Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and if you’re anything like us, the idea of going out for an overpriced meal among hundreds of other couples might be filling you with dread. Sure, there’s nothing wrong with indulging in good food – but if you’ve been going to the same restaurant on Valentine’s Day with your significant other for the past five years you might want a change. Or maybe you’re in a new relationship and want to do something a bit more fun and challenging together because you eat out most weekends anyway. 

VR gaming might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of a romantic date idea but trust us, you’d be surprised. Did you know that you can even propose in VR? You certainly can, so if you’re planning to pop the question to your game-loving other half this Valentine’s Day, keep that in mind. 

So, what makes VR gaming the perfect date on the most romantic day of the year? Here’s what some couples have said about the experience. 

 

You get to spend time having fun together:

Our luxury, private VR rooms are the perfect option for a fun date where you get to spend some one-on-one time having fun together – with one of our awesome staff members as your third wheel (sorry, but safety first). 

We’ve got a massive selection of games to choose from in our luxury rooms. You can try to beat each other’s high score to your song on Beat Saber, see who manages to shoot the most villains in Super Hot, battle the aliens in Space Pirate Trainer or laugh at each other attempting Ritchie’s Plank – trust us, it’s more realistic than you think. 

 

It’s a good bonding experience:

If you don’t get to game together very often then definitely consider a VR experience for your Valentine’s Day date. The games in our luxury rooms are turn based – so if you’d rather choose a game that you can play together at the same time, head into our VR arcade where you can race each other on our bikes and go-carts or even experience a virtual reality roller-coaster ride together. 

Whether you’re watching from the sidelines as your other half shoots villains or racing each other to the finish line on our VR bikes, teamwork is all part of the experience. It doesn’t matter whether you’ve been dating for a few weeks or married for years; working towards a common goal – or trying to beat each others high scores, if you’re the competitive type – is a fun way to bond as a couple. 

 

You can get to know each other better:

If you’ve just started dating somebody new and are at that awkward stage where a romantic meal doesn’t seem like the best fit for your first Valentine’s Day then VR gaming is a brilliant alternative. You get to have plenty of fun and make memories together, but it’s still the kind of date where you can keep chatting and have a laugh with each other. 

Plus when you game together, you might get to learn things about the other person that you didn’t already know. Our games have sneaky ways of showing you something you may not have known about your date like their guilty pleasures in music, whether or not they’re scared of heights, how good of a driver they are and of course, the type of games they enjoy the most. Whew! That’s a lot of new stuff to learn about a person after just a couple of hours having fun together. 

Even if you’ve been together for years and years, you might be surprised! But that’s relationships – you’re always learning something new about your person, even when you know them really well. 

 

It’s out of the ordinary:

If like many couples you’re feeling sick and tired of everyday routine and want to do something fun and different, choosing a VR gaming experience this Valentine’s Day is a great way to achieve that – and it won’t break the bank either! 

While most of your coupled friends are probably doing all the usual stuff like dinner and drinks, watching a romantic film at the cinema or even staying at home, you’ll be immersed in a virtual world together – what’s not to love? If you’re tired of the same old dates and starting to feel a bit bored, VR isn’t just a fun way to spice up your Valentine’s Day this year – it can inject some excitement into your relationship too. If your life together has become super-focused on work, kids, and all the other everyday things like getting the housework done, an hour or two playing VR games together could be some much-needed fun. 

 

It’s a good way to relax:

Stress is a massive relationship killer! Even if you’re not particularly stressed because of your partner, being stressed out, on edge and anxious isn’t going to make anything easier when it comes to your relationship. 

When you think of self-care you probably imagine running yourself a nice bubble bath or getting a massage – and they’re both fantastic ways to look after yourself, but sometimes relaxation comes in the form of slashing vibrant, virtual fruit with a sword in Fruit Ninja

VR gaming fully immerses you in the virtual world of whatever game you’ve chosen to play.  It gives you a chance to really switch off from the real world for a while and forget about your stresses while you focus on having fun. And sometimes, that’s all you need to feel better at the end of a hectic week. 

 

Book your fun, romantic VR gaming date for Friday 14th February here. And, don’t forget that since we’re located on Merseyway in Stockport Town Centre, the fun doesn’t have to stop here – we’re just a few minutes’ away from the Produce Hall where you can enjoy fantastic food and drinks after your gaming session.