In searching for a potential spouse we all look for someone with the "right" combination of characteristics. I don't just mean finding the guy that has the most checkmarks on the "Man of my dreams" list. (Has a good sense of humor--check.) I also mean the person who doesn't have very many checkmarks on the "Things I couldn't stand to live with" list.
I could not be married to a sports nut. I would rather poke my eyes out than sit down and watch an entire game of football on TV, let alone a season's worth of games for each of my husband's six "favorite" teams. (Don't blacklist me from your Superbowl party or anything, if there's good food and good company--I'll be there. Also, "live" sporting events also fall into a totally different category.)
But everyone has to have a hobby. I married Jeremy knowing that he liked video games. I wouldn't go so far as to call him a "gamer," but that was a hobby of his that I knowingly accepted as something I was willing to work around, es specially if that meant that our home, for the most part, was going to be NHL, NFL, NBA, and MLB-free.
Video games haven't had a prominent place in our marriage. Video games were probably most visible in our life the first 4 or so months of Owen's life. Jeremy would play in the evenings while I sat on the couch performing my never ending nursing duties. And to this day Jeremy's big advice to first-time Dads is to get a gaming system--He claims it's the only thing that helped him keep his sanity when he'd take his turns being up in the middle of the night with the baby.
We didn't bring a system out here with us for grad school, and we've developed a generally anti-technology reputation in Jeremy's program. But based on our history I've always figured that we'd end up with a game system again.
And so we have.
We did it. After 10 weeks we "earned" our Wii. Owen couldn't be any more excited about finally getting to "play some wiis." Who knows, maybe he can still remember those early months playing Prince of Persia with his dad, and he's been waiting all these years to finally get his hands on a controller of his own.