Want To Propose To Your Significant Other? Why Not Make A Video Game?
"The first thought in my head when I saw her was "She's beautiful...and she plays video games...I want to marry her," writes SuperGenius 3D's Robert Fink of his long-time girlfriend (and now fiance) Angel. "I didn't propose out of impulse right away, I thought about it. Baby steps."
After two and a half years, Fink had thought on the matter enough. It was time to take action. He was head over heels in love, and now the only question was...how should he pop the question?
"I couldn't allow myself to do just a normal proposal," he writes. "It had to be special. Something we would remember forever to remind us where we started. Simple times playing games together, growing up and learning that games can convey all sorts of emotion. I wanted her to see all the spikes I would jump over for her."
Robert enlisted the assistance of his friends Ryan and Jack, and together, they created the platformer Knight Man. Ryan handled the coding, Jack did the music, and Robert handled backgrounds, graphics, and animation. It took the team well over five months of work, during which Robert had to pull off some rather skillful espionage to keep Angel from finding out what he had planned.
Eventually, he brought her into his office, under the guise of playtesting a new SuperGenius platformer. His family hid out in a nearby coffee shop with his manager, waiting to enter the office. Fink describes the ten minutes it took Angel to finish the game as some of the most intense of his life - all of which was captured on YouTube.
"I'm falling apart. Getting it together while she is realizing what the hell is going on was one of the most intense moments of my life. Then it was a blur, all of a sudden I was fumbling around for the ring, in this velcro bag making all sorts of noise, I get down on one knee...she's all teary eyed, I'm teary eyed, she gets to just before the end and I'm like...finish the game! haha she finishes and selects yes on the dialog prompt, then I ask her and she says "DUH" and I am like what? oh yeah!"
A job well done, and definitely more memorable than a ring in one's drink. You can play Knight Man here.