Amid the silly talking relationship therapy book, parents-turned-into-dolls trope, and ridiculous attempts to end a ridiculously-sized toolbox, the game It Takes Two has actually made my relationship healthier.
Read on to find out how It Takes Two helped strengthen my relationship with my significant other.
Tested Our Communication Skills
The plot of the game revolved around Cody and May, two parents in the midst of a divorce who are magically turned into dolls. One of the reasons why they are having a divorce is because they failed to communicate with each other. Thus, the game wanted to highlight proper communication with its players.
So far, it has been effective because while playing It Takes Two, I and my S.O. had to pause it from time to time to understand each other and the obstacles ahead of us. As I see it, this has been a great practice for when we would also have to face real-life struggles later on.
It Takes Two Challenged Our Coordination Strategy
Since It Takes Two is a co-op game, after all, it also challenged our coordination strategy. There were game components that required us to move, think, and act in sync; and the only way to be it was to have a solid coordination strategy.
Much like in real life, my partner and I had to constantly assess how we would proceed from one point of our relationship to another. Seeing how Cody and May’s lack of coordination has led to their divorce, we had no choice but to learn this one.
The Game Taught me How to Be Vulnerable
As someone who is not really into video games, I really went out of my way when I agreed to play It Takes Two. Surprisingly, I enjoyed it so much. One of the reasons why I do not play video games, or co-op games for that matter, is that I have a fear of failing while my loved ones are watching.
But because of It Takes Two, I learned how to be vulnerable around my partner. Though most of the time, my character dies because of embarrassing reasons (such as when I forgot to jump, fire my weapon, or act quickly), I do not feel as ashamed as much as I do before.
Made Us Realize the Importance of Patience
Him being a hot-headed Aries, and I, being a stubborn Taurus, has caused us some misunderstandings in the past before. But playing It Takes Two, made us realize that patience, above all, is something that we need to learn as a couple.
Cody and May’s relationship as parents and partners made us see that sometimes, your partner makes mistakes because they are not perfect. However, what matters most is that you are patient enough to be by their side as they pave their way to betterment, one step at a time.
These are just some of the things that we have learned while playing a co-op game. Do you have any co-op game suggestions that you would like us to try? Let us know!
Aside from being a self-proclaimed caffeine-dependent person, Franchesca believes that she is a writer too. Because of her desire to escape mundanity, most of her time is spent in her bed watching TV series or her nose in a book. Additionally, she can be found wandering the streets, museums, and theaters of Manila. When asked about her philosophy in life, she will answer, “God is a woman, and my lola is the proof!”