Feeling like you are not able to get as much time as you would like to play games when your girlfriend or wife is around in the house, here are a few of my ways to get that little bit extra time to beat that annoying boss in Dark Souls III, doing another side quest in Skyrim or exploring the galaxy … oh wait I mean seducing aliens in Mass Effect Andromeda (don't let wife walk in at those times though). Sometimes though doing these can be more rewarding than getting more game time.
Run her a bath
This is a nice romantic gesture that she will find hard to refuse, especially if she has had a hard day. I always make sure that I have spent a little bit of time setting it up perfectly, so lighting a Yankee Candle, using a LUSH bath bomb and setting up Emma's Ipad with an episode ready (preferably something at least 40 minutes long).
Whilst getting the bath ready I am able to get my computer or console on and get the game I want to play all ready, since my office is upstairs near the bathroom, so I would also recommend trying to get yours ready as well before hand (you never know when a update might happen when turning them on that can eat into your precious game time!
Gaming time achieved: 30-40 minutes
Have a foot that needs to be soaked
I am always suffering from in-growing toe nails (always on the same toe, it's like it doesn't know which way to go). As such I am often having to soak my foot in salt water to help with any infection and to soften the toe nail to cut but I will use this time to game. Bowl on floor under desk, towel and computer game what better way to soak a foot?
Most places will tell you differing amounts of time to soak your foot and to do it multiple times a day but that isn't always possible, so I would go for the long soak in the evening or morning, a perfect time for getting more game time!
Gaming time achieved: 25 minutes – 1 hour
Sometimes for our own sanity we just need to have some time with other people, usually Emma will invite her friends over for a meal, drinks, games and chats. This is a time where I can really soak up some game time and is something I will encourage Emma to do to get her social meter up (yes we are kinda like the Sims in that respect). As I don't like to intrude or feel like a odd wheel I will go to my office to play games, but I will also play the host by either making something for dinner, usually dessert, and offering drinks whilst I am downstairs.
Other times Emma will go out to see friends, such as going to the cinema or a meal out. These don't give me as much time gaming but it is still a solid chunk to game with to get past an annoying mission, boss or to immerse myself in a new campaign.
Gaming time achieved: 3-8 hours
If you have read my post on 9 thrifty romantic gifts then you will know of making coupons for each other. Chances are that if you do some coupons for her then she might do some for you as well, which might include some uninterrupted or getting more game time! To use it to its full extent then it might be a good idea to ask or plan in advance to make the most of that time.
Emma can be very generous with her coupons, giving me an entire day in which to game which will also come with maid service (for snacks, meals and drinks, get your brain out the gutter!).
Gaming time achieved: 30 minutes – All day
Housework and DIY jobs
Now housework and DIY jobs are a great way to bag yourself some game time. Surprising your wife or girlfriend with no jobs to do or that you have done a major DIY project can often mean they will look kinder on you wanting to put your feet up with a computer game or they will tell you to go and relax on a different day.
Especially after Emma and I moved home, I was given more leeway and flexibility to game or relax simply because I did most of the physical work and did a lot of DIY work (her dad did a lot too).
Gaming time achieved: 30 minutes – 1 hour
Joint game time
Perfect for anyone that is in a relationship in which you both play computer games. Emma and I have had a few of these days, either together or more often whilst in separate rooms (Emma doesn't like the music or noises of a lot of games, whilst I do). So when we have one of these days there will be a bottle or cans of cold drink at the ready, snacks and other such tasty treats, after all we do not want to be disturbed!
Though we often will also have smaller joint game sessions, such as any portable games we play in bed together or when having a quick chill on the sofa.
Gaming time achieved: Anything from 30 minutes to all day/weekend
What do you or your other half do to get more game time? Are you able to see through anything your partner does in getting more game time?