Post #6: Top 5 Gifts For Your Gamer Guy

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Happy Holidays, trollmates! I’m sure you’ve all been spending time with friends and family and rejoicing over copious amounts of food! I know I have!

So, as we’re going into the holiday season, the question on all of your minds is probably “When will he propose already?” “What should I get my gamer for Christmas?” Well, ladies, here I have the answer to your question! Gamer guys are incredibly hard to buy for, but never fear! DomesticMajestic has a list to end your holiday humbugs!

1. Games!

You and I both know that there’s nothing your man loves more than games! (Well, aside from YOU of course!) So why not see what kind of games he’s into (and what games he already has) and buy him one or two. Not only does this show that you’re good with his gamer ways, it also shows that you listen when he tells you about his games, and that you can do your research; Remember, not all games are created equal, so if you’re going to buy your gamer any games, you need to do your research. You can’t just buy him a random game (or, God forbid, a “girlie game”) especially if he’s a well-versed gamer. So, if he likes zombie games, do your research and find out the newest, best zombie games. This can be done with any type of game (first person shooter, RPG, etc). Not sure what kind of game your man likes? Check out this post by NightHawk42 to see the different types of games and to figure it out!

Note: Make SURE your man doesn’t have the game before you buy it! You want the gift to be memorable, not a return!

2. Game Memorabilia

Every guy has a favorite game. Whether it’s Halo, Minecraft, WoW, or anything else, getting him game memorabilia is a great gift! Memorabilia can literally be anything: a shirt, a plushie, a poster, anything! Almost every game has it’s own store online. If it doesn’t though, there’s always places like eBay and Hot Topic that sell game memorabilia, especially tee shirts, which are always an amazing gift! As a matter of fact, my boyfriend’s Christmas present comes from this category! (I won’t tell you what it is though because he’ll probably read this!) This category is especially good for ladies who don’t wanna spend a lot of money on a gift! Sales are your friend ladies, and this category is the one that’ll have some great deals! He’ll probably love whatever you get him, and there’s not a lot of guesswork so long as you know what game he likes. Plus, Hot Tpic is actually having a 20% off sale right now! Here’s the link to their gamer stuff: http://www.hottopic.com/hottopic/PopCulture/Gamer.jsp

3. GameFly Membership

If your guy gets tired of games easily, or loves a TON of different games, this if a great gift! Basically, you can pay for a certain amount of time, and that gives your guy a membership to GameFly. It’s a lot like Netflix, but for video games! Here’s some information about it straight from the site:

“For one flat monthly fee of $22.95 (plus any applicable tax), GameFly lets you rent 2 games at a time, with free shipping, no due dates, no late fees, and Unlimited PC Play. Or, for $15.95 a month (plus any applicable tax), you can rent one game at a time. There are no additional charges.”

Although it is a little bit of a price commitment, if you know your guy is giving you a gorgeous expensive present, this might be the way to go. Not only will he really appreciate it, but it’ll keep him occupied during the Christmas season!

4. Headphones/Earbuds/Headset

I gave my boyfriend headphones as a gift once before, and he really enjoyed them! There are so many great brands of headphones that aren’t super expensive. I got my boyfriend SkullCandy Hesh headphones last year, and he uses them all the time now! They were only about 30 bucks, but they’re something that he gets a ton of use out of! He listens to music with them and he uses them for when he plays games on his laptop. Headphones are always a great gift because every guy can use them. This is an especially good gift if your man likes to play video games with other people. In that case, a headset or headphones with a mic can be an awesome, decently inexpensive gift that he’ll love!

5. DVD Box Set

Maybe you wanna get your man something that’s not game related this Christmas. Well ladies, if that’s true, a DVD box set is the way to go! Most guys so are into nerd culture have at least one TV show they love, be it Dr. Who, Fringe, Lost, or any other show he likes. A few of my personal favorites that your guy might like:

30 Rock. This is like my favorite show, and it’s something you could watch with him!

Always Sunny in Philadelphia. This show is hilarious, especially if your man is the sarcastic cynic like mine.

Fringe. This show is great for guys who like science fiction.

