Brandon Bird]