Wedding proposals. They’re a huge moment in your life, and you want to get it perfect. Do you take your beau to a fancy restaurant? Do it on the Jumbotron at the big game? Hire a skywriter?
Or maybe both of you spend eight hours a day online and you met at a con. In that case, you might take your cue from these real-life cases of high-tech love. Personally, I’d say yes to a guy who would do any one of these.
We conduct so much of our lives online these days, it was only a matter of time before marriage moved to the virtual realm too. Facebook status updates are kind of a low-effort way to go, but what if your claim to fame is on the internet? LittleKuriboh, creator of Yu-Gi-Oh: The Abridged Series, famously proposed with a Youtube video that he titled as if it were an episode of the show to keep it a surprise. (She said yes, but sadly they divorced a few years later.)
Another internet entrepreneur is Timothy Tiah Ewe Tiam, co-founder of Nuffnang, an online ad service based in Malaysia. To propose to Audrey Ooi Feng Ling, he made a series of cards based on popular Reddit/4chan image macros, and surprised her with them at lunch. If you watch the background at about 3:25, you can see that he made a “Forever Alone” card in case she said no.
I Choose You
If there’s one thing I think of when forcibly breeding my Pokémon for perfect stats, it’s true love. I kid, of course, and some master trainers have translated their fandom into marital bliss. There are these anonymous lovers who created Poké Balls and fake Pokémon cards to go along with their diamond rings.
But the most legendary Poké-proposal has to be this one, done at a Pokémon meetup in 2009. Chris Herbert proposed to his long-time girlfriend Belle Starenchak with a Poké Ball while the couple were cosplaying together as Pikachu and Raichu. It’s a most fitting moment for Starenchak, aka PikaBelleChu, who until recently held the Guinness World Record for largest collection of Pokémon merch.
The Wedding Cake is Not a Lie
If you want your proposal to really surprise your sweetheart, why not make them play for it? If you have the inclination, you can hack or mod a video game to display your love. There are documented proposals spelled out as coins in Super Mario World, written in the caves of Earthbound, and of course, quite a few creative endeavours in Minecraft.
But this one is my favourite due to the admirable amount of effort and collaboration that went into it.
Gary Hudston chose to propose to Stephany Harbison using a custom map in Portal 2. Unfortunately, Gary had no mapping experience, so he asked the mapping community Thinking With Portals and found two volunteers willing to create one for free. The result is a very professional-looking map with genuinely clever puzzles and dialogue hinting at the surprise to come. The best part is that Gary contacted Valve and got voice actress Ellen McLain to perform the dialogue he wrote. So that’s the genuine GLaDOS popping the question. (If you want to solve it, you can download the map for yourself here.)
One Ring to Bind Them
For many, picking the right ring is the most important part of the proposal process. Your ring should express your personalities and how perfect you are for each other. Of course geeks have gotten in on this too. There’s this ring customized to look like Indiana Jones’ whip:
Or go for a simpler look:
If you’re straining for ideas you can do the obvious reference:
Although considering that the One Ring makes people its slave, maybe that’s not the best analogy you want to draw. I’d use one of the Elven rings instead.
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