MarbleHornets. While this isn’t a television show, you can buy the boxed set of all the videos on their website. I mean, it’s Slenderman!

The Walking Dead. Zombies. ‘Nuff said.

Alright ladies, there you have it! A list of 5 great gifts that your gamer guy will love! Happy holidays, trollmates, and stay tuned!

Something I left out? Comment or email me at domesticmajestic@gmail.com! For more information on what to get your gamer, click on the image at the top of this post or click here to see PC gamer’s guide to gifts!

Happy holidays, trollmates! Be safe 🙂

~ ❤ ~

Taylor

Post #5: Top Questions to Ask (and NOT to ask) Your Gamer Guy

Hey ladies! Sorry it’s taken so long for me to update, but we all know how crazy things can be over Thanksgiving! A day filled with my family yelling at each other about who spilt the gravy love and giving thanks for all we have!

As promised, this post is going to cover questions you can ask your gamer about his gaming and/or nerd culture in general to spark some great conversations. These have worked wonders for me in the past, so I’m sure they’ll work for you too! 🙂 I’m also going to include a few don’ts of conversation starters, because there are a few that will just piss your gamer off. Make sure to avoid those.

This simple guide to questions is sure to help you spark up some interesting conversations with your man, plus asking these questions will let him know that you care. 🙂

Happy reading, and stay tuned for an awesome Christmas themed post!

1. Do ask: “So what is this game about?”

This one is a classic. My boyfriend LOVES when I ask him this question because it makes him feel like a video game god when he can explain a game in detail. Ladies, games no longer consist of simply “you shoot the spaceships”; gamer guys love feeling like they know stuff, so chances are when you ask him this question he’ll be inclined to tell you the background of that game, it’s sequel, and how it’s played. This will be useful later (if you listen to his answer) because you can ask him to clarify on things he says here, which can lead to an even better discussion.

2. Don’t ask: “Are you winning?”

Ladies, this question makes you sound just plain ditsy. This isn’t Mario Cart, trollmates; there’s no first place. Video games now are WAY more complicated than that, and asking him if he’s winning is sure to piss him off. If you’re looking to annoy him, ask this question. If not, just don’t.

3. Do ask: “What are your five favorite video games?”

This question is totally effective. Ladies, if you want your man to talk to you about games for an extended period time, this is the question to ask. Not only will appreciate your curiosity, but he will also greatly enjoy talking enumerating these games. It shows him that you’re interested and again, if you listen, you’ll gain some valuable information that can be helpful later in coming up with more questions.

4. Don’t ask: “What’s so great about this anyway?”

Ladies, this question is wrong on SO many levels! Not only does it imply that your guy shouldn’t be playing video games at all (which is enough to make him roll his eyes), it also sounds like you don’t plan on listening to his answer! The number one thing you must do in order to maintain any relationship is LISTEN! Whether you’re dating a gamer, an Internet junkie, a nerd, a jock, a punk, an emo, or even just a human person, communication is the KEY to a successful relationship! How can you expect him to listen to stories about your day if you don’t take any interest in what he has to say?

5. Do ask: “What do you like about this particular game?”

This question is always a good one. It’s sweet, simple, and to the point, but it’s bound to get a great response. By asking this question, trollmates, you show your gamer that you’re interested in what he has to say, and that you know that there’s more than one type of game out there, and different reasons for liking them. That’s really important, because it lets him know that you care. Plus, it’s never a bad thing when your man looks forward to explaining something to you.

So there you have it, my lovely ladies! You are now officially trained in the art of asking your gamer questions!

Remember, these can always be applied to different things, like a certain website or piece of Internet culture. If your man is in into Naruto or some other “nerd thing” that’s not a game, you can simply apply the questions to that. All trollmates can use this kind of advice and I’m so happy to supply it!

Happy holidays, and stay tuned for a Gamer Guy Gift Guide!

~ ❤ ~

Taylor

P.S. IF YOU BOUGHT ANYTHING COOL AT BLACK FRIDAY, comment below! I wanna hear your CRAZY Black Friday shopping stories!

The Lowdown #2: Bronies

Well, my lovely trollmates, we are at almost 2,000 views! We’ve come a long way, and I know we’re only going to continue to grow!

