Gaming these days is not as it was. It’s pretty much impossible to really immerse ourselves in a game because Superlumina is always in the back of our mind, and lines are constantly drawn between the game at hand and our game. That is if we even have the time to play... Seeing as we in general only have about half an hour to play, big games are out of the question. We would only have time to watch a cut scene before having to quit the game. Luckily, we both love puzzlers and simple strategy games so at least we get to play a level every once in a while.
Playing a game and making a game is, however, two very different things... We constantly have work to do and hours of what used to be quality-time gaming is now spent on promotion plans, alpha tests and general administration. Sounds romantic, huh? Fortunately, we are both big believers in infusing some everyday romance into our workday. We might go through press releases over a candlelit dinner, have a glass of wine while doing bug tests (but only one; bug tests mustn’t be sloppy...) or talk strategies while taking a stroll in the sun. It can’t always be red roses and fancy restaurant dinners, we just have to make the best of it.
The biggest pitfall for couples working together is probably that the threshold for raising your voice in a disagreement or being snippy towards each other is much lower than it would be in a “normal” workplace. I have to admit both those things might have happened a couple of times, but luckily, we agree on pretty much everything and so far we have avoided any big blowups.
By far the biggest strain this whole married-and-business partners-experience has had on our relationship is the fact that it is close to impossible to stop thinking about our game. From time to time we try to set aside a few hours where we’re not even allowed to talk about work, but somehow it comes up each and every time. We’ll have to work on that. I think I’ll add it to Asana...