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Proposing through a homemade video game

OCTOBER 22, 2015  —  By Jason Lopez

Proposing through a homemade video game

The Ominous Flash File

The Ominous Flash File

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Background: Lauren and I are in our mid twenties and currently live next to Cincinnati, OH. When I proposed to her, we had been dating for a few years and things were going pretty great. We hardly ever argued, we shared similar hobbies, and I realized that if I was going to spend the rest of my life with someone, there wasn't anyone better than her. Lauren knew that I had been working on a homebrew game for a few weeks. I asked her to be the first one to test it out.

Level 1: First meeting at Bockfest

Level 1: First meeting at Bockfest

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Our first time really getting to know each other had been at Bockfest (a street festival celebrating high gravity beer and also goats) in Cincinnati, OH. We had been friends-of-friends before.

A Platformer

A Platformer

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Anyone who lives in Cincinnati can tell you that our streets are so terrible it's like living in an actual platformer.

Level 2: First Date!

Level 2: First Date!

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We had our first date at A Tavola in OTR.

First Date!

First Date!

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Every good platformer needs goombas to squash. Or goatbas. I'm sorry, I'll show myself out.

Level 3: First Road Trip Together

Level 3: First Road Trip Together

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Lauren and I first road tripped to my home town of Munster, IN, for Dark Lord Day, a small festival celebrating a high gravity imperial beer. (Are you sensing a trend here?)

Inside The Three Floyd's Factory

Inside The Three Floyd's Factory

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Lauren's goal here was to navigate the maze of a factory while avoiding enemies. I loaded some Anamanaguchi to play as the background music.

Level 4: Traveling to Portland

Level 4: Traveling to Portland

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We had a wonderful few days in Portland about a year and a half into dating.

Underwater Level

Underwater Level

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When Lauren's oxygen ran low, the Sonic drowning music played. Also, yes, there are alligators in the Pacific Northwest.

Level 5: Gen Con

Level 5: Gen Con

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Living close to Indy, we decided to hit up Gen Con on a Saturday when we had nothing to do. It was awesome!

Gen Con Level

Gen Con Level

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The clumsy enemies in this level were capable of firing projectiles, making timing essential.

Level 6: Back Home

Level 6: Back Home

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A final level to bring it all together

Back Home

Back Home

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One of Lauren's favorite movies is My Neighbor Totoro, so I had an 8 Bit version of a song from the soundtrack playing here.

Final Screens

Final Screens

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After beating the final level, Lauren was taken to this screen.

Mariachis

Mariachis

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Little mariachis appeared on screen and "Nosotros" began to play. It's the song my grandfather used to serenade my grandmother when he proposed to her 60+ years ago.

Here's Me

Here's Me

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At the very end of the last level, an Austin avatar appeared.

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After this, I proposed.

She Said Yes!

She Said Yes!

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You can watch the full video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_YsDpQPAvxk

I built a video game in order to propose to my then-girlfriend.