Now, it has been a LONG time since I’ve posted, and you’re probably wondering why. Well, if you’ve been following this blog on Twitter @trollmatesunite, you know that I have been working tirelessly to write guest posts for other blogs in order to fully promote this blog! I want this to be big, and I want our community to keep on growing!

But now to answer the question that’s probably on all of your minds: What the hell is brony?

There comes a day in a trollmates life when she (or he) encounters their first brony. Maybe he’s a friend. Maybe he’s a boyfriend. Maybe your just encountering it now for the very first time. Magical, isn’t it?

Well, if you noticed the picture at the top of this post, you should have an inkling as to what a brony is. So here’s the definition from the trollmate dictionary.

Brony: (noun) A grown ass man who likes the show My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic.

I’m sure you’re totally confused right now. It’s a hard concept to wrap your mind around, but it’s EXTREMELY popular with internet trolls and gamer guys, so it’s VITAL that you know a little bit about this fandom.

When I first heard of bronies, I was very VERY weirded out. I mean, grown men obsessing over ponies? Magical ponies? So in order to write an informed article for this blog, I watched a few episodes.

The show is basically about a pony, Twilight Sparkle, who is smart and bookish. She lives is Equestria, where there are many different varieties of ponies, and they experience mishaps and such. Like any show aimed at young girls, this show is cute and musical; there are tons of colors and funny little lines. Every pony has a distinct personality, and distinct skills, that a little girl could relate to. It teaches some good lessons too; Twilight Sparkle and her friends constantly use friendship and life skills to combat things like evil and being a bad friend. Overall, it’s a cute show, but not necessarily something I would watch habitually.

But why do teenage to grown men enjoy this show so much? Like I said, I interviewed a few bronies from my hometown, who shed a little light on the subject.

Jerod, the leader of a brony club at a local high school, insisted that liking My Little Pony was “just like being a fan of any other TV show” and told me that bronies simply enjoy the world of the show. He also insisted that bronies are “just like fans of any other show, except the show they like isn’t necessarily for their age or gender”.

Like I said, I interviewed a couple other bronies as well. While talking with them, it was clear that they had faced much adversity because of their television preference, many of them referencing being called hipters and child molesters. Sucks, right? I mean, what if people thought that me watching Toddlers and Tiaras made me a child molester? That’s not okay.

Basically, they like it because it makes them happy. I mean, it’s cute and you really can’t help but smile when you watch it. Yeah, maybe it’s not super age or gender appropriate, but it can’t be all bad. I mean, TONS of people like it; they literally have websites dedicated to it. One such site is Equestria Daily. Anyway, the fandom is incredibly diverse, and the show is actually really popular, believe it or not. Long story short:

Bronies are everywhere. Especially if you’re a trollmate. Why? Because your average guy on the street hasn’t been exposed to My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, and if he was, he would automatically regard it as “gay” or “stupid”. But we trollmates know better. Our guys like some weird stuff, because they’re constantly exposed to new and interesting things. Forums, youtube, /b/, reddit… The idea of bronies is incredibly widespread on the internet. There is now a pony board on 4chan, which is a huge deal! There are entire sites dedicated to this stuff! Much like any other fandom, the fans are OBSESSED.

So, what’s the real lowdown? Well, ladies, it’s important for you to remember that bronies are people too. Yeah, maybe they like something that you don’t like, and yeah, maybe it’s not necessarily geared toward their age group, but having your man like My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic is better than having him like crocs, violence, or Gossip Girl. Yeah, a dude who likes My Little Pony might be gay, but so might a guy who likes motorcycles. Every guy has some type of “feminine” thing that they like. Besides, who decides what’s gender correct anyway? Society, that’s who. Well, I challenge society, because if everyone believe that friendship was magical, there’d be a hell of a lot less war going on, and Congress might be able to get something passed for once.

Ladies, being a brony isn’t a bad thing! It’s just like having a man who likes one particular game or piece of internet culture. Yeah, it’s a little quirky, but it’s certainly not the end of the world. Besides, bronies are nice guys! Don’t write off a guy who’s a brony simply because he likes that show. Write him off because he’s a dick, if he is. If not, give him a chance! He clearly empathizes with small animals, and you know he’d be great with kids!

For more information on Bronies and why they exist, check out this article!

Well, that’s my brony post! Have any questions or thoughts? Something I didn’t include? Are YOU (or is YOUR man) a brony who wants to be heard? Feel free to email me at domesticmajestic@gmail.com, and PLEASE comment on this post! I love hearing your thoughts. 🙂

~ ❤ ~

Taylor

P.S. Bronies can be girls too! Sometimes referred to as a “pega-sister”, girls can love this show just as much as guys do, even if they’re grown adults.

Photocred to knowyourmeme and quickmeme. Also to Hasbro and the Hub, as I don’t own My Little Pony by any means.

Post #4: Trollmates for Real

Hey there, Trollmates! 🙂

Sorry I haven’t updated this week! I have been so very busy this week eating pizza rolls  coming up with ideas for articles and even writing some guests posts, which will bring even more trollmates to our community!

Today though, I’m dedicating this post to my amazing boyfriend!

“But Taylor!” You might be wondering, “Why the hell should we care about your life?”

Well, ladies (and gents), you should care because I am living proof that a non-gamer to gamer relationship can work and be strong, so long as you work at it! Even more than that, it’s to share with you my story so that you know I’m not some random foreveralone person who knows nothing about relationships. I have one, a great one. And that’s why I made this blog.

So, today is my two year anniversary with my boyfriend! He and I, as the title suggests, are trollmates for real, and two years is a big deal for us! So to celebrate, I want to share some things with you that I’ve found extremely helpful in making our relationship last.

That brings us to the topic of today’s post:

  • Rule Number Two: Ask Questions

Last summer, my boyfriend and I went through a really rough patch that called our whole relationship into question. Sometimes we felt like we simply had nothing to talk about, that we had settled into a routine and couldn’t get out of it.

That’s when we learned to ask questions. I don’t mean, “Why didn’t you call me?!” type questions. I mean questions about each other, and about the things we love. This is especially true for a gamer to non-gamer relationship; Gamers LOVE to talk about their games! But more importantly, they love that you care enough to want to learn. Which means you need to also follow this:

  • Rule Number Three: Listen to the Answers

Ladies, asking questions isn’t going to help your relationship if you aren’t interested in hearing the answer! If you really want to make it work with someone, you have to be interested in the things that they care about! Now, that doesn’t mean you have to sit and play Guild Wars 2 for a few hours and become a fan of it; it just means that you like/love/care about the other person enough to hear what they have to say. Personally, it makes me feel really great when I listen to my gamer guy talk about games that he likes. It makes me feel like I can share in that part of his life, even though games aren’t really my thing. In fact, the idea of sitting at a computer for hours on end playing with 8 bit blocks sounds like my own personal version of hell. But hey, my man loves minecraft. I love the idea of marriage. Sometimes you just don’t agree. But that doesn’t mean we can’t have an amazing relationship! We just have to compromise, and become interested in the things the other likes.

So, long story short, he and I made it to two years, and I truly believe we’re in it for the long haul. Only time will tell, but I love him from the bottom of my heart, and I’m confident that I will forever have things to post on this blog, because he and I will always be together. 🙂

A cheesy tangent, I know, but hey! It only happens once a year, so cut me some slack!

Trollmates, continue to stay tuned! Within the next few days I will be posting a list of the top questions to ask your boyfriend about gaming, so if you found this post helpful, follow us @trollmatesunite to see when that next post goes live! Trust me, you will definitely want to read it, because it will be SUPER helpful, and they will all be questions I have ACTUALLY used to spark conversations (and closeness!) with my gamer guy. Because, let’s be real ladies: Sometimes you have no idea what he’s talking about, but don’t want to 4 hour explanation of something you really didn’t care about in the first place. I totally have you covered!

Like I said, there’s some really exciting announcements and things coming, so stay tuned! Keep coming back, keep showing your friends! Like us on facebook by either clicking “like” on the side of the blog or visiting our page. Comment, like, email me! I love suggestions!

Stay safe if you’re going to be affected by Hurricane Sandy!

~ ❤ ~

Taylor

 

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