Or: The Horror of Being First to Reach Out.
It’s a day like any other, you are idly browsing through GamerDating when a profile catches your attention: a good-looking individual who plays the same games, has a funny yet smart blurb and lives in the same area as you?
Ok, it’s on.
Donkey Kong is not a good role model for starting relationships especially with budding princesses
You find yourself smiling back at their picture, imagining what said individual would look like in real life, and whether they were as lovely as you think they would be.
You 1up them, browse on but find yourself coming back to the profile over and over again. You have to admit – you want to meet them! BUT, now that you have been thinking about them, and you really want to meet them, expectations are high, and that fear sets in… Fear of the ugliest word of them all: Rejection.
How in the world can you make sure that reaching out goes well? How can you break the ice, charm their socks off and make them want to meet you?
What is the magic formula of First Contact?
Yu gi oh isn’t my thing so if this is a good card I don’t recommend playing it during a date unless of course you're an actual dark magician in which case you don't need my advice.
Well, dear Reader, allow me to burst your bubble: there is no such formula. Research shows that people can be superficial little fruit flies, and the best investment you can make for your profile is a picture that makes you as attractive as possible without catfishing unsuspecting visitors.
People will respond to a contact request from a person who has a good profile picture 64% more likely than one without.
Sad as that is, there are still ways to get attention while we’re waiting for inner values and personality to become en vogue - and remember you have a significant advantage, you're both gamers duh! So here's what you've been waiting for:
While fun, Bubble Bobble isn't great training for popping these misconceptions
The 3 good-as-magic ingredients to successful first contact attempts:
Chaos isn’t for me but I can see Khornes got you hooked and well when I said Chosen I didn’t mean…. Ok maybe I’ll skip this guy’s profile…
With that in mind I wish you good luck and have fun: it’s a jungle out there, but jungles can be fun!
(I would continue to advise avoiding however gardens of Nurgle).