Proposing through a homemade video game
The Ominous Flash File
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
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.
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!
We had our first date at A Tavola in OTR.
Every good platformer needs goombas to squash. Or goatbas. I'm sorry, I'll show myself out.
Level 3: First Road Trip Together
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
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
We had a wonderful few days in Portland about a year and a half into dating.
When Lauren's oxygen ran low, the Sonic drowning music played. Also, yes, there are alligators in the Pacific Northwest.
Level 5: Gen Con
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
The clumsy enemies in this level were capable of firing projectiles, making timing essential.
Level 6: Back Home
A final level to bring it all together
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.
After beating the final level, Lauren was taken to this screen.
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.
At the very end of the last level, an Austin avatar appeared.
After this, I proposed.
She Said Yes!
You can watch the full video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_YsDpQPAvxk