Revealed: the games your girlfriend HATES

We had no fewer than four girlfriends and wives complain about Call of Duty 4, so it easily soaks up the most hate in the GR offices. However, the MMO genre is right behind it with two specific grievances – the first was Motor City on the previous page, and now we have sci-fi FPS PlanetSide causing friction between an otherwise happy couple.

Her story: “I don't like, in general, when he plays MMO games. He has headphones on and talks to his buddies with special mics in full cavemen mentality, ‘hunting’ the enemies with a herd of other cavemen. When I would walk in and say, 'Hi babes,' he would look at me with this spacey look, like he was far far away, as if I was intruding.”

Lesson learned: Remember things you’ve said, like “I love you” and “I do?” Sometimes you have to back those words up with actions that don’t involve tanks, guilds or space marines.

Never heard of Cookie & Cream? We’re not surprised. What is surprising, however, is how much fun you can have with the game’s party-centric multiplayer. Well, unless you’re the wife of PC Gamer EIC Gary Steinman, who had to review this game and needed subjects to test just how fun the multiplayer really was. Gary, normally a wise and noble soul, forced the controller on his non-gaming wife, then angrily corrected her every move. Naturally this resulted in a hatred for not just Cookie & Cream, but gaming as a whole.

Above: You’re doing it wrong!

Mr. Steinman is out this week so he couldn’t provide a direct quote from his better half, but eyewitness reports claim his constant barrage of “you’re holding the controller wrong! Go this way, not that way! Why did you do that?!” effectively eroded any chance of the two sharing a family game night in the future.

Lesson learned: Yelling and criticizing every move is not the way to convince a non-gaming spouse to pick up the habit. Unless the problem was he didn’t yell loud enough.

Left 4 Dead might be a critically acclaimed shooter, a ridiculously intense thrill ride and one of the few genuinely scary horror games of the current generation, but when you're not in the room, it's nothing but a lot of screaming and gunshots. Add Xbox Live into the mix and it's screaming, gunshots and mumbling that may or may not be directed at you, which makes for a heady blend of irritation when Mikel's wife, Diana, is trying to sleep, read or do anything else that requires any measure of concentration.

Diana’s story: “I guess it was Left 4 Dead... there was something that had this high-pitched shrieking noise. Not fun to wake up to. I figure one of these days, I’m going to go into the game room, and instead of Mikel sitting around in his underwear there’s gonna be like a goat head and a lot of blood.

“So I don’t like the way videogames cry wolf about terrible things happening in the other room. There was one weekend where I’d keep waking up early in the morning and hearing ‘AAAA! AAAA!’ It also irritates me when he plays online, because all of a sudden I’ll hear him talking, and I don’t know who he’s talking to.

“My other thing that annoys me is… what’s that little pixie in the Zelda games? I’m gonna kill that bitch. Just listening to her go, “HEY!” over and over - that was the only sound I’d hear when my ex-boyfriend played Ocarina of Time, because he’d turn it down really low. All I’d hear was the “HEY!”


Lesson learned: Soundproofing is more important than zombie-proofing, Navi should be muzzled and Saturday’s planned goat-slaughter should be put off until a less conspicuous location can be found.

See, it’s not just the guys – Francesca Reyes, EIC of Official Xbox Magazine, has her own tale of relationship negligence from the 16-bit days. Apparently her boyfriend Dan couldn’t stand the slow paced, fuzzy stomached joy found in Crusader of Centy.

Fran’s take: “Don’t blame Dan for his hatin’ on Crusader! He’s been absolutely positively saintly for enduring countless years of my gaming, especially for the many years when we only had one TV (I still hog the main TV, even). He even remembers them better than I do at this point — he can hum tracks from Landstalker despite never having played it and my having played it eons ago.

But for some reason, Crusader of Centy really got his goat — he constantly complained whenever I popped it in (“Oh god... it’s not that game with the animals again, is it?!”) and it still annoys him to this day whenever I bring it up."

Dan’s lament: “I think it was just the boring-ness of the whole thing, like learning animal languages. I mean, why did you have to learn so many of these stupid animal languages? "

Lesson learned: Videogames aren’t gender-biased – they can annoy the piss out of anyone.

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  • Snaketoe - February 17, 2010 10:49 p.m.

    I once had a girlfriend who managed a Gamestop store. We got into the biggest fight over Jet Grind Radio. I Loved the game, but she had to listen to the music all day as it played out of a kiosk in her store. One night I was playing it when she walked in the door from work and she totally lost it. I ended up giving it to a friend of mine in trade for some computer game. A year or two later we broke up anyhow, and I found the game in a bargin bin. I loved that game.
  • Spritle101 - November 23, 2009 4:23 a.m.

    Ooh, I love 2D Fantasy RPGs...must get Crusader of Centy *_*
  • Spritle101 - November 23, 2009 4:15 a.m.

    I love Chrono Trigger ^_^
  • DANBO - March 30, 2009 11:38 p.m.

    I played COD4 online everyday all day and it's not like I can pause it so when my girlfriend would call I just wouldn't pick up and after a while she caught on. Needless to say, she didn't like it.
  • Boki - March 30, 2009 9:18 p.m.

    I thought some GTA game was gonna be on here cus the graphic nature of it (my gf always kills me for playing it)
  • Labbear - March 27, 2009 7:38 a.m.

    lol i just tuned navi out
  • reyalejandro13 - March 25, 2009 11:59 p.m.

    man, this article has taught me one thing-if I get a girlfriend befor I get my 360 fixed, don't get it fixed afterwards. re-captcha: Russians selling. SELLING WHAT? TELL ME YOUR SECRETS!
  • GoldenMe - March 25, 2009 11:24 p.m.

    I figure one of these days, I’m going to go into the game room, and instead of Mikel sitting around in his underwear there’s gonna be like a goat head and a lot of blood. ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ Best Ever!!!! And Tyler is an artistic mastermind. Great Article GR.........wait. Does that mean Lizzie is single?!?! I'm free Friday night!
  • killemall - March 25, 2009 7 p.m.

    i got one, I love tales of symphonia and just got tales of Vesparia. My ex and my roommate both hate it. My roommate tried to ban it from the xbox(me for the win there) and the reason he hates it? he hates the world map. He feels like in such an amazing time for graphics why does the world map mimic final fantasy 7?
  • AlteredFormula - March 25, 2009 10:18 a.m.

    Although my missus plays the odd cutesy or puzzle game now and again, she doesnt seem to get the same experience out of some of the bigger stuff that I play. for instant to this day she still mimics Moira from fallout 3, often saying try not to die now when i mention playing the game. her other favourite way to annoy me when im "listening" and playing is to constantly ask me if I have any molerat meat.... bless her!
  • ssj4raditz - March 25, 2009 2:44 a.m.

    Wow Tyler needs to sell his art. I'd buy some!
  • Sly_Fox - March 25, 2009 1:11 a.m.

    lol@planetside man i miss that game captcha= his whitehorn
  • Demoneyes10 - March 24, 2009 11:45 p.m.

    Whole thing was full of laughs.
  • GamesRadarBrettElston - March 24, 2009 9:11 p.m.

    Forgot to mention this in the text, but: ALL ART BY TYLER WILDE!!!!!!
  • ELpork - March 24, 2009 9:01 p.m.

    BEST PHOTOS EVER!!!! Recapa 4.4million twixt
  • jamminontha1n2 - March 24, 2009 8:30 p.m.

    oh man, maybe someday I,too,can acquire a girlfriend like all the good people at gamesradar. Just kidding, great article and funny too. recaptcha: 92,000 lancehead
  • understudybass - March 24, 2009 8:28 p.m.

    the only game my stupid, twat of an ex-girlfriend liked was Lego Indian Jones (which, interestingly enough, she sucked at)...don't worry guys, she's long gone.
  • linkganon - April 3, 2009 11:34 p.m.

    you know how i know what games to get, get a girls opinion, if they hate it, i'll like it, if they like it, i'd probabally hate it. the perfect way of picking that perfect game. girls started to like mario kart, so now i hate it, girls go over to a friends house to play mario party while i return it for a refund because it sucked. your wives know which game you will like because the more they don't want it, the more you want it.
  • GamesRadarBrettElston - April 1, 2009 4:42 p.m.

    @Charlie: It's true, his GF did buy those Trigger crafts, but that factoid didn't gel with the Week of Hate. Now that it's over, we can all let out a collective "awwwwwwww"
  • paranoidemdroid - March 31, 2009 5:50 p.m.

    i wish i could say i hate star ocean: the last hope when my boyfriend plays it but really i've just started ending every sentence directed at him with "kay?". "you need to take the garbage out, kay?" "i want to play resident evil 5, kay?" "that battle music is completely burned into my brain, kay?"