Let's be real: no one likes "games" when it comes to relationships. (See Demi Lovato's brutally honest banger about it here.) But now there is an actual game — a video game called Fortnite, to be precise— ostensibly ruining happy homes of couples all over the UK, according to divorce-online.co.uk (an online community and resources site for folks across the pond who are about to call it quits in their marriages.
No joke — the shooter-survival game was shouted out in 200 of the 4,665 divorce petitions Divorce Online received in 2018 as "part of the reason." (OH EM GEE! Did Justin Theroux play Fortnite!?)
For the unfamiliar, here's a trailer for the game — featuring bazooka-wielding women clad in attire that we'll call Laura Croft-chic, and simulacrums of all the men your parents warned you about. Then, there's running, jumping, flying and bridge-building! And how fun is that font, though? The point is, there's everything here to suggest a good time to be had. It's assumedly just when a person begins prioritizing CGI over his or her SO that the problems will inevitably arise. And if you're using a virtual world to escape the reality that challenges have already come up in real-life, those issues aren't going away and, unfortunately, cannot be blasted to smithereens with a laser gun. Talk about them, yo! Don't be scared. Here's a quick explainer on why confrontation is actually good for your relationship.
(All kidding aside, if gaming—or any other addiction—is affecting your marriage in an unhealthy way, we'd be remiss in not suggesting you seek professional counseling. )
However, we'll also take a moment to play Devil's advocate here and mention that if you've never sat down and grabbed a controller alongside your significant other, you might wanna give it a try. Who knows? You could find a new hobby you both enjoy—or at least better understand your partner's most demanding distraction—and take your relationship to a whole next level. (See what we did there?) Love is a battlefield, after